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Following unsavoury comments made on social media by Baker Small law firm in regards to tribunal cases between local authorities and parents of children with SEND and in her capacity as Shadow Minister for Children and Families, Sharon has written to the Minister for Children and Families, Edward Timpson MP, to highlight her concerns and called for further investigation into this matter and for the Government to recommit to end the adversarial nature of the SEND support system.

Sharon has also written to Edina Rowland, the Chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and all chief executives of local authorities with children's services regarding her concerns and those raised with her by parents of children with SEND.

An extract of Sharon’s letter to Edward Timpson reads:

“For a law firm, which has been contracted with public money to help mitigate disputes on behalf of a local authority, to gloat on social media about their victories is not helpful in ensuring a less adversarial atmosphere regarding SEND support for children; something that we both called for and welcomed during the passing of the Children and Families Act back in 2014 when the reforms to the system were legislated on.”

Sharon then went on to say in her letter:

“These actions clearly show a complete disregard and lack of respect for professional standards in the legal profession, which must be upheld to the highest standard to ensure that our legal profession is never brought into disrepute.”

Sharon asked the Minister for Children and Families to investigate this matter further along with his colleague, the Solicitor General, and ensure that children are put at the centre of the system and to recommit to ending the adversarial nature seen in the SEND support system.

In her letter to the Chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Sharon called on them to investigate this issue further and to take seriously any complaints received by parents who face adversarial actions by opposing counsel during tribunal hearings and to respect the culture change that Parliament called for during the passing of the Children and Families Act 2014.

Sharon also called on local authorities to evaluate their contracts with outside legal counsel to ensure they are not being vindictive towards families of children with SEND and to recommit to supporting children and young people with SEND.

This all comes as part of Sharon’s review into special educational needs and disabilities for children and young people. More information on the review can be found at this link: http://www.sharonhodgson.org/sharon_launches_review_into_send_provision_in_children_and_families_act

Sharon writes to Education Minister, Solicitors Regulation Association and Local Authorities about actions of law firm, Baker Small

Following unsavoury comments made on social media by Baker Small law firm in regards to tribunal cases between local authorities and parents of children with SEND and in her capacity...

A service and vigil will be held tomorrow (Wednesday 22nd June) to celebrate the life of Jo Cox on her 42nd birthday at 6.30pm in St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle.

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The theme of the celebrations, ‘More In Common’, was the theme of Jo’s maiden speech on entering the House of Commons in May 2015, when she said: ‘We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us".

Speakers will be confirmed nearer the time; however, it is expected that the Dean of the Cathedral, Chris Dalliston, the Bishop of Newcastle, Christine Hardman, and local MPs and MEPs will speak during the service.

Sharon said:

“Jo was an inspirational woman who dedicated her life to helping those in the most need across the world and spent her short time in Parliament championing causes close to her heart and working to ensure that hatred did not divide us as a country.

“Jo was not only a credit to us in the Labour Party, but to all of us involved in British politics and the wider country and she will be sorely missed by us all; but especially by the young family she has been so brutally taken away from.

“That is why I am heartened to see global celebrations and remembrance of her life will take place on her 42nd birthday and I would like to thank St Nicholas’ Cathedral for providing the space for a service to be held in the North-East so that as a region we can come together to remember Jo, her life and all recommit to standing up against hatred in our society.”

#MoreInCommon celebration of Jo Cox’s life at St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle - 22.06.16

A service and vigil will be held tomorrow (Wednesday 22nd June) to celebrate the life of Jo Cox on her 42nd birthday at 6.30pm in St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle....

(From CMA website) "The CMA is reviewing the compliance of 4 secondary ticket platforms with their undertakings and other legal obligations."

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that it is carrying out a review to assess whether the four secondary ticket platforms who provided undertakings last year to CMA (Get Me In!, Seatwave, Stubhub and Viagogo) are providing adequate information to consumers, in accordance with their undertakings and their legal obligations.

CMA are asking anyone with relevant information about the four secondary ticket platforms and their practices to submit evidence to the review.

The review is open for responses until 5pm on 12 July 2016, but CMA ask if information be provided sooner, if possible.

Details on the review and how to respond can be found on their website: CMA Secondary ticket platforms review web page

Details on the review and how to respond can be found in this document.

CMA Secondary ticket platforms compliance review document


CMA Review as reported in Music Week

 

Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announce review of four secondary ticket platforms

(From CMA website) "The CMA is reviewing the compliance of 4 secondary ticket platforms with their undertakings and other legal obligations."


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