October 2014 Archive

Call for law change to allow inspection of academy chains

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Sir Michael Wilshaw, Head of Ofsted – Chief Inspector of Schools, has told the HoC education select committee that a change in the law is necessary to allow inspection of academy and free school chains. More …

Payment Accounts Directive published.

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On 28 August 2014, the text of the Payment Accounts Directive (2014/92/EU) was published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ). More …

Banking Reform Act progress

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On 15 September 2014, the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013 (Commencement No 5) Order 2014 (SI 2014/2458) was published on legislation.gov.uk. The Order was made on 12 September 2014. More …

Government consults on EU Mortgage Credit Directive

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On 5 September 2014 the government launched a consultation on incorporating new European regulations on mortgage lending into UK law. More …

Charity commission given new powers and additional funding

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The Treasury announced the investment of £8 million in new funding this week to help the Charity Commission prioritise its monitoring and enforcement work. More …

New laws to support volunteers and community heroes

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The Ministry of Justice has announced that law changes designed to support good Samaritans and community heroes have moved a step forward. The government’s Social Action Responsibility and Heroism (SARAH) Bill is currently being considered by Parliament. More …

Important changes to the annual return

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The Charity Commission has announced changes to the annual return, the report all charities must submit to the regulator to hold them accountable to the public. More …

Financial Conduct Authority speech on Consumer Credit sourcebook

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On 21 October 2014, Linda Woodhall, the FCA Director of Mortgage and Consumer Lending, gave a speech on the changing regulatory landscape in respect of consumer credit as a result of the FCA's new role as regulator of all consumer credit activities. More …

Working for me

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Growing Ambitions gives young people nominated by local social housing associations the chance to spend a week with Blake Morgan Solicitors, gaining vital work experience and learning more about the world of business that will enhance their prospects of employment at a later date. More …

Civil penalties for landlords go live from 1 December

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From 1 December 2014 private landlords in specified local authorities in the West Midlands, namely: Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, and Wolverhampton, become liable to pay a 'civil penalty' of up to £3000 if they grant a residential tenancy to a person 'without the right to rent'. The scheme has been created by the Immigration Act 2014. If successful in the West Midlands it will be rolled out nationally in 2015. More …