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  • ExeTRA private tenants group

    18 July 2014

    A group has been set up by the Exeter CVS to help support private tenants and housing caseworker James Durston has been asked to sit on their steering group.     The ExeTRA private tenants group offers support to private tenants by si...

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  • ‘Heroism’ Bill makes bad neighbours out of Good Samaritans

    18 July 2014

    Government hype about a new Bill to protect ‘everyday heroes’ will put vulnerable people at risk, lawyers have warned ahead of a parliamentary debate on the Bill on Monday (21 July). The Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism B...

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  • Almost 20,000 more parents defend themselves in family court cases

    16 July 2014

    16 Jul 2014 From the Lawyers Supported Mediation.com blog: Following cuts to legal aid almost 20,000 more parents went to court without a lawyer in 2013/14, according to unpublished government figures. The surge in unrepresented parents c...

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  • West Exe Children's Centre Summer Celebration

    15 July 2014

    We attended the West Exe Children's Centre Summer Celebration last Friday - lots of fun had by all!

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  • Work Experience at Cartridges

    15 July 2014

    It's work experience time of year and we've had a couple of lovely young people helping out in the office over the last few weeks.  This is a lovely report from Jade Pughe who joined us last week: My name is Jade Pughe; I am currently 15 a...

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  • Law Society slams residence test decision

    14 July 2014

    From the Law Society 10 July 2014 The Law Society has condemned the government's decision to impose a residence test on civil legal aid eligibility. MPs voted yesterday to pass a measure that prevents access to legal aid for non-UK r...

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  • Save legal aid: video and petition

    14 July 2014

    A Justice Alliance video featuring Stephen Fry and Jo Brand explains how the government's changes to legal aid will put justice out of reach for many ordinary people, and calls on people to sign the petition to save legal aid. 

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  • Tenants face eviction as landlords capitalise on rising house prices

    14 July 2014

    The Independent reported on Sunday that the numbers of people facing eviction have risen as a result of landlords evicting tenants to enable them to sell on their property.   "Soaring numbers of people in private rented homes face evicti...

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  • School summer holiday the breaking point for many families

    10 July 2014

    From National Family Mediation As children look forward to the long school summer holiday, a leading family charity is gearing up for an increase in the numbers of divorcing and separating couples seeking its services. National Fami...

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  • Woman in the Community award for Dana Mulligan!

    08 July 2014

    Congratulations to our very own Dana Mulligan who has just received acknowledgement for her hard work at the national Damsels In Success Women Inspiring Women awards ceremony in Birmingham where she was awarded “Woman in the Community&rdqu...

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  • Fear of homelessness is the biggest worry for people leaving care

    03 July 2014

    Javed Khan the chief executive of Barnardo's this week wrote the following interesting article for the Guardian, it is an issue we are well aware of at Cartridges having had a wide range of experience in this area over the years.  You ca...

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  • Ministers urged to swiftly accept key Mediation Task Force recommendation

    03 July 2014

    The largest provider of family mediation in England and Wales has welcomed the publication of a Government report which recommends making mediation awareness meetings free for all for one year.    National Family Mediation (NFM) had call...

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  • Report reveals alarming gaps in knowledge about child sexual abuse

    03 July 2014

    A report into child sexual abuse in the family environment published today reveals alarming gaps in knowledge about its prevalence, effects, and how best to prevent it. Concern about the findings has led the Deputy Children's Commissioner for Engl...

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  • Domestic violence convictions at record high.

    02 July 2014

    The Guardian has today reported that domestic violence convictions are at record high.   The conviction rate for domestic violence cases has reached its highest ever level, with cases now making up 10.7% of the Crown Prosecut...

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  • Going abroad? Be sure of the law!

    01 July 2014

    Holidaymakers should ensure they are aware of local laws and customs when they travel, to avoid invalidating their insurance policies. “Just because you have insurance cover does not mean you don’t have to be responsible for your ...

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  • New Flexible Working Requests

    01 July 2014

    With effect from 30 June  most employees have a right to request flexible working. The provisions are set out in the Employment Rights Act 1996 and various regulations associated with the legislation. In the past the right to request fl...

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  • The Bike Shed Theatre obtains NPO Funding

    01 July 2014

    As supporters of The Bike Shed Theatre we were delighted to learn today that they have obtained funding from the NPO; tweeting earlier today they said “We're in the NPO. £75k  a year. Hoping other Exeter orgs. have similar happy n...

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  • The legal profession march at Saturday’s flagship LGBT event in London

    01 July 2014

    Although we at Cartridges were unable to attend this event we fully support it and welcome seeing our professional colleagues taking to the streets of London under the banner ‘Equality under the Law’ and messages of ‘Freedom to...

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  • APIL News: New plan to end pressure sore postcode lottery

    27 June 2014

    Patients hoping to avoid the pain and indignity of pressure ulcers in hospital are at the mercy of a postcode lottery, according to lawyers. Figures gathered from NHS Trusts across Britain show a wide variation in performance,including two Trusts ...

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  • APIL News: Patients exposed to maverick medics under Medical Innovation Bill

    27 June 2014

    Protection for vulnerable patients will be eroded by the Medical Innovation Bill say lawyers, ahead of the Bill’s first debate in the House of Lords today (Friday).   “This Bill allows a doctor to ‘play God’ with no co...

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