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Please give UK citizens the same rights as Europeans to bring their family in to the UK.
Most British citizens do not realise that they do not have the same immigration rights (in returning to the UK with a family) as European citizens. Thousands of British people are either forced to leave the UK or prevented from being with their family due to much more stringent rules on families of British citizens.
British Immigration Law explicitly declares British people to be non-European, and thus not protected by European law. A European can enter the UK with a partner (from anywhere in the world) if they have lived with them in Europe for 2 years i.e. durable relationship.
A British citizen has much stricter conditions: (i) minimum income £18.6k (more if they have children) (ii) must be married (iii) must speak English. None of these conditions apply to European citizens entering the UK with partner and/or family.
Thousands of British citizens are either denied their human right to a family life, or forced to leave their own country. The income requirements and the marriage requirements cause particular problems (e.g. inability to get a divorce under foreign laws, and thus impossible to remarry - forever preventing the British citizen from returning).
Please give British people returning to the UK equal rights to Europeans entering the UK and prevent this terrible injustice. This will reunite thousands of families who have been divided for years by an inequitable and unjust law.
As it stands the Sexual Offences Act considers consensual sex below the age of 16 to be an offence. The Amendment to the Sexual Offences Act seeks to reduce this age to 12.We consider this amendment to be absurd for the following reasons:
1. Psychologically under 16’s are not mature enough to make sexual decisions or understand the consequences thereof.
2. It exposes under 16’s to the risks of HIV/Aids and other STDs, prostitutions, statutory rape, abortion and child pornography.
3. It places an unfair burden on parents by taking away their rights to restrain their children from sexual activity. Children will be free to make their own decisions regarding sex.
4. School communities will become platforms for sexual activity for learners. Education staff will be unable to contend with sexually unruly and chaotic learners.
5. It will lead to an increase in teenage pregnancies. School drop-out will increase and unemployment and other socio-economic problems in the country will soar.
6. It violates the Child Protection Act because it will be “exposing or subjecting a child to behaviour that may harm the child psychologically or emotionally”.
7. It will encourage the growth of child pornography as an industry and other crimes in South Africa. International black-market demands will be made on SA since sex with under 16’s is illegal in other nations.
8. It will permit under 16’s to undertake abortions without the presence of parents or adult guardians.
Other nations, including the United States, do not promulgate consensual sex for under 16’s. If this amendment is successful it will make South Africa the most liberal nations in the world with regard to the age of sexual consent!
The authority to decide the destiny of minor children should lie with their parents/ guardians. As responsible citizens of South Africa we must prevent laws that expose our children to harm. The rights of our children are cannot be violated. The rights of children must be secured at all costs.
As parents, guardians and responsible citizens I sign this petition and thereby express my disapproval of the amendment to give under 16’s consent to engage in sexual activity.
In recent studies it has been shown that although there are many childcare providers only a few offer non-standard hour childcare. Now the growing demand of a service-based economy have eaten-away the traditional am-pm, Monday-Friday working week.
Large proportions of the labor force now have to be available beyond the old work pattern. New work patterns such as round the clock work, shift work, and extended hours are now found everywhere,in shops in hospitals, care homes, post offices, warehouses and factories, just to name a few.
In addition to changing working patterns, increasing parental employment and changes in cultural and social attitudes highlight the issues of work-life balance, bringing increasing demand for non-standard hours childcare provisions to the fore.
at the heart of this new workforce:61% of working families contain parents employed outside regular 9-5 hours (DFEE2000),managing shifts,and working during early mornings,evenings, nights, and weekends.A study by the Daycare Trust (2000) also suggests 34% of working families contain a parent who worked long hours, and 22% of working families contain a parent who worked shifts. So the need for non-standard hour childcare is great.
What exactly are our politicians doing for the community? No, this does not include holding up a can of peas smiling ear to ear for the news team photographer on how they donated lots of can goods!
Many families would rather work for their food than collect food-stamps contrary to popular opinion. When needs aren't realized,that is a failure on our leaders part for not asking the right questions. When needs are brought to our leaders attentions, that not only must be addressed,but goes ignored,that is OPPRESSION of the people by our leaders!
