RECENT LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

Recent Legal Developments

Cuts to Housing Benefit if your social housing is too large

If you live in a council or housing association home and claim Housing Benefit to help you pay your rent, your Housing Benefit may be cut from April 2013. This could happen if your home is considered too

How cohabiting parents can avoid the legal uncertainties

For the first time the proportion of parents who are cohabiting is equal to that of married couples, according to a report commissioned by Co-operative Legal Services. Based on analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics

The UK Border Agency enforcement teams could be turning their attention to the care industry

The UK Border Agency enforcement teams could be turning their attention to the care industry which employs thousands of migrant workers and offers rich pickings for collecting fines of up to £10,000 per illegal worker. With hardly any

LCJ voices new fears over rise in litigants in person

The lord chief justice today expressed concerns that litigants in person will increase further when legal aid cuts come into force next year. Lord Judge (pictured) acknowledged the number of LIPs is already on the rise in civil

Squatting becomes a criminal offence

The rules about squatting changed on 1 September. Squatting is when you move in or stay somewhere without the owner’s permission. Up to now, if someone was squatting, for example, in an empty house or a flat, and

Probation Minister calls for tougher community sentences

Community Payback must be more intensive and delivered within days of an offender being sentenced, new Minister for Probation Jeremy Wright said today. His call for tougher payback came during a visit to Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation