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DDU welcomes GDC plans to extend fitness to practise pilot

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) has welcomed the extension of a GDC pilot aimed at speeding up the initial inquiries made to assess fitness to practise cases. The pilot, which was announced in September last year and was due to end in April, has now been extended until the end of October after ‘early positive signs’. Of… Read more »

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Majority of PCCs Supportive of Shooting, says BASC

BASC has published the results of its interactions with Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) following last week’s elections. In the run up to the poll, BASC wrote to each of the 40 candidates in England and Wales and set up a platform for members to contact their local candidates to find out where they stood… Read more »

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Public sector told to recognise different needs
Public sector prepares for gender equality

Public sector authorities have been reminded of their new responsibilities under upcoming gender equality legislation. From April 6th public sector bodies will have to take a proactive approach to promoting gender equality, rather than relying on individuals to bring specific complaints. The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) hails the upcoming Gender Equality Duty as the biggest… Read more »

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Reid signs EU Convention on Human Trafficking
UK signs up to tackle Human Trafficking

The home secretary John Reid has signed the European Convention on Human Trafficking, committing the UK government to addressing human trafficking. Coinciding with the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade, Mr Reid said the convention marked a step forward in combating the modern day slavery of human trafficking. “I am committed to tackle… Read more »