UK to create new workers’ rights watchdog to stamp out modern slavery

first_img Show Comments ▼ The government has announced the creation of a new workers’ rights watchdog that will be charged with enforcing minimum wage laws, protecting agency workers and stamping out modern slavery. “On their watch, insecure employment in the gig economy has spiralled and fire and rehire has become commonplace, while the long-promised Employment Bill has been ditched,” he said. It comes after the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority last year launched an investigation into worker exploitation in Leicester factories. Share There were 5,144  modern slavery offences recorded by the police across England and Wales in the year to March 2019, according to the Office for National Statistics. Tuesday 8 June 2021 12:01 am “Without outlawing fire and rehire and strengthening employment rights, this announcement falls well short of providing all workers with the decent and secure employment they deserve.” whatsapp Labour’s shadow employment rights secretary Andy McDonald said successive Conservative governments had been responsible for “cutting funding for enforcement bodies”. Also Read: The Boohoo scandal shouldn’t shock anyone — modern slavery is a pandemic A Beis spokesperson said the new watchdog will act as a “single, recognisable port of call for workers so they know their rights and can blow the whistle on bad behaviour”. (Getty Images for eBay) Also Read: The end to modern slavery has its roots in the everyday changes The initiative will see the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate and HMRC’s National Minimum Wage Enforcement rolled into one to create the new authority. 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Exploitative practices like modern slavery have no place in society. “This new workers’ watchdog will help us crack down on any abuses of workers’ rights and take action against companies that turn a blind eye to abuses in their supply chains, while providing a one-stop shop for employees and businesses wanting to understand their rights and obligations.” Stefan Boscia whatsapp The investigation was launched after allegations that clothing manufacturers linked to online fashion giant Boooo were paying staff £3.50 an hour – well below the £8.72 legal minimum wage for workers aged 25 and over. It will also examine ways to cut back on modern slavery in the garments industry, potentially by creating a “garment trade adjudicator” to investigate retail supply chains. Formerly these three areas were overseen by separate bodies, however the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis) will bring it all under one watchdog. The new authority, which is yet to be named, will continue the government’s “naming and shaming scheme”, which calls out companies who fail to pay workers what they are owed and can hit rogue employers with fines of up to £20,000 per worker. A Beis spokesperson said the new watchdog will act as a “single, recognisable port of call for workers so they know their rights and can blow the whistle on bad behaviour”.last_img read more

Cheap oil won’t help recovery, warns IMF chief Christine Lagarde

first_imgThursday 15 January 2015 11:20 am Emma Haslett whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share Cheap oil won’t help recovery, warns IMF chief Christine Lagarde whatsapp Cheap oil is unlikely to speed up recovery, International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde has warned, adding that global recovery is currently too “lopsided”.In a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, Lagarde suggested that although growth in the US and a lower oil price has given economies a helping hand, the world is facing a “very strong headwind”. “A shot in the arm [from cheap oil] is good, but if the global economy is weak on its knees, it’s not going to help,” she said. Lagarde cautioned against being “more upbeat” about the prospects for the global economy.Too many countries are still weighed down by the legacies of the financial crisis, including high debt and high unemployment. Too many companies and households keep cutting back on investment and consumption today because they are concerned about low growth in the future.The cause? “Lacklustre investment”, she said.And in the week the World Bank slashed its forecast for global economic growth Lagarde echoed its warning that the US alone cannot drive global recovery – and that if the US Fed chooses to raise rates too soon, it could “risk harm to world financial stability”. The oil price and US growth are not a cure for deep-seated weakness elsewhere.But citing the landing of the spacecraft Rosetta on a comet late last year, she added that the global economy was likely to experience three “Rosetta moments” in 2015 – three major policy challenges that will require courageous political decision making.The first will be the challenge of injecting new momentum into the recovery, the second will be generating “more inclusive growth”, and the third will be “engendering more sustainable growth”.There are no secrets about what can engender growth. But if they are to deliver on the three Rosetta moments, they need to enhance global cooperation. They need to embrace what I have called the “new multilateralism”. This is the year when it should be put into practice. Tags: Christine Lagarde IMF People More From Our Partners Man on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comlast_img read more

