Detailed guide: Secure your vehicle to help stop illegal immigration

How road transport companies and their drivers must secure their vehicles to stop people using them to enter the UK illegally, and to avoid being fined.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/secure-your-vehicle-to-help-stop-illegal-immigration

Transparency data: Home Office major projects: appointment letters for Senior Responsible Owners

Home Office appointment letters for Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP) Senior Responsible Owners (SROs).
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/home-office-major-projects-appointment-letters-for-senior-responsible-owners

Cambridge Analytica owner fined £15,000 for ignoring data request

SCL Elections failed to respond to a US citizen’s request for copies of data it held on him

Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL Elections, has been fined £15,000 for failing to respond to an American citizen’s request for copies of information it holds on him.

SCL Elections pleaded guilty to a charge of breaching the Data Protection Act by failing to comply with an enforcement notice from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) at a hearing at Hendon magistrates court.

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https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jan/09/cambridge-analytica-owner-scl-elections-fined-ignoring-data-request

Scotland census: sex question changes ‘may risk reliability of data’

Analysts suggest proposed switch in 2021 survey to non-binary sex question will make results harder to interpret

Proposed changes to a question about biological sex, asked in Scotland’s next census, risk undermining the reliability of the survey and set a difficult precedent for equalities protection, experts have said.

The Scottish government is proposing to add two questions, posed on a voluntary basis, regarding gender identity and sexual orientation to the 2021 census, via the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) bill.

Related: Scotland to embed LGBTI teaching across curriculum

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/09/scotland-census-sex-question-changes-may-risk-reliability-of-data

District Judge Appointment: Muzaffer

The Queen has appointed Adem Behcet Muzaffer to be a District Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable David Gauke MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon. The Lord Chief Justice has deployed him to serve in the Wales Circuit […]

District Judge Appointment: Muzaffer

The Queen has appointed Adem Behcet Muzaffer to be a District Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable David Gauke MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon. The Lord Chief Justice has deployed him to serve in the Wales Circuit […]

Labour MP calls for reforms to rogue bailiff complaints system

Report finds just 30% of those who experience rule breaking make formal complaints

A Labour MP has urged the government to make it easier to challenge rogue bailiffs after a report found few people made formal complaints despite huge numbers saying rules had been broken.

Emma Reynolds, who will lead a debate on the issue in parliament on Wednesday, said it was anomalous that unlike with the police – the only other profession able to enter people’s homes and seize possessions – there was no independent route for redress.

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https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jan/09/labour-mp-calls-for-reforms-rogue-bailiff-complaints-system

Limit prosecutions of army veterans, says top human rights lawyer

Martyn Day suggests charges against armed forces instead of individuals after abuse claims in Iraq and Afghanistan

A statute of limitations could be used to prevent prosecution of military veterans for less serious historical offences, a leading human rights lawyer has suggested.

Appearing before the Commons defence select committee, Martyn Day called for independent investigators – rather than the Royal Military Police (RMP) – to look into serious allegations of abuse.

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https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/jan/08/limit-prosecutions-of-army-veterans-says-top-human-rights-lawyer

News story: New asylum accommodation contracts awarded

The Home Office has awarded New Asylum Accommodation and Support Services Contracts (AASC) following an open and fair procurement exercise.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-asylum-accommodation-contracts-awarded

Corporate report: Home Office trust statement: 2017 to 2018

The annual trust statement provides a financial and narrative summary of the revenue and other income collected by the Home Office for 2017 to 2018.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/home-office-trust-statement-2017-to-2018