A landlord who breached health and safety regulations and regularly flouted court summons has been ordered to pay more than £6,700. Following a trial at Colchester Magistrates’ Court, Colin Smith was found guilty of contravening a health and safety notice requiring a “suitable and sufficient” assessment. Victoria Jempson, prosecuting, said, “A Colchester Council health and
A government watchdog has launched an investigation into the Home Office’s decision to accuse about 34,000 international students of cheating in English language tests. Over 1,000 students have been removed from the UK as a result of the accusation and hundreds have spent time in detention. A large numbers of students say they were wrongly accused. Over 300
International students are to be given visa extensions of up to a year to look for work in the UK as part of a package of government measures to increase numbers of overseas students after Brexit. The move represents a break with current policy, where students are allowed to stay for just four months after graduation.
The Home Office reached an out-of-court settlement with the charity The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) who had threatened a judicial review over the registration system for EU citizens. JCWI agreed to drop its application for a judicial review after Sajid Javid’s department made changes to its guidance to caseworkers in relation to
The Law Commission are proposing a shakeup of immigration rules in order to make them easier to understand. The aim is to simplify the current 1,100 pages of regulations. The proposals include an audit of overlapping rules and a limit to the number of times a year the rules are changed. The Law Commission believes
A woman has been found guilty of dishonestly claiming almost £10,000. Jane Prentice, 50, who claimed to be a single parent on a low income, with three children, was prosecuted after falsely claiming Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support from Swale council between August 2016 and December 2017. However, an investigation by the Department for
A woman who dishonestly claimed more than £18,000 of employment support allowance has avoided jail. Sharron Ensor from Rawmarsh admitted fraud by false representation and was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court. Ensor claimed she was single and received £18,462 in employment support allowance from Barnsley Benefit Centre. Judge Robert Kelson sentenced Ensor to three months
A man who is a carer for his 37-year-old son is being forced to sell his home or face jail because he wrongly received benefits that cost the taxpayer less than £110. George Henderson, 59, has cared all his life without payment for his son who has mental health problems and is addicted to heroin.
A man has been charged of fraudulently claiming more than £33,000 in disability benefits over nearly six years. Lorenzo Armas, 51, denies knowingly failing to notify benefit bosses of a change to his entitlement for disability living allowance between February 15 2012 and January 2 this year. Armas is alleged to have claimed a total
A man has been fined after he was found to be using his wife’s Blue Badge for his own benefit. James Mason initially claimed that he had dropped his wife off at an appointment but later admitted that he had lied. Blue Badges allow a disabled person to park closer to their home or destination,