Premium / Supply chain radar: Mid-game gambits – the next moves in DSV + PAN vs CMA CGM + Ceva

first_img LOGIN Password* I am afraid this is a quick and dirty take with no numbers at all today – thank God is Friday, as my brain and calculators can barely cope with all the different scenarios I have investigated in the past 48 hours. The key takeaway?DSV + Panalpina is going to happen, but spare a thought for CMA CGM + CEVA.Looking downJust before the Panalpina bull is killed, this is a great time to name the best line or quote of … Reset Your Password Premium subscriber LOGIN Email* Email* Forgotten your password? Please click here Please Logincenter_img Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium By Alessandro Pasetti 18/01/2019 Please either REGISTER or login below to continue © Cupertino10 << Go back New Premium subscriber REGISTER Resetlast_img read more

The Harps power through to senior ‘A’ semi-finals

first_img TAGSColt GaelsColt Gaels v The HarpsLaois SHC ‘A’ 2018The Harps The Harps power through to senior ‘A’ semi-finals Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Facebook Pinterest Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Community Facebook WhatsApp Community By Siun Lennon – 18th August 2018 Previous articleAll Saturday’s GAA results on another busy eveningNext articleShanahoe Gaels win to seal quarter final place and send Mountrath to relegation playoff Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Twitter Twitter Rugby The Harps 1-21 Colt Gaels 0-14Laois Shopping Centre SHC ‘A’ Group A Round 3An 11 point lead in the first-half was enough to tie The Harps over and complete three wins from three to guarantee them a semi-final spot as they top group A. Colt’s revival in the second half wasn’t enough to cut out the lead, despite the best efforts of Niall Brennan and Chris Murray.Colt Gaels will now face Rosenallis, who came second in group B, in the quarter-finals.Chris Murray was outstanding for Colt Gaels tonight, and landed his first of twelve frees at the beginning of the match. However the Harps took the reins from here – and consecutive points from Ciaran Comerford, John Brophy, Michael Lanigan, Conor Deegan – including a Ronan Delahunty point from inside his own half – saw the Harps lead 0-8 to 0-1 after 12 minutes, despite hard-working efforts of Colt wing-back Brian Murphy.Murray tacked on his second free but this was met by two frees being converted by opposing freetaker, Lanigan, one of which was from the 65 yard line in his own half.Podge Delaney slotted over the Harps 11th point while Murray converted two frees in quick succession. An excellent pass down the left-wing from Comerford found Brophy for his second score of the match. Murray and Lanigan continued to trade frees before a Deegan won a long-range puck out and delivered a handpass to Eoin Clancy, who slotted the ball over from distance.Delahunty and Lanigan added two more to put the half-time score as The Harps 17 points, while Colt Gaels remained on six points, all through Chris Murray frees.However Christy Dunphy must have said some strong words at half-time as it was Colt Gaels who dominated the first 10 minutes of the second half. That man Murray popped up with two more frees while Niall Brennan’s hard work in breaking through tackles paid off with his first score of the night. James Keyes added for the Colt Gaels men and the Harps lead was reduced from 11 to six points after 41 minutes.It would take a Lanigan free to re-start Fintan Deegan’s men’s scoring spell but Murray came back with his 12 point to reduce the deficit. The Harps substitute Ross Youdng let his impact to known as a Lanigan free hit off the upright, fell to Brophy who was blocked, and ended up with Young pulling the sliotar on the ground into the back of the Colt Gaels net.The Harps missed six consecutive points but another Young point and the damage was done by the Cullahill and Durrow men – they now go straight through to the semi-finals after three wins from three was completed in Borris-in-Ossory tonight.SCORERS – The Harps: Ross Young 1-1, Michael Lanigan 0-11 (0-11 frees), Ronan Delahunty 0-2, John Brophy 0-2, Eoin Clancy 0-2, Conor Deegan 0-1, Ciaran Comerford 0-1 Colt Gaels: Chris Murray 0-12 (0-12 frees), Niall Brennan 0-2, James Keyes 0-1THE HARPS: Peter Walsh; Shane Phelan, Conor Dunne, Tommy Moore; Pat Walsh, Podge Delaney, Danny Comerford; Shane Fitzpatrick, Ronan Delahunty; Conor Deegan, Michael Lanigan, Ciaran Comerford; John Brophy, Eoin Clancy, Darren Maher. Subs: David Doheny for Pat Walsh (36 minutes), Ross Young for Darren Maher (45 minutes)COLT GAELS: Stephen Sinnott; Ger Doolan, Anthony Dunne, Shane Mullins; Brian Murphy, Mark McDonald, Daniel Butler; Chris Murray, Niall Brennan; Brian McDermott, PJ Daly, Cian Moffitt, Tony Ryan, James Keyes. Subs: Sean Callaghan for T Ryan (42 minutes)SEE ALSO – Portlaoise qualify for quarter final with big win over 14-man Trumera Home Sport GAA The Harps power through to senior ‘A’ semi-finals SportGAAHurling Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