As Australians we are proud of our country and are more than happy to share it with foreign visitors. However there are some visitors here either studying, working or just visiting who choose to break the law and it's our citizens who pay the price physically, financially and psychologically.
The law needs to change for all visitors to this great land in the form of one strike policy. This means that for any visitor who commits any of the below 10 divisions of crime would result in the immediate removal from Australia.
Divisions of crime
01 Homicide and related offences
02 Acts intended to cause injury
03 Sexual assault and related offences
04 Dangerous or negligent acts endangering persons
05 Abduction, harassment and other offences against the person
06 Robbery, extortion and related offences
07 Unlawful entry with intent/burglary, break and enter
08 Theft and related offences
09 Fraud, deception and related offences
10 Illicit drug offences.
We would like to have the current California laws for the disabled changed. Some individuals are using their disability to legally extort money from small business owners.
Our hope is the law will change and business owners be given a warning with 60 days to fix any issues. Then if issues are not started to rectify the problem then fines can be awarded. The law should not allow for one individual to go from town to town to line their pockets with lawsuits either.
The act of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is against the law yet it is reported that this act of violence on young girls is still happening today, in the UK!!? I am horrified at the processes that are used to cut these girls, and the inhumane act of stitching the vagina entrance, is against the laws of our lands for good reason.
We ask for a more pro-active response to this horrifying problem, for the act of FGM to be highly judged so that the length of sentence may deter the people who commit the crime of FGM. We say no to Female Genital Mutilation.
The Offender Levy is an extra payment you are required to pay if you plea guilty in court. This cash grab was introduced in August, 2012. The government has supposedly introduced the levy to help pay for the cost of law enforcement and administration.
You are not able to appeal the imposition of the levy however the levy will be removed if all convictions relating to the sentencing event are overturned on appeal.
This levy can be increased 'at will' by the Queensland government.
The National Firearms agreement states that suppressors are a category R "weapon";
"(h) a silencer or other device or contrivance made or used, or capable of being used, or intended to be used, for reducing the sound caused by discharging a firearm;"
It is unfortunately widely thought that suppressors fully silence a firearm. This is however false. A suppressor will only dampen the noise produced from a discharging firearm.
Even though hearing protection is available firing a large caliber rifle whilst undercover does not protect the hearing to comfortable levels.
In fact it is highly recommended that even with a suppressor a shooter should wear hearing protection. The typical suppressor only manages to reduce 14.6 - 45Db the reason for so much variation is due to length of suppressor/whether the ammunition is subsonic and location.
Suppressors are used by several countries for the purpose of protecting hearing of the shooter and any bystanders. Some of these countries are: New Zealand, Finland, Germany, Norway and Poland to name a few.
As graduates around the country prepared to sit the notoriously difficult FE-1 exams, the Law Society announced last Friday that the exams will be moved forward by two weeks. This means that students have 20% less time to prepare that was previously the case.
The FE-1s are of utmost importance to most students who sit them and, as the only means of entrance into the Professional Practice Course, they have the power to dictate any applicants' career progress. Most of the applicants will have contracts conditional on them passing all 8 exams by a certain date.
In changing the dates of the exams, The Law Society have not only made the exams a more daunting and stressful prospect for students but also put hundreds of graduates' careers on the line. This page is set up to resist this manifest injustice and ask that the Law Society, should they be unable to hold the exams on the original dates, move the exams back rather than forward. This would give all concerned a better chance to adapt.
Nobody who sits or has sat the FE-1s would suggest taking it lightly. They are exams that require tireless work and preparation and it is not too much to ask that the Law Society recognise this in their organisation of the exams.
A new law has been passed in the state of michigan requires women to purchase additional insurance for elective abortions including in cases of rape or incest.
The law states that health care insurance will no longer cover abortions in this case even if it is a danger to a womens emotional/mental and physical health.
Each women should have the right to chose how she deals with an unwanted pregnancy.
