Windrush generation: Government action to ‘right the wrongs’

Efforts by the Home Office to remedy the injustices suffered by people caught up in the Windrush scandal are ongoing. The Windrush compensation scheme is operational, and legislation underpinning the scheme received Royal Assent in June 2020. But some stakeholders remain dissatisfied with aspects of the Home Office’s response to the scandal, for example citing ongoing delays in processing cases and applications for compensation. …

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The Law Officers: a Constitutional and Functional Overview

This paper provides an overview of the constitutional status and functions of the law officers of the United Kingdom. This includes the law officers of the UK Government and those that advise the three devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.…

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Coronavirus Bill: implications for the courts and tribunals

The Coronavirus Bill includes provisions to expand the availability of video and audio link in criminal court proceedings. It also makes it easier to broadcast civil, family and tribunal proceedings by video or audio link. These provisions, as with the rest of the Bill, are temporary.…

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Commons Library analysis of the Environment Bill 2019-20

A Commons Library analysis of the Environment Bill 2019-20. The Bill was given its first reading on 30 January 2020 and passed its second reading without division on 26 February 2020. Committee stage started on 10 March 2020 but was adjourned on 19 March due to the impact of Coronavirus. The Public Bill Committee is suspended until a time and date to be fixed by the Chair of the committee. …

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The UK-EU future relationship negotiations: process and issues

The UK and EU begin negotiations over their future relationship this week. This paper outlines the UK and EU’s objectives, the main issues of contention and the process being followed in the negotiations …

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Children: parental alienation and the role of Cafcass (England)

This House of Commons Library briefing considers how Cafcass deals with the issue of parental alienation when it arises, which can affect contact and residence cases before the courts. New Cafcass guidance was issued in October 2018 to help identify when parental alienation has occurred. A link to the full report in pdf format can be found at the bottom of this page.…

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