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What are my options if goods are seized by Border Force or HMRC?

Cameron Stubbs
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Goods can be seized by HMRC or Border Force under Section 139 of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 when there has been a breach of customs law, for example, if the goods being imported are misdeclared. Once seized, the owner of the goods will be...

CQC prosecutions: care home provider ordered to pay over £51,000

Laura Hannah
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In a press release issued by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on 18 February 2022, it was reported that the CQC had prosecuted a care home provider of a residential care home providing personal care to people aged 65 and over, who may have dementia. ...

COVID-19 vaccination requirement in care homes to be revoked from 15 March 2022

Laura Hannah
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As of 11 November 2021, it was a legal requirement for registered persons, namely those registered as providers and managers with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), to ensure that only people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were permitted to...

Can I be prosecuted for the contamination of land?

Paul Loughlin
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Land is contaminated when there are polluting substances in, on or under the land. This may mean that the substances have been left in buildings or on land or that the substances are buried in the ground. Every local authority has a duty under Part 2A of...

COVID-19 vaccinations in care homes - be prepared

Laura Hannah
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From 11 November 2021, it will be a legal requirement for registered persons, namely those registered as providers and managers with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), to ensure that only people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are permitted to...

CQC prosecute care provider for failing to provide safe care and treatment

Laura Hannah
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It was recently reported that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) prosecuted the registered provider of a residential care home for people with physical and learning disabilities, and those with acquired brain injuries for a failure to provide safe care...

Trading Standards have discovered and seized over a million illegitimate cigarettes in England and Wales this year

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Welsh Trading Standards teams have been working with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as part of ‘Operation CeCe’, a national Trading Standards initiative, targeting illegal tobacco products. Recent raids carried out across Wales saw not...

Top tips for applying to register a children's home

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Ofsted recently published a blog which set out recommendations and tips for completing a successful application to register a children’s home, which can be found here . Currently, Ofsted confirm that the average processing time to register a...

Could your business be subject to the new regulations for fuels?

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The Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020 (‘the regulations’) are made under section 87 of the Environment Act 1995, and they make provision restricting the sale of certain solid fuels, and provide...

Harassment normalised among children, warns Ofsted

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Today, Ofsted have published a report summarising their findings and recommendations as a result of their review into safeguarding policies and practices relating to sexual abuse in state and independent schools and colleges. The review was prompted...

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