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ProjectsTen Welsh councils pursue shared legal service based on formal collaboration Work to set up pilot 'virtual' team in prosecutions already underway. Strategic three-year plan to be completed by end of September

Capita makes long-awaited move into legal services with Optima deal Outsourcing giant sets up wholly-owned subsidiary targeting government alongside other markets

Local authority lawyers make shortlists for Law Society Excellence Awards Solicitors from London and North East councils named for In-house Solicitor award. Lawyer from Islington shortlisted for Solicitor Advocate of the Year

Newham prosecutes 67 landlords as licensing scheme gains transaction London borough was first in country to introduce a mandatory scheme to license all private rented properties See also: Change law so councils can tackle standards in private rented sector: report LGiU and Electrical Safety Council call for amendments to Housing Act 2004

Government consults on 'single market' principles for public sector procurement Proposals include ban on PQQs for low value contracts and mandating for whole public sector a core PQQ with standard questions for high value contracts

Civic regalia - or "bling" - should be worn, not locked away: MInister Local Government Minister offers views after being asked to intervene in dispute between elected mayor and town's charter trustees

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Ombudsman tells council to review complaints handling process LGO investigation criticises county for maintaining that its complaints process was in line with other local authorities, when it was in breach of statutory guidance

District appeals High Court quashing of planning permission for Beaverbrook estate Berwin Leighton Paisner, lawyers for the developers, also file application for leave to appeal, saying they felt "entirely let down by the judicial system

Half of families affected by under-occupation charge pushed into arrears Research by National Housing Federation also reveals many pushed into arrears for first time after introduction of "bedroom tax" in April

Letting agent ordered to pay nearly £50k over housing offences Fine for failing to have a house in multiple occupation licence thought to be one of the largest in the country

Law Commission consults on data sharing between public bodies Aim is to establish root causes for perceived obstacles and whether law reform is needed

Charity Commission publishes revised public benefit guidance for charities

SRA unveils further changes as 2013 PC renewals round kicks off

Councils to pay out £8k over failure to take action over noise and smells

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonThe Court of Appeal on the requirements of social work evidence
The Court of Appeal - through the President of the Family Division - has set out what is to be expected of social work evidence in care proceedings. Che Fung Choi comments on key guidance.

Let's get together!
The merger of Local Government Pension Scheme funds presents a number of challenges, writes John Hanratty.

State aid update: European Commission proposes exempting further categories of aid
Brussels plans to exempt a further seven categories of aid under the General Block Exemption Regulation. Matthew O'Regan and John Houlden examine the detail.

What is a 'public authority' for the purposes of environmental information?
The Advocate-General has issued an opinion on the notion of a 'public authority' that has relevance beyond the immediate environmental case at hand, writes Rosalind English.

New term, new approach
A recent Upper Tribunal ruling has set out a new approach to social care costs in SEN appeals. Paul Greatorex explains its likely impact.

Abolition of conservation area consent
Richard Harwood QC sets out how the Government has approached the abolition of conservation area consent, which will become effective in England from 1 October.

Eviction of homeless applicants accommodated pending inquiries
Do the decisions in Manek and Desnousse continue to bind the Court of Appeal in the light of the Supreme Court rulings in Pinnock and Powell? Vaughan Jacob reports on the Court of Appeal's conclusion.

Best interests and moving into residential care
A High Court judge recently concluded that the best interests of an autistic man dictated that he move into residential care. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street analyse the ruling.

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New courses on Local Government Law TV

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Delivering Housing Development £25.00 This course explains the recent planning reforms aimed at encouraging the development of new housing and examines the viability evaluation processes of social housing and other obligations imposed on developers.
Forfeiture £25.00 This courses tries to make some sense of the tangled law surrounding forfeiture by looking at the law of forfeiture from first principles and examining the hurdles that must be passed for landlords to successfully, and lawfully, forfeit.
POCA in Planning Enforcement £25.00 This course explains how POCA can be applied to a variety of planning enforcement situations, including the improper use of property or land for commercial purposes, illegal advertising and heritage protection.
Local Government Case Law Update 2013 £25.00 Leading public law barrister Richard Clayton QC identifies and analyses the key decisions affecting local authorities in the past 18 months, including important decisions in the fields of community care, education, planning, housing, procurement and JR.
Caldicott 2: To share or not to share?
The aim of this course is to outline and explain the main recommendations on data sharing made by Dame Fiona Caldicott to enable local authorities, public and private healthcare providers and contractors to prepare for their expected implementation.
Bringing and Defending Procurement Challenges
This course revisits the first principles of current procurement law and practice and outlines the grounds for bringing challenges as well as ways that contracting authorities can defend claims and avoid them in the first place.
PF2: A new approach to public partnerships
The government claims that the PF2 scheme address the perceived deficiencies of PFI. This course outlines the main provisions of PF2 and compares the respective contract structures of the PFI and PF2 regimes, highlighting the major differences between the
The Social Value Act
This course outlines and explains the aims and provisions of the The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 and its practical application to public sector procurement.

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The latest blogs...
Government consults on buying and selling habitats by Angus Walker
This entry reports on a consultation the government has launched for offsetting the ecological impacts of developments.

See also: Nuclear waste added to the Planning Act 2008 regime; and Super sewer on the big stage.

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Selling P's assets to pay for care home fees The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street analyses a case where a county council, as deputy for an incapacitated adult, sought to sell assets including a Pisarro to meet his care home fees.

Children's Services: Local authorities and freeing orders Hayley Waine looks at the key issues for local authorities in relation to freeing orders, following a key High Court ruling in 2012.

Employment: TUPE - changes on the horizon The Government has recently published its response to a consultation on proposed amendments to TUPE, including in relation to service provision changes. Graham Richardson considers the revised proposals.

Governance: Recent developments in information law: part 1 In the first in a two-part series on recent developments in information law, Eleanor Grey QCCatherine Dobson and Jack Anderson look at issues such as the Attorney-General's power of veto, surveillance and a Supreme Court ruling on data protection.

Housing: Meeting housing needs and the NPPF Paul Stinchcombe QC and Ned Helme analyse a landmark ruling on meeting housing needs following the revocation of regional strategies.

Licensing: Time to take notice Roy Light analyses the lessons for local authorities from a case concerning proper notice for review proceedings under the Licensing Act 2003.

Litigation: Costs and compliance: a strict approach Gwendoline Davies and Sue Harris examine emerging trends from the key case management and costs cases that have hit the courts since the Jackson reforms were implemented on 1 April 2013.

Planning: Barn conversions and permitted development Martin Goodall analyses a potentially significant proposal concerning changes in the use of agricultural buildings to residential use.

Procurement: Public sector mutuals - the future for local government services? Simon Randall outlines the development in the role of public sector mutuals in the delivery of local government services, dealing with the implications of the proposed new EU Public Procurement Directive.

Projects: Listed buildings, demolition and public benefits Rose Grogan reviews a recent controversial case about the demolition of a listed building which pitted campaign groups against a council and a university.

Property: Town and village greens - will the gaps in the system be plugged? Antonia Murillo looks at town and village greens in the context of planning applications and what constitutes a development plan document.

Regulatory: Food for thought The Supreme Court has given a definitive ruling upon the issue of the requirements of the offence of selling food after the expiry of a 'use by' date. The judgment represents a welcome return to certainty in such prosecutions, writes Adam Pearson.

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