Former frontierAlt CEO settles with OSC

Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The former head of investment fund firm frontierAlt Capital Corp. has agreed to a two-year trading ban, and $40,000 in financial penalties, to settle allegations of various supervisory failures. The Ontario Securities Commission announced Wednesday that it has approved a settlement agreement with Asif Khan, former chairman and CEO of frontierAlt, resolving allegations of a variety of supervisory failures. BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case James Langton Keywords EnforcementCompanies FrontierAlt Investment Management Corp. “During the relevant period, the activities of the FALT investment fund managers as directed by Khan and the activity of the [limited market dealer] as directed by Khan were characterized by a failure to comply with Ontario securities law and conduct contrary to the public interest,” the settlement says. According to the settlement, between 2007 and 2010, Khan failed to ensure that the firm was keeping adequate books and records, failed to exercise proper care in managing the FALT investment funds, allowed the designated compliance officer at a limited market dealer owned by the firm, MAK Allen & Day Partners Inc., to receive direct compensation from third parties; failed to keep adequate books and records at MAK; and, failed to provide adequate compliance oversight and supervision over the activities of MAK. Under the settlement, the commission ordered that he be prohibited from being registered, that he cease trading (except for his own account), and that exemptions don’t apply to him for two years; he is also reprimanded; banned from serving as a director or officer of an investment fund manager for four years; prohibited from becoming an investment fund manager for four years, or a promoter for two years; and, must pay an administrative penalty of $25,000 and costs of $15,000. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

