European Court Offers Glimmer Of Hope On Gay Marriage

European Court Offers Glimmer Of Hope On Gay Marriage

In a blow to gay activists in the United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the Austrian government has no obligation to recognise the marriage of a gay couple. Austrians Horst Schalk and Johann Kopf argued that the failure to recognise their marriage violated their human rights under article 12 (right to marry), article 14 (prohibition of discrimination), and article 8 (right to private and family life) of the European Convention on…

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UK work permits: new visa rules effective 19 July 2010

UK work permits: new visa rules effective 19 July 2010

As predicted, the government unveiled a new set of rules for people applying for UK work permits on Monday. Effective 19 July 2010, the number of highly skilled migrants applying under tier 1 of the points based system will be capped “at current levels” and the number of points needed by non-EU workers who come to do highly skilled jobs will rise from 95 to 100. Moreover, the number of certificates of sponsorship that licensed employers can…

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Thinking about a remortgage? Look no further…

Thinking about a remortgage? Look no further…

Everything you need to know about remortgaging property What is a ‘remortgage’? Unlike a second mortgage, where a new lender will take a charge that ranks behind (or in some cases on a par with) your existing mortgage, a remortgage is where you replace your current mortgage loan in its entirety with a new mortgage loan. Why might I want to remortgage? There are a number of reasons why you might want to remortgage. Perhaps…

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Could the FA sack Fabio Capello over Stuart Pearce bullying?

Could the FA sack Fabio Capello over Stuart Pearce bullying?

Nicknamed ‘Psycho’ during his playing career, Stuart Pearce has certainly mellowed as he has gotten older. It’s hard to imagine the tough-tackling left-back of yesteryear withdrawing as meekly as he did after Fabio Capello gave him the elbow in South Africa last week . Still, Capello’s the boss (at least for the next two weeks) and having served for eight years under Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest — who famously whacked Roy Keane, of all people, in the chops — perhaps Psycho has…

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Gender Swap OAP Wins Case To Receive State Pension 5 Years Early

Gender Swap OAP Wins Case To Receive State Pension 5 Years Early

Christine Timbrell, born in 1941 as Christopher Timbrell, has won her discrimination claim against the Department for Work and Pensions after it refused to pay her the state pension at 60 — the age at which women born before 5 April 1950 should receive it. Christine had a sex-change operation in 2000, aged 59. After she turned 60, she asked HM Revenue & Customs to begin paying her state pension. HMRC refused, however, on the ground that…

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Doctrinaire Tories Push Ahead With Arbitrary Immigration Cap

Doctrinaire Tories Push Ahead With Arbitrary Immigration Cap

Shortly after the election, the coalition announced it intended to implement an annual cap on the number of non-EU migrants entering the UK. Agreement on a cap represented a major coup for David Cameron as the policy was one of the most publicised pledges in the Conservative party manifesto. Until now it has been unclear what the immigration cap would be or how the Conservatives intend to arrive at a figure without it seeming arbitrary….

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New Era In Fight Against Tax Avoidance?

New Era In Fight Against Tax Avoidance?

Alongside the slew of spending cuts this week, the government also announced it intends to do more to combat tax avoidance. One proposal under consideration is a General Anti-Avoidance Rule (GAAR). The idea behind the rule is to forestall efforts to subvert the intention (if not the letter) of UK tax law. As things stand, many tax lawyers and accountants are paid big money to do precisely this — and consequently they’ve come up with complex, sometimes ingenious, schemes to secure tax advantages…

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Unfair Dismissal: Drink Driving Prosecutor Fired For… Drink Driving

Unfair Dismissal: Drink Driving Prosecutor Fired For… Drink Driving

A former criminal prosecutor who helped ensure “Britain’s worst drink driver”, John Williamson, received a driving ban of “nine lifetimes plus 109 years”, has abandoned her claim for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination after she was fired for – yes, you’ve guessed it – drink driving. Anne Hart, 39, crashed into a parked car in Dundee in July last year with such force that it actually flipped onto its side. Apparently she collided with the vehicle…

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Lesbian Teacher Wins £15,000 Constructive Dismissal Claim

Lesbian Teacher Wins £15,000 Constructive Dismissal Claim

A lesbian teacher at Tor Bank School in Dundonald, Belfast has won £15,000 in damages after she alleged the headmaster “bullied and harassed” her over her sexuality after she rebuked his advances. Jill Young, 37, claimed she had no option but to resign over the treatment. Ms Young — a special needs teacher in a civil partnership with another female employee at the school — subsequently claimed constructive dismissal. South Eastern Education and Library Board have agreed to pay her…

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Colin Hendry Declared Bankrupt

Colin Hendry Declared Bankrupt

Former Blackburn Rovers defender Colin Hendry – a totemic figure in Scottish football during the 1990s, and nicknamed “Braveheart” by his fellow professionals — has been declared bankrupt by Blackpool County Court. Hendry, 44, of Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, received a demand for payment from his creditors on 12 March. In response, he applied for an Individual Voluntary Arrangement — which would have enabled him to come to a binding agreement to repay the debt over a period of 5-6 years — but this was rejected…

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