Human rights court dismisses MI6 informant Wang Yam's appeal

The European court of human rights has dismissed the appeal by the former Chinese dissident and MI6 informant Wang Yam that he had not had a fair trial because his defence evidence was held in secret on grounds of national security.

The Guardian


Brexit: European Parliament has ‘grave concerns’ about Home Office EU citizen settlement scheme

The European Parliament has said it has “grave concerns” over the UK’s treatment of EU citizens after Brexit and has accused Boris Johnson’s government of putting them in jeopardy.

MEPs on Wednesday backed a resolution by 610 votes in favour to 29 against with 68 abstentions criticising the UK’s handling of the situation.

The EU’s political groups united to accuse the UK government of failing to protect EU nationals from future discrimination by employers and landlords, and said Europeans should be “issued with a physical document as proof of their right to reside” in Britain.

The Independent


Adults with learning disabilities step up fight for employment in Leeds

Adults with learning disabilities in Leeds have taken their fight right to the top, as they call for more recognition in the workplace.

Service users at Leep 1, a Leeds-based advocacy group for people with learning disabilities, gave impassioned speeches calling for more help to get adults with learning disabilities into employment.

Following the presentation at a full Leeds City Council meeting, councillors voted to ask officers to look into the matter further.

Leeds Live

Ten people with learning disabilities or autism died in secure hospitals in past year

Ten people with learning disabilities or autism have died in secure hospitals in the past year, according to figures obtained by Sky News.

This follows a previous investigation that showed 40 people had died in these specialist units between 2015 and 2018.

Sky News


Child refugees: peer refuses to drop fight to keep protections

Three Home Office ministers this week summoned the Labour peer campaigning for the rights of child refugees to a meeting to urge him to stop pushing for a key amendment to the EU withdrawal agreement bill.

But Alf Dubs has refused to shift his position and will continue to oppose a government attempt to drop a crucial right to family reunion for unaccompanied child refugees.

The Guardian

UK immigration rules are unworkable, says Law Commission

Immigration rules are “overly complex and unworkable” according to the Law Commission, which recommends simplifying them in order to save the government £70m over the next decade.

The regulations have quadrupled in length since 2010 and are “comprehensively criticised for being poorly drafted”, says the body, which advises ministers on updating the law.  

The Guardian


Care firm's leadership criticised by Care Quality Commission

Concerns have been raised by inspectors about the leadership at a firm at the centre of a BBC expose over allegations of abuse at a mental health hospital.  

The Panorama investigation - aired in May - was based on undercover filming at County Durham's learning disabilities unit Whorlton Hall.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) followed this up with a probe into the management of Cygnet Health Care. The firm said it was addressing concerns that had been raised.

BBC News


Stormont deal: Boris Johnson restates support for Troubles veterans

Boris Johnson has said Stormont's new power-sharing deal strikes a "balance" between supporting veterans and giving victims of the Troubles the chance to seek justice.

It will see plans for a new body to investigate Troubles murders revived.

Some Tory MPs have voiced concerns that this will see cases without foundation being brought against veterans.

But the PM said he would keep his manifesto promise to end "vexatious" prosecutions of former servicemen.

BBC News


Disability health centres 'putting safety at risk'

Disabled people are risking their safety when attending Wales' health assessment centres due to their poor locations, a woman has said.

Amy Watkins, 31, from Cwmbran, Torfaen, uses a wheelchair and said the sites of some centres were "hard to believe".

Campaigners said some disabled people have missed out on thousands of pounds worth of benefits due to the issue.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said people can request a home visit or recover transport costs.

BBC News


Thousands of siblings split up in care system

More than 12,000 children in care are not living with at least one of their siblings, the BBC has discovered.

Freedom of Information requests sent to more than 200 UK local authorities revealed that more than half of sibling groups in care are split up.

The law says brothers and sisters should be placed together if possible because it is in their best interests.

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Seriously ill people released from immigration detention without crucial medication, senior doctors warn

Seriously ill people are being released from immigration detention without crucial medication as the Home Office insists on “rapid” discharge times, top doctors have warned.

Writing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), a group of medical professionals states that current discharge requirements in removal centres are “clearly unsafe” and can result in detainees being at serious risk of relapse or deterioration following their release.

In one case, a detainee with serious and potentially life-threatening conditions was left without medication after discharge because no handover was arranged, while PTSD sufferers have seen their symptoms markedly worsen because arrangements have not been made for the continuation of their prescriptions, doctors said.

The Independent

Ex-Prevent chief pans terror list's inclusion of Extinction Rebellion

The official scheme to stop people becoming terrorists risks being damaged by scandals such as listing Extinction Rebellion as an extremist ideology, a former senior police chief has said.

Sir Peter Fahy, who was head of Prevent from 2010 to 2015, said confidence from communities was vital to its success and legitimacy.

He was speaking after the Guardian revealed police had branded the nonviolent climate emergency group as an extremist ideology in a guide designed to help stop terrorist violence.

The Guardian


Same-sex marriage now legal in Northern Ireland

Same-sex marriage is now legally recognised in Northern Ireland.

From Monday, same-sex couples will be able to register to marry, meaning the first ceremonies will take place in February.

For couples who are already married, their marriage will now be legally recognised in Northern Ireland.

BBC News


UK Somalis 'racially profiled' over FGM

Parents are wrongly being arrested and having their children taken into care due to the stigma around female genital mutilation (FGM), members of the UK Somali community have told the Victoria Derbyshire programme. They say figures suggesting tens of thousands of girls are at risk in the UK are inaccurate.

BBC News


Hundreds of allegations of abuse against child prisoners are revealed as serious restraint incidents triple

Hundreds of children are alleged to have been abused and neglected in prison over the last three years amid a dramatic rise in young offenders being injured.

There were more than 550 allegations of child abuse or neglect made against staff in England’s seven child prisons between 2016-17 and 2018-19, according to figures obtained through freedom of information (FoI) requests to local councils by charity Article 39.

And the number of restraint incidents that have resulted in children suffering injuries or compromised breathing have more than tripled since 2014, from 54 to 193 last year, according to data obtained by charity Article 39.

The Independent