High-income earners face higher taxes, lower child benefits under Liberals

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Quebec to harmonize with federal income splitting rules Family tax credit to be adjusted to allow couples to transfer education tax credits Related news Craig Wong “Certainly people in those brackets will be looking forward to that in terms of additional cash flow,” MacIntyre said from Halifax. The prime minister-designate campaigned relentlessly on a plan to help what he described as Canada’s middle class. Under the party’s platform, the Liberals pledged to cut the middle income-tax bracket to 20.5% from 22%. However, to help pay for the cut, the party has promised to create a new federal tax bracket of 33% for those earning more than $200,000 a year. The increase means that the top marginal income tax rate in Canada is set to be between 43% and 58.75% depending on the province, according to TD Bank. The bank says New Brunswick will have the highest combined rate, while Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario are also expected to have a combined marginal rate above 50%. “It is going to be a new day for high-rate income earners in terms of the percentage rates they are going to pay,” MacIntyre said. Those in the lowest tax brackets won’t see a change in their tax bills under the Liberal plan, but if they have children, the party’s new child benefit is expected to put more money in their pockets. High-income earners, meantime, will receive less under the Liberals’ plan to eliminate the universal child-care benefit given its proposed replacement is aimed at putting more money into the pockets of lower-income families. The Liberal child benefit, in combination with the cut to the middle tax bracket, will offset the benefits of the Conservatives’ controversial income-splitting initiative for families. The Liberals attacked income-splitting because it failed to benefit single-parent families or those in which both parents were in the same tax bracket. For the most part, however, the devil will be in the details for individual families in terms of how much they’ll benefit under a Trudeau government. Caroline Battista, a senior tax analyst with H&R Block Canada, says it all depends on specific circumstances, including age, income, number of children and other variables. “In Canada, our system is unique to the individual and tax obligations are based on each person’s allowable deductions and qualified credits, so it’s hard to make a sort of sweeping statement,” she said. The Liberals also campaigned on a promise that they’ll roll back this year’s increase in the tax-free savings account contribution limit. That means the limit will return to $5,500 after being raised to $10,000 this year. “One good thing that taxpayers will look for is that the TFSA is still there, it is just that they will have to look to find other places in order to shelter their money or other ways to shelter their money,” MacIntyre said. The Liberals are also expected to restore the eligibility age for the old age security and guaranteed income supplement to 65. The Conservatives had introduced a plan to raise it gradually to 67. Trudeau has also promised to revamp and expand the Canada Pension Plan, but details haven’t yet been released. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Income splitting Canada’s highest income earners face the prospect of higher taxes under a new Liberal majority government, but those in the middle can expect a break. Keith MacIntyre, a tax specialist at accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton, says people in the middle tax brackets could see a reduction in the federal income tax they’ll be required to pay if Justin Trudeau’s promises are put in place. Federal deficit grows to $3.2B in Octoberlast_img read more

ETFs carry liquidity risks: Moody’s

first_img Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) not only track the performance of underlying securities, they may also mimic their liquidity risk, says Moody’s Investors Service in a report published Thursday.ETFs have enjoyed their rapid growth in a calm market environment, Moody’s notes, but extended episodes of volatility could reveal the funds’ vulnerability to underlying liquidity risk. ETF inflows hit $7 billion in May Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton Keywords ETFs,  ETF An inhospitable environment for bond ETFs BMO launches new U.S. ETF series Specially, the markets for the underlying assets of credit ETFs, such as corporate debt, “show signs of declining liquidity,” the report says.This may be compounded by the shift in firms involved with market making in the ETF tracking process to less-regulated, tech-driven trading firms from well-regulated banks.“In the event of a liquidity drought in underlying markets, market makers would likely reflect this risk in their ETF quotes. So, in effect, ETFs track not only the performance of their underlying assets, but also the liquidity of these assets,” the report says.“A stress event could diminish the amount of standing orders at various prices and reduce the perceived liquidity of the ETF market, even when ETFs are operating as designed,” the report notes. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Most Schools in Central Jamaica Ready for New School Year – Monteith

first_imgMost Schools in Central Jamaica Ready for New School Year – Monteith UncategorizedAugust 17, 2006 Advertisements RelatedMost Schools in Central Jamaica Ready for New School Year – Monteith RelatedMost Schools in Central Jamaica Ready for New School Year – Monteithcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail State Minister for Education and Youth, Senator Noel Monteith, has said that most schools in Central Jamaica were in a state of readiness for the start of the new academic year in September.Senator Monteith, who spoke to JIS News following a tour of educational institutions in the parishes of Manchester and St. Elizabeth yesterday (Aug.16) said he was encouraged by the general state of the schools, and for the few institutions that were facing some challenges, the Ministry “would be working around the clock to arrive at a proper solution”.“The main problem we sometimes face is in regard to the contractors not fulfilling their obligations in terms of the work that they might have been assigned to do. Some might have even started and not finished the job, but we have been having discussions with the principals about alternatives,” he said.The State Minister indicated that in terms of appointments, nearly all schools now had a principal in place. “In addition, we have also put in place other staff as well as new furniture to deal with the expected increase in the student population of some institutions,” he told JIS News.“My word to the parents is for them to try and do their part so that their children will be ready to learn. we need to formulate the right sort of partnership that will result in our children achieving their full potential,” he added.Mr. Monteith, along with Education Minister, Maxine Henry Wilson, has been touring a number of institutions across the island this week, to determine the state of readiness for September. RelatedMost Schools in Central Jamaica Ready for New School Year – Monteithlast_img read more

