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Supreme Court finds tribunals and local authorities must disapply 'bedroom tax' to avoid human rights breaches

Appellant's lawyer claims ruling is "of great significance" because it not only allows for case of client and that of 130 couples whose cases were stayed behind it to be resolved with social security tribunals disapplying bedroom tax to ensure none of those individuals suffer human rights breach, but also because it paves way for decision-makers to avoid human rights breaches in other areas
Court of Appeal orders "unprecedented" second retrial in care proceedings following death of 10-year-old girl
Appeal judges order second retrial in care proceedings relating to five siblings following death of ten-year-old girl in 2016, describing judgment from first retrial as “wrong and procedurally unjust”; reject calls for court to substitute own findings or say proceedings should come to end
Independent report finds it would be unfair to say council had "sexist culture"
Report into district council's culture carried out by leading local government lawyer was commissioned after former head of paid service made series of allegations on Facebook
City council defeats judicial review challenge over age assessment
Manchester City Council defeats judicial review challenge in dispute about age of young man who immigrated from Guinea and provided documentation from local court
Secretary of State fails in High Court bid to wind up business rates mitigation companies
High Court judge refuses to wind up two business rates mitigation companies alleged by Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to be engaged in abuse of liquidation process
Judge allows inter-country adoption to proceed despite failure to comply with pre-adoption requirements
Application for inter-country adoption should not fail because of inconsequential errors made by intending adopter, High Court Family Division judge finds
Borough council to contest appeals as row over planning permission for hotel marquees rumbles on
Council to contest further appeals in lengthy series of cases in which its planning service was criticised by both High Court and Court of Appeal
Trustees of Sikh Temple charity fail in High Court challenge to traffic management order
High Court judge rejects legal challenge brought over Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea’s decision to make traffic management order imposing additional parking restrictions in area with Sikh Temple
Public, administrative and children law specialists among 24 new Deputy High Court Judges
David Lock QC of Landmark Chambers, Sarah Morgan QC of 1GC and Hugh Southey QC of Matrix Chambers among 24 Deputy High Court Judges appointed by Lord Chief Justice for single fixed four-year term
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MUST READ: Spent convictions, underlying conduct and the 'fit and proper test'

A recent Upper Tribunal ruling will be of interest to all local housing authorities, private landlords, and those who advise them as well as to licensing authorities and those carrying out licensable activities as it relates to the interaction between the criminal law and the "fit and proper person" test, and in particular the application of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, write James Findlay QC and Riccardo Calzavara. (sign up to our housing law newsletter)

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Supreme Court to rule next week on community benefit fund donations and material considerations when granting planning permission
On 20 November Supreme Court will hand down imporrtant ruling on whether council was entitled to take into account as material consideration, when granting planning permission for wind turbine, offer of community benefit fund donation
Council defeats appeal by taxi driver over revocation of PHV licence
Borough council awarded costs of £3,848 after successfully defending appeal by taxi driver over revocation of his private hire driver’s licence
Council vows to defend legal challenge over grant for mixed-use scheme that will enable new football stadium
Luton Borough Council says it will “vigorously defend” legal challenge brought by property investment company over local authority’s decision to grant planning permission for mixed-use gateway scheme that would help delivery of new 23,000-seater stadium for Luton Town Football Club
Council failed to consider impact of proposed retail development on local Post Office, High Court finds
Borough council should have considered impact of small retail development on viability of local Post Office when it granted planning permission, High Court rules
Kent housing association seeks legal services provider to advise on moving valuation basis for stock
Profit for purpose housing association in Kent seeking tenders for provision of legal advice and due diligence in respect of moving to MV-STT (market-value – subject to tenancy) valuation basis for its LSVT (large scale voluntary transfer) housing stock
MUST READ: Hard law and Soft Law - in the context of local government

Dr David Sykes analyses the role soft law plays the decision-making of local authorities and other local democratic institutions.


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The Sheriffs OfficeHigh Court enforcement for local authorities
High Court enforcement services can be useful for local authorities in several circumstances. The Sheriff's Office outlines the main occasions when councils may need to use enforcement services and the procedures they will need to follow when they do (sponsored editorial).

