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Extremists to be purged from charity boards under new law

The Government is to purge “extremist” trustees from every charity in England and Wales in a crackdown that could affect thousands of people.

A leaked draft of the Home Office’s new counter-extremism strategy, seen by the Telegraph, says new legal powers for the Charity Commission to sack trustees will be used far more widely than expected.

In a paper in May on how it would use the powers, now being created in a bill before Parliament, the commission made no mention of extremism being grounds for disqualification.

However, the leaked counter-extremism strategy, due to be published this autumn, states that “once the legislation is enacted, the Charity Commission will take action against all trustees who meet the definition of extremism set out in this document.”

The strategy document defines extremism as “the vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.”

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UK taxi law changes: Security advice for passengers

People booking private hire services next month may find the company picking them up is not the firm they booked.

Changes to taxi legislation which come into force on October 1 will allow private hire firms to sub-contract customer bookings to other companies, which may or may not be based in the same council area.

The changes have been criticised in some quarters, as they could make it harder for customers to ensure they are being picked up by drivers they know.

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What the government plans to do with UK motoring laws

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935.

The Government is plotting the biggest roads revolution since the introduction of the driving test in 1935, drafting a series of reforms that include a controversial part-privatisation of the practical examination.

Other proposed reforms include closing test centres, cutting jobs at motoring agencies, increasing fees for non-essential services such as personalised number plates, and raising the age at which drivers must declare that they are fit to drive from 70 to 75. Officials are even pondering how to tailor the test to reflect an expected surge in driverless cars over the next decade.

The Department for Transport is preparing a consultation document on the reforms which will be published in October. A draft has been obtained by The Independent on Sunday. The consultation will form the basis of next year’s formal strategy on the future of the country’s three motoring agencies – the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and the Vehicle Certification Authority (VCA).

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