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Golf’s recent decline

The numbers of golfers has been going through a steady decline for over ten years.  In 2006 there were more than four million golfers in the UK.  Last year the number was nearer 2.75 million.  Furthermore membership of clubs in England has fallen from 850,000 to some 650,000 in the same period with similar patterns in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The final report relating to the collapse of Carillion, which left behind a pension deficit of £2.6 billion, was released on 16 May 2018. The report was conducted as a joint inquiry by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee and the Work and Pensions Committee, with the purpose of identifying the multiple failures that were made both internally and by external parties.

As you may be aware, the focus of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week was stress.

According to research by the charity Mind from 2014 over 56% of those surveyed revealed that they found work very or fairly stressful. That is significantly higher than those reported in relation debt/ financial problems (38%), health (29%) or relationships (20%). This may come as no surprise to some, as we spend such a significant part of our lives at work and it can impact on many aspects of our lives.

With the end of the Premier League, and only the finals of the FA Cup and Champions League left to be decided, attention now shifts to the World Cup to be hosted in Russia this summer. For everyone associated with England this is always a difficult journey, with yesterday’s announcement of England’s 23 man squad signalling the start of this journey. There is a real sense though that this journey will prove more difficult than most, both on and off the pitch.

When compulsory registration with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) was introduced for dental practices in England, another stage in the buying process was also introduced. Given that it is unlawful to operate an NHS practice without CQC registration, buyers needed to add the CQC application to their ‘to do’ list when acquiring dental practices. 

The focus of Mental Health Awareness Week this year is “Stress: are we coping?” and there is clear evidence to show that physical exercise and participation in team sports can be an effective way to manage stress levels and other mental health conditions.

In October 2017, the Government commissioned an independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983 (“the Mental Health Act”). The review panel consisted of Professor Sir Simon Wessely (the chair) and vice chairs Stephen Gilbert, Sir Mark Hedley and Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger. 

The sole focus was to consider and make recommendations on improving the legislation and practice around the Mental Health Act. The fundamental principle focus was around:-

             a)         More people being sanctioned; and

In the recent case of Persimmon Homes –v- Hillier and others [2018], the High Court took the unusual step of rectifying the terms of a completed share purchase agreement (and related disclosure letter), in order to give effect to what the court believed to be the parties’ common intentions at the time of the deal, having regard to the nature of their pre-completion negotiations.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission “EHRC” will begin its investigations into employers who have failed to comply with their gender pay gap (“GPG”) reporting obligations this June.

Noticeably, two weeks before the deadline for gender pay gap reporting (6 April 2018) it was widely publicised that nearly 6,000 companies were yet to submit their GPG report.  This is a disappointing approach from some businesses, which could easily have had an adverse impact on the PR, recruitment and internal employee engagement of a business.

A recent case brought against Ashford Borough Council (ABC) demonstrates just how costly unlawful eviction practices can be for landlords.

Lutman v Ashford Borough Council, unreported, Canterbury County Court, 05 October 2017.

Mrs Lutman had been a secure tenant of ABC since 2011. Her husband, Mr Lutman, also lived in the property in question.