Legislation / Legal

DH: On 6 April 2012, all large shops in England will have to hide tobacco products from view in a drive to cut the number of smokers and protect young people who are often the target of tobacco promotion.  

Cigarettes & all tobacco products will have to be hidden from view except when staff are serving customers or carrying out other day-to-day tasks such as restocking.  Guidance on the new law is available on Businesslink or through local authority trading standards departments.
Press release & links
 
HO: Women will have the right to ask police about a partner's domestic violence history as a new scheme is trialled in parts of England & Wales. The Home Secretary announced last week that police forces in Greater Manchester, Gwent, Nottinghamshire & Wiltshire will run a 12-month trial of the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme.
Press release & links
 
CBI: The CBI has commented on the Government’s proposals to reform the tribunals system, which includes the introduction of fees. In the last 5 years alone, tribunal claims have risen by 150%.
Press release
 
DWP: Iain Duncan Smith’s Welfare Reform Bill became law last week, marking an historic moment for the Coalition Government and delivering on his promise to restore the welfare system to one that is fair for society and will make work pay.
Press release ~ Welfare Reform Act ~ DWP: welfare reform
 
CC: The Competition Commission has published an issues statement as part of its market investigation into the supply of aggregates, cement and ready mix concrete in Great Britain.
Press release & links
Keeping benefit and business grant payments flowing