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ProjectsCouncillors who moved 150 miles cleared of conduct breach Complaints led to monitoring officer investigation into conduct of couple who remained as elected members

Council wins tribunal appeal over disclosure of legal advice and EIR Information Commissioner had decided that council should disclose legal advice obtained in relation to redevelopment of town centre

Lawyers welcome change of tack by Pickles on statutory officer dismissals But Lawyers in Local Government warns on structural weaknesses in alternative arrangements being put forward

Ombudsman and council in standoff over £60,000-plus payment LGO issues second report after local authority refused to make recommended payment to man forced to become full-time carer

Administrators blame demise of company on dispute with council Claim that group with £37m annual turnover did not have resources to pay costs owed to local authority following arbitration

Court of Appeal agrees to hear day centre closures case High Court judge had ruled that consultation was lawful and there had been no breach of PSED. See also: Council fends off High Court challenge over day centre closure 

Guidance issued on publishing judgments in family courts and CoP President says documents intended to bring about an immediate and significant change

Scottish Court hears blockbuster procurement case over IT contract BT suing NHS for re-run of tender or, failing that, £20m damages. IT network would be used by NHS and councils in Scotland

Council faces High Court challenge over adoption of Local Plan Developers challenge decision to return land to Green Belt

National body to set up legal services panels for social housing Framework agreement could be worth anywhere between £1.25m and £60m

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ADCS criticises MP for telling parents suspected of abuse to go abroad Directors of Children's Services warn that advising parents not to co-operate with statutory services could put children at risk

European Parliament adopts texts for public procurement directives European Council approval expected to be a formality

European Commission adopts revised state aid de minimis regulation Companies undergoing financial difficulties no longer excluded. But no increase to €200k ceiling

Which? fires warning of decline in food testing by councils Research also finds food standards investigations fell by 16.5%

County council waives £1m in fees over unclear bus lane signage Amnesty followed large number of complaints about re-introduced lanes in city centre

Watchdog reports on lessons from failed project costing council £11.5m Arm's length company had been set up to provide heat and power to homes

Councils backs plan for housing provider to become mutual landlord Move requires approval from tenants in a ballot

Youth services team at London council becomes first of kind to spin out Secures five-year deal to provide services to former employing authority

Law Society vows to oppose MoJ plans to restrict judicial review Commitment to use "all appropriate resources" comes after vote of no confidence in leadership at special general meeting before Christmas

Brent consults on "large-scale" licensing scheme for landlords Licences set to be required for up to 10,000 properties in the area

London borough prosecutes 134 landlords for Housing Act offences

End detention of asylum seekers whose age is disputed, says Refugee Council

SW housing association sets up second, £800k framework agreement

Law firm secures £16m contract for estates advice to Ministry of Justice

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonHunston upheld
The Court of Appeal last month clarified the operation of a key part of the National Planning Policy Framework in situations where a local authority has yet to produce a local plan. Paul Stinchcombe QC and Ned Helme explain the ruling.

New cases on consultation duties and the Public Sector Equality Duty
There have been a number of important recent rulings on consultation and the PSED. Emily Heard, Lauren Halliday and Fran Musselwhite look at the lessons to be learned.

What to do with those in situ?
Bukola Aremu looks at the options for social landlords when dealing with those left in occupation following the death of a tenant, or after a tenant parts with the whole of the property.

Contempt of court in the CoP context
A recent High Court judgment has set out what (and what not) to do when seeking to commit for contempt of court in the Court of Protection context. The team at 39 Essex Street review the ruling.

The dog that didn't bark
The Government introduced a number of 'community rights' through the Localism Act. Stephen Pearson examines their take-up.

Premises licence transfers with immediate or interim effect
Andy Woods looks at the relevant provisions under the Licensing Act 2003 which permit an unlimited number of applications for transfers with immediate effect.

Bearing witness
A High Court judge recently made some significant observations of general application to witness statements by planning inspectors. Landmark Chambers explains the background to the case.

Enterprise culture
Judith Barnes and Mary Mundy look at the decisions to come out of a consultation on how to make public procurement more accessible to SMEs as well as further developments in relation to transparency.

Reliance on an occupational health report and disability
In a case involving a local authority, the Court of Appeal has ruled that an employer must not 'rubber stamp' an occupation health advisor's opinion on whether an employee is disabled. Michael Halsey analyses the ruling.

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Green Belt Development - The Legal Issues £25.00 This course looks at the effect of the National Policy Planning Framework (NPPF) on applications to develop green belt and the effect of recent cases and government policy statements.
The New EU Procurement Directives £25.00 This course analyses the provisions of the new EU Procurement Directives and assesses how - and when - they will affect contracting authorities. It also examines the main procedures that will be available to contracting authorities under the new regime.
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The latest blogs...
All aboard the National Networks National Policy Statement by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the ways that feedback is able to be given on the draft National Networks National Policy Statement.

Environment Agency to charge for some DCO advice

Getting engagement from objectors to infrastructure projects


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Adult Social Services: The 'forced C-section case' - what actually happened
The team at 39 Essex Street look at the key Court of Protection issues arising from the high-profile 'forced Caesarean section' case.

Children's Services: Consent orders and school exclusions
The High Court has provided useful guidance on settlement of school exclusion cases where all parties are agreed on the desired outcome. Alexander Campbell analyses the judgment.

Community Safety: Tenancy agreements and gang membership
Sarah Mansfield considers how tenancy agreements can be amended to prevent tenants being members of a gang.

Employment: Collective conscience
A Christian care home worker who refused to work on Sundays recently lost her constructive dismissal claim against a council. Sarah Maddock looks at the lessons from the Court of Appeal's judgment.

Governance: Standards and free speech
A High Court judge recently rejected a councillor's bid to have an adverse code of conduct decision judicially reviewed. Nicholas Dobson reviews the ruling.

Governance: Freedom of Information - Caselaw Roundup
Ibrahim Hasan reviews the latest FOI caselaw, including in relation to third party employees, personal data and section 40, and information on the deceased.

Healthcare: Disciplinary hearings and injunctions: The Supreme Court's view
The Supreme Court has granted an injunction to prevent a disciplinary hearing from taking place. Guy Bredenkamp and Sean Reynolds examine the ruling.

Housing: When is a reason a good reason
Gael Scott analyses two High Court rulings on extensions of the time limits for appeal under s. 204 of the Housing Act 1996.

Housing: Succession and allocation policies
The Court of Appeal has recently upheld a widow's public law defence to possession proceedings because the local authority failed to consider granting her a new tenancy of the property in accordance with their allocation scheme. Bethany Paliga reports.

Licensing: Suspension of taxi drivers' licences
Roy LIght looks at the role suspension of a taxi driver's licence plays in the aftermath of a key High Court ruling in 2012.

Litigation: The Court of Appeal rules again on relief from sanctions
The Court of Appeal has issued its first ruling on relief from sanctions following the Mitchell/'plebgate' case. Gordon Exall considers the judgment.

Planning: Restrictions at retail parks
Robin Purchas QC and Saira Kabir Sheikh explain the background to a recent Court of Appeal ruling that dismissed a challenge by a major developer over restrictions at a retail park.

Procurement: Charging and trading - a new dawn
Nathan Holden examines the impact of the Localism Act on charging and trading by local authorities.

Procurement: Rejecting non-compliant bids
Justin Mendelle reviews a High Court ruling on whether a contracting authority was able to reject a non-compliant bid.

Property: Service charges - something for nothing?
Following a recent Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) case involving a borough council, Stephen Liddle analyses the ability of a landlord to claim for pure overheads in the management of its leasehold estate.

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