Archive: Bills

Govt moves to 'privatise' probation service

Government wins probation victory

The government has won a vote on privatising parts of the probation service.

  • Council tax set to rise by 4.2%

    Council tax 'to rise by £53'

    Council tax bills in England and Wales could rise by an average of £53 a year, an independent investigation has discovered.

  • The Lords defeated the government over its medical health bill

    Peers defeat government over mental health bill

    A cross party group of peers has challenged the government's mental health bill, with the Lords voting for a series of amendments that weaken the proposed act's power to detain people with severe personality disorders without consent.

  • Gangsters will be targeted under the new powers

    Tough new powers to tackle organised crime

    Gangsters engaged in drug dealing, people trafficking or fraud could be placed under curfew or have their movements restricted under tough new powers unveiled today.

  • Peers consider mental health bill

    Peers consider mental health plans

    Peers will today begin a detailed review of the mental health bill, amid warnings the legislation faces defeat unless the government backs down on certain measures.

  • The Lib Dems have accused the Labour of being addicted to legislating

    Labour 'addicted to legislating'

    Thousands of new laws, criminal offences and enough legislation to fill 205 large novels show that the government is afflicted with "legislative madness", the Liberal Democrats have said.

  • Alan Johnson scraps plans to force faith schools to admit non-faith pupils

    Faith school quota plans scrapped

    The government has abandoned its plans to force new faith schools to take a set number of non-faith pupils following lobbying by religious groups.

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