Brazil Air Services Agreement Beneficial to Jamaica

first_imgBrazil Air Services Agreement Beneficial to Jamaica Finance & Public ServiceMarch 1, 2009 RelatedBrazil Air Services Agreement Beneficial to Jamaica FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Implementation of the a bi-lateral air services agreement signed by Jamaica and Brazil has been put on hold, pending, among other things, the divestment of the national carrier, Air Jamaica.The agreement was inked in December 2007, by Transport and Works Minister, Michael Henry, and then Brazilian Ambassador to Jamaica, Cezar Augusto De Souza Lima. It signalled the culmination of negotiations on a draft, which was reached in 2006 and establishes the regulatory framework, which will, among other things, facilitate scheduled commercial passenger and cargo flights between the South American country and Jamaica.However, while confirming that the agreement remains intact, Communications Consultant with the Ministry of Transport and Works, Reginald Allen, tells JIS News that little else has taken place since the signing, which, primarily, paves the way for further discussions involving representatives of Air Jamaica, or any other local carrier, and their Brazilian counterparts in mapping out the attendant logistics.Air Jamaica’s Senior Director for Government and Community Affairs, William Rodgers, tells JIS News that the airline is yet to engage any Brazilian counterpart in dialogue on the matter. This, he points out, is against the background of Air Jamaica’s impending divestment, and to see how best the fortunes of the state-run entity, which has been operating at a loss for several years, can be reversed.“We are (now) going through that divestment process, which, I am sure, once we know where we are going, then (further) discussions could be explored for the for the future expansion of the airline. So the door is open (for talks). Right now (however), we have been consolidating and dropping unprofitable routes. With the sort of losses that Air Jamaica has been incurring, we have been a bit reluctant to explore new routes. We need to know where we are going as a carrier before such discussions could take place,” the airline executive outlines.Last year, Prime Minister, Bruce Golding announced a March 31 date for the proposed divestment, which is being led by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Senator Don Wehby.In addition to the divestment, Mr. Rodgers, who was a member of the Air Policy Committee, which spearheaded the negotiated agreement, points to the need to undertake route and economic surveys to assess the viability of the service, in order to effect implementation of the provisions.“So even though the agreement is in place, there are on the ground logistics that have to be undertaken to determine the feasibility of having that (direct) service in place. Also, (it) would centre around us having the right equipment to fly long distances into these areas, and (having) the sort of frequency that would be necessary to maintain a viable route. But with our current situation, and (with) what has transpired over the last couple of years, we have been reluctant to move forward with that (at this time),” he explains, adding that no service will commence until there is further dialogue among the stakeholders, which should not ruled out.In addition to commercial passenger and cargo services, the agreement seeks to facilitate code sharing among the designated stakeholder airlines, and a chance for the exploration of Jamaica as an alternative gateway for connecting flights between North and South America. Furthermore, it seeks to encourage the promotion of fair play among all interests, while discouraging discrimination and abuse of dominant positions.Mr. Allen stresses that establishment and implementation of such an agreement “takes time” as it is a “very technical matter”, but highlights the benefits of such a facility.“The service would naturally open up opportunities for trade and tourism, etcetera, through access to direct flights, among other possibilities. So it opens up one economy to the other, in terms of what Brazil has to offer us, and certainly what we can offer, in terms of a gateway. As you know, we are well advanced in tourism, and Brazil, in terms of many industries,” he outlines.Mr. Rodgers adds that, when implemented, the agreement will facilitate two weekly flights by Air Jamaica, or any other local carrier out of Kingston and Montego Bay, into Brazil, via Rio de Janeiro, the only designated port of entry into the South American country, under the facility at this time. Flights between the countries, he adds, would not necessarily be non-stop, but would be contingent on the feasibility of the studies which would be undertaken. “It’s a matter of looking at the routes and shaping your activities accordingly,” he reasonsThe Air Jamaica executive points out, however, that should Air Jamaica or any other local carrier need to fly to another destination outside of Rio de Janeiro, then special permission would have to be granted through the local aviation authority, consequent on the requisite application.Mr. Rodgers argues that while the agreement does not necessarily guarantee that the service will be established, having the regulatory framework, provided by the document, in place will ensure that no challenges arise if and when commercial operations commence. Such operations, he stresses, cannot be effected unless a bi-lateral air services agreement is in place.One of the advantages of having the agreement in place at this time, he says, is that it facilitates special flights, such as charters into either country.“If one country decides to fly an aircraft into the other’s territory (outside of the provisions of the framework), naturally, the proper filings would have to be made to the respective civil aviation authorities. But I don’t see that there will be any difficulty, in terms of the authority being given by either side, since the main agreement is in place. So it would pave the way for that (special flights) until such time when the formal provisions are effected,” he explains.He also highlights the benefits of tapping into the Brazilian market, which the agreement will afford the island.“We (Air Jamaica) are always looking for potential places to fly, and I’m sure that, tourism-wise, the interest in South America is there, and has good potential for Jamaica, especially with the expansion of the Spanish hotels here. So it is something that we will always be looking at as a possibility to expand,” Mr. Rodgers informs. RelatedBrazil Air Services Agreement Beneficial to Jamaicacenter_img Advertisements RelatedBrazil Air Services Agreement Beneficial to Jamaicalast_img read more

