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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...

Only three hours left to apply: Ceredigion County Council is looking for a Property Solicitor - note that the closing date is noon today (3 October).

Elsewhere, the London Borough of Southwark is hiring a Senior Childcare Lawyer, while a public sector organisation in the North West is looking for an interim Head of Legal and Monitoring Officer to cover a period of maternity leave. Check out our jobs board for the latest opportunities!


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News headlines

ProjectsBan 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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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonRecovering social care debt
Caroline Sanders analyses some of the legal complexities that can affect a social care debt recovery case, such as the overlap with care provided under mental health legislation, NHS funded continuing healthcare, deprivation of assets and estate administration.

Data privacy breaches and outsourcing
With the Information Commissioner recently handing out huge fines to two public bodies for privacy breaches, Alison Deighton examines how the risks involved in outsourcing the processing of data can be mitigated.

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.

Stock control
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.

Trading places
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. 

In development
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.

And some you may have missed....

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 explain.

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.


Jobs of the week

Property Solicitor
Ceredigion County Council is looking for a Property Solicitor to be a key member of a legal team providing advice to client departments, members and the council. 

Senior Childcare Lawyer
The London Borough of Southwark is looking for a Senior Childcare Lawyer to work on a permanent, part-time/job share basis.

Head of Legal and Monitoring Officer
An interim Head of Legal and Monitoring Officer is required by a public sector organisation based in the North West. 

Prosecutions Locum
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a general Prosecutions Locum to join a local authority based in the West Midlands. 

Contracts Lawyer
A local authority in the South of England is looking for a qualified solicitor, barrister or CILEx for a one-off piece of work reviewing contracts. Will consider candidates with public or private sector background. 

Adult Social Services Solicitor
An Adult Social Services Solicitor is required to join a local authority in the West Midlands. 

Adult Social Services Lawyer
A local authority in the North West is seeking an Adult Social Services Lawyer who can 'hit the ground running'. 

Litigation Lawyer
A prominent regulatory body has an excellent opportunity for a talented Litigation Lawyer to join it on a permanent basis. 

Childcare Solicitor
An opportunity has arisen for a Childcare Solicitor to join a reputable local authority in the Wrexham area.  

Data Protection and FOI Solicitor
My client is urgently looking for an experienced FOI and Data Protection Solicitor who has experience of working within a local authority. 

Other featured jobs

Licensing Litigation Locum
A local authority in the East Midlands is looking for a licensing Litigation Lawyer for an ongoing contract expected to be for a minimum of three months. 

Contracts Lawyer
South Midlands public sector organisation requires legal support for a six-month opening that could convert into a longer term assignment. 

Planning Lawyer
An opportunity has arisen for a local Planning Lawyer with previous local government experience to join an authority in the Newcastle area. 

Regulatory Lawyer
A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Regulatory Lawyer to join a highly regarded organisation in the South East. 

Commercial Property Locum
A local authority based in East Anglia is recruiting a Commercial Property locum. 

Childcare Lawyer
Well respected local authority in the West Midlands requires a Childcare Solicitor on an ongoing basis. 

Commercial Contracts Lawyer
A six-month locum role for a Contracts Lawyer has arisen in this local authority team based in the south of London. 

Adult and Childcare Lawyer
An opportunity has arisen for an Adult and Childcare Lawyer in the Durham area. 

Commercial Property Lawyers
Due to a vast project taken on by a very reputable private practice based in the centre of Bristol, we are recruiting for a number of Commercial Property Lawyers. 

Contracts & Property Locum
This highly regarded public sector organisation has a requirement for an experienced solicitor to join its legal team for a period of at least six months. 

Housing Litigation Lawyer
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Housing Litigation Lawyer to join a local authority in the East Midlands for a contract expected to last for a minimum of three months. 

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Featured courses and events

Climate Change Governance Conference - Kingston University - 2nd November
This includes the prospect of climate change litigation and judicial reviews against local government

Employment Law Update - Jordans

Housing Allocations and Homelessness - Jordans
London - 30 November
Leeds - 27 November
Birmingham - 29 November
Manchester - 28 November

Contested Disclosure - Hardwicke - 23 October

Getting the best out of Mediation - Field Court Chambers - 16 October

Children Law and Practice Conference 2012 - Family Law - 4 October

Annual Mental Health Law Conference - RadcliffesLeBrasseur - 4 October

Preparation for Trial - Field Court Chambers - 25th October

Advocacy Skills for Family Lawyers - Family Law - 12 October

Court of Protection Practice and Procedure 2012 - Jordans - 15 October

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