A school may be approved for attendance by nonimmigrant students if it has both instruction in the liberal arts, fine arts, language, religion, or the professions and vocational or technical training.
In that case, a student whose primary intent is to pursue studies in liberal arts, fine arts, language, religion, or the professions at the school is classified as a nonimmigrant under section 101(a)(15)(F)(i) of the Act.
A student whose primary intent is to pursue vocational or technical training at the school is classified as a nonimmigrant under section 101(a)(15)(M)(i) of the Act.
The highest law in our land is the U.S. Constitution, which has some amendments, known as the Bill of Rights.
The Bill of Rights guarantees that the government can never deprive people in the U.S. of certain fundamental rights including the right to freedom of religion.
The Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment gives you the right to worship or not as you choose. The government can't penalize you because of your religious beliefs.
We are trying to stop bullying.
Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively to impose domination over others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power.
Behaviors used to assert such domination can include verbal harassment or threat, physical assault or coercion, and such acts may be directed repeatedly towards particular targets. Justifications and rationalizations for such behavior sometimes include differences of class, race, religion, gender, sexuality, appearance, behavior, or ability. If bullying is done by a group, it is called mobbing. The target of bullying is sometimes referred to as a "victim".
Source of definition: wiki
The Nigerian firearms act of 1990 is one of the most reprehensible laws of Nigeria as seen at the website http://www.nigeria-law.org/Firearms%20Act.htm.
This law snatches the power to bear arms and self defense from citizens and empowers religious fanatics and extremists who have killed thousands of Nigerians. Of note is the Boko haram insurgency which targets peaceful law-abiding citizens. Armed robbery attacks are on the increase. Militancy, religious fundamentalism and kidnapping are the order of the day.
There is mounting evidence that outlaws abound when they know that their targets are unable to defend themselves.
It is imperative that Nigerians be allowed to enforce their rights to life. Right to life and Freedom from oppression is guaranteed in the Nigerian constitution. Only an armed person can be free.
“Kindness and compassion towards all living things is a mark of a civilized society. Conversely, cruelty, whether it is directed against human beings or against animals, is not the exclusive province of any one culture or community of people. ” - César Chávez
One day, I happened to see a video of how the government servants in Malaysia tortured stray dogs, which according to them, they were just removing the stray dogs from the streets. The dogs were bleeding but the people did not care. I am an animal lover and my heart ached when I watched it..
I know there are people outside there who loves animals as much as I do and hate how these dogs are treated, as much as I do but may not have done something to stop this. I don't know what's the chance of me to win this, but I know that if I don't try, I'll never know.
P.S. this is the video I watched
Governor Christies's Refusal
The doctors looked at the color of her skin and made a conscious decision that padding their billing was more important. I have asked the newspapers in the United States to print my sister's story. Unfortunately, all of them also looked at the color of her skin. I wrote letters to President Obama, Vice President Biden, Congress, Senators and others without a response. I am determine to write every newspaper in the world to ask for help
Subject: Governor Christie refuses to uphold the law related to death of a patient.
My sister was given a lethal combination of medication by doctors at Morristown Memorial Hospital that caused her death. I filed a complaint with Gov Christie's Office. He has taken no action but to continue the cover up. He refuses to meet with my family and I.
"My sister's medical records were altered. The law in New Jersey states original medical records should be available to patients or estate executors on request. I filed a complaint with Gov. Christie and to date he has refused to meet with me or uphold the law.I have supplied Gov. Christie with copies of the altered records. This is FRAUD.
Gwendolyn Cole-Hoover, M.D
Currently Manitoba Law Regarding Bicycle Theft Is not a law that has a Crown Penalty of Mandatory Incarceration.
"Just six months before Russia hosts the 2014 Winter Games, Vladimir Putin signed a law allowing police officers to arrest tourists and foreign nationals they suspect of being homosexual, lesbian or 'pro-gay' and detain them for up to 14 days. … The law could mean that any Olympic athlete, trainer, reporter, family member or fan who is gay — or suspected of being gay, or just accused of being gay — can go to jail."
