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ProjectsKey issues on property searches and charging referred to European court Tribunal asks for preliminary ruling on local authorities charging under the EIRs for property search information

Land Registry faces legal action over local land charges consultation Personal search agents unhappy at timeframe for consultation and legal uncertainty

Seven plead guilty in one of largest social housing fraud cases Employee in homeless team made bogus applications

Dispute over traffic orders and equality duty set for Court of Appeal County council wins High Court battle over decision to end blue-badge access to part of a town centre

County council faces judicial review over changes to library provision Law firm behind earlier challenges launches proceedings on behalf of claimant

Licensing committee rejects plans for Early Morning Restriction Order After four-day hearing, committee gives reasons for deciding against recommending implementation of EMRO

Home Office launches consultation on locally-set licensing fees Minister warns they must not be used to raise extra revenues, while pub association criticises level of caps

Police to investigate after watchdog issues public interest reports Gloucestershire Constabulary asked to examine decisions taken at two Welsh local authorities

Bedroom tax "unworkable", say housing associations 15% of households affected have already received an eviction risk letter

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ICO levies £185k fine after cabinet sold with info on terrorist victims One of the largest monetary penalties so far served by watchdog

BT ends appeal over contract award but pursues £20m damages claim Contract for IT platform for public bodies can now be awarded

Council of European Union adopts public procurement reform package Cabinet Office expected to consult on regulations soon

Law Society warns on judicial review reform, public body accountability Concern after Ministry of Justice decides to press ahead with key reforms

Care applications down 9% in January compared to 2013: Cafcass Further evidence to suggest high water mark has passed

Local authorities urge implementation of powers to enforce cycle lanes Implemenation of part of 2004 Act would also help tackle illegal u-turns and box junction offences

Transport authorities name eight firms to legal services framework

Four in 10 children with autism illegally excluded from school, charity claims

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonDigital by default: Key considerations
Nathan Evans sets out the key issues that local authorities need to consider in developing websites/mobile applications.

All you ever wanted to know about pothole claims
Robert Ashurst provides an easy reference good practice guide to dealing effectively with claims caused by potholes.

The CQC reports on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street look at the Care Quality Commission’s report on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards for the year 2012/13.

State aid – the new de minimis regulation
The European Commission last month adopted a revised de minimis regulation for state aid. George Peretz summarises the key changes.

Savings plan
The Government has recently relaunched its initiative to make savings in existing PFI and PPP contracts. Mark Gumbley looks at developments.

Action stations
Local residents have failed in a High Court challenge to a waste transfer station. Paul Shadarevian and Clare Parry explain why.

The Mayor of London and TfL adverts: not so proud
Elsa Hadley looks at the recent Court of Appeal ruling which could see London Mayor Boris Johnson joined to proceedings over the pulling of a bus advert put together by a Christian charity.

Occupiers, duties of care and employees of contractors
Judgment has been handed down in a High Court case of great significance to occupiers. Nicholas Thorne analyses the ruling.

Interim Possession Orders – the overlooked tool?
Thomas Crockett looks at the potential use of interim possession orders to tackle squatting in commercial premises.

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Anti-Social Behaviour: The New Regime £25.00 This presentation provides best practice guidance on using the new tools to combat anti-social behaviour that will be made available by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill when it becomes law.
Flexible Tenancies £25.00 This course looks a practical look at the operation of flexible tenancies from a social landlord's perspective, with particular emphasis on regaining possession of properties homes let under flexible tenancies.
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The latest blogs...
Rookery challenge lost and other NSIP news by Angus Walker
This entry is a round-up of significant developments on nationally significant infrastructure projects.

Snap judgement: Is the 'risk-based' approach to legal services being proposed by Middlesbrough Council....

...the future role of local authority lawyers - it's not practical to scrutinise every proposal in the current environment

...a false economy - the resultant claims and reputational damage will outweigh any savings

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Principles set down for non-disclosure in Court of Protection proceedings
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street analyse an important decision on the approach to be adopted to the withholding of documentary material from a party to CoP proceedings.

Children: Pre-proceedings process and the Public Law Outline
Kiran Gupta of Essex Legal Services looks at the pre-proceedings process, the Public Law Outline and what local authorities need to do.

Employment: Expiry of fixed term contracts and collective redundancy consultation
A Scottish court has found that the expiry of fixed term contracts did not count for collective redundancy consultation purposes. Simon Lambert analyses the ruling.

Governance: The requirement to hold a council tax referendum
The prospect of local authorities holding a referendum on an increase to council tax is becoming more likely. Frances Woodhead and Clare Hardy consider the legal background.

Housing: Coming to an area near you - selective licensing in the private rental sector
The number of local housing authorities introducing selective licensing in the private rental sectors is on the rise. Samantha Jackson looks at what is involved.

Licensing: Fixed odds betting terminals - pressure grows on the betting industry
Paddy Whur looks at the Parliamentary debate over fixed odds betting terminals and local authorities' room for manoeuvre.

Litigation: Justice not seen is justice denied?
Martin Edwards and John Pugh-Smith consider two recent planning cases were the costs outcome left a sense of injustice.

Planning: Why do we need the Planning Inspectorate's guidance on planning agreements?
David Brock questions the approach taken by the Planning Inspectorate to the important issue of executing documents such as s. 106 agreements.

Procurement: Teckal and exceptions to the mandatory application of procurement procedures
The European Court is currently determining the extent of the application of the Teckal and public authority cooperation exceptions to otherwise mandatory EU public procurement procedures under EU Directive 2004/18. Rebecca Houlden looks at the Advocate-General's opinion.

Projects: Planning chamber becomes Planning Court in judicial review proposals
Angus Walker reports on the outcome of the second judicial review consultation that took place late last year and in particular on the impact on planning cases.

Property: Building certainty and demolishing guesswork
The Government is consulting on a simplification of the listed building consent regime. Matt Gilks examines the key proposals.

Regulatory: Fatalities in care homes and sentencing by the courts
Paul Rushworth of South Kesteven DC looks at recent Crown Court cases brought by district councils involving the fatality of residents in care home and discusses the approach the courts will take when sentencing charities.

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