Information watchdog updates guidance for data controllers on protection 'special category data'
Information Commissioner’s Office issues updated guidance on special category data, to which data controllers must give extra protection under GDPR
Supreme Court to hear dispute over Local Government Pension Scheme and ethical disinvestment
Supreme Court will next week consider whether parts of Communities Secretary’s guidance on investment of Local Government Pensions Schemes relating to UK foreign and defence policy were for unauthorised purpose
JUSTICE report calls for mandatory training on law for school teachers involved in excluding students
Report from charity urges reform of process by which schools permanently exclude students after suggesting that school teachers have inconsistent understanding of their Equality Act duties and that Independent Review Panels lack power to remedy unlawful exclusions
Housing watchdog looks to introduce new Rent Standard from April 2020
New Rent Standard set to be introduced from 1 April 2020 after Regulator of Social Housing publishes its response to consultation on its proposals
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Boost your career: Being a legal locum in local government
An increasing number of legal professionals are becoming locums. Rayhaneh Tehrani and Laura Smith explain the reasons why this is the case, and set out what they think candidates should consider when looking for jobs in local government.
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Information watchdog consults on being granted investigation and other powers under POCA
Information Commissioner launches consultation on her office being granted access to investigation and other associated powers under Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA)
Minimum unit price for alcohol to be introduced in Wales in March 2020 after Assembly approval
Welsh Government names date for introduction of minimum unit price for alcohol of 50p, after regulations were this week approved by National Assembly for Wales
New regulation to require drone pilots to register with CAA and pass test before end of November
Civil Aviation Authority launches Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service, heralding new conditions requiring pilots of drones above certain size to register as operator and pass “online education package”
Government awards £2m in funding for technology firm to support digital transformation of legal sector
British technology firm awarded £2m in government funding to "help support digital transformation of UK’s legal sector”, Ministry of Justice announces
Law firm acts for West Midlands social housing group on £600m corporate finance restructuring
Banking and securitisation teams at Devonshires advise one of largest social housing providers in West Midlands on £600m restructure of its corporate financing
The Great Bundle Takeaway Debacle
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Kent housing association seeks legal services provider to advise on moving valuation basis for stock
Law firm acts for West Midlands social housing group on £600m corporate finance restructuring

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Objectively assessed need with the Local Plan process

The Court of Appeal has dismissed legal challenges to the Waverley Local Plan. Wayne Beglan explains why.

Failure to protect
The Court of Appeal has provided some useful guidance on what might or might not constitute 'failure to protect' when a child had been injured by another, writes Sarah Fahy.
When is an FOI request an FOI request?
Susan Wolf sets what organisations should bear in mind when considering whether something is 'business as usual' or an FOI request.
Intellectual property (IP) essentials for the public sector
Ben Travers examines how public bodies can protect their interests when it comes to intellectual property.
The importance of bringing a homelessness appeal in time
Adrian Davis examines Mr Justice Stewart’s decision in the High Court in which he dismissed an appeal against a county court judge’s refusal to extend time for bringing a homelessness appeal under section 204(2A) of the Housing Act 1996. (sign up to our housing law newsletter)
Housing disrepair, ADR and letters of claim
Elizabeth England examines issues around ADR, the failure to respond to a Letter of Claim and the Pre-Action Protocol for Housing Disrepair claims. (sign up to our housing law newsletter)

