Archive for February, 2012

Parliamentary Bill – Security (Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims (Amendment) Bill 2010-12)


Beresford, Paul raised an interesting point.

Subjects: Security;

Section 5 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 created an offence of causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable adult. The offence is limited to incidents where the victim died of an unlawful act and only applies to members of the household who had frequent contact with the victim. The household member must have either caused the victim’s death or failed to take reasonable steps to protect the victim, and the victim must have been at significant risk of serious physical harm. Only those who are 16 or over may be guilty of the offence, unless they are the mother or father of the victim.

The Bill would amend Section 5 of the Act to widen its scope to include situations where children and vulnerable adults have been seriously harmed. ‘Serious harm’ is defined in the 2004 Act as “harm that amounts to grievous bodily harm for the purposes of the Offences against the Person Act 1861”.

The Bill would also make consequential amendments to Sections 6 and 7 of the Act.

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Published: 08/11/2011 20:00:00


Time for a “UK Healthcare & Benefits Card” ?


Way back before the 2010 Election, I put together a quite comprehensive platform of common sense policies.

One of these was to change the “ID Card” scheme to be a “Healthcare & Benefits Card” to allow proof of entitlement to benefits (ie every claimant to be issued with one) and for healthcare entitlement (ie everyone – apart from children – who are entitled to relief from healthcare costs like prescriptions and spectacles).

The concept is that the HBE Card would be the key to receiving these services and must be presented at the point of delivery.  Like a bank card it would be used each time a free prescription is collected or an approach for benefits help.

This has a number of key “good points”:

  • Removal of redundant and ghost data from local and central government lists
  • Data integration with local and central government data sets
  • Accurate delivery of services – no card: no free services !
  • A way to “upgrade” the card to a valid UK Identity Card at a later date

Pulse recently published a story asking GP’s to undertake an ID check of their patients ( ) where a card of this type would be so helpful …

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