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Pickles to require councils to set out how they appraise top-paid staff
DCLG officials instructed to examine how to amend transparency code

Family President moves to end uncertainty over adoption applications
Lord Justice Munby emphasises "with as much force as possible" that Re B-S was not intended to change and had not changed the law

Judge gives permission for judicial review of social education centre closures
Council faced with having to make £109m savings

Cases taking longer with rise in unrepresented litigants: LCJ
Cases which might never have been brought or would have been compromised at early stage now often fully contested, says senior judge

Pickles names two commissioners to go into Tower Hamlets
Minister rejects mayor's claims that problems identified by PwC inspectors could easily be rectified

MInister raps council over regulations on reporting of senior pay-offs
DCLG letter to district says taxpayers would not be able to easily identify level of payments made to departing senior staff

LGA gives guidance on legal issues around Reducing the Strength schemes
Warnings on competition law problems and over licensing conditions

The most-read articles of 2014
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Changes needed to NPPF to stop unsustainable development: MPs
CLG committee calls for statutory requirement for councils to get local plans adopted within three years of legislation being enacted

Unison to fight on after losing second case on employment tribunal fees
Case to go to Court of Appeal as statistics point to dramatic fall-off in claims

Policy issued on contracting authorities providing references for suppliers
Crown Commercial Service says there was evidence that commercial staff in some contracting authorities believed they were unable to provide references

Charity blasts council for failing to meet legal duties to teenagers
Report claims that children's services teams often tell children presenting as homeless to go back to families or 'sofa surf'

Housing Associations Legal Alliance names 11 law firms to new panel

Equalities watchdog starts search for counsel for £5m legal services panel

Bonds agency could start preparing for first bond by end of February

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NoonLocal authority duties under s. 20 Children Act
William Brierley writes about an important recent case turning on the question of the extent of local authority duties under The Children Act 1989.

Boys, toys and unprecedented High Court injunctions
Earlier this month a group of local authorities in the Black Country obtained a ground-breaking injunction banning car-cruising. Joseph Giret QC and Anya Newman explain what was involved.

Twitter and Unfair Dismissal
James English analyses what is thought to be one of the first cases where the Employment Appeal Tribunal has considered the use of Twitter.

Hail the Chief (Finance Officer)
The Chief Finance Officer plays a vital role in administering a local authority’s affairs. However, their functions are set by statute and are limited; there can be no prospect of a coup d’etat by the Chief Finance Officer. Sappho Dias and Lee Parkhill examine the role.

The E-Courtbundle has landed
“You had better get used to it as it appears to be the future,” said one judge. Geoff Russell reports on the piloting of E-Courtbundle in childcare proceedings in Nottinghamshire.

Local plans, housing supply and the NPPF
A “radical” change in the National Planning Policy Framework has rendered a council’s housing figures unsound, the Court of Appeal has ruled. Zack Simons reports.

Selective licensing, consultation and the whole borough
The High Court has held that a council acted unlawfully when designating the whole of its area as subject to additional and selective licensing under the Housing Act 2004. Jonathan Manning and Justin Bates explain the ruling.

Removal of children from the care of their parents
A High Court judge has given guidance on cases where a local authority seeks to remove children living at home under a care order. Jason Hughes outlines the ruling.

Analysing the true cost of care
Adam Hartrick and Philippa Doyle report on the settlement of a recent dispute between care home providers and councils in Yorkshire over what constituted a fair price for the provision of care.

Powers of Entry Code and new closure powers
Paddy Whur looks at recent developments in relation to powers of entry and the new closure powers.

Habitual residence – the latest word
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street examine an important ruling on the issue of habitual residence

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The latest blogs...
Review of 2014 - were my predictions correct? by Angus Walker
This entry looks back at 2014 in infrastructure planning.

Hornsea decision is 30th for an NSIP

Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:

Adult Social Services: Guardianship and Cheshire West
In what circumstances can guardianship give rise to a deprivation of liberty? The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street look at a recent tribunal ruling post-Cheshire West.

Children: Care plans and 'dual planning'
The Court of Appeal has issued some gentle reminders for local authorites about care plans and given its explicit approval to 'dual planning'. In the first in a two-part series, Shaun Spencer explains the ruling.

Employment: Employment law roundup
Susan Belgrave rounds up some important employment law cases, including a ruling that provides a reminder of the proper role of the Employment Tribunal and the risk of bias.

Governance: What makes a trading company a success?
John Layton sets out the key factors that can determine whether a trading company formed by a local authority pays off.

Healthcare: Giant leaps or gentle steps?
Kevin Jaquiss examines some of the key issues around mutualisation in the NHS and considers what types of services it would most suit.

Housing: Statutory damages for eviction
Michael Paget discusses the recent Supreme Court decision on the calculation of statutory damages for unlawful eviction under the Housing Act 1988.

Housing: The new absolute ground for possession
Mari Roberts analyses the key elements of the new absolute ground for possession brought in under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Housing: Evictions and disability discrimination
Could disability discrimination-linked eviction cases erode the case management powers of county courts? Jonathan Hulley reports on a Supreme Court case being heard this week.

Licensing: Character and taxi/PHV drivers
The task of licensing authorities to make decisions about the character of taxi/private hire drivers and applicants is a tough one. Ian De Prez examines the issues involved.

Litigation: Timing a contribution claim
Following a case between a police force and a local authority, Tom Baker and David Williams examine the impact of Part 36 and negotiated settlements on the time for bringing contribution claims.

Litigation: Hazard warnings
A recent Court of Appeal case involving a local authority will be of interest to practitioners who handle slip-and-trip claims, writes Vaughan Jacob.

Planning: Changes to the use of s. 106 planning obligations
Philippa Plumtree-Varley considers the newly-introduced s. 106 exemptions and allowances, which offer the opportunity for small-scale developers, custom-builds and self-builds to avoid incurring certain planning obligations.

Planning: Out of bounds?
A long-running battle over a controversial hotel and golf development in the Surrey Hills has finally come to an end. James Findlay QC looks at the key points arising out of the litigation.

Procurement: Trading tips for local authorities
Azhar Ghose provides his top ten trading tips for local authorities.

Property: Building with 'golden bricks'
Ian Graham, Mike Gaskell and Joseph Acton examine the use of ‘golden brick’ arrangements by registered providers of social housing.

Regulatory: Challenging HSE enforcement notices
Gerard Forlin QC and Mike Appleby explain why there is now greater scope for challenging prohibition and improvement notices and argue that the decision whether to appeal or not is now more significant than ever before.

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