The Russian government wants to ban gothic and emo music. They also want to ban any youngster from entering a government or school building whilst wearing gothic or emo-style clothing. I do not think that this is acceptable.
Goths are NOT always evil. I am a goth and I am always putting money in charity boxes, signing petitions for causes that I care about and going on "click-to-donate" websites. I absolutely love animals and am a vegetarian. This is not uncommon amongst the gothic subculture.
Most goths are not involved in animal sacrifices and, because we feel secluded and are often persecuted, many goths are very sympathetic towards others who are also persecuted, misunderstood and/or just mistreated, i.e the animals that are kept on factory farms or the wolves that are being hunted due to their bad reputations. In fact, we are generally so open towards others who are treated cruelly that many homosexuals and bisexuals turn to the gothic subculture and are accepted there.
Discuss this matter with any normal goth or even just anyone who has ever had real experience conserving with normal goths and they will tell you that goths are generally very friendly, caring people.
Goths also do not have to be depressed. Many of us are, but that does not mean that we all are. Also, how would our being depressed serve as a good reason to discriminate against us? We don't discriminate against non-gothic people who are depressed. We sympathise with them, so why shouldn't we do the same with goths?
Goths are not always drug addicts, alcoholics or gangsters. In fact, I was reading a post from another goth on the Internet. This one was saying about how his/her mother had always been against his/her gothic style, saying things like "why can't you be normal like my friends' children?" Yet those "normal" youngsters all ended up getting into drugs and, possibly, gangs as well. The goth, on the other hand, stayed away from all of it.
Even emos, the ones whom we goths are sometimes forsworn enemies with, can be nice as well. Each to their own!
The Department of Immigration & Citizenship is responsible for Australia's interests as regards people who come to this country with the intent to stay, and within that they are responsible for our response to those who have come from areas of the world where it is perilous to remain. Those people are called asylum seekers and their right to approach us for help is enshrined in International Law.
The way in which they choose to exercise this duty is a matter of public policy and much debate, however recently one or more members of the department have deliberately antagonised members of online communities who are sympathetic and compassionate about refugees, with aggressive advertising that seeks to discourage refugees seeking asylum. As visible at https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BPiBMSyCEAMZsk5.png:large
It is one thing to have opinions about, or execute public policy. It is quite another to use the Internet to deliberately harass and cause offence to people because they congregate to discuss your behaviour critically. In fact, using a "carriage service" such as the Internet to harass, menace and cause offence is illegal under section 474.17 of the Criminal Code (cth).
The reason we want this approved is for our own safety. You would want to know if your child is safe, wherever he/she is.
We are all badly hurt in what happened to Mr. Trayvon Martin, and we would not want that to happen again to another innocent person.
So please help us STOP the stand your ground law.
Influenced by Mark O'Mara's lovely impression of Prosecutor John Guy during the defense's closing statements in the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman trial on Friday, June 12, 2013.
"[Grunt]! F'ing Punks!"
We solemnly attest to the fact that we could sit and watch Mark O'Mara perform impressions of various parties involved in the State vs. Zimmerman case for hours and be left begging for more.
Slaughter without stunning is an excruciating and terrifying experience faced by millions of animals every year.
All food livestock in Britain are killed by having their throats cut, but the law requires that they are first rendered unconscious by stunning. However, animals killed for Muslim Halal meat are exempt from this law - they can be slaughtered by throat-cutting WITHOUT pre-stunning, even though it does not say anywhere in the Qur'an that an animal cannot be unconscious before it is killed.
After having their throats cut, animals are hung by one leg, still alive, and allowed to slowly bleed to death. According to research, it can take a cow 60 seconds - an entire minute - to lose consciousness, and a calf twice this time.
Approximately 8 million animals per year are slaughtered this way for the Halal market.
In 2003, the Farm Animal Welfare Council published its report on the welfare of animals at slaughter - it recommended that a solid law should be passed to stun all animals before slaughter. In 2004, the Government accepted FAWC’s conclusion that animals slaughtered without pre-stunning are likely to experience “very significant pain and distress”, but announced that it would not adopt the report’s recommendation.
