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The draft domestic abuse bill

The draft Domestic Abuse Bill is now open for consultation. The draft bill’s provisions include a statutory definition of domestic abuse, a new domestic abuse commissioner and a system of domestic abuse protection notices and protection orders to deter and monitor perpetrators

England & Wales
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Business Rates Retention Reform Consultation

This consultation includes a new proposal to introduce variable business rates baselines and “floating” top-ups and tariffs which, it claims, would remove many of the uncertainties around how much business rates income is retained. The consultation is running in parallel with a consultation on local authorities’ relative needs and resources.

England & Wales, Scotland
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DfE Improving the educational outcomes of Children in Need

Children in Need are children on a Child Protection Plan, Looked-after, disabled or otherwise supported by social workers. There were approx 1.5 in the period up to April 2018. DfE has researched how to improve the educational outcomes of these children.

England & Wales
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Sexual harassment in the workplace: new responsibilities  

In its inquiry the Women & Equalities Select Committee heard that employer responsibilities are poorly understood, and its report recommends a shift in the burden for tackling sexual harassment at work from individuals to employers who would be under an obligation to take responsibility for changing behaviours at work.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Swift read: The Homelessness Reduction Act in England

It is nine months since the Homelessness Reduction Act came into force in England. New government statistics highlight what councils are doing to prevent and relieve homelessness in line with the new legislation.

Global, Scotland
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The immigration white paper

The government’s white paper on immigration, published on December 19 2018, sets out how ministers see immigration controls operating from 2021. It is written on the assumption that the UK leaves the European Union at the end of March, with a transition period following until the end of 2020.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland