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  • Freedom of Information Act changes ruled out Following significant opposition from a large number of organisations and individuals, the Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock MP has said that the Government ‘will not make any legal changes’ to the Freedom of Information Act. Read more Mar 2016
  • UN publishes List of Issues for UK child rights examination In November, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (the UN Committee) published its List of Issues as part of the UK’s examination on its child rights obligations. This is a formal document given to States Parties which sets out where the UN Committee would like more information on particular issues. The information received helps it inform what questions it will ask a government during the examination session. Read more Dec 2015
  • Lords Debate Harris Review on Young People and Prisons At the end of October, the House of Lords debated issues set out in The Harris Review: Changing Prisons, Saving Lives. Read more Dec 2015
  • Is Britain Fairer? The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published a report, which looks at progress in achieving equality and human rights implementation in England, Scotland and Wales. Is Britain Fairer? The state of equality and human rights 2015 focuses on education and learning; work, income and the economy; health and care; justice, security and the right to life; and the individual and society. Read more Dec 2015
  • Members and Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights Appointed At the beginning of November, the Joint Committee on Human Rights appointed its members from the House of Commons and House of Lords. The Chair is Harriet Harman MP. Read more Dec 2015
  • UNCESCR publishes List of Issues on UK examination The UN has published its List of Issues for the examination of the UK Government on implementation of the UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights taking place next summer. This is a formal document given to States Parties which sets out where the UN Committee would like more information on particular issues. The information received helps it inform what questions it will ask a government during the examination session. Read more Dec 2015
  • Lack of capacity undermines training on policing children Police training on children’s issues has been undermined by a ‘lack of capacity’, according to Olivia Pinkney, deputy chief constable of Sussex Police and the National Police Chiefs Council’s (NPCC) lead officer for children and young people. Read more Dec 2015
  • Do you have case studies on the Human Rights Act? CRAE is mobilising the children’s sector to speak out on defending the Human Rights Act, which provides vital protection for children. Read more Dec 2015
  • Bid to overturn Commons vote on lowering the voting age fails An attempt by Labour to overturn the House of Commons vote, which barred 16 and 17 year-olds from taking part in the European Union Referendum, has failed. Read more Dec 2015
  • Concern with Freedom of Information Commission proposals Many organisations, including CRAE, have expressed concern about the Freedom of Information (FOI) Commission’s recent consultation. Read more Dec 2015