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Cumbria Police on track to reduce the backlog

A commitment to tackle firearms licensing delays made during a meeting between BASC and Cumbria Police has been reinforced at a follow-up meeting. Cumbria Police revealed during the latest meeting with BASC that it is making rapid progress and has reduced its backlog of renewals by 57 per cent since the introduction of new resources in… Read more »

Wales Humanists launches report on 100 years of disestablishment
Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala’s sentence drastically cut by Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal in Kano has drastically reduced the sentence of Mubarak Bala, imprisoned President of the Nigerian Humanist Association, from 24 years to five. The judges unanimously found that his original sentence for blasphemous Facebook posts was excessive and in contravention of the law. Bala has already been in prison for four years, so this… Read more »

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Picket: Napo has tried to stop the sell-off but is now considering judicial review
Bank of England Governor warns against inflation matching pay rises

Following the decision by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee to raise interest rates yesterday, the Bank’s governor has warned people of the consequences of pushing for inflation busting pay rises. Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme this morning, Andrew Bailey said, “My key point is that if inflation becomes embedded and… Read more »

No 10 reiterates support for Bank of England’s independence
Interest rates see their biggest rise in 27 years

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of England has this lunchtime announced that it is increasing interest rates by 0.5% to 1.75%. This is the biggest rise in interest rates for 27 years. At its meeting on 3 August 2022, the MPC voted by a majority of 8–1 to increase Bank Rate by… Read more »