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(en) Britain, Freedom* #7213 - NEWS IN BRIEF

Date Mon, 05 Sep 2011 09:45:22 +0300


Justice Ian Tomlinson’s killer PC Simon Harwood is to stand trial at the Old Bailey in October. The police officer who was part of the violent Territorial Support Group at the time he killed Tomlinson during the anti-g20 protests in the city of London in 2009. Originally Kier Starmer the Director of Public prosecutions refused to bring criminal charges against Harwood and only changed his mind after the inquest jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing. ---- Housing The Council of Mortgage Lenders has published forecasts for the UK housing market, in which it predicts that arrears and repossessions are set to rise during the remainder of 2011 and throughout 2012. This comes on the back of newly published statistics compiled by the housing charity Shelter that says one in 10 working Scottish households is currently living under the threat of home repossession. Shelter, which offers support to people facing homelessness, warned that poverty is set to engulf a “new demographic” – that of working families – in the coming months.

Legal The government’s legal reform bill is set to wipe away access to legal representation for the vast majority of ordinary people as employment, debt and education advice, and a good proportion of housing and immigration advice are all being removed from future government funding. A total of £350m is to be cut meaning legal aid “will no longer routinely be available for employment, immigration, some debt and housing issues, some education cases, and welfare benefits” according to the Justice minister Ken Clarke.

Protest Activists from Citizens United Against Public Sector Cuts, occupied the public advice centre at an HM Revenue and Customs building in Glasgow in protest at the disability allowance being abolished and at disabled people being labelled ‘scroungers’. The 16-strong group entered the public advice centre at an HM Revenue and Customs building in Glasgow and held up placards, shouting “No to the rich”. One activist stated: “We are protesting about a £120bn tax gap owed by corporations and private individuals. Why should disabled people suffer for a crisis that was caused by systemic flaws in the financial system?”

Transport Workers on the Heathrow Express rail service won a significant victory in an improved pay deal after they voted overwhelmingly for further strike action. Heathrow Express management initially offered the rail link workers “completely unacceptable pay offer… loaded with strings” and refused to sit round the table to negotiate. It was only after Workers voted in favour of strike action, refuse overtime and work to rule that the company, whose profits exceeded £6m last year, offered an improved pay package.

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