Halal meat is often not labeled as such in UK supermarkets, so many of us are unwittingly supporting this cruel, barbaric and unnecessary method of slaughter.
Family court judge names William Vernon as the killer of a 19 month old baby — five years after he was cleared by a jury, but due to our fantastic laws in this country Vernon CANNOT be re-tried for the murder of baby Alanis. New laws now allow a second prosecution if new evidence is revealed — but they came in after his trial - furthermore, there is no "new evidence" in this case
MONSTER William Vernon has been dramatically named as the killer of a baby — 5 years after a jury acquitted him.
Vernon, 24, originally from Cardigan Street, Chaddesden had walked free after he was cleared of stamping 19-month-old Alanis Holland to death.
But a family court judge chose to rule openly “in the interests of justice” that he DID cause her death, and branded him a danger to children.
Worried social services staff brought the case to protect the two children of his new lover.
Judge James Orrell heard Vernon had savagely beaten one of the youngsters, a six-year-old known only as Child A, ten times with a metal spatula.
Judge Orrell said: “This incident was vicious and not simple chastisement.” He said it was hard to imagine any child could be safe with Vernon. The judgment finally vindicated Alanis’s innocent mum Joanne, who Vernon had cruelly accused in court of being the killer.
She said: “I’ve been all the way to hell and back. Now, at last, everyone finally knows the whole truth. When I went to see Alanis at the mortuary I made a promise to her that I’d get justice for her.
“I’ll never forget the foreman delivering the not guilty verdict at Vernon’s murder trial. I just collapsed in tears. “In other people’s eyes the jury incriminated me. I was called a murderer in the street.
“In an ideal world he’d be behind bars. At the very least he should be tagged.” Joanne had left toddler Alanis in jobless Vernon’s care at the home they shared in Overseal, Derbyshire, in February 2000.
When she returned Joanne found her child struggling for breath. The jury at Leicester Crown Court heard a recording of her sobbing and pleading for help during a 999 call.
Alanis was lying limp in her arms, her life ebbing away, as distraught Joanne pleaded: “Please come back to me.” The tot had a ruptured liver — more usually seen after a child has been run over by a car.
The prosecution claimed that Vernon was the only person who could have inflicted the “dreadful” damage. But the jury cleared him of murder AND a lesser charge of manslaughter after he went into the witness box to accuse Joanne.
She was never charged and yesterday Judge Orrell said it was “inherently unlikely” that she would have harmed her daughter.
He said: “Vernon said Joanne inflicted the injuries and punched Alanis. This suggestion is insidious and fanciful. “Joanne is a mother who has no problems controlling her temper. Vernon is a man with a violent temper. What he did to Child A shows the extent he will go to to punish children.”
The judge then declared in Derby Family Court: “William Vernon struck Alanis with such force that he ruptured her liver and caused her death. Vernon presents a serious and continuous risk to young children.”
Details of any order made by a judge in the Family Division are not made public.
Vernon CANNOT be re-tried for the murder of Alanis. New laws now allow a second prosecution if new evidence is revealed — but they came in after his trial
Limitations Act 1969 18A Personal injury
An action on a cause of action to which this section applies is not maintainable if brought after the expiration of a limitation period of 3 years running from the date on which the cause of action first accrues to the plaintiff or to a person through whom the plaintiff claims.
Childhood sexual abuse
For victims of childhood sexual abuse their life is irrevocably changed forever, for some; they will live their entire lives without disclosing to anyone, others will find the strength and courage to disclose to someone at some point in their lives.
Statistics and Figures
It is commonly accepted that:
•1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before the age of 18.
•1 in 4 girls is sexually abused before the age of 18.
•This is equivalent to 332,516 Queensland men having experienced child sexual abuse.
•Over 30% of confirmed reports of child sexual abuse involve male victims.
•Between 70-90% of men who have experienced child sexual abuse haven’t told anyone!
•In on study of 40 boys who experienced child sexual abuse and attended an adolescent medical facility, none had ever told their primary care giver.
