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How do police enforce Covid rules?
Why can you be fined for breaking Covid rules?
Can police fine me for being in the street?
Will police arrest me for exercising?
Will the police fine me for mingling?
Even if break the rules, how likely am I to be fined?
What about the rest of the UK?
'Future in the balance'
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What's the aim?Mr Johnson said the government and the public want to see "stronger enforcement of the rules". In order to do this, he said marshals would be introduced and a register of environmental health officers - who councils could use for support - would be set up. He added that: However, the plans have been criticised. Conservative MP Steve Baker, for example, said it would "turn every public space in Britain into the equivalent of going through airport security".
Who will the marshals be?The government said marshals can either be volunteers or existing members of council staff. The Local Government Association (LGA) said "any new responsibilities for councils in this area will have to be fully funded", but there has been no funding announced by government. The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government told the BBC that some areas of the country had already introduced marshals - including Leeds and Cornwall - and it would see where else they were needed. Leeds City Council told the BBC it had introduced six night marshals "who were in place over four weeks and who did not have any enforcement powers". It said these marshals "were positively welcomed by our businesses as necessary and effective in supporting the evening and night-time economy to reopen safely". In Cornwall, street marshals were introduced in Camborne, Helston, Newquay, Redruth, St Austell, St Ives and Truro in July. The council said they would be present during the busiest times of the day to "give friendly help and guidance to those visiting and working" in the area.
What powers will they have?The government has still to set out details of what marshals will do, and says those decisions will be a matter for local authorities. In areas where marshals have already been introduced, they have done things like giving out hand sanitiser and face coverings, answered questions and explained social distancing guidelines to members of the public. Marshals do not have the power to enforce social distancing or to issue fines to anyone who breaks the rules. But the government says they can call the police if enforcement action is needed.
Who will enforce the rules for hospitality venues?Mr Johnson spoke about the need for stricter enforcement of the rules for hospitality venues like pubs and restaurants. Regulation of these premises is a role for local authorities and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), but there have been concerns about a lack of resources. Data provided by the HSE shows that between the beginning of the pandemic in March and 6 September: To bolster this work, the government announced it would set up a register of environmental health officers that councils could call upon - but it is yet to release further details. The LGA said "given the shortage of environmental health officers, it is positive that the government has committed to a register".
What is stamp duty?
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How much does stamp duty raise?
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FeesWho you’re applying for Apply (outside the UK) Extend or switch (in the UK) You £1,021 £1,277 You (if you’re from Turkey or Macedonia) £966 £1,222 All dependants £1,021 each person £1,277 each person
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Reduced rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) will apply for residential properties purchased from 8 July 2020 until 31 March 2021 inclusive.
Published 8 July 2020 From:
Residential Rates on purchases from 8 July 2020 to 31 March 2021Property or lease premium or transfer value SDLT rate Up to £500,000 Zero The next £425,000 (the portion from £500,001 to £925,000) 5% The next £575,000 (the portion from £925,001 to £1.5 million) 10% The remaining amount (the portion above £1.5 million) 12%
Higher rates for additional propertiesProperty or lease premium or transfer value SDLT rate Up to £500,000 3% The next £425,000 (the portion from £500,001 to £925,000) 8% The next £575,000 (the portion from £925,001 to £1.5 million) 13% The remaining amount (the portion above £1.5 million) 15%
New leasehold sales and transfersNet Present Value of any Rent SDLT rate Up to £500,000 Zero Over £500,000 1% Published 8 July 2020
An estimate of the number of illegal immigrants in the UK has not been produced for 15 years, the National Audit Office says.
An up-to-date estimate of the number of illegal immigrants in the United Kingdom has not been produced for 15 years, according to a report.
The National Audit Office (NAO) said the last estimate in 2005 suggested there were around 430,000 people in the country with no right to remain.
But independent research since has put the figure at more than one million, Whitehall's spending watchdog said.
The NAO's report into the Home Office's immigration enforcement directorate said the department had estimated demand for immigration enforcement activity.
This was put at between 240,000 and 320,000 cases a year.
But the report said there was no baseline given against which progress can be measured or to demonstrate whether demand is rising or falling.
The watchdog concluded that despite collecting information around its mission and objectives, the Home Office often cannot demonstrate whether its measures are working.
Common questions answered around family and children’s law during the Covid-19 outbreak
Q. How is the outbreak affecting domestic abuse victims and their ability to access the help they need?
Q. If I have a shared custody agreement, can I still take my child to see their other parent?
Q. How will the Covid-19 pandemic affect those going through the divorce process?