news archive 1999 to 2004
the Scottish Parliament on the passing of the Breastfeeding etc.
(Scotland) Bill (18 Nov 2004)
the poor? GLC article for the
Journal of the Law Society of Scotland (November 2004) on the
Scottish Consumer Council's proposals to increase civil court
jurisdictional limits in Scotland (link to JLSS site).
(Scotland) Bill to become law (18 November 2004):
well unfair state? GLC article for the Journal of
the Law Society of Scotland (October 2004) on the social security
appeals system (link to JLSS site).
1 debate: the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill
moves to Stage 2 (23 September 2004)
on the Breastfeeding etc., (Scotland) Bill (PDF file)
BBC news - 'Clyde
project' fails communities
Ltd attempts to unlawfully evict Govan woman
Committee supports Bill's Stage 1 general principles -
the Breastfeeding etc., (Scotland) Bill Stage 1 Report (PDF file):
House of Commons
publishes the Prevention
of Homelessness Bill (link to the United Kingdom
Parliament site - a bill by Mr Mohammad Sarwar MP; drafting
assistance by GLC).
of Homelessness: 2004 SCOLAG July (117)
GLC assists Govan
Community Council in its campaign to reverse the social decline and
neglect of the community of Govan:
address to MPs at the House of Commons on 16 June 2004
GLC evidence to the
Scottish Parliament's Health Committee
on 8 June 2004
GLC evidence to the
Scottish Parliament's Health Committee
on 1 June 2004
conference with LSA on mortgage repossession law -
Glasgow, 27 October 2004.
biennial report online -
GLC child asthma
litigation - from
4 May 2004; from the Evening
Times 4 May 2004; Scottish
TV 4 May 2004; The
Guardian 4 May 2004.
fights for new laws to stop unfair evictions -
from The Evening Times, 3 May 2004.
block residents face uncertain future -
from The Herald, 1 April 2004.
GLC publishes report on Additional
Supports Needs Mediation -
a GLC Education Law Unit report on setting up and delivering
mediation services in the Scottish education system (PDF file ).
Glasgow Govan's '2004
Health and wellbeing profile' -
PDF file from NHS Scotland.
Homelessness Bill: first reading in the House of Commons - Hansard,
16 March 2004.
Arrangement Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2004 -
the DAS regulations have been published as a draft SSI (link to HMSO site).
Politics Show - Glasgow housing transfer
- Govan Law Centre defending eviction story on BBC 1, Sunday 7 March 2004.
eviction cases hang on result of lawyer's argument''
- The Scotsman, Saturday 6 March 2004.
GLC assists in drafting
UK bill: Prevention of Homelessness Bill -
the private member's bill is being promoted in the House of Commons
by Mohammad Sarwar MP on 16 March 2004.
tenants could get cash after legal win' story
from the Evening Times (Glasgow) on 9 February 2004.
Ltd 'may have unlawfully evicted up to 69 tenants'
story from Housing Today on 6 February 2004.
Ltd's 'legally aggressive' eviction policy -
story from Housing Today on 16 January 2004.
Information Centre (SPICe) briefing: response to
consultation on the Breastfeeding etc., (Scotland) Bill -
GLC assisted in the drafting of the bill and accompanying documents,
as introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 16 December 2003,
available here: Breastfeeding
etc., (Scotland) Bill
Dealing with debt - Evening
Times news special by GLC -
18 December 2003.
GLC assists in drafting
pro-health bill: Breastfeeding
etc., (Scotland) Bill -
the bill and accompanying documents were introduced in the Scottish
Parliament on 16 December 2003.
Executive's consultation on bankruptcy law reform -
PDF file, open for consultation responses until 20 February 2004.
presentation to CPAG's Scottish Social Security Consortium -
minutes (25 September 2003).
Defending eviction: GLC
paper on the 'reasonableness' defence and
for Justice's keynote address to Law Society of Scotland/SLAB
conference on 24 October 2003 -
modernising legal aid, advice & information (PDF file).
