The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
The announcement follows the statement by Alan Cameron, Vice President of clinical quality at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Guidance at the Royal College of Midwives conference in Telford earlier this week that 100 babies die every week due to stillbirth and neonatal death.
The UK has one of the highest rates of stillbirth in Europe and the Government will be working in partnership with consultants, midwives and other experts to ensure that every mother and baby receives the best and safest care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
At Anthony Collins Solicitors we are committed to helping people who have suffered as a result of clinical negligence. We welcome the announcement by the Health Secretary today and we represent many parents who have lost their child or children who have been injured during or soon after birth.
Victoria Fullilove is part of our specialist team who have in-depth knowledge in these areas and she is committed to providing quality advice to our clients in such difficult circumstances. Her comments on today’s announcement were:
“It is appalling that the UK has one of the highest rates of stillbirth in Europe. Many cases that I am involved in highlight that many stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries that occur during or soon after birth can be avoided with even the slightest improvement in the care that women and their babies receive. It is welcome news that additional funding will be made available for new equipment and training. Many parents that I work with often have many unanswered questions as to what happened to cause the death of their child and it is therefore also pleasing to see that a new system will be put in place for the review of every stillbirth and neonatal death”.
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Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK means new measures are being put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of a second wave. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, it is important to remain focused on the sector’s road to recovery.
Sometimes half an hour at a conference gives you the reality that has been staring you in the face all along. That was my experience watching “Change is on the Horizon”
Following our recent e-briefing on Possession Notices, Helen Tucker and Emilie Pownall from our housing litigation team discuss the impact of the changes on social landlords.
Not only has the possession stay been extended until 20 September, the notice periods to be given to tenants has been extended in certain circumstances with some important exceptions.
The Court has confirmed that a party cannot withhold its consent in order to re-write the original bargain.
Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, building safety continues to be a key concern for social housing providers and their residents.
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