Catch up on recent articles on Local Government Lawyer and Public Law Today:
Deprivation of liberty in the community - how not to apply to court
A recent case reads as an object lesson in how not to make an application to the Court of Protection to authorise deprivation of liberty, writes Alex Ruck Keene.
Social care support and persons subject to immigration control
The Administrative Court has revisited the issue of the denial of social care support to persons subject to immigration control, and the line between local authority social care support under the Care Act 2014, and accommodation and support provided by the Home Office. Jonathan Auburn analyses the ruling.
Being a legal locum in local government
An increasing number of legal professionals are becoming locums. Rayhaneh Tehrani and Laura Smith explain the reasons why this is the case, and set out what they think candidates should consider when looking for jobs in local government.
Making the right choice
Jennifer Mellani writes about her journey to being a local government lawyer specialising in health and social care.
Public law children cases: limits to the role of Cafcass
The High Court has recently considered the parameters of Cafcass' functions, and a dispute between German nationals over the mother's move to the UK to live permanently. Georgina Dalton analyses the rulings.
Public law children cases: improving parental situations, robust case management and judicial pressure
Georgina Dalton rounds up the latest children law cases, including rulings on improvements to parents' situations, unfair judicial pressure, and deprivations of liberty of 16-17 year olds.
Public Space Protection Orders, abortion clinics and buffer zones
The Court of Appeal has upheld the legality of the UK’s first ‘buffer zone’ outside an abortion clinic. Ranjit Bhose QC, Kuljit Bhogal and Tara O'Leary explain why.
Automated facial recognition, privacy and data protection law
The Divisional Court has found that police use of automated facial recognition was a justified privacy intrusion. Robin Hopkins sets out the key findings in a landmark case.
Exploring the court's power to block sale of arms to Saudi Arabia
Sue Willman analyses for LexisNexis the case of R (on the application of Campaign Against Arms Trade) v Secretary of State for International Trade (Amnesty International and others intervening) and its implications for UK arms trade.
Exploring the limits of a public authority's liability for children
Duncan Fairgrieve and Jim Duffy, barristers at 1 Crown Office Row, examine the Supreme Court’s decision in Poole Borough Council v GN and another that the respondent local authority did not owe a common law duty of care to exercise its functions under the Children Act 1989 to protect the appellants, who were children of a family which it had housed, from harm at the hands of anti-social neighbours.
Marshalling evidence in special educational needs cases
John Roberts reports on a successful result obtained by a local authority in the Special Educational Needs Tribunal.
'Funding crisis' - a detailed look at the funding shortage in UK schools
According to campaigners, more than 200 schools in England are cutting their school weeks short due to funding shortages. This raises questions over legal ramifications and the responsibility of the government. Jean Tsang, associate at Bates Wells and governor of a maintained primary school, addresses these questions for LexisPSL and looks at the worrying effects of this ‘funding crisis’ on the ‘most vulnerable children’ in the educational system.
Managing employee health and well-being
Hayley Titchner outlines the main legal claims that employees suffering from work-related stress could pursue.
Whistleblowing: reasonable belief in public interest?
Alastair Currie looks at the question of when it could be said that an employee’s belief that a disclosure is in the public interest is reasonable within the meaning of whistleblowing legislation.
Behind the curtain
As the general election kicks off, James Goudie QC highlights a High Court ruling on the status of 'purdah' and the business that can and cannot be conducted while it applies.
Government automated-decision making
Robin Allen QC and Dee Masters, who run the www.ai-lawhub.com and tweet at @AILawHub, summarise the main points from their recent report on artificial intelligence and automated decision-making in government, warning that some local authorities could be acting in a discriminatory way.
NHS trusts and the duty of candour
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has decided not to pursue a duty of candour case due to a lack of evidence. Sarah Knight looks at the lessons to be learned.
Segregation on mental health wards
The Care Quality Commission recently published interim findings about the segregation in mental health wards of young people and people with a learning disability or autism. Holly Bridden looks at the lessons to be learned.
The PSED and claims for possession
John Murray considers a recent case in which a court scrutinised an alleged breach of the Public Sector Equality Duty in the context of a claim for possession. (sign up to our housing law newsletter)
The link between planning and HMO licensing
David Smith comments on a recent change made to the Government's guidance for local housing authorities on houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), concerning the relationship between licensing and planning. (sign up to our housing law newsletter)
Google v CNIL and the Right to be Forgotten
A recent ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union makes it clear that the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ in the context of Google searches has its limits, writes Ibrahim Hasan.
GDPR, class actions and the right to compensation
The Court of Appeal recently overturned a High Court ruling and found that a claimant could serve an out of jurisdiction application against Google as part of a class action. Ibrahim Hasan examines the judgment.
The LGA handbook for Licensing Act applications
Paddy Whur examines a handbook produced by the Local Government Association for councillors dealing with licensing applications.
Taxi licences, hearsay evidence and risk assessment
A private hire driver has unsuccessfully appealed after a council refused to renew his licence following the receipt of anonymous hearsay evidence. Matt Lewin explains why.
Selling local authority legal services
Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy examine how local authorities can go about generating additional income by selling their legal services.
Unoccupied properties and immunity from enforcement action
A London borough recently succeeded in an important High Court challenge to the Secretary of State’s approach to immunity from enforcement action. Charles Streeten explains why.
Taking into account the impacts and benefits of deliverable schemes
The High Court has allowed a statutory challenge against the Secretary of State’s dismissal of an appeal in relation to a 1,200 dwelling scheme. Christopher Lockhart-Mummery QC and Heather Sargent explain why.
Recovering costs after the lifting of automatic suspensions
Melanie Pears and Tim Care examine a case where a claimant bidder argued that the defendant contracting authority should not have all the costs of its successful application to lift an automatic suspension.
Public procurement with SMEs - and the mafia
A recent judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union should act as a reminder of the importance of adapting procurement to the needs of SMEs, writes Anja Beriro.
The public/private joint venture - why do they succeed?
Anthony Vittadini highlights some of the keys to success when implementing public/private joint ventures and those involving property in particular.
Cleaning up the air we breathe
Rob Hann looks at the pressures on local authorities to push forwards at pace with their clean air initiatives.
Property guardians and rating
The Upper Tribunal has clarified the identification of the unit of assessment for buildings occupied by property guardians, writes Luke Wilcox.
Gypsy and Traveller site allocation policy defended
A city council recently successfully defended a judicial review challenge over its Gypsy and Traveller site allocations policy. Adrian Davis analyses the judgment.
The changing landscape of local authority Trading Standards prosecutions?
Richard Heller considers for LexisPSL Local Government the potential impact the case of Qualter and others v Crown Court at Preston [2019] could have on the way regional Trading Standards services investigate and prosecute criminal offences. (registration required)
Highways maintainable at public expense
If a highway authority built a highway, it is highway maintainable at public expense. Matthew White reports on a significant High Court ruling for local authorities.\
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