New rules to prevent landlords obstructing broadband installation

Landlords must allow broadband installation

The government wants to make it easier for telecom providers to install broadband services in blocks of flats where landlords are being uncooperative or obstructive.

A new law will mean an extra 3,000 residential buildings a year will be connected to gigabit speeds.

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Divorced couples must put their children first this Christmas

Divorced couples put children first at Christmas

The magic of Christmas can be ruined for many children as they get caught up in a bitter tug of war between their estranged parents.

Imagine the stress they could face if they become the unwilling prize in a fight between the two people they love the most – their mum and dad.

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Councils to get an extra £4million to tackle rogue landlords

Councils tackle rogue landlords

The government is making an extra £4million available to local councils across the country to help them crack down on criminal landlords.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said most landlords provide quality homes for their tenants, but a small minority continue to break the law and offer inadequate or unsafe housing, leaving young families and vulnerable people feeling trapped.

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Government proposes more workplace protection for employees

Andrea Leadsom employment rights

The government is considering new measures to prevent unscrupulous employers from intimidating staff who expose wrongdoing in the workplace.

It means it could become unlawful to withhold references for an employee who wishes to leave a company following a dispute.

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Construction firms fined £36m for operating cartel

Three construction firms have been fined a total of £36m for breaking competition law by operating an illegal cartel.

Following an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the Northern Ireland-based firm FP McCann Ltd is facing a fine of more than £25m for its part in the scheme.

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