•Men are one and a half times less likely than women to report rape to police. This makes for an extremely small figure, given that only between 5–10% of women report rape to police.
•There appear to be some particularly powerful forces preventing adult men from telling. From their experience of men's groups, counsellors say that many men do not disclose until they are in their thirties and some never disclose.
Some personal prospective?
I was sexually abused as a child, the perpetrator was a scout leader, I never told anyone about it until I was 21 at which point I told my parents that I had been abused but no more details as I was unable to deal with it. At the age of 36 I realized that I needed to do something about it because it was destroying my life. I went to the police and for the first time ever I told the detective in great detail what had happened to me. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do.
During the course of the investigation it was revealed that the scout association not only knew who this person was and what he had done but failed to report it to the authorities. One report from the scouts advised that the boys were told to “remember their scout’s code of honour and never talk about it again”. As I told my parents at age 21 I was unable to legally hold the scouts accountable becuase I disclosed at 21. The following links shows that this organisation has done this more than once.
What do we want?
We request that the limitations act 1969 section 18a be amended to allow for victims of childhood sexual abuse the time required reporting the crime and seeking compensation from the organisations’ that cover up or hide perpetrators to protect their organisations’ name.
در پی افزایش فشارها بر روی دراویش گنابادی، فرشید یداللهی، یکی از وکلای ایشان توسط نیروهای امنیتی بازداشت شده است.
به گزارش وبسایت مجذوبان نور، فرشید یداللهی فارسی وکیل دراویش گنابادی روز یکشنبه ۲۰ شهریور ماه 1390 در شهر شیراز توسط نیروهای امنیتی بازداشت و به مکان نامعلومی منتقل شد.
Appeals court hearing is being held for lawyers of the Gonabadi dervishes Amin Eslami and Farshid Yadollahi who have received a 6 month imprisonment sentence.
The 6 month prison sentence for libel and disturbing public opinion of the two was reviewed once again during the trial in the presence of their lawyers. The defendants were not in court.
In February, 388 attorneys wrote a letter to the head of the judiciary and objected to the imprisonment sentence and the revocation of the licenses of the attorneys for Gonabadi dervishes.
Recently 11 members of the dervish related website Majzoobaneh Nour and 5 of their lawyers have been arrested. Amin Eslami and Farshid Yadollahi, Hamid Moradi, Omid Behrouzi, Afshin Karampour, Reza Entezari and Mostafa Daneshjou are held in the security ward of Evin Prison.
Another incarcerated dervish Mehrdad Keshavarz is being held in the Intelligence Ministry Detention Center of Shiraz.
Previous to CIWAA's inception the WCB and the Government have relied on Injured Workers inability to organize and remain fragmented leaving many voices without a united message.
We must unite all the Injured Workers under one group and one message. That group is CIWAA and that message is We will not allow WCB to deny legitimate claims of Injured Workers in order for corporate Alberta to benefit with the lowest WCB premiums in Canada at Injured Workers expense.
NOTICE: The name and address of every person who signs this petition may be made available to the public if the petition is in proper form to be presented to the Legislative Assembly.
To Contact Injured Workers: email@example.com
28. We All Are ONE!
When you look at all of the problems facing the world today--environmental exploitation, animal cruelty, hunger, poverty, greed, war, and many more--the fundamental problem can be seen as a fragmented mindset, one which perceives everything else as something separate from the self.
In the words of noted quantum physicist Dr. Amit Goswami:
"The ultimate disease--the root disease--is the illusory thinking that we are separate from the Whole. To heal the disease is to realize that we are Whole, that the separation is but an illusion."
Thus, the goal of this petition is to heal the fragmented mentality through promoting an ethical system based on the most fundamental, universal, unifying belief in the world: that everything emanates from One, Supremely Good and Beautiful Source, and, therefore, everything is essentially One.
This simple, universal belief has resounding ethical implications (e.g. we should treat all things with love, compassion, and respect), healing the world on a fundamental level.
This belief is so universal and so powerful, it is high time it receives its due honor and support.
So, please, take a stand with us and declare: We all are One!
