UK Uncut response to Justice Secretary’s speech at Conservative Party conference: Roadblock protests will happen this weekend
LONDON, October 2, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — The UK Green Building Council has entered into a new long-term partnership with Ecobuild, the world’s largest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment. The agreement means UK-GBC is now the lead partner of Ecobuild, the annual event which the charity has supported since it was founded in 2007. The two organisations will now work even more closely to promote the business case for a greener and more sustainable built environment. Ecobuild’s unrivalled programme of events will be developed and delivered in association with UK-GBC, whose Chief Executive Paul King sits on the Ecobuild Advisory Board. UK-GBC will also contribute to the conference and seminar programme, which for the first time in Ecobuild’s ten-year history, will all take place on the show floor. Conference sessions including high profile debates on key policy issues will be hosted in two major arenas, while six seminar zones will focus on topics such as building products and design, building performance and BIM, refurbishment and retrofit, future cities, and green infrastructure and energy. Ecobuild is also actively supporting the work of UK-GBC to raise awareness and understanding of sustainability in the built environment as a founding sponsor of Pinpoint ( http://www.pinpoint.org.uk ), UK-GBC’s online platform for sustainability resources, and the Green Building Series education programme ( http://www.ukgbc.org/education ). “This partnership marks the start of a new and exciting chapter in our close relationship with Ecobuild, an event which has firmly placed sustainable construction on the UK and international agenda over the past ten years,” said Paul King. “We look forward to working with the organisers and industry to ensure that the programme of events and line-up of speakers make 2014 the best Ecobuild yet.” Alison Jackson, UBM’s newly appointed Director of Sustainability and Construction, added: “We are delighted to be working more closely withUK-GBC. Their expertise in leadingindustry action, building capability through knowledge and green transfer, and the commitment and passion of the organisation is exemplary. The partnership encourages a year round collaboration and we are delighted that UK-GBC will be the lead partner of the Ecobuild brand.” Ecobuild is also focusing on minimising the environmental impact of the event itself by implementing the ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System, which addresses materials use, waste reduction and carbon mitigation. A sustainable procurement process will also be put into place for all key suppliers and environmental issues promoted to all stakeholders in the run up to the show. As part of this initiative Ecobuild will be working closely with UK-GBC on the Sustainable Stands Awards. 2014 will mark the fourth year UK-GBC will be running the Sustainable Stand Awards at Ecobuild. The competition is based on the sustainable design and responsible sourcing of materials for the stands, and how energy, waste and recycling have been considered during their construction.
We know that this will be disruptive. We know that it will stop the traffic. But we know that this kind of direct action works. The activists plan for roadblocks in London and around the UK, and have enlisted the support of other direct action groups, including Disabled People Against the Cuts, Plane Stupid and Fuel Poverty Action [1, 2, 3]. The protest groups explain that their actions would be symbolically highlighting the devastating effect the changes will have on access to justice.  The governments reforms have come under increasing criticism, with Englands most senior family judge recently describing them as disconcerting and suggesting that something needs to be done . In July, the government was forced to backtrack on a key part of the reforms, that of removing the right of legal aid defendants to choose their solicitor, following protests . The government claims that changes will improve efficiency in the legal system , but this claim has been challenged by research showing that the estimated 6m savings will be dwarfed by 30m in knock-on costs . Sarah Price of UK uncut said The changes in legal aid are an assault on the poorest and most vulnerable in our society. By insisting on these so-called cuts the government takes away our ability to challenge their decisions, allowing them to cut deeper and without legal challenge. Lynn Jacobs, a UK uncut supporter said I will be supporting this action because I have already seen the impact of legal aid changes. I fled an abusive relationship and was not sure what to do to protect myself. Because of the changes to legal aid I could not afford get a court order to protect myself from my ex-partner.
Domino’s Pizza UK sales rise 4 percent, Germany plans on track
The group, which makes almost all of its sales of pizzas such as Pepperoni Passion and Meatilicious in the UK and Ireland, has big plans for expansion into Germany but in July was forced to slow them, as higher labour costs meant it would break even there as much as two years later than hoped. To help improve its performance there Domino’s is handing the running of its poor performing own-managed stores over to more experienced franchisees, a model that is behind its success in the UK. Domino’s said on Wednesday it was confident that a good number of those transfers would be complete by the year end. Like-for-like sales over the period in Germany climbed 9.4 percent, while sales in Ireland marked nine periods of consecutive growth with a rise of 2.4 percent. Domino’s chief executive Lance Batchelor said the group remained on track to meet full-year forecasts. The company is on average expected to report a pretax profit of 48.67 million pounds, according to a Reuters poll of eight analysts. (Reporting by Brenda Goh; Editing by Neil Maidment) @yahoofinance on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Related Content Chart Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the “Enter symbol/company” at the bottom of this module. You need to enable your browser cookies to view your most recent quotes. Search for share prices Terms Quotes are real-time for NASDAQ, NYSE, and NYSEAmex when available. See also delay times for other exchanges . Quotes and other information supplied by independent providers identified on the Yahoo! Finance partner page . Quotes are updated automatically, but will be turned off after 25 minutes of inactivity.