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The Reggae band UB40 declared bankrupt

November 7th, 2011
The first Marshalsea debt prison in the 18th c...

Debts Prison for Bankrupts 18th Century

UB40,the British Reggae band, formed in 1978 by seven unemployed friends, having to their credit such big hits as ‘Red Red Wine’, which topped the charts in 1983 and who enjoyed two huge number one albums in the UK – Labour of Love in 1983 and 1993’s Promises and Lies, have gone broke.

Last month it came to light that four of the original band members were officially declared as bankrupt in a Birmingham County Court hearing. Now they are being hounded for £750,000 in unpaid Debts.

Sax player Brian Travers, drummer Jimmy Brown, Trumpeter Terence Oswald and Norman Hassan were found to be in debts owing to £750,000.

Marks Sands the spokesman for RSM Tenon the firm handling the bankruptcy had said the recovery process will start after assessing their properties.

Mr Sands confirmed the debt was owed to the taxman and the creditors of the band’s company, DEP International which is already out of work.

He added that the band members may have nothing or they might have around or £100,000 to pay in cash then the extreme action of selling their homes will not happen.

He also allayed the fears of the fans, which fear the bankruptcy proceedings will stop the group from performing, that the group will not play anymore.

He said that they would assess the earnings of the group over the years and see if that could clear their debt. He said he wondered like all others how the group had ended up losing all their money nobody had a clue where it went he added.

He concluded that he had an idea but would not be able to confirm it till he was certain.

Half of all insolvents in UK and Wales are women a study reveals

November 3rd, 2011
England and Wales (red), with the rest of the ...

England Wales & Rest of UK

A report revealed yesterday that half of Britons who are becoming Insolvent are women the highest ratio ever recorded. The official figures to be published tomorrow figures all insolvencies in England and Wales.
A grim picture is being predicted, by the experts, for the women in Britain which sees the women paying price for recession with thousands losing their jobs and their count increasing by the day. Those who have jobs, are working, part time with measly wages.
Women being the mainstay in public sector work force have been affected maximum by the governments cut back policies.
The report by the accountancy firm RSM Tenon will show women forming 49.2 percent of all insolvencies which include bankruptcies , individual voluntary arrangements and an insolvency called the “debt relief order” which was introduced in the year 2009 for people who owe less than £15,000 and have assets of less than £300 excluding a car worth less than £1,000.
Mark Sands, at RSM Tenon said that it was miserable credit ratings for the women in UK. It was struggle for survival in the depressing economy scenario. Some women were trying to look away from the grim situation they are in but the harsh truth of their financial problems is hitting them hard. Women were never bankrupt in the 80’s he said.
except in some major crisis involving marriage or illness he said. But now running the house in inflation, changes in Welfare Benefits, freezing wages and less working hours are contributing to their insolvency says Una Farrell from the Consumer Credit Counselling Service.
In a overall situation the government’s insolvency figures is expected to show fall in the number of insolvencies between July and September.
There are many factors for inability to pay the sum one borrows it could be unemployment, separation, sickness or bereavement. The Debt department at Duncan Lewis aims to improve the quality of life by advising and assisting people with their debts. It helps to give the confidence that action can be taken to stop bailiffs or county court judgements being issued. It is never too late to get help.

Cutbacks bring regeneration of new homes to a standstill mid way through leaving many households abandoned

November 3rd, 2011
housing scheme meant to revive housing in badly maintained areas, of North West, the Midlands, the North East and Yorkshire, by bringing down the old structures and build new homes, had been stopped mid way the local government Committee said.
Barton Regeneration Centre. Barton Regeneratio...
Regeneration Centre
The reason, a group of MPs said the people are left stranded in appalling conditions due to cutting of funding by the governments in regeneration projects.
The group said that the people were trapped and the government had no strategy to come out of the situation.
The scheme the critics said was a futile exercise which left even good houses being pulled down without any plan to replace them when the houses could have been renovated.
A all party committee which was constituted to look into the winding up of the housing renewal scheme last year said the decision to end funding to the scheme had left deep effect on the lives of people.
Labour chairman Clive Betts said that he witnessed the fallout of cutting funds to the regeneration projects. He said that he met people on half abandoned streets where people were left high and dry because the promise to provide them new homes was never met. Similar stories had been heard from other affected areas he said.
In response, Housing  Minister Grant Shapps said, help was coming soon for the worst affected. He said that previous government’s attempts at regeneration relied on “bulldozing buildings without any plans for regeneration.
The government will be announcing additional funding to help those people living in the worst-affected streets, and give free hand to the councils and residents to take vital decision over likely measures to improve their own neighborhoods” he said.
The Housing department of Duncan Lewis has solicitors who are capable of dealing with the most complex of situations as well as more straightforward cases including alternative accommodation Disrepair and Allocation of permanent accommodation.

