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Hethertons Services for You and Your Family - August 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of the Hethertons Solicitors newswire for you and your family, which is designed to keep you up to date with what is happening within our firm, alongside our latest service developments and changes in legislation.

Hethertons Solicitors has been providing advice to families and individuals in and around York and North Yorkshire for more than 70 years. Despite our long and illustrious history, we are a forward-thinking firm, which prides itself on providing a highly personalised service to clients. 

We hope you enjoy reading our latest newswire and find it informative.

Government launches review into marriage ceremonies


 

The Government has launched a Law Commission review into marriage ceremonies in England and Wales in a bid to modernise the outdated rules around wedding venues.

The project, which is the first of its kind, will review many of the current laws regarding how and where marriages can take place, some of which date back to the 19th century.

 
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Workers could receive compensation for lost shifts in Good Work Plan proposals


 

Workers could receive compensation for lost shifts as a part of the Government’s Good Work Plan proposals.

The Good Work Plan is a significant review of workers’ rights, which could impact millions of employees in shift work and zero-hour contracts.

 
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New Section 21 rules will make landlords more selective over tenants, according to new research


 

The changes to the Section 21 rules, which will see an end to ‘no explanation’ repossessions, will result in landlords being more selective over the tenants they rent to, according to research by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).

The study, which was one of the largest non-Government surveys of agents and landlords, found that 84 per cent of agents and landlords would be more selective about the tenants they choose.

 
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Government announce proposal to revamp sick pay eligibility


 

The Government has announced new proposals that would see around two million low-paid workers receive statutory sick pay for the first time.

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd and Health Secretary Matt Hancock set out new measures, which will help transform how employers support staff with health conditions.

 
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Wedding debt can lead to increased likelihood of divorce


 

According to the latest research, many couples who are going into debt to throw the perfect wedding are feeling the strain in their relationship afterwards with many considering a divorce.

For many couples, the perfect wedding day is out their financial capabilities with many costly aspects including the dress, catering, venue, guest list, and the open bar.

 
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First-time buyers choosing bigger properties than before


 

According to the latest industry research, first-time buyers are opting for more detached houses and bigger properties compared to 2007.

The data has shown that the proportion of new buyers choosing a detached property has doubled from 6 per cent before the economic downturn, to 12 per cent during 2018. While the number of three and four-bedroom homes increased from 51 per cent to 61 per cent during the same period.

 
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