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ProjectsNumber of council solicitors holds steady, as trainee placements jump 50% Less than 1% fall in number of PC holders employed by local government, says Law Society research

Top judge recognises tensions between court rulings and guidance on adoption President of Family Division appreciates difficulties faced by socal workers on the ground

Judge quashes licensing decision after "serious procedural irregularity" Decision to refuse licence for lap-dancing club was taken by the wrong persons

Councillors at Norfolk back move to committee system of governance Cabinet model to go as five main committees established

Rochdale hires 1COR and Hempson lawyers for Knowl View investigation Council expands investigation into decision-making in relation to residential school for boys at centre of allegations of historic child abuse

Second local government union to ballot members on strike action Unite follows Unison in announcing ballot; will co-ordinate any future industrial action

Evidence supporting reforms to judicial review is "weak", say MPs and peers  Committee says Justice Secretary has failed to show that non-immigration related judicial review has 'expanded massively' as he claimed

Combined authority faces legal action over concessionary travel decision Permission granted for judicial review of decision taken by predecessor body

Government publishes 'short form' T&Cs for low value procurements To be used by Whitehall departments and many other public sector organisations
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Judicial review to go ahead on impact of 'bedroom tax' on separated families Liberty granted permission by High Court judge, as appellant on wrong side of MA case in Court of Appeal wins Tribunal appeal

DCLG: 3% growth rate figure for Traveller needs "not part of national planning policy" Minister moves to assuage councils' concerns over use of figure for accommodation needs

Calls growing for Wales to establish dispute resolution hub: Skills for Justice Feasibility study finds significant demand for physical and/or virtual dispute resolution hub in Cardiff with 'spokes' in Swansea and Wrexham

Report bemoans "gradual dismantling of local democracy in Scotland Independent Commission urges greater localism, including push down of powers below local authority level

Government to require planning application on change of use to betting shop DCMS said change would return powers to local planning authorities, and for them to consider planning application in accordance with local plan

Full council at City of London Corporation to consider late night levy Licensing committee agrees to recommend approval that levy be adopted

Procurement for Housing to set up legal services panels in Scotland

Housing partnership seeks providers for £700k legal services contract

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NoonDeath by spreadsheet - Local government brain drain
Nicholas Dobson examines the risks to local authorities pursuing costs savings by dispensing with senior legal talent.

Calling their bluff?
A London borough recently secured the first prosecution for money laundering in relation to a gambling den. Dominic Lewis explains what the case involved.

A fair hearing for those without hearing
In upholding an appeal against care and placement orders, the Court of Appeal has provided important guidance for cases involving parties with a disability. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street consider the implications.

Local authority data retention: Upholding human rights
Emily Heard and Emma Godding consider the significance of two judgments on data retention by public bodies, one where it was found to be lawful and the other where the authority involved came unstuck.

Are VEATs really 'Get out of jail free' cards?
Ruth Connorton considers the advantages - and potential problems - arising out of the use of voluntary ex-ante transparency notices.

Corporate governance and local authority investment vehicles
Edward Craft examines how corporate governance disciplines essential in the private sector need to be factored into the governance of local authority companies and other partnerships.

Wishing, hoping and TUPEing
This month the Employment Appeal Tribunal has considered what is meant by an 'intention' that a contract will be short term and, therefore, exempt from TUPE – can it be a 'hope' or a 'wish' that the contract will be short term, or does it need to be more concrete? Sarah Lamont reports.

Homelessness, affordability and reasons
Morayo Fagborun Bennett and Andy Lane highlight the key lessons to be learned from a Court of Appeal homelessness case.

Changes to procedures for school re-organisation
The Department for Education has recently published slimmed down guidance on changes to maintained schools. Catherine Newman considers the reforms.

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2014 review proposals published to round off Infrastructure Week by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the Government's proposals to implement the 2014 review of the Planning Act 2008.

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Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:

Adult Social Services: Irascible does not mean incapable
The Court of Protection has recently made a determination of mental capacity in a case acknowledged to be "finely balanced". Rosalind English examines the ruling.

Children: Children and Families Act 2014: implications for local authorities
Olwen Dutton and Clare Taylor outline some of the key provisions for local authorities arising out of the Children and Families Act in relation to vulnerable children.

Employment: Avoiding increased risk on dismissal procedures
Julian Hoskins analyses a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling on the so-called Johnson exclusion zone and an employer's ability to make amends.

Governance: Local government meetings: now the movie - or the crime scene?
Olwen Dutton assesses draft regulations that would allow members of the public to report on meetings of local government bodies, and require written records of certain decisions taken by officers.

Housing: Borrowing powers, surplus land and affordable housing
The Government has given councils the opportunity to bid for more borrowing powers and also relaxed the constraints on them selling surplus land and property to developers for new affordable housing. Elizabeth Wood assesses whether this will really mean 10,000 new affordable homes.

Licensing: No minor matter
The breadth of discretion in respect of applications for minor variations under S.41A and B of the Licensing Act 2003 has been considered and confirmed, writes Josef Cannon.

Litigation: Giving the green light to (minor) unlawfulness
A provision in the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill in relation to granting permission for judicial review could have a major impact, writes Alexander Campbell.

Planning: Turbines, heritage assets and merits
Does a recent Court of Appeal ruling mark a change in the wind in relation to decision-makers and a key duty under the Listed Buildings Act 1990? Gordon Nardell QC and Justine Thornton analyse the judgment.

Planning: New permitted development rights in force
Polly Reynolds outlines the new permitted development rights introduced last month.

Procurement: A parting shot? The OFT on ICT and procurement in the public sector
Trudy Feaster-Gee and David Kilduff consider the lessons to be learned from an Office of Fair Trading report on the supply of ICT to the public sector.

Projects: Combined authorities and economic prosperity boards - the way forward?
Are Combined Local Authorities and Economic Prosperity Boards (‘EPBs’) the missing link for local authority regeneration initiatives? Rob Hann reports.

Property: The cost of nature – the burden on local authorities
Christopher Cant looks at the issues raised for local authorities by events such as flooding, rock falls and land slips, and sets out what steps they should consider taking.

Regulatory: Challenges in the Consumer Rights Bill
Alan Conroy identifies some of the key issues arising for local authorities and their trading standards teams out of the Consumer Rights Bill.

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