Legislation / Legal

ScotGov: Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs Roseanna Cunningham has introduced new regulations to Parliament aimed at modernising Scotland’s legal profession. The regulations, which come into force in July 2012, follow the passage of the Legal Services (Scotland) Act 2010, and pave the way for legal services to the public and business to be organised and delivered in new ways.
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WAGNew proposals requiring food businesses such as restaurants, takeaways & supermarkets in Wales to display food hygiene ratings at their premises have been outlined. The Welsh Government will introduce its Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Bill, designed to provide consumers with more information about where they eat or buy food and raise food hygiene practices among businesses.  
Press release & links ~ Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Bill
 
OFT: The OFT has provisionally decided to refer the private motor insurance market to the Competition Commission after it found evidence that insurers compete in a dysfunctional way that may push up premiums for drivers by £225m a year.
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WAGUnder-16s in Wales will not be allowed to receive a cosmetic piercing without their parent or guardian’s consent, if proposed Welsh Government legislation goes ahead. Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said the legislation would also include an outright ban on intimate cosmetic piercings for under-18s.
 
Currently, there is no age restriction for cosmetic piercing. As long as a young person can demonstrate they understand what they are having done, and the risks involved, they do not need their parent or guardian’s permission.  
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ScotGovFurther measures to safeguard £ms in deposits paid by tenants renting properties in Scotland, have been introduced, it was announced recently. Housing Minister Keith Brown has approved 2 more tenancy deposit schemes from SafeDeposits Scotland and Mydeposits Scotland.
 
All 3 schemes will operate across Scotland from 2 July 2012 when the legal requirement to submit deposits into a scheme will begin.  In order to provide landlords with time to prepare the first category of deposits to be paid into the schemes will be from November this year. when the legal requirement to submit deposits into a scheme will begin.
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