Agencies join forces to investigate environmental damage to River Lugg

first_imgAgencies join forces to investigate environmental damage to River Lugg Natural England, the Environment Agency and the Forestry Commission mount joint investigation into damage reported on SSSI area of the River Lugg in Herefordshire. Legal notices were served and officers have attended the site to gather evidence.Natural England, the Environment Agency and the Forestry Commission have joined forces to investigate a series of unconsented works on the river Lugg at Kingsland in Herefordshire. The area has SSSI status due to its environmental importance.With the support of West Mercia police, officers from Natural England, the Environment Agency and the Forestry Commission came together on the scene last week with officers from Herefordshire Council, to investigate and seek formal evidence for the alleged offences.A legal notice requiring the works to stop immediately was served on the landowner by Natural England last week, while the Forestry Commission issued a stop letter requiring an end to any further felling work. The Environment Agency also requested no further works to be carried out on the river last week.Emma Johnson, Natural England area manager, said:I’m shocked by the destruction I’ve seen to this very special river.Sites of Special Scientific Interest represent our finest places for wildlife and geology and Natural England is responsible for ensuring their protection, working with landowners and managers to achieve this. We have regulatory powers to prevent damage taking place to SSSIs but when this does occur we can take appropriate enforcement action, including prosecuting offenders.The river Lugg is a very special place due to the ecology of the river and surrounding area. Natural England and our partners are working together to take strong action to ensure a wide-ranging and thorough investigation is carried out.The three agencies came together to jointly investigate last week following reports of activities including dredging, illegal felling of trees and profiling of the river banks. The works have the potential to cause significant, long term ecological harm to nearly 1.5km of the river.Keith Jones, area director for the Forestry Commission said:I’m appalled at what has happened. Trees are a precious natural resource, which is why anyone wishing to fell them must ensure they comply with the Forestry Commission’s felling licence requirements.Dave Throup, area environment manager for the Environment Agency, added:This is a beautiful part of the world. To see the changes from last week to this is terrible. We’re working closely with our partners to ensure this is thoroughly investigated. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Commission, council, ecology, environment, Forestry, Government, investigation, Keith, licence, police, UK, UK Government, wildlife, worldlast_img read more