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Pickles to send team of commissioners in to Rotherham after damning report
Communities Secretary says interventiona is "wholly exceptional", as Leader resigns and Cabinet announce intention to resign
Council to pay £17k damages for "lamentable" failures in child care case
Catalogue of errors, omissions, delays and serial breaches of court orders, says Family Court judge
Tribunal tells council to disclose redactions from housing viability assessment
Number of affordable homes to be provided on enormous development, as well as their location, was important local issue
Court of Appeal slams judge for "unprincipled" approach to care orders
Family President criticises judge for adopting “ruthlessly truncated” process when he made final care orders at what parties expected to be a directions hearing
Council secures £16k costs order against Capita over interpreter failures
Company with MoJ contract failed on several occasions to provide Slovak interpreters for adoption case
Supreme Court to hear appeal over offer of accommodation 50 miles away
Permission granted after Court of Appeal upheld Westminster's offer of house near Milton Keynes
Department for Education withdraws revised guidance on school exclusions
Climbdown as revised statutory guidance for school exclusions withdrawn less than a month after it came into force, “to address some issues with process”
Election Court to hear petition over mayoral election at Tower Hamlets
Judge to hear petition over running of mayoral contest in Tower Hamlets in May 2014, but allegations against returning officer withdrawn at outset
Legal procurement consultancy names Edwards as Head of Public Sector
Ex Director of Legal Services at shared service to take over Kennedy Cater's contracts with London boroughs and housing associations
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Local offer to disabled children "fell below statutory requirements": judge
County council also failed to keep register of disabled children in area in first ruling on local authorities' duties under Children & Families Act 2014
High cost of Court of Protection cases "a serious concern”: report
Researchers at Cardiff University call for urgent investigation into cost and duration of welfare cases in CoP
Public accountability charity urges national review of scrutiny mechanisms
Centre for Public Scrutiny calls for full national review of effectiveness of local governance and scrutiny mechanisms
LGA warns on dispute Home Office and police row over taxi driver info
Police forces no longer providing info to councils on criminal investigations involving prospective taxi drivers because of dispute with Home Office over whether it is lawful to do so, says Local Government Association
Information Commissioner wins right to force NHS bodies to submit to audit
From 1 February watchdog able to compel NHS bodies to submit to audit of their compliance with the Data Protection Act
Chief Inspector of Probation resigns over "perception of conflict"
Wife is senior manager at company that won several contracts from MoJ to run probation services
Treasury told to be "rigorous" about guarantees for infrastructure projects
Spending watchdog urges Treasury to be “rigorous and objective” in assessing whether government guarantees for new UK infrastructure projects are genuinely needed, now market conditions have eased
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Changes to the Functions and Responsibilities Regulations
The Government has launched a consultation on amendments to the Functions and Responsibilities Regulations. Olwen Dutton explains its importance.
The Elphicke-House review: a role for councils as housing delivery enablers
An independent review has called on local authorities to become "housing delivery enablers". Tonia Secker considers the report's recommendations.
Deprivation of liberty in the home
Simon Burrows offers some thoughts on deprivations of liberty in one’s own home.
Rejecting an abnormally low tender
A recent case in the General Court of the European Union highlights the importance of giving full reasons when a tender is rejected for being abnormally low, writes Edward Reynolds.
The Family President on FGM
The President of the Family Division has handed down an important ruling in a case of alleged female genital mutilation, and commented on the role of local authorities in protecting girls. Rosalind English reports.
Rectification and drafting lessons
Stephen Brown and Sappho Dias consider the implication of terms into a contract. They conclude their five-part series with some drafting tips derived from the principles under consideration.
Pre-qualification and selection criteria
Ruth Connorton and Alison Walton consider the issue of pre-qualification in the light of the new procurement regulations. They also assess what can and cannot be considered as selection criteria.
Risk and recyclables
Cynyr Rhys and Gayle Monk assess the implications of the Environment Agency's recent announcements on the “risk-based regime” to the separate collection of recyclables.
The EAT on past procedural failings
Martin Cheyne and Sam Stone examine the Employment Appeal Tribunal's views around ongoing procedural errors.
The new RIPA Surveillance Codes: key changes
Sam Lincoln looks at recent changes to the RIPA surveillance codes of practice and highlights their relevance to local authorities.
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Two highways DCOs get consent in two days by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the approval of the A160 Immingham Improvements project and the A30 Temple to Higher Carblake project.
Miscellaneous NSIP news
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Adult Social Services: Not like Cranmer
The test for capacity to consent to sex has changed. Bryan McGuire QC
explains a recent High Court ruling.
Careers: Life as a trainee
What is it like to start your legal career as a trainee solicitor in the public sector? Amy Mills
provides an insight.
Children: Outsourcing of child protection – who pays the final bill?
Local authorities need to consider a range of issues if they are to outsource child protection services. Laura Broadhead
and Sarah Erwin Jones
examine the challenges.
Children: Learning difficulties assessments: a High Court challenge
A High Court judge has handed down a ruling in relation to learning difficulties assessments. Rachel Kamm
reports on the outcome and the different legal rights between those with an LDA and those with an SEN statement.
Education: Asset finance in the education sector
analyses the key issues – including ultra vires – for state schools entering lease agreements for equipment.
Employment: Preparing for the Fit For Work Service scheme
The Government’s Fit for Work Service is due to launch by the end of May 2015. Andrew Davidson
and James English
look at its potential impact.
Employment: Staff surveillance: it’s a data protection issue
A council recently gave an undertaking to the Information Commissioner after it unlawfully conducted surveillance on an employee. Ibrahim Hasan
looks at the case.
Governance: Lessons of the Hackney election petition
An Election Court last month dismissed a challenge to the validity of an election for a ward in Hackney. Sappho Dias
sets out what can be learned from the case.
Housing: ASB and family members
The Court of Appeal has handed down a ruling in relation to possession orders against tenants due to anti-social behaviour caused by a family member. Karl Anders
Housing: Homelessness and the meaning of “other violence”
A recent Court of Appeal decision has the potential to widen the scope of persons owed duties under the homelessness legislation. Marc Samuels
Licensing: Licensed premises associated with serious crime
The High Court has rejected a judicial review challenge against the Metropolitan Police and the London Borough of Newham over the bringing of summary review proceedings. Gerald Gouriet QC
reports on the judge's reasoning.
Litigation: Life after Denton
How have the courts approached cases following the landmark ruling in Denton
? Mandy Yeandle
reviews the most recent judgments.
Planning: Cases involving concealment - an update
analyses an important High Court planning case involving concealment and a principle set down in the Supreme Court ruling in Welwyn
Planning: Green Belt and the NPPF
A recent ruling of the Court of Appeal has failed to clarify Green Belt policy as had been hoped, writes Emma Dring
Procurement: The implication of terms into contracts
In this fourth article in the series, Stephen Brown
and Sappho Dias
consider the implication of terms into a contract.
Procurement: Procurement and "SOS services"
and Wesley Hall
look at the new "light touch regime" or "SOS services" as the less snappily titled "social and other specific services" are being commonly referred.
Property: Enforced sale guide
outlines the main steps local authorities should take if they need to enforce the sale of private property and answers some common questions that arise.
Property: Highways authorities, on-street parking and the Rating List
considers a recent decision of the Valuations Tribunal, in which the local authority successfully challenged an entry of on-street highway parking on the Rating List.
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