Editor's blog: Target practice
I have to admit that I was definitely a sceptic when the Government promised to introduce a 26-week deadline for the completion of all childcare proceedings, save for exceptional cases. But maybe I will have to revise my opinion after the recent findings of the London care proceedings pilot. Launched on 1 April, the iniitial results are pretty dramatic with the scheme appearing to more than halve the duration of care proceedings cases. Read more...
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London care proceedings pilot claims dramatic reduction in case duration Pilot launched by three London councils has more than halved duration of care proceedings to below Government's planned limit of 26 weeks
DCLG consults on proposals to speed up planning appeal procedures Includes plans to introduce an expedited 'commercial appeals service'
Recreation ground cannot be registered as a village green, says Court of Appeal Ground was provided by local authority in exercise of its statutory powers
Claimants ask Court of Appeal for permission to challenge 'critical-only' care policy High Court judge refused permission in July to bring judicial review proceedings over West Berkshire's policy
Councils consider appeal after setback in car park VAT case Upper Tribunal rules against authorities in test case over VAT paid on off-street car parking charges
DWP wins permission to take landmark housing benefit case to Supreme Court Department to claim rules were not discriminatory or if they were, they could be justified
Administrative Court to start hearing cases in Bristol Move represents final stage in regionalisation of its work
Child protection boost as UK brings Hague Convention into force Convention provides agreed set of legal provisions and co-operation arrangements to cover handling of cross-border cases
Councils in danger of failing statutory duty on libraries, MPs warn Committee chairman slams uncertainty over what is expected of authorities, expresses concern over JRs
Home Office issues guidance on late night levy provisions Powers for councils to introduce levies and early morning restriction orders came into force at beginning of month
Local authority defeats developer in High Court battle over retail park restrictions Peel Holdings claimed cumulative effect of 29 successful planning applications meant it was no longer bound by restrictions
Brussels proposes to overhaul laws on environmental impact assessments European Commision vows to provide greater legal certainty
Ministers consult on making it easier to set up new town and parish councils Plans to streamline process could see changes to guidance and legislation
Welsh housing association to set up legal services framework agreement One of Wales' largest housing associations is to set up a legal services framework
Peers to scrutinise new Cabinet Office guidance on public consultation
County council set to adopt policy against large wind turbines on its land
DCLG sets up reviews of building regulations and housing standards
District councils slam Heseltine proposals for local government reorganisation
Council collaboration leads to three-year prison sentence for loan shark
Welsh Government imposes new duty on local authorities over children's play
Council starts search for legal adviser on flagship regeneration scheme
Adoption charity cannot change constitution to exclude gay couples, tribunal rules
Ministers invite bids for new powers in second wave of 'City Deals'
Defendant law firm with public sector clients nets private equity investment
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New articles on Local Government Lawyer
Straight to the core
The High Court recently dismissed a sustainability appraisal challenge made to Core Strategy housing policies. Gregory Jones QC and Juan Lopez explain why.
Requests for personal data on employees
Eleanor Grey QC reviews the Information Commissioner's new guidance on requests for personal data about public authority employees.
Councils need to spell out how their use of surveillance powers is saving taxpayers' money and protecting vulnerable residents, writes Cllr Mehboob Khan.
When will damages be an adequate remedy in automatic suspension cases? David Hansom looks at how a recent High Court decision was reached.
The Priority Schools Building Programme has finally been given the green light. Annie Moy looks at what it entails.
Pushed to the limits
The Supreme Court recently ruled that a group of former employees could bring equal pay claims in the High Court, where the time limits are considerably longer than those in the employment tribunals. Matthew Wort and Chris Plumley consider the impact of the judgment.
A judgment involving a school teaches us the meaning of 'establishment' in relation to collective redundancies. Phil Allen analyses the ruling.
Jeremy Phillips looks at some of the problems, particularly for licensees, surrounding cumulative impact zones.
The latest blogs...
Heseltine Review apes existing policy on infrastructure by Angus Walker
The Heseltine Review is rather underwhelming as far as his recommendations on planning and infrastructure are concerned.
And some you may have missed....
Adult Social Services: Recovering social care debt Caroline Sanders
analyses some of the legal complexities that can affect a social care debt recovery case.
Children's Services: Local authorities and international adoptions Ayeesha Bhutta
analyses local authorities' duties and the potential pitfalls they face in cases of international adoption and children being brought illegally into the UK.
Community Safety: Failure to stop disability harassment
The Court of Human Rights has recently ruled that a state's failure to stop disability harassment amounted to inhuman treatment. Maria Roche
analyses the ruling.
Employment: State of the union
On the back of the Government's recent proposals to conduct a 'radical overhaul' of arrangements under which civil servants are permitted to carry out union duties during working time, Helen Burgess
examines the role of union representatives in the workplace.
Governance: Keeping watch Ibrahim Hasan
examines the new Home Office guidance on obtaining magistrates' approval for the use of covert surveillance under RIPA.
Housing: Hard of hearing? Alexander Bastin
considers the issue of hearsay in a social housing context.
Licensing: Take it with you
Is the portability of casino licences the next step towards localism? Ewen Macgregor
looks at the latest developments.
Litigation: Ask the expert?
The High Court has handed down an important judgment on the role of expert evidence in procurement challenges. Colin Ricciardello
assesses the ruling.
Planning: The death of localism?
Smoke and mirrors prevail at the launch of the new Growth and Infrastructure Bill, argues David Merson
Procurement: Negotiating strategy
There have been some wins for the UK in negotiations over the new EU procurement directive, reports Andrew Milross
Projects: Green Deal - the issues Bill Hull
sets out some of the current legal issues that are key to registered providers delivering the best outcome from the Green Deal scheme for their residents and communities.
Property: Correcting leases Charles Ward
explains how the London Borough of Sutton went about correcting more than 100 right-to-buy leases after it was discovered that the service charge percentages were incorrect.
Regulatory: Food for thought
The Court of Appeal recently gave guidance as to the principles to be applied when considering the imposition of a hygiene prohibition order under food hygiene regulations. Adam Pearson
analyses the ruling.
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