Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission

The Government has proposed setting up a constitution, democracy and rights commission to consider broad aspects of the UK’s constitution. This would look at issues including the relationship between the government, parliament, and the courts; the functioning of the royal prerogative; the role of the House of Lords; and access to justice.…

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Access to Justice and Welfare Advisory Services

The UK Government has recognised that it is “imperative” that support is given to people on low incomes to access justice. However successive governments, parliamentary committees and stakeholders have identified barriers to vulnerable people accessing the necessary advice and legal services. …

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Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages

This legislation forms part of the Government’s policy to improve the country’s digital infrastructure. It seeks to make it easier for network operators to respond to requests to install broadband infrastructure in certain buildings, such as flats, if they are unable to contact the relevant rights holder.…

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Sentencing Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages

This Law Commission bill seeks to consolidate existing sentencing legislation into a single sentencing statute. The Sentencing Bill is a consolidation bill that will introduce the sentencing code. The aim of the code is to provide a clear and comprehensive source of sentencing procedure legislation for the public, the judiciary and practitioners. …

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Spring Budget 2020

The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered the first budget since the 2019 election on 11 March 2020. It contained a series of measures to counteract threats from the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Chancellor also announced changes to taxation policy and an increase in public spending.…

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Leaving the European Union Aviation Safety Agency

The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has recently said in an interview that the UK will leave the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) at the end of the UK’s transition period with the EU. This statement has been criticised by industry bodies, such as the ADS, who have stated that continued participation in EASA is their top priority. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has said it is prepared to take over responsibilities currently undertaken by EASA. …

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Future UK-EU Relationship: Approach to Negotiations

On 31 January 2020, the UK left the EU under the terms of the withdrawal agreement. This provided for an implementation period during which most EU laws, including new laws, would continue to apply to the UK. The transition period will last until 31 December 2020, unless the UK and EU agree an extension.…

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Coronavirus, Hong Kong and UK Government Support

Hong Kong has had 118 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease and three deaths as at 10 March 2020. Hong Kong’s government has sought to contain the virus through strict quarantine and travel restrictions and by closing some public services, including schools. However, concerns have been raised about the social and economic impact of the measures taken.…

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