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HO: From last week, all taxi licensing authorities can request enhanced criminal record checks before issuing licences to taxi & private hire vehicle drivers. This means licensing authorities can find out if someone is barred by the Independent Safeguarding Authority from working with children or vulnerable people before issuing a licence.
Up until last week, only drivers who regularly pick up vulnerable people, including children, have been eligible for enhanced checks. This change will standardise this practice for all drivers.
DH: The Health & Social Care Bill has gained Royal Assent to become the Health & Social Care Act (2012).
LC: In a recent report, the Law Commission are recommending that consumers should have a new legal right of redress against traders that carry out misleading or aggressive practices.
TUC: TUC General Secretary, Brendan Barber, has commented on the ruling in the Supreme Court last week, which found against a number of insurance companies which have been seeking to deny compensation to the victims of mesothelioma.
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