Cuts on the agenda of family justice review

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice has launched a ‘comprehensive review’ of the family justice system, appointing a panel of experts to hear evidence on how the system can improve. However, the panel chair has admitted a principal catalyst for the review is the government’s desire to make spending cuts. The review will examine both public and private law cases, looking at how the courts, along with other agencies, manage cases involving children and the public care system, and contact and resident disputes. It will consider how to improve use of mediation when couples break up, and how to provide better access rights to non-resident parents and grandparents. The review will also examine the processes involved in granting divorces and awarding ancillary relief, but it will not extend to the law as it relates to the grounds for divorce or the amounts of ancillary relief that should be awarded. The Family Justice Review Panel will be chaired by David Norgrove, who is currently chair of the pensions regulator and the Low Pay Commission. It wishes to hear from children, families, professionals and representative groups involved in the family justice system. It will then publish recommendations. Norgrove said: ‘The family justice system is vitally important, attempting to resolve some of the most difficult issues in our society. My panel colleagues and I are determined to create a better system to serve the needs of those who use it. ‘We are also being challenged to find ways of doing more with less.’ Justice minister Jonathan Djanogly said: ‘It is over 20 years since the introduction of the Children Act 1989, and while areas of child welfare and wellbeing have been the subject of reform, there has been no fundamental review of the family justice system. ‘Now more than ever we need a family justice system that supports people in need as efficiently as possible, and that is what the panel’s work will help us achieve.’last_img read more

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Diarra rejected move and QPR want Uruguay star, reports claim

first_imgLassana Diarra has rejected a potential move to QPR, the Mail on Sunday say.The former Chelsea midfielder saw a switch to Rangers fall through during the final hours of the previous transfer window.He was keen for the move to eventually happen and it was recently reported that Rangers were set to sign him in January.AdChoices广告Now it is claimed that Diarra, who played under Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth, has turned down the chance to discuss a move to Loftus Road.Ex-Chelsea and Arsenal man Diarra wanted to return to LondonThe Mail again reports that Rangers could sign Andros Townsend from Tottenham.Meanwhile, Italian media reports suggest Napoli are interested in signing QPR outcast Adel Taarabt when the transfer window opens.And Rangers boss Redknapp wants Uruguay midfielder Cristian Rodriguez, according to the Daily Star Sunday.The 29-year-old, who has more than 80 caps for his country and played against England in the World Cup, is also said to be a target for Glasgow Rangers.The Star also reports that Chris Waddle has questioned whether QPR’s in-form striker Charlie Austin is good enough for an England call-up.Austin has scored 12 Premier League goals for QPR this seasonFormer England man Waddle said: “Because he’s English and we don’t have many strikers to choose from, Charlie Austin suddenly comes to the front.“But international football is completely different to the Premier League. The Premier League is 100 miles per hour – it’s backwards and forwards, like basketball.“At international level, it doesn’t matter who you play because even the weaker countries play a way we’re not used to. You don’t get thousands of balls fizzing in the box every game.“It doesn’t work like that. So you have to think can Charlie Austin hold the ball up? Can he link the play up? Is he that type or a get-the-ball-in-the-box striker?“You have to give more than that playing for England. You have to look after the ball. Otherwise it’s hard to get it back.“Can Austin be that? Or does he need someone up there with him like he has at QPR in Bobby Zamora, who links the play up well?“If England play one up front, he’ll have to hold ball up more. Is that his game? We don’t know because we haven’t seen it yet.“It needs to time to analyse that and see what Austin can do for England.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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