Justice Secretary David Gauke yesterday confirmed the Government’s commitment to introducing legislation to reform divorce law in the next Parliamentary session, which is scheduled to start in May.
Mr Gauke announced a new law to help reduce family conflict, which will mean that divorcing couples no longer have to blame each other for the breakdown of their marriage. The reforms follow a consultation, which took place between September and December 2018 and showed overwhelming support for reform.
The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 (‘the Act’) came into force on 20 March 2019. It is designed to ensure that all rented accommodation is fit for human habitation and to strengthen tenants’ means of redress against the minority of landlords who do not fulfil their legal obligations to keep their properties safe.
Domestic abuse has risen dramatically in London in the past seven years. According to the Office for National Statistics, it’s estimated that two million people aged 16-59 had been a victim of domestic abuse in the UK last year. Among those, 1.3 million were female victims and 695,000 were male. The figures show that there has been a 63% increase in domestic abuse offences between 2011 and 2018. But, did you know that only 38 arrests for every 100 crimes are recorded?