Archive for April, 2015

Picking apart the party policies: SNP

The manifestos have been released and with them an outline of what to expect for several key industries and sectors should any of the parties be elected.

With that in mind, the health and safety and the environmental sectors can each expect some kind of impact of varying degree, depending on which Party comes out on top.

In this instalment of the “Picking apart the Party policies” series, Cedrec Legal Author, Amy Batch, looks at the Scottish National Party (SNP). Key issues will be examined with a degree of insight from Cedrec.

Environment

First of all, this manifesto is different to the others, on a purely aesthetic basis. No content page and no headings to give a topic to the policies. On one page, a reader can find policies for opposing EU withdrawal, affordable housing pledges, education investment, immigration and job creation. So, in terms of specific policies relating to the environment and health and safety, a reader can be a little overwhelmed.

The first policy I happened across regarding the environment, however, was a one that is bound to be good news for potential voters. Action on energy bills, with a pledge to support lower energy bills by pushing for an Energy Company Obligation, funded through taxes, as opposed to a levy on energy bills.

In that same policy was a rather vague “support new powers to make sure energy companies pass on the benefits” of the lower prices to consumers. These new powers, in this context, can only be legislation and regulations.

“Greater care for our environment” is another policy found in the manifesto, where the SNP state they will continue to support a moratorium (a legal suspension or delay) on fracking. The SNP aim to pressure the UK Government to adopt Scotland's “ambitious” carbon reduction targets.

They wish to invest in renewables generation, “particularly offshore” renewables. No specific figure is given here.

Health and Safety

The SNP have not made clear any health and safety policies.

See also

For more information, see the SNP Manifesto 2015.

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Merchant Shipping (Weighing of Goods Vehicles and other Cargo) (Revocations) Regulations SI 2015/629

These Regulations came into force on 6 April 2015 and apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
They revoke various pieces of legislation relating to merchant shipping safety and the weighing of vehicles and other cargo as the requirements set out in the revoked legislation have been superseded by newer pieces of…

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Merchant Shipping (United Kingdom Wreck Convention Area) Order SI 2015/172

This Order came into force on 14 April 2015 and applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
It describes the UK’s areas covered by the Wreck Removal Convention.
The provisions relating to the Wreck Removal Convention of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, inserted by the Wreck Removal Convention Act 2011, apply…

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Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (Commencement No. 8 and Saving Provisions) Order SI 2015/641

This Order applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and brings section 74 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, which relates to exploitation of design derived from artistic work, into force on 6 April 2020.

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Merchant Shipping (Weighing of Goods Vehicles and other Cargo) (Revocations) Regulations SI 2015/629

These Regulations came into force on 6 April 2015 and apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
They revoke various pieces of legislation relating to merchant shipping safety and the weighing of vehicles and other cargo as the requirements set out in the revoked legislation have been superseded by newer pieces of…

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Merchant Shipping (United Kingdom Wreck Convention Area) Order SI 2015/172

This Order came into force on 14 April 2015 and applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
It describes the UK’s areas covered by the Wreck Removal Convention.
The provisions relating to the Wreck Removal Convention of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, inserted by the Wreck Removal Convention Act 2011, apply…

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Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (Commencement No. 8 and Saving Provisions) Order SI 2015/641

This Order applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and brings section 74 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, which relates to exploitation of design derived from artistic work, into force on 6 April 2020.

Details on this legislative text is provided by Cedrec. Please click here to see the summary.

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Picking apart the party policies: Green Party

The manifestos have been released and with them an outline of what to expect for several key industries and sectors should any of the parties be elected.

With that in mind, the health and safety and the environmental sectors can each expect some kind of impact of varying degree, depending on which Party comes out on top.

In this instalment of the “Picking apart the Party policies” series, Cedrec Legal Author, Amy Batch, looks at the Green Party. Key issues will be examined with a degree of insight from Cedrec.

Environment

Unsurprisingly, the Green Party have created a manifesto that uses sustainability and renewables as a corner stone for much of the policies.

They have an “Our Policy on a Page”, and it makes it very clear that the Green Party's intentions are to protect the planet from further environmental damage. They wish to invest £85 billion into a public programme that will be used in renewable energy investments, flood defences and building insulation. They do not state over what period of time this amount of money will be spent.

Additionally, they wish to spend more on research for climate change and pollution, amongst other environmental issues, and decrease military research. They do not expand on what area of military research will be sacrificed.

Over 1 million jobs are hoped to be created through green investment, and the Greens aim to “restore the public sector”.

The Greens want a 70% recycle rate of domestic waste by 2020, as a move towards zero waste. 70% is a high number, but with the right facilities, it is plausible. Two councils currently have approximately a 65% recycle rate, however this figure does sink as low as 14% in other council areas. Regardless, it is encouraging that the Green Party are not illusioned about the task at hand of creating a zero waste Britain: they recognise it will not happen overnight, that work will need to be done, specifically in some areas over others.

Health and Safety

No solid policies have been found in the manifesto regarding health and safety. They do state the intention to change the definition of a working week to 35 hours. They also wish to reduce employment tribunal fees, to make them more accessible to workers.

See also

For more information, see the Green Party Manifesto 2015.

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Guidance on Managing the Risk of Hazardous Gases when Drilling or Piling Near Coal

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Petroleum Licensing (Applications) Regulations SI 2015/766

These Regulations come into force on 30 June 2015 and apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
They set out the requirements for licence applications for:

landward petroleum exploration;
seaward petroleum exploration;
methane drainage;
petroleum exploration and development; and
seaward area production.

Applications for licences: general
Applications can be made by any person.
Furthermore, applications must:

in the case…

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