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Clocks changing Greenwich Mean Time
On the last Sunday of October the clocks 'fall back': they go back by one hour.
It may feel like a long time since the blue skies of summer, but this marks the end of British Summer Time (BST). It also means an extra hour in bed.
Why do the clocks change?
The clocks go back to revert to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which was in place before British Summer Time started in March.
The reason the clocks go forward and back is because of a campaign at the beginning of the 20th century, which successfully argued in favour of changing the clocks during the summer months to avoid wasting time in the morning.
Today people argue that changing the clocks will be good for:
- reducing energy consumption for environmental reasons
- having longer evenings to support leisure and tourism
- encouraging people to exercise more outdoors
- reducing road accidents.
Others argue that changing the clocks is now redundant given that many of us spend most of our time in well-lit homes, shops and offices, where the amount of daylight makes little difference to our lives.
Similarly, the economic and environmental advantages can vary: for some warmer regions, it’s thought that longer evenings may actually increase energy consumption as people use air-conditioning units for more hours.
It’s an ongoing debate that strongly depends on people’s geographical location, occupation and lifestyle.
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As many of you know Wimbledon that never was 2020...
Only the third time in history that Wimbledon did not take place. Since 1988, Christy have been the official towel supplier to the championships at Wimbledon.
The rare Official Wimbledon Towel is now available for sale - all sales from the Wimbledon towels go to this amazing charity.
Our culture is defined by inclusiveness. Put simply, we believe that everyone can be included in the normal life that the lucky majority share.
We embrace integrity, transparency and compassion in all that we do, with all people that we interact with.
What we do
Primarily our helping hands are outstretched to those who are homeless. But our efforts also go beyond this, to include others who are socially excluded. This could be due to an array of factors – from unemployment and financial hardship, to ill health onto discrimination based on race, creed, gender re-assignment and more.
How Your Donation Will Help
Your donation could buy food, shelter, clean clothes, travel and other assistance – but the difference between what it could buy, and what it actually provides, is huge.
For those facing the streets night after night, those pounds and pence that you compassionately give will contribute towards…
- Assisting us in providing the tailored mentorship that those who are homeless so sorely need and meeting their needs
- Helping those in need on entering the workforce
- Assisting with budgeting and other practical help
For others who are homeless but housed, it may mean…
- Escaping a violent partner, dangerous living environment or rogue landlord
- Finally laying down roots in a home, rather than a B and B
- Intervening before these vulnerable people wind up on the streets
For those who discriminated against – persecuted and oppressed, it could lead to…
- The right legal advice
- Rebuilding confidence
- Access to a network of those who are, or who have, suffered the same
Covid-19 Rules and Regulations
The courts in England and Wales reopened on 23rd August 2020 for all possession claims. It is unclear there will be a prioritisation of cases and if notice periods will revert back to the original time frames but here is what we know.
England and Wales
The Civil Procedure (Amendment No 2) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020, were bought into force on 25 June 2020. The 25 June is when the Government were hoping to open the courts for possession hearings. Though may restrictions began to ease, the courts remained closed until 23 August 2020. These regulations provide a temporary rule for possession proceedings and enforcement proceedings by way of writ or warrant for possession issued before 22 August 2020 are stayed.
To coincide with the courts opening on 23 August further rules were made through The Civil Procedure (Amendment No 4) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020 and Practice Direction 55c Coronavirus: Temporary Provision in relation to possession proceedings.
Here are two different claims a “stayed claim” and a “new claim”. A stayed claim is a claim that was made on or before 22 August including an appeal from a decision for a claim. Any stayed claim on or before the 3 August needs a “reactivation notice”. Claims after 3 August and claims where judgement has been awarded do not. A £reactivation notice” must be served by 4pm on 29 January 2021 or the case will be stayed.
A new claim is any possession claim that has been made to the courts after 22 August.
If a claim included non-payment of rent, and independent of it a reactivation notice is required the landlord will need to supply the tenant and the court with up to two years’ rent payment information and all claims need any information about how the coronavirus has affected the tenant.
This amendment also suspends the standard period between issue of a claim form and a hearing. Normally claims should be heard within 8 weeks of the claim being issued. The 8 week period has simply been removed giving judges wide case management powers. These rules will stay in place until 28 March 2021.
From the 24 july, as stated in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020, a face mask must be worn when entering a “shop”. The interpretation of “shop” is any building, room or other indoor establishment which is open to the public in whole or part and used wholly or mainly for the purpose of retail sale or hire goods or services.
It is important to understand that this is to protect staff in the shop, who meet and serve hundreds of customers a day. However, the staff are not legally required to wear a face covering though it is recommended.
As the premises from which agents work qualifies as a “shop”. Any of the agent’s clients or customers must wear a mask whilst visiting the office (the usual exemption applying). Walk in visits should be avoided and visits are required by pre-arranged appointment.
This newsletter is produced by the TFP.
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