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ProjectsNumber of deprivation of liberty cases "to rise ten-fold", warn local authorities
ADASS research handed to President of Court of Protection, Sir James Munby, at hearing on how to respond to surge in cases following Supreme Court ruling

MInisters consult on key guidance for councils on Care Act, Part 1 obligations
Department of Health issues draft guidance on obligations arising from 2014 Act and associated regulations

Appeals over refusal to waive council tax liability set to rise after tribunal ruling
President of Valuation Tribunal rules that it has unlimited powers to overturn decisions by councils which refuse to award discretionary hardship payments. Also withdraws previous guidance and issues new practice points

Supreme Court to hear key case on 'ordinary residence' in community care
Dispute between three councils over where severely disabled person was ordinarily resident when he turned 18

Council to re-open library after claimant given permission for judicial review
Local authority gave last-minute reprieve to another library to achieve better geographical spread. See also: High Court gives green light to library closure judicial review

Magistrates close bar that claimed to be a furniture shop
Premises where customers bought beer mats and furniture shut until all alcohol removed from the property

Audit Commission concern at transition to Single Fraud Investigation Service
Watchdog fears that housing benefit investigations "will suffer as responsibilities shift" in latest report on National Fraud Initiative

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Council suspends recruitment of school governors after 'Trojan Horse' case
Local authority will also produce new guidance for incumbents as part of response to affair. Educational trust will meanwhile seek to challenge Ofsted reports "through the appropriate legal channels"

Cabinet Office issues guidance on new energy efficient procurement rules
Guidance on implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive

Council lends NHS trust £110m-plus to buy itself out of PFI deal
Trust estimates savings of £3.5m a year after local authority taps into Public Works Loan Board

Adopt strategic approach to £2.5bn surplus property assets: Audit Commission
Watchdog calls on councils to hold systematic and regular reviews of local government estate

LGA hails regulatory standards for 'chuggers' as 250th agreement signed
Association says complaints from public have fallen since councils and charities agreed a regulatory standard

Copyright body claims rise in licence applications after action against council
Licensing agency says 46 authorities have taken out licences since settlement reached with Brighton & Hove

Public Health England research reveals significant breaches of sunbed laws
More than half of under 18s who have used a sunbed said they were never asked for ID to prove their age

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NoonWhat are local authority legal departments for?
Not long ago this was not a question often asked, writes Nicholas Dobson. For the answer was beyond obvious: to provide legal advice and support to the employing authority. End of!

Paying dividends
Elizabeth Warhurst explains how her council teamed up with a law firm to deliver a recruitment model to help shape a newly qualified solicitor into a public sector asset.

Data protection and child protection
Christopher Knight examines a strike-out application made by a number of local authorities over claims that they held inaccurate and damaging information about the claimant.

Biodiversity offsetting in action
Stephen Tromans QC highlights an example of how biodiversity offsetting can work in practice.

Part 1 of the Care Act 2014 and local authorities
The Government has published regulations and guidance addressing the obligations councils will have under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014. Judith Barnes, Susan Thompson and Rosalind Ashcroft report.

Rent payments and administration expenses
The Court of Appeal has altered its approach to rent being payable as an administration expense. Naomi Chesterman reports.

Procurement challenges - two bites at the cherry?
Jenny Beresford-Jones examines an Italian case on the time periods for bringing a procurement challenge.

Freeze frame
A recent test case explored whether the impact of the public sector pay freeze on the pay progression of staff aged 32 and under was indirectly discriminatory. Simon Lambert analyses the ruling.

Late concessions of liability
In the light of a recent employment tribunal equal pay case, Joanne Oliver considers the costs risks of conceding liability late in the day.

Article 8 and specific care needs
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that a disabled applicant was not entitled under Article 8 to specific care needs. Rosalind English examines the judgment.

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Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:

Adult Social Services: The Care Act 2014: the key points for local authorities
The Care Act received Royal Assent last month. Judith Barnes, Susan Thompson and Rosalind Ashcroft outline the key measures in this landmark legislation.

Children: Disclosure update
Tehniat Lindsay looks at the implications of Re B-S, the Court of Appeal's landmark ruling on adoption.

Employment: Austerity, redundancy and other measures
What options do local authorities have beyond simple reductions in headcount? Bhavesh Prajapati explains.

Governance: Code of conduct v freedom of expresssion
The High Court recently cut the disqualification period imposed on a Welsh councillor. Nicholas Dobson considers the lessons to be learned from the case for local authorities in England as well as Wales.

Housing: Council tax liability and void properties
Andrew Lane looks at a key ruling for housing associations in relation to void periods and council tax liability.

Licensing: Primary gambling activity: the FTT view
In an important decision that will impact on all betting premises licence applications the First-Tier Tribunal has given a long-awaited ruling on the meaning of 'primary gambling activity'. Gerald Gouriet QC and George Mackenzie analyse the judgment.

Litigation: Time to think
You can agree to extend time now - but should you agree to extensions? Gordon Exall analyses the key issues for litigators.

Planning: Enforcement appeals – an important judgment
Martin Goodall reviews a Court of Appeal ruling on whether a planning inspector should have considered an alternative to demolition.

Procurement: The nature of the transaction
Contracting authorities and property developers beware: “Leases” may be subject to procurement law. Stephanie Rickard examines a recent Advocate General opinion in an Italian case.

Procurement: About time
Two recent rulings have looked at time limits in procurement challenges. Ruth Connorton and Alison Walton set out the key points.

Projects: State aid and the revised General Block Exemption Regulation
The revised General Block Exemption Regulation opens up a range of possibilities for authorities when it comes to state aid, write Jonathan Branton and Jay Mehta.

Property: Supreme Court clarifies when property can be registered as village green
The critical distinction between use of a playing field ‘as of right’ and ‘by right’ for the purposes of deciding whether it can be registered as a town or a village green is explained by Paul Wilmshurst.

Property: Radiation contamination—is the public sufficiently informed?
Jon Payne comments on the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment’s (Comare) findings and recommendations in relation to aspects of radiation in the environment.

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