UK News

Obscene porn rules relaxed in England and Wales

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Guidelines about what constitutes "obscene" pornography have been relaxed in England and Wales.The Crown Prosecution Service had previously listed torture and bondage, among other acts, as obscene.Distributing that type of pornography either on or offline could therefore have led to a prosecution.But the CPS has now removed the list and replaced it with series of "tests" that determine whether an image or video is classed
Business

Universal credit: Two-child benefit cap to be relaxed

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Amber Rudd will make her first major welfare speech on Friday Around 15,000 families with three or more children will not have their universal credit capped, the work and pensions secretary will say on Friday.A two-child limit on the benefit came into effect in April 2017 - but did not initially apply to claimants whose children were born before that date.This exemption was
Politics

Immigration rules to be relaxed for non-EU doctors and nurses

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSajid Javid discussing the net migration target earlier this monthThe government is to relax immigration rules to allow more non-EU skilled workers into the UK. On Friday, the Home Office is expected to confirm that foreign doctors and nurses will be excluded from the government's visa cap.The cap - introduced by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary - sets a
Science/Nature

Fracking planning laws should be relaxed say ministers

[ad_1] The government has proposed a relaxation in the planning laws which apply to fracking. Under the plans, preliminary drilling could be classed as permitted development - the same law that allows people to build a small conservatory.Ministers are also proposing a shale environmental regulator and a new planning brokerage service.Opponents of fracking say it shows the government is desperate to encourage fracking. They call the proposed relaxation of planning