Legislation / Legal

OFT: The Office of Fair Trading has recently launched a review of the personal current account market and outlined a longer term programme of work aimed at addressing competition concerns and a lack of customer focus across the wider retail banking market.
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HO: The pilot to test the domestic violence disclosure scheme (DVDS), often known as ‘Clare’s Law’, began last week. Police in Gwent & Wiltshire will be the first to start piloting the scheme, with forces in Nottinghamshire & Greater Manchester commencing in September 2012.  The pilot will end in September 2013.
Under the scheme an individual can ask the police to check whether a new or existing partner has a violent past (‘right to ask’).  If police checks show that a person may be at risk of domestic violence from their partner, the police will consider disclosing the information.  

The pilot will also look at how the police can proactively release information (‘right to know’) to protect a person from domestic violence where it is lawful, necessary and proportionate to do so.
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CBI: A new CBI report examines the Government’s Work Programme one year on from its launch. Work in Progress argues the Work Programme represents a good deal for jobseekers, employers and the taxpayer, but that further evolution of the scheme is required.
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