News round up: Murder law shake-up to aid domestic abuse victims

Battered women: Change in murder law seeks to aid victims of domestic abuse

Judges have expressed disappointment that the government will not announce this week plans to introduce American-style charges of first- and second-degree murder.

Harriet Harman, leader of the house and deputy Labour leader, is to set out proposals to change the law on provocation in murder so that it can apply to domestic homicide cases.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

Unpaid leave extended to 4.5m parents

Millions more parents will be allowed time off for short periods in family emergencies under a deal between Labour ministers and trade unions.

Read more on this story in The Daily Telegraph

Police demand action after pubs ditch drinking code

The drinks industry has torn up a voluntary code banning aggressive happy-hour deals and other irresponsible drinks promotions in more than half of the UK’s 57,000 pubs.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

Dementia: Blood pressure drugs may cut risk of Alzheimer’s by 40%

Doctors are to launch an investigation into a group of drugs used to treat high blood pressure, after a study found they may cut the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

Rise in equal pay claims threatens councils

Claims for equal pay for local authority and national health staff have continued to surge, leaving public authorities facing a potential bill for billions of pounds.

Employment tribunals, and possible claims from them, rose in number by almost a quarter in the 12 months to the end of March, according to figures from Acas, the conciliation and mediation service.

Read more on this story in The Financial Times

£250k for ‘free lags’

GRASPING prisoners are claiming thousands of pounds compensation — because jail chiefs forget to release them on time.

Lags are routinely kept locked up beyond their parole dates as confused officers struggle with red tape over freeing them.

Read more on this story in The Sun

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