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George Eliot ‘inadequate hospital’

George Eliot ‘inadequate hospital’

Following an inspection carried out earlier this year by the Care Quality Commission, it has come to light that George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton requires improvement. It is extremely worrying to hear that inspectors have considered that the standard of services has declined since their last inspection. The hospital was under special measures in 2013 and during that time, the hospital admitted that it needed a partner organisation, yet it remains to be an independent organisation to this day. It is difficult to understand why the hospital has been able to... Read full article

Mr El-Maghraby – Local Coventry brain surgeon faces concerns over his operations

Mr El-Maghraby – Local Coventry brain surgeon faces concerns over his operations

It was recently reported by BBC’s Inside Out West Midlands that Mr Hussien El-Maghraby, a local Consultant Neurosurgeon, who is employed by University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, has been stopped from performing two different surgical procedures pending further training and mentorship, following a Royal College of Surgeons inspection. Concerns have come to light following surgery performed by Mr El-Maghraby, on Mr Stephen Bridgman to remove a benign tumour, which left Mr Bridgman in a vegetative state as his brain had been irreparably... Read full article

Employment law dates for 2018

Employment law dates for 2018

From January 2018 individuals and those applying for basic criminal records check for a job in England and Wales can apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a certificate.  From 17 January 2018 Disclosure Scotland will no longer be dealing with applicants from England and Wales who are applying for basic disclosure.  1 April 2018   -  Increases to statutory rates and limits    National Minimum Wage (NMW) (per hour)    NLW -£7.83    Standard Adult rate (21+) -... Read full article

Inheritance Tax and Adult Social Care Funding

Inheritance Tax and Adult Social Care Funding

There have been two interesting announcements recently which a lot of our clients should have on their radar. The first was a request by the Chancellor to the Office of Tax Simplification to review Inheritance Tax.  In the request, it was acknowledged that the current Inheritance Tax regime is particularly complex and the Chancellor is interested to hear of any proposals for simplification of the system to ensure that it is fit for purpose and any such review should focus on the technical and administrative issues relating to Inheritance... Read full article

Significant increase in employment tribunal claims since abolition of fees in June 2017

Significant increase in employment tribunal claims since abolition of fees in June 2017

The Government introduced employment tribunal fees in June 2013.  This meant that an individual making an application to the employment tribunal could end up paying as much as £1200 to have their claim heard.  This resulted in a dramatic decline in the number of employment tribunal claims, by up to 70%.  The most significant decision in 2017 was the abolition of these fees resulting in individuals no longer having to pay a fee to bring an employment tribunal claim.  This decision was made by the Supreme Court on 26 July 2017 in the case R (on... Read full article

Does our Criminal Justice System work?

Does our Criminal Justice System work?

According to the BBC this week, “the number of prosecutions in England and Wales that collapsed because of a failure by police or prosecutors to disclose evidence increased by 70% in the last two years.” Add to this the collapse of two high profile rape trials in December because of a failure to share evidence with defence solicitors, and you might be right to ask if you find yourself accused of a criminal offence, have been arrested, charged or are on bail, whether you can expect to receive justice under our current legal system? How does the Criminal... Read full article

No Fault Divorce - the end of the blame game?

No Fault Divorce - the end of the blame game?

In the last few months, there has been increased coverage in the media about reforming divorce laws. At Alsters Kelley we are committed to easing the burden of stressful divorce and avoiding unnecessary conflict. Furthermore, as members of Resolution, http://www.resolution.org.uk/  we fully support their proposal to change the law and allow couples to divorce without having to apportion blame. Manage separation in a better way It is our belief that the no fault option should make it far easier for people to reach an amicable agreement, enabling us to help... Read full article

Private Landlords watch out......

Private Landlords watch out......

The Government has announced that after April 1st 2018, Private Landlords with rented properties will no longer be able to rent out a property with an Energy Performance Rating of F or G.   Landlords who own properties within these EPC brackets should begin preparing now in improving their properties to upgrade the energy efficiency to at least an E rating (unless the Landlord qualifies for an exemption).  The Government will require that all rented properties must be to an energy performance level E before the property is let -  a... Read full article

The Gender pay gap reporting deadline is fast approaching!

The Gender pay gap reporting deadline is fast approaching!

Employers with a headcount of 250 or more employees have to publish information relating to their gender pay gap by the deadline of 4 April 2018, or 30 March 2018 if they are a public sector employer. This gender pay gap report needs to be uploaded to the company’s own website and a government website, allowing full public access to the data. If an employer fails to publish this report or comply with the regulations then enforcement may be taken against the employer. Furthermore, this failure is also likely to lend itself to reputational risk and therefore have a... Read full article

Reminder re Stamp Duty Changes

Reminder re Stamp Duty Changes

On the 22nd November 2017, the Chancellor announced exciting new changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for First Time Buyers as part of the Autumn 2017 budget.  SDLT is a tax that anyone purchasing a property or land costing more than a set amount (currently £125,000 for Residential Properties) has to pay. This sum is calculated based upon the value of the property and whether you own multiple properties.  The changes, which came into effect immediately, mean that you are no longer liable to pay SDLT on the first £300,000 of any house purchase... Read full article

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