Bill for changes in sentencing policy and Legal Aid passes the Commons

November 3rd, 2011
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House of Commons 1808-1812

The plans to save £350m and cut in prison population by 2,650 has passed its hurdle at the house of Commons when the bill for changes in sentencing policy and legal aid was cleared amid lot of opposition by all party MP’s. The Bill went through with a majority of 78 votes with 306 Aye’s and 228 Noye’s.

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke said that though the bill was attacked from left and right will start to address some of the problems left behind by previous government.

The Labour said the Bill had controversial plans which included scrapping of indeterminate sentences to dangerous offenders and restricting legal aid to selective people. The bill it said was bad for the vulnerable people of the society.

Justice Secretary said he believed that it was a balanced bill and would tackle situations where the statute book has been filled with useless legislation under the previous government. He said that the Bill had actually started to address some of the problems.

The bill with two changes, ensuring that crime against disabled people to be treated on par with racially motivated attacks and appeal by prosecution lawyers against bail decisions of Crown courts, will go to the Lords.

Decision to scrap no-win, no-fee cases was criticised by the Labour which said that the legislation will make it harder for ordinary people to seek justice.

Almost everyone expressed concerns over legal aidcuts in the three days of discussion on the issue they argued that domestic violence victims would be left to suffer in silence as they would receive aid if and only they report abuse to the police. The disabled were about to lose as they will not be able to challenge any unjust benefit decision made against them they argued.

The right-wing Conservatives accused Mr Clarke of being too magnanimous by scrapping indeterminate sentences.

The government was determined to cut costs in the Legal Aid system hence; it said the changes were needed to help only the needy and deserving. The indeterminate terms had failed and it was unjust to inmates in prison living in doubt about their release, Mr Clarke said.

Duncan Lewis has the largest legal aid civil practice in the country, offering a very high-quality and cost-effective service to privately-paying clients. Duncan Lewis helps in being the voice and advisor to make a strong case on behalf of its client.  In many cases, it provides legal advice assistance without any fee.

Cost of interpretation in the legal system £60m a year

November 2nd, 2011

The data of costs for interpreters for foreigners at Crown Courts has been revealed under freedom of information laws for the last six years. It is a whopping £25 million. The Ministry of Justice in a year spends around £60m on interpreters covering the whole legal system.

It was found that one in seven people involved in the last summers riots was a foreigner.

The languages which is most sought or requested for are Polish, Lithuanian and Romanian in the crown courts followed by Russian, Urdu, Kurdish, Mandarin, Portuguese, Punjabi and Czech.

The Ministry of Justice is trying to tighten the strings by outsourcing the job of interpreting to a Manchester firm Applied Language Solutions (ALS) for the next five years. This move is going to save the government more than £18m a year.

Though Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has approved the move many professional interpreters have raised concern of the quality of services the firm provides and have boycotted the firm.

A police station representative Rob Taberner who uses the services of ALS told the Law Society Gazette earlier that people with no proper skills were sent to the police station for the job. That they were not able to do their job correctly was unable to grasp simple legal terms which were basic requirement for translation.

The interpreters are paid at the rate of £85 for first three hours and £7.50 for every 15 minutes thereafter.

The Taxpayer Alliance told the Sun Newspaper that translators for some cases were inevitable but for those who are staying inBritainat least they should learn English. It’s a burden on the taxpayers the spokesperson for the Alliance said.

The ministry of justice spokesperson said that interpretation costs will be curtailed by £18 million a year without compromising on the quality of services and the Taxpayers money will be well spent he added.