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BEWARE AS NEW LAWS COME INTO FORCE... DID YOU KNOW ?


Mandatory Voter ID


At the next election, you won't be able to vote without showing photographic ID at polling stations.


It is claimed the plans will tackle fraud, but there were only 34 reports of fraud at the polls in the whole of 2019.


The law will not come into effect until next year, so won't affect this month's local council elections.


A limit on being able to vote abroad is being scrapped as well, while the government also voted to give itself control over the Electoral Commission.


Higher care costs especially for the North


A cap of £86,000 is being introduced on social care in old age, starting from autumn 2023.


But the law will force people who have assets worth between £75,000 to £150,000 to pay more. Because houses are worth less in the north than the south, northerners will be forced to give up a bigger slice of their own assets to pay for their old age care.


Noisy protests being banned


The Police, Crime, Courts and Sentencing Bill will allow police to put more restrictions on 'noisy' marches that could cause 'serious disruption'.


Someone who 'resides on land' while causing noise could also be committing an offence.


Removing British people's citizenship


Offshoring asylum claims - such as to Rwanda - and making it a criminal offence to knowingly arrive in the UK 'illegally' are part of a new Nationality and Borders Bill.


It allows the UK to treat people differently depending on how they got into the UK, such as by boat.


While controversial, the measures are mostly not designed to hit people already living in the UK - but others in the Bill might. The Bill allows the Home Office to deprive a British citizen of their citizenship without prior warning.


Making home owners pay up to £15,000 to fix unsafe property


Owners of unsafe flats will have to pay up to £15,000 to have them fixed under the Building Safety Bill.


While the government has drummed up an action plan for cladding, many flat owners have "non-cladding" defects too.


These are not covered by many government schemes and there is a legal cap of £10,000, or £15k in London.


The House of Lords had tried to introduce a £250 cap per leaseholder, but this was defeated by 22 votes by the government.


Making it more difficult to fight the government legally


The Judicial Review and Courts Bill will, campaigners fear, restrict their ability to persuade courts to rule against government.


The Public Law Project and Liberty spoke out against the plans, as did the Joint Committee on Human Rights.




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