New Council Tax Reduction scheme - starting 1 April 2013
As a result of government changes, the existing council tax benefit scheme will end and be replaced with a new scheme from 1 April 2013. The new scheme is called Council Tax Reduction and will be a local scheme decided by Salford City Council. Council Tax Reduction is an amount of money deducted from your bill, meaning you pay less towards your council tax. The scheme was agreed at a meeting of the full council on 16 January 2013.
The government will give us a sum of money each year towards the funding of the scheme. As a result of a reduction in the government funding, we will now get less than before.
Who will be affected by the new Council Tax Reduction scheme?
Working age people who currently receive council tax benefit will need to pay more council tax from 1 April 2013 onwards. People who have not had to pay any council tax before will now have to start paying some of it. Council tax payers who are experiencing extreme financial hardship will be able to apply for some discretionary assistance.
These changes will not affect pensioners, who will be eligible for the same level of Council Tax Reduction if their circumstances stay the same. There may be some changes however, when the government introduces Universal Credit (scheduled for autumn 2013). The single person discount for households where there is only one adult is also unchanged.
Below we have listed the key changes. Council tax bills giving details of what every household will have to pay and Council Tax Reduction notification letters will be issued during March 2013.
The key changes for working age customers from 1 April 2013 are as follows:
1. Everyone who receives Council Tax Reduction will be asked to pay at least 8.5% of their council tax bill. Currently people can claim up to 100% council tax benefit but from 1 April 2013 this will change. Working age people will no longer be able to claim 100% Council Tax Reduction, they will need to pay at least 8.5% of their council tax bill.
2. Second adult rebate will no longer be available unless people currently qualify for 100% second adult rebate entitlement (the student only element). Second adult rebate is a form of council tax benefit that can currently be paid instead of the main type of council tax benefit. People may be able to claim second adult rebate if they have to pay council tax and they live with someone else, other than their partner/civil partner, for example a grown up son or daughter. The other person must be 18 or over, not paying rent, not responsible to pay council tax, and have income below a certain amount. From April 2013, people will no longer get second adult rebate unless they have student only entitlement.
3. Council Tax Reduction will not be paid where it would be is less than £1.00 a week. Some people currently receive very small weekly contributions to help them pay their council tax. Under this change, nothing would be paid to anyone who qualifies for less than £1.00 per week Council Tax Reduction.
4. We would increase the ‘taper' applied to calculate Council Tax Reduction for people of a working age from 20% to 25%. This means that for every additional £1.00 income a household receives above a set amount, they would need to pay an additional five pence towards their council tax bill from April 2013.
5. If a non-dependent deduction is made, this will increase by 50 pence per week (unless government legislation states a higher increase). A deduction is currently made from weekly council tax benefit entitlements for certain adults aged 18 or over living in the claimant's home. Under this change the Council Tax Reduction you receive will go down by at least an additional 50 pence per week for these non-dependants living in the claimant's home.
6. Backdated Council Tax Reduction will not be allowed. Currently where an applicant can demonstrate there was a good reason for making a late claim, their claim could be backdated. This is changing, and from 1 April 2013, no backdated awards will be allowed. Claims would only be paid from the date of receipt of the claim (salford.gov.uk)
Claude Duboc is a French citizen being held in an American prison. Who is requesting repatriation back to France based on the 1983 Prisoner Transfer Treaty signed between the Republic of France & the United States.
The treaty states that each country's respective nationals may purge their sentence in their country of nationality. In his case France. He has been turned down three times for the most inane reasons. His 4th application went into Washington, D.C., Department of Justice and its sub division the I.P.T.U. (International Prisoner Transfer Unit) January 31, 2013. The quest is he want to "do" his sentence in a French prison which will save American tax payers $35,000 usd per year (this "35" is the estimated cost of caring for a Federal Inmate by the Bureau of Prisons per year).
Claude is being held in a maximum security federal penetenary for CONSPIRACY to import and distribute marijuana as well as laundering money. He will have served 19 years as of March 24, 2013. Claude has been sentanced to life plus five! He is non violent criminal.