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 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is a day dedicated to remembering the millions of people killed and injured on the roads across the world. It also serves as a day to reflect, recognise the scale of the problem and consider how improvements can be made in the future.
There were 186,209 people injured in Great Britain in 2015 according to the Department for Transport, and 1,732 reported road deaths. This is 45% fewer fatalities than a decade ago, so clearly things have improved, but further improvements are required.
The theme for the World Day of Remembrance this year goes beyond reducing the number of deaths and injuries: this year the theme is “vital post-crash actions: medical care, investigation and justice” . The focus is on improving what happens after a collision, including the medical care a victim receives, the support provided to families, police investigations and how the justice system deals with criminal and civil cases arising from the collision.
Road justice campaigns aim to improve the way the justice system deals with collisions, how this can achieve justice for victims, discourage irresponsible driving and improve driving standards in general. A number of charities in the UK have been working on road justice campaigns for many years, including Road Peace, Cycling UK and RoSPA.
In addition to national charities, local campaign groups and community projects also work tirelessly to improve road justice. One example is the Live In Hope campaign in the West Midlands. This campaign was born from the tragic death of Hope Fennell in Kings Heath, Birmingham. I represented her mother, Nazan, in a civil case arising from Hope’s death, which was successful in achieving some justice. Nazan has been awarded the RoSPA Guardian Archangel Award. To find out more about this, read my article here.
In my experience, the approach taken by the justice system can have a huge impact on victims and families. Hopefully, in the majority of cases, they feel that they have had recognition, support and that justice has been done but it is clear that there are times when the legal system fails victims.
Some see criminal penalties as the core of achieving justice and organisations such as Cycling UK campaign to improve the criminal justice system, so more people have access to ‘Road Justice’. For others, a civil compensation claim arising from a road collision is the means by which a victim can achieve justice; though what one person thinks of as ‘justice’ will vary from another.
At Anthony Collins Solicitors, we have many years of experience representing victims of road traffic collisions, and we have worked alongside charities who campaign for road justice.
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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