Legislation / Legal
HMT: A deregulatory package designed to help credit unions and co-operatives compete & grow more effectively has completed its Parliamentary passage. The Legislative Reform Order (LRO) will come into force on 8 January 2012 and represents an important part of the Government’s commitment to promote mutuals.
HO: Changes to the Immigration Rules have been laid in Parliament to reinstate a minimum age of 18 in order to qualify for entry clearance to the UK. These rules will come into effect on 28 November 2011. .
CO: Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, has announced that Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts will lead a full review of the law relating to charities in England & Wales, to be reported by summer 2012.
EA: A man who illegally dumped more than 1m used tyres across England has been jailed for a total of 15 months.
FSA: The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has fined Rameshkumar Goenka, a Dubai based private investor, $9,621,240 (approximately £6 m) for manipulating the closing price of Reliance Industries (Reliance) securities on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
HSE: A Barking-based vehicle recovery business has been fined for using a forklift truck after being served with a Prohibition Notice preventing its use.
CLG: In a consultation that closed recently, the Government proposed new powers that will enable landlords to evict a tenant who has received an anti-social behaviour order without further court proceedings.
OFT: The OFT has taken enforcement action against Carcraft, which has 11 car supermarkets across England & Wales, over concerns about its business practices when selling cars, finance and after-sale guarantees.
BHF: In the early hours of the morning UK-time, the Australian Senate has voted to introduce plain tobacco packaging from December 2012. This will make Australia the first country in the world to introduce such legislation.