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Reforms mean children and vulnerable adults may not be properly heard, Kingston Law School expert warns
Posted Wednesday 23 April 2014
The new 26-week time limit for cases where children are taken into care, designed to further reduce delays, could in fact lead to injustices taking place, a Kingston Law School academic has warned.
The changes are part of a package of family justice system reforms which also see new combined Family Courts come into being in England and Wales.
The new time limit may not be in the interests of justice in all cases, Professor Penny Cooper explained. "While there is much to be welcomed in these reforms, the renewed emphasis on completing care cases in 26 weeks means there is a real danger that children and vulnerable adults such as those who have been abused, or those with learning difficulties or disabilities, will not be properly heard," she said. "This time limit could be problematic if the desire to get on with completing a case overrides the need to get special measures in place for the vulnerable."
Professor Cooper also suggested the legislation represented a missed opportunity to bring in a proper scheme to protect the vulnerable in the family courts. "When the government brought in these new policies it could have introduced reforms to ensure that such measures as intermediaries for children or TV links for intimidated witnesses are available in family courts in the same way they are in the criminal courts," she said.
The need for the government to make this type of resources available was highlighted in the Family Justice Review in 2011 but it hadn't taken up the challenge, she said. "The court has a duty to make adjustments for the vulnerable but there is now the added pressure of time on family judges as well as the existing lack of resources."
There are about 270,000 new family cases each year dealing with issues such as local authority intervention, divorce, domestic violence and adoption.
The Family Justice review also found that vulnerable children were having their "futures undermined" by excessive delays, with care and supervision cases taking an average of 56 weeks.
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Posted Tuesday 18 March 2014
A Kingston University expert has warned that celebrities may increasingly be abusing the bankruptcy system in order to maximise their earnings and reduce the amount of tax they pay.
Dr John Tribe, a leading researcher on personal insolvency law and bankruptcy history at Kingston University, says that during the past few years he has noticed a significant spike in the number of well-known people becoming bankrupt. "It looks like this trend has been developing partly in response to the recent changes which mean that an individual's bankruptcy record is effectively wiped clean after just a year, reducing both the stigma attached to becoming insolvent and, at the same time, providing a solution to their monetary problems," he suggested. "Also, I suspect that some celebrities are being advised that bankruptcy is the best way to avoid their tax bills."...
Kingston businesses welcome local currency and feel confident about future growth, student survey shows
Posted Thursday 6 March 2014
A study by Kingston Business School students has found a majority of local businesses would welcome the option of trying out a local currency, and that most are confident about their trading prospects for the next three years.
The Kingston Pound will go on trial in the Royal Borough later this year in an effort to boost the local economy. Brixton, Bristol and Totnes are just some of the places which have already converted to using a local currency alongside Sterling, while people in Hackney are in the process of creating their own version. There are also local currency networks in Europe and the USA....
Posted Thursday 27 February 2014
The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has received a major EU grant worth more than £500,000 to investigate how mobile health and wireless technologies can be used to monitor patients with multiple chronic diseases. The work is expected to have a major impact on healthcare.
The WELCOME project brings together 12 European partners to develop healthcare via new integrated health pathways and mobile and smart cloud computing for patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and co-morbidities such as diabetes, congestive heart failure and anxiety....
Posted Tuesday 18 February 2014
The development of a tool that will help government officials, policy makers and healthcare providers across Europe examine the cost effectiveness and impact of anti-smoking initiatives is set to become the subject of a major new study.
Headed by an expert from Kingston University and St George's, University of London, the investigation will scrutinise the way stakeholders are involved throughout the research process and compare their responses with those in other countries across the continent....
Posted Thursday 6 February 2014
Public knowledge and understanding of life on the Home Front during World War 1 is set to grow thanks to archive work being carried out by Kingston University historians on behalf of the British Red Cross. With a four-year long commemoration of the Great War due to start this summer, Dr Sue Hawkins and Juliet Warren from the University's Centre for the Historical Record are marking the anniversary by overseeing the digitisation of the personnel records of a quarter of a million of the Red Cross's Voluntary Aid Detachments - as those who volunteered for the Red Cross during the first world war were known. This will shed new light on the personal experience of huge numbers of Britons and the humanitarian contribution they made during the war.
"It's a very exciting prospect," Dr Hawkins said. "From the people knitting socks, to nurses, to those who ended up driving ambulances in Europe - they're all there, so it's the embodiment of the ‘we're all in it together' attitude from 1914-1918". The project to digitise all 250,000 individual records, which are currently held on 5x3 inch cards, is being led by the British Red Cross, which has the archive in its London headquarters and will host the resulting website. The Heritage Lottery Fund has made a grant of £80,000 available to fund the project....
Business Secretary and Twickenham MP Vince Cable commends Kingston University's cutting-edge entrepreneurs
Posted Thursday 6 February 2014
Government Minister Vince Cable has hailed Kingston University's pioneering and cutting-edge approach to entrepreneurship during a visit to the University's Knights Park campus.
Dr Cable, who is Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills as well as being the member of Parliament for the neighbouring constituency of Twickenham, was shown around the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture by Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg and Faculty Dean Professor Steven Spier. As well as viewing the workshops he also got a chance to speak to students about their work and future plans....
Posted Tuesday 4 February 2014
The remarkable decline and fall of Regency rake William Jackson, from Harrow public school boy to penniless alcoholic convict in Australia, has been brought to life nearly 200 years after his death in a highly praised book by Kingston University lecturer Dr Nicola Phillips.
The Profligate Son has been described as ‘a gem of a book' by the Washington Post, while the Wall Street Journal calls it ‘splendid, making an age come wonderfully alive'. Dr Phillips specialises in gender, social and cultural history and first approached the project as a history of inter-generational conflict, but said it soon became clear that this was a uniquely detailed case of family breakdown, in which the very contemporary issue of debt and borrowing had played a key role....