Protection of Workers (Retail and Age-restricted Goods and Services) (Scotland) Bill - Call for Views

 Call for views on the Protection of Workers (Retail and Age-restricted Goods and Services) (Scotland) Bill.

The Bill aims to increase protection for retail workers by:

· creating a new statutory offence of assaulting, threatening, abusing, obstructing or hindering a retail worker, and

· creating a statutory aggravation to that offence where the retail worker is enforcing a statutory age restriction.

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Home Office: Offensive Weapons Act 2019: draft statutory guidance

The statutory guidance sets out how the legislation should be implemented and applied, the obligations imposed under the act, and what factors should be taken into account when making decisions on how to proceed with individual cases of the possession, sale and delivery of knives, corrosives and offensive weapons, and the use of these to threaten others.

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Home Office: Violence and abuse toward shop staff: call for evidence

The aim of this call for evidence is to enable the government to understand the true scale of the issue of violence and abuse toward shop staff, the measures which may help prevent these crimes and the extent to which existing legislation is being used to tackle them, and to identify examples of best practice.

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Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill

The Public Bill Committee has launched a written call for evidence to inform its consideration of the Offensive Weapons Bill which includes provisions to ban the sale of certain corrosive substances to under 18s.

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Scottish Parliament: Proposed Protection of Workers Bill

Daniel Johnson MSP has proposed a Bill which would increase the protection of workers in the retail sector, particularly those applying or enforcing an age-restriction in relation to the sale or supply of goods or services.

He has invited views on the Bill before it is considered for introduction into the Scottish Parliament.

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Mayor of London: Public Access Strategy

The Mayor of London’s office is consulting on accessing Met police services. The strategy looks to bring together new online ways of reporting crime, more Dedicated Ward Officers in every community (based closed to their wards and equipped to work and engage the public on the go and a notified times and places), and one 24/7 front counter in every borough.

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Home Affairs Committee: Policing for the future

The Home Affairs Committee have launched an inquiry into the future of policing which will explore the challenges of modern policing, and examine whether police forces in England and Wales are sufficiently equipped and resourced to keep the public safe and to respond effectively to evolving demands and changing patterns of crime.

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