Liberty alert!

The government is consulting on reforming the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), creating a so-called ‘British Bill of Rights’, which is code for removing the bits of the HRA that prevent governments and ministers from driving through policies or practices that judges have ruled violate people’s human rights. Conor Gearty has written an excellent post…

Ministry of Justice Small Payments Consultation

The Ministry of Justice are consulting on a Mental Capacity Act: Small Payments Scheme. This is about a simplified process for third parties (like families or carers) to access small amounts of money held by banks for a person who ‘lacks capacity’ to make financial decisions, for example the relatively small savings that might be…

Places like home

When I had my second child, J, his delivery went pretty badly wrong. I ended up very unwell, staying in hospital longer than I’d hoped and it was a rough time. I was being kept in by doctors because of badly controlled pain, but in a bizarre catch 22 a new midwife came on shift…

The book

I am a neglectful blogger, I know. A friend recently nudged me to say I should write more, and he’s undoubtedly right, but where to find the time amidst exercising continuous supervision and control over a proto-toddler intent on pulling the cat’s tail and eating the contents of the older one’s craft cupboard, whilst doing…