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Record for care applications in one month drives annual total to new high
LLG’s Lead for Children’s Services and Education warns that rise is placing strain upon local authority social workers and lawyers and upon the court system

Barnet names Fiore as Director of Assurance with monitoring officer role

Appointment of Isle of White corporate director of governance (and solicitor) comes six months after permanent predecessor left following investigation into how flawed reports were presented before full council

Council defeats claim brought by trespasser who fell through school skylight
HIgh Court judge concludes that the Occupiers’ Liability Acts 1984 could not be relied on by claimant in this case

Upper Tribunal comments on council space standards for rooms in HMOs
A council can set space standards for rooms in houses in multiple occupation but must not exclude possibility that a smaller room might still be acceptable, Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) says

City council warns Premier League club owner of legal action over pitch
Hull City Council claims stadium company was in breach of lease after making new 3G pitch available for Hull CIty AFC's exclusive use

District council eyes first-of-its-kind dog fouling offence through PSPO
Under council's proposed Public Space Protection Order dog owners could face fine and potentially prosecution if they cannot produce means by which they intend to clean up after pet

City denies Public Spaces Protection Order criminalises rough sleeping
Council defends decision to use PSPO to tackle small number of people who continue to beg and sleep on the city's streets despite receiving support and having been allocated accommodation

London borough secures £66k confiscation order over planning breach
Defendant converted property into three flats without planning permission in 2010, then did not comply with enforcement notice and ignored letter of caution

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Borough secures injunction against family occupying 26 parks
Councils obtains permanent High Court injunction prohibiting 15 identified members of a travelling family from occupying any one of 26 parks within its area

Farmer accepts battle with council over house behind straw bales is at an end
Following Communities Secretary's decision to overturn planning inspector's recommendation, Robert Fidler says demolition would be like Rembrandt ripping up a masterpiece

Housing associations attack Conservative right to buy proposal
Chief executive of National Housing Federation questions legality of key policy in Conservative manifesto

Court of Appeal dismisses tax-free childcare procurement challenge
Claimant alleged that Government’s proposed arrangements for delivery of tax-free childcare breached domestic and EU public procurement legislation, but after expedited hearing Court of Appeal rules that there was no award of new contract

CCG agrees to consult again after homeopathy funding legal challenge
Clinical commissioning group in North West to hold new public engagement exercise over its funding of homeopathy following judicial review challenge by charity that promotes rational thinking

Supreme Court to hear final stage in air quality battle this week
Four-year battle between environmental law charity and Government over compliance with Air Quality Directive reaches final hearing

Weightmans names local government dispute resolution specialist to partner

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New webinars on Local Government Law TV


Name Price (ex-VAT)   Description
Procurement Masterclass - The Tyranny of the "Sausage Machine" £25.00 Michael Bowsher QC provides a personal view of some of the problems that the process-focused approach to public procurement is creating, and suggests some ways that lawyers can help achieve some of the social benefits it was intended to provide.
New Delivery Models: Managing Governance in a Diverse Landscape £25.00 Weightmans As the number of new, and proposed, models for the delivery of public services continue to multiply, this course looks at the governance issues they create and how local authority lawyers and senior managers can manage an increasingly diverse landscape.

New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonCouncils building houses: thinking beyond the box
Sarah Lines sets out the potential delivery structures for councils looking to embark on new house building.

General Election: employment law proposals
Graham Richardson looks at the key proposed changes to employment law that the different major political parties have indicated in their election manifestos that they would intend to introduce were they to be in government following the general election.

Woodland v Essex CC – the case continues
In the Woodland case the Supreme Court ruled that a local authority could owe a non-delegable duty of care in relation to the conduct of school swimming lessons. Malcolm Johnson reports on what happened next in the case.

School transport judgment arrives
Jonathan Moffett analyses a High Court ruling on a challenge to a council’s policy of only providing transport to eligible children at the beginning and end of the normal school day.

What the manifestos say about infrastructure and planning
Angus Walker reports on what the manifestos of the main parties say about infrastructure and planning, and issues such as airports, onshore wind, HS2 and planning appeals in particular.

Good faith and planning enforcement
Does good faith still have a role within planning enforcement? David Bird analyses a recent High Court ruling.

The Secret(-ish) Diary of Andrew Lansley (aged 58 1/4)
The Department of Health has lost an appeal to the Upper Tribunal over an Information Commissioner’s Office order that it disclose most of the information it withheld from a former Secretary of State’s ministerial diary. Christopher Knight examines the ruling.

