Editor's blog: Charter flight
The ban on age discrimination in the provision of services and public functions came into force this week with relatively little fanfare. According to the Daily Telegraph - the only broadsheet, it would appear, to cover the development, critics are calling it a "lawyers' charter". So is it? Read more...
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Ban on age discrimination in provision of services and public functions comes into force Ministers warn organisations they face legal challenges for practices that cannot be objectively justified
Council to net £500k+ from order against landlord for planning breach Landlord who converted a house into 12 flats without planning permission made subject to record confiscation order worth £1.4m
Agencies to face legal action over Rochdale abuse case, says claimant lawyer Report highlights "many missed opportunities" to safeguard children and young people affected by sexual exploitation, and makes a range of recommendations
London borough claims it will "rip up the social housing rule book" in April 2013 Cabinet set to approve fixed term social housing tenancies plus maximum income cap for those wanting to access housing register
Lord Chief Justice expresses concern at rise in self-represented litigants Lord Judge warns of increased burden on judiciary
Welsh ministers return powers to Anglesey but with safeguards in place Three out of five commissioners to stay involved
Bar Council to launch account for holding client money One of the most important developments in the legal services sector since the Legal Services Act came into force, claims chairman
Rewards of up to £1,000 offered for information on underage alcohol sales Scheme thought to be the first of its kind in the country. Payouts possible where details lead to successful charges
ICO fires warning after publishing guidance on use of cloud computing Watchdog cites record fine imposed on local authority as example of possible consequences of failings
Candidates and campaigners urge May to act over turnout for PCC elections "Rock bottom turnout" predicted for Police and Crime Commissioner elections in November
Coroners in England and Wales issue record number of Rule 43 reports Mental health related deaths become one of top three categories for reports, MoJ analysis reveals
LGO raps council for delay in fulfilling remedy over property covenant Local authority agreed settlement with Ombudsman and complainant - only to find it no longer enjoyed the benefit of the restrictive covenant
President of Family Division to retire on ill-health grounds
District council passes motion refusing badger cull in its area
Public bodies in Suffolk launch campaign to stop sale of super-strength alcohol
Councils agree to take action over uncompleted road after LGO investigation
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Davis, Winterbourne View and the difficulty of safeguarding
In the light of the reaction to Winterbourne View and the Davis case, we should not forget the difficult task faced daily by those responsible for safeguarding vulnerable adults, argues Michael Furminger.
A recent Court of Appeal ruling on human rights and defences to possession will give registered providers better control of their stock, says Sian Gibbon.
A health and safety sentencing tool-kit
Ben Mills sets out a tool-kit for defence and prosecution lawyers that will establish the foundation for quality advocacy at health and safety sentencing hearings.
The European Court of Justice recently found that the Netherlands was in breach of the procurement rules in respect of award criteria. Elizabeth Gibson examines the case.
The Supreme Court has issued an important ruling on the interpretation of development plan policies, writes John Bosworth.
October 2013 and chancel repair liability
October 2013 will be a key month for the issue of chancel repair liability. Rachel Stott explains why.
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The latest blogs...
Safeguarding case conference unfair by Nicholas Dobson
Safeguarding vulnerable people is a vital function of relevant local authorities. However, excessive zeal resulting in unfairness is unlawful. And any such decision is liable to be quashed on judicial review.
Analysis of Planning Act project thresholds (2) by Angus Walker
Today's entry looks at the five transport thresholds.
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Adult Social Services: Keeping guard
The Government's proposed statutory framework for adult safeguarding is a major disappointment and unlikely to tackle the inconsistent approach taken by local authorities, argues Andrew Parsons
Children's Services: Admit one? Stephen Cole
reviews recent tribunal rulings on the admission to academies of children with special educational needs.
Community Safety: Tackling problem premises Paddy Whur
provides a practical example of the use of the summary expedited review to tackle problem premises.
Employment: Slot machine
A case before the Employment Appeal Tribunal has highlighted again the importance of employers following their own procedures when reorganising, writes Phil Allen.
Governance: Open door policy
The CBI has made some bold claims about the savings that can be made by opening up public services to independent providers. Judith Barnes
analyses its report..
Housing: Staying power
Proposals to allow landlords to charge higher-earning tenants more - the so-called 'Pay to Stay' policy - could open up a potential can of worms in social housing, writes Alexander Campbell
Licensing: Representation of the people Andy Woods
looks at the increasing number of representations made against betting premises licence applications and queries whether many of them are in fact invalid.
Litigation: A matter of record
A recent tripping dispute shows that if cases are to be defended as a result of an inconsistent medical record, then the writer of the record needs to be called as a witness for the evidence to have any weight, says Tracey Meredith
Planning: More change afoot in planning
The planning regime is once more under attack from ministers. Brian Hurwitz
reviews the Government's latest policy announcements.
Procurement: Roll on, roll off
In a move intended to end the 'don't ask, don't tell' approach to off-payroll appointees and contractors, Government departments now have more power to ensure that the tax obligations of their contractors are satisfied. Danielle Kentish
and Richard Burgess
explain the issues.
Projects: Going for growth
The Government has set great store by its housing and growth stimulus package. Christopher Munday
and Christopher Proudley
consider what it means for councils, registered providers, house builders and other organisations.
Property: Property companies - a way forward for local authorities?
A number of councils are looking to set up free-standing organisations - sometimes known as 'prop cos' - to develop their property interests. Is this a good idea, and how should they go about it? Nathan Holden
and Stephen Pearson
Regulatory: Where next for the contaminated land regime?
Local authorities and the development industry need to be aware of significant changes that have been made to the contaminated land regime, write Alison Ogley
and Josh Kitson