GLC presentation to
cross-party group on children & young people on 2 October 2003
(PDF): presentation document; minutes
annual report - 2002/2003 -
in November & December 2003
Law Centre's response to DAS consultation -
Scottish Executive's draft Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS) -
open for 6 week consultation.
recovery against closes & middens? (2003 SCOLAG 141).
evictions? - inappropriate use of statutory abandonment procedure (January;
article - The Sunday Times
- 'reasons' for school exclusion: Court of Session challenge
the Aged & Govan Law Centre to pursue Attendance Allowance/Free
Personal Care for the Elderly test case (£20m for older Scots
seminar programme: Jan - April 2003 launched
article - The Sunday Herald
- defending mortgage repossessions in Glasgow, Scotland.
authority abandons its appeal (statutory
'abandonment' eviction case)
seminars: October 2002 - March 2003 online now
annual report - 2001/2002 -
introduces automatic document & text translation facility in 40 languages
forms for Minute for Recall of Decree -
PDF file containing prescribed forms (Minute for Recall and Service
Copy)- new procedures to prevent eviction for summary cause
repossession actions commenced on or after 10 June 2002.
claims and summary
cause rules for actions raised from 10 June 2002 applicable
to actions raised on or after 10 June 2002 (seprate links to
respective HMSO Acts of Sederunt).
exemptions from sheriff court lodging dues & fees -
from 1 July 2002 many litigants in receipt of certain benefits or
civil legal aid no longer have to pay court lodging dues and
fees. Exemptions also extend to the Court
mortgage rights 'suspended order' granted at Glasgow Sheriff Court
for written evidence on School Meals (Scotland) Bill (by
30 April 2002) - and 'Starter
2 application procedure introduced -
Statutory Instrument effective from 17-01-02 for section 2
applications under the Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Act 2001.
and nutritious school meals - CPAG seminar -
Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland seminar, Glasgow, 1 February 2002.
flaws in the Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Act? -
the new Act create unexpected problems for lenders in serving
statutory notices on 'occupiers'.
Draft small claims
and summary cause orders withdrawn -
announced by the Deputy Justice Minister (Iain Gray MSP) before the
Justice 2 committee on 20 November 2001 (see archive opposite).
(Scotland) Act 2001 comes into force -
from 3 December 2001 - see The
Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Act 2001 (Commencment and Transitional
Provision) Order 2001; see also The
Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Act 2001 (Prescribed Notice) Order 2001
earning arrestment deduction tables -
from 3 December 2001, earning deduction figures have been uprated
broadly in line with the average earnings index (see resources
for PDF version).
Article on the
School Meals (Scotland) Bill (from
SCOLAG Legal Journal, August 2001 SCOLAG 133
to civil justice
- Govan Law Centre's briefing note to the Justice 2 Committee
(Scottish Parliament) on implications from the draft Small Claims
(Scotland) Amendment Order 2001 and Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act
1971 (Privative Jurisdiction and Summary Cause) Order 2001.
response to 'Striking the balance' [PDF
file] The Improving Debt Recovery Working Group consultation
response to proposals for a 'compulsory sale order'.
the balance' - delegate report from the IDRWG national conference
Improving Debt Recovery Working Group consultative conference on 10
September 2001, Glasgow.
abandons 'notice to quit' appeal
Housing Association -v- Kane (added 19 August 2001)
consultation on the Consumer Credit Act 1974 - 'Tackling
loansharks - and more: consultation document on modernising the
Consumer Credit Act 1974'. Responses by 3 October 2001.
of housing association eviction actions may be incompetent
Housing Association -v- Kane (added 7 July 2001).
& warrant sales, going, going, gone?' a
consultative conference on the Scottish Executive's alternatives to
poindings and warrant sales. The Improving Debt Recovery Working
Group (IDRWG) host a FREE
full day conference in Glasgow (Monday, 10 September 2001) on the
Executive's alternatives to warrant sales. Bookings to Govan Law Centre.
of Housing Benefit Review Boards from 2 July 2001
regulations for HBRB cases not heard before 2 July to be transferred
to the new Appeals Service -
on the Agenda' - 26
Debt Recovery Working Group (IDRWG) & Debt on our Doorstep host
full day conference in Glasgow, Monday 26 March 2001.
Court Victory for Hostel Resident - 22 February 2001
Parliament - Law Centre Motion - 20 February 2001
2 committee -
from debate on 20 November 2001 - leading
to the withdrawal of the draft small claims and summary cause SSIs.
of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill - Stage
3 debate before the Scottish Parliament on 6 December 2000 (the
Bill was passed, but with an amended implementation date - no later
than 31 December 2002).
of Poindings and Warrant
Sales Bill (17
law centre's evidence at Stage 1 (note:
although the Bill was drafted by the law centre's Mike Dailly in a
personal capacity, without charge, Govan law centre presented formal
evidence at Stage 1, and the law centre's management committee -
along with many other individuals and organisations in Scotland,
fully supported the aims of the Bill - throughout its passage in the
written evidence submitted by Govan Law Centre's Management
Committee in November 1999: