The Meandering Social Worker

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A Tory Bill of Rights? We should be asking what could possibly go right?

I remember when the Human Rights Act was brought in, in 2000. It was a landmark piece of legislation, and one that caused quite a lot of excitement in the world of social work. This is no at risk. This article by Kitty Jones raises some issues about how the abolition of the HRA will not only affect the vulnerable but could have wider national and international implications for the UK.

Politics and Insights

cce1c37e7556eac34d5a5f5b35c181bdLast year I wrote about how the government has quietly edited the ministerial code, which was updated on October 15  without any announcement at all. The code sets out the standard of conduct expected of ministers. The latest version of the code is missing a key element regarding complicity with international law. 

The previous code, issued in 2010, said there was an “overarching duty on ministers to comply with the law including international law and treaty obligations and to uphold the administration of justice and to protect the integrity of public life”.

The new version of the code has been edited to say only that there is an“overarching duty on ministers to comply with the law and to protect the integrity of public life”.

Conservative party policy document had revealed that the ministerial code will be rewritten in the context of the UK withdrawing from the European…

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