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  • The Problem with Plastic

    According to The Independent “Humans have produced about 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastic since 1950”.Researchers writing in the journal , Science Advances ,warned that if current trends continued some 12 billion tonnes of plastic waste would be in landfill sites or the natural environment by 2050. Campaign groups suggest that the average person throws away ...
  • Value of Privately Owned Housing Stock Reaches New High

    New research by Halifax has revealed that the total value of privately owned UK housing stock has surpassed £6 trillion for the first time. Since 2007 the total value of private residential property in the UK has grown by £1.94 trillion (or 48%) to an estimated £6.02 trillion. The average value per household in the UK ...
  • Care for the Elderly

    People are certainly living longer. The number of people in Scotland, according to the National Records of Scotland in September 2016, living for more than a century has increased over the last ten years. In 2005 there were 900 centenarians in Scotland, an increase of 67% from the 540 in 2005. The number of men ...
  • Housing Market Confidence is Still Fragile

    The Building Societies Association (BSA) has revealed that consumer confidence in the housing market hasn’t fully recovered since June’s General Election. Their recent research found that over a quarter of respondents (27%) do not agree that now is a good time to  buy a property compared to just 23% who do. Although the political environment has stabilised ...
  • New Scottish Private Residential Tenancy in force from 1 December 2017

    The Scottish Government has published regulations which confirm that the new form of Scottish residential tenancy, known as the Private Residential Tenancy will be introduced on 1 December 2017. This new form of tenancy was created by the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 with the intention of improving security of tenure for tenants and ...
  • Milestone Moments for Writing a Will

    Throughout most of the world, disposal of an estate has been a matter of social custom. According to Plutarch, one of the best known Greek biographers and essayist, the written will was invented by Solon, an Athenian politician and lawmaker born in 638BC and was originally a device intended solely for men without an heir. So ...
  • Parkers Take Note

    I was chatting to someone the other day who said they had received a parking ticket for parking their van in a Morrison’s car park for four hour. The gentleman said he was just going to throw it away because it was unenforceable. With my solicitor’s hat on I told him that this unfortunately was a ...
  • Employment Tribunal Fees Ruled as Unlawful

    On 26 July 2017, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld an appeal by UNISON that tribunal fees, introduced by the UK government in 2013, are unlawful under UK and EU law. The ruling, described as “momentous”, has led to the existing fees regime being quashed. UNISON’s claim, first issued in 2013, was that employment tribunal fees prevented ...
  • Dementia and the World of the Arts

    I recently read a very moving and interesting article in The Observer of 16/7/2017 by Nicci Gerrard called “Say it with a picture or a song”. It resonated with me for certain  reasons, primarily because of the work we do here with adults with incapacity and our involvement with Project Ability Glasgow, an art project ...
  • Is Body Art a Workplace Issue?

    Recent research by Acas and Kings College, which explored employer perceptions on staff appearance at work found that visible body modifications such as piercings or tattoos are still likely to be frowned upon in certain areas of the service sector with some employers being worried that potential customers may be put off. Certainly tattoos used to ...

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