All change at the Court of Protection (Part 1)
Major changes are taking place in the process of the Court of Protection. The team at 39 Essex Chambers outline the key developments.

Patients in mental hospitals and voting
With the forthcoming General Election, issues are likely to arise regarding the ability of patients to vote. Andrew Parsons summarises the Statutory Regulations.

International students: staying onside
The LexisPSL Immigration team look at the impact of changes to the regime governing Tier 4 (General) sponsors and review the case law around revocation action by the Home Office.

TUPE, service provision changes and more than one client
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that a service provision change can occur under TUPE where there is more than one client. Simon Lambert reports.

EVENT OF THE WEEK: 39 Essex Chambers: State Aid Modernisation and Recent Cases: A Changing World? - London - 29 April.

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Lessons learned from 50 preliminary meetings by Angus Walker
Over 50 preliminary meetings have now been held under the Planning Act 2008 regime. What can we conclude about them?
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Adult Social Services: Legal challenges to charging policies
A disabled adult recently brought a successful High Court challenge to aspects of a county council's policy on charging for adult non-accommodation services. Jonathan Auburn looks at the implications for local authorities.

Children: Age disputes and leaving care obligations
The Court of Appeal has considered local authorities’ obligations to migrant children and young persons turning 18, in the context of age disputes. Eirwen Pierrot reports.

Children: Re S: care cases and costs in the appellate court
The Supreme Court has recently examined the principles and law in relation to costs in the appellate court in cases concerning children. Kate Makepeace Grieve analyses the ruling.

Children: Re L: Practice guidance
Andrew Venables summarises recent guidance from the Family President on bundles and translating documents.

Community Safety: Use of closure notices and orders
Kate O'Brien looks at the use of closure orders since the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force last October.

Employment: Out with the DIP, in with the IP
The Communities Secretary has unveiled a new regime for the disciplining and dismissal of senior staff, to replace what he called the "unnecessary and costly bureaucratic process" that currently applies. Olwen Dutton analyses the key issues for councils.

Employment: First strike
The Unite union has laid down the gauntlet to a future Conservative government. Paul McFarlane examines the union’s reaction to Tory plans to limit further the ability to call on members to take part in industrial action.

Governance: Data retention and human rights
A recent Supreme Court ruling has significant implications for public bodies' data retention policies and practices, writes Emma Godding.

Governance: Going into 'purdah'
Olwen Dutton sets out some of the key issues in relation to local authority decision-making during the pre-election period.

Healthcare: Forthcoming NHS pensions changes
In a move to bring NHS pension benefits in line with state pension age, how does the new 2015 scheme differ and how does this link with salary sacrifice arrangements? Catherine Charlton explains.

Housing: ASB and the new civil injunction
Civil injunctions, the last of the six new powers for dealing with anti-social behaviour brought in by the Government, have come into force. Steven Eccles and Kate O'Brien examine the new regime.

Licensing: The Home Office and summary reviews
Has the Home Office abdicated responsibility on giving guidance on summary/expedited reviews? asks Paddy Whur.

Litigation: QOCS and fundamental dishonesty
Chris Booth reports on one of the first cases where qualified one-way costs shifting was disapplied after the court found that the claimant's claim was on the balance of probabilities "fundamentally dishonest".

Litigation: The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 and judicial review
The Government’s judicial review reforms had a troubled passage through Parliament. Now that the legislation has received Royal Assent, what will the changes mean for public bodies? Alison Oldfield and Trish D’Souza explain.

Planning: Key changes to EIA and CIL
Important changes in relation to environmental impact assessments and the community infrastructure levy came into force this week. Victoria Hutton explains their signficance.

Procurement: Record keeping and challenge risk
Ruth Connorton and Tim Dennis consider the new reporting and documentation requirements imposed by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and the care required in the creation of documents throughout a procurement process due to the risk of disclosure in subsequent legal challenges.

Procurement: The rule against penalties: top tips
Gwendoline Davies and Daniel Newbould examine some of the thorny issues around the rule against penalties in commercial contracts.

Procurement: Do we really have to? Afraid so!
The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 impose an obligation to post contract award information for below-threshold contracts on the Contracts Finder website. Jenny Beresford-Jones examines the requirement and the likely consequences of a failure to comply.

Property: Section 123 Local Government Act 1972...again!
Nathan Holden analyses why the latest Administrative Court case relating to s. 123 of the Local Government Act 1972 was an unusual one.

Regulatory: Commencing criminal proceedings correctly
All criminal cases begin in the magistrates' court however serious the offence. The LexisPSL Corporate Crime team set out the correct steps that need to be taken when commencing proceedings in these ways.

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