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Editor's blog: The most-read articles of 2012

From Eric Pickles' fast-tracking of the general power of competence to deal with the saying of council prayers to the removal of an entire planning committee, find out which news and feature articles were the most read on Local Government Lawyer in 2012. Read more...

Just in: Kent County Council is hiring a Senior Solicitor for its Planning & Highways Team and a Senior Solicitor/Barrister for its Social Services Team. Salary: £48,635-£54,496 per annum. Three councils (one met and two unitaries) are meanwhile seeking interim Heads of Legal for the next three to six months.

Read our Procurement Law: Special Report 2012 in association with Bevan Brittan.

New courses on Local Government Law.tv: Support for People from Abroad.  Other recent additions include: Leaving CareAge Disputes - Child or Adult?Inter-authority Disputes, and  s.17 or s.20: Is there a duty to accommodate?, The Care and Support Bill and The Licensing Act 2003.

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News headlines

ProjectsMoJ proposes shorter time limits for applications in judicial review shake-up Changes to limits for planning and procurement disputes. Consultation also suggests restrictions on oral renewals

South West council to weigh up commissioning vs collaborating authority models Concerns over long-term viability of authority

Supreme Court orders council to reveal identity of accuser in contact proceedings case Lady Hale says court had to "reconcile the irreconcileable"

ICO berates local government after fining three councils £250k+ for data breaches Information Commissioner attacks "underlying problem" as sensitive child care papers sent to wrong recipients and left on train

High Court judge allows claimants to replace grounds for planning challenge in full Permission granted to residents to rely on entirely new and unrelated ground after rigid six-week time limit for bringing the claim

Introduction of advocate assurance scheme delayed - for third time QASA originally to be launched in December 2011. Now revised timetable will only be released at end of January 2013

Mobile cafe owner fails in bid to claim adverse possession over council land Court of Appeal rejects claim of uninterrupted possession at layby

Campaigners attack plan to include 'thinking time' in FOI cost calculations Warning over impact on ability to obtain answers to new, complex or contentious requests

Home Office publishes draft Anti-Social Behaviour Bill Ministers also consult on 'community remedy', where victims choose from list of punishment options

Plan to cut collective redundancy consultation period sparks union anger Government to halve consultation period to 45 days where 100+ redundancies proposed

Family intervention cuts anti-social behaviour by more than half: report

Council warning over bogus calls pretending to be from trading standards

Staffordshire trading standards seize goods worth £10-15m in single operation

Borough ordered to pay £25k+ after tenant put at risk of poisoning

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonLibrary closures - learning the lessons
Local authorities looking to reshape their libraries service can easily end up having to defend a judicial review challenge in the courts. John Sharland looks at how to avoid the pitfalls.

FOIA update: part one
In the first in a two-part series, Eleanor Grey QC looks at key FOI decisions in the last six months on such issues as the public interest balance, raising new issues in an appeal and when information is 'held'. 

Redaction, anonymisation and child protection
Robin Hopkins examines the issue of redacting for anonymisation and the interplay between Article 8 and Article 10 in a child protection context.

Varying a variation
A significant High Court decision has confirmed the common approach taken in relation to variation applications. Chris Grunert analyses a significant ruling for licensing practitioners.

Son of PFI
Will PF2 give a new boost for infrastructure? Craig Elder assess key aspects of the Treasury's new model, including the procurement guillotine and proposals on reward sharing.

TUPE or not TUPE
Case law on TUPE is creating significant uncertainty. Sarah Lamont highlights the impact on cost and risk in staff transfers.

Costs and environmental JR claims
The Ministry of Justice has published its proposals for a costs regime in environmental judicial review claims. Rose Grogan assesses the plans.

Know your duty
Contracting authorities are gearing up for implementation of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. Queenie Que addresses some of the issues raised.

The latest blogs...
Planning Act blog Christmas champagne competition by Angus Walker
Today's entry sees the return of the long-awaited Christmas champagne competition. 

Snap judgement: Will the government's review of the judicial review process...

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Approaching the assessment of capacity A High Court judge was recently asked to determine whether a woman with mild learning disabilities had capacity to decide to live with a man she had married while he was in jail for sexual offences. The team at 39 Essex Street analyse the ruling.

Children's Services: Are we missing a trick? Julie Stather examines the advantages to child, parents and local authority of using the under-utilised section 34 of the Children Act.. 

Community Safety: Stepping up to the plate Paddy Whur looks at recent 'interim steps' hearings that he has conducted, leading to licences being suspended, but also highlights how on occasions these can be avoided if operators are willing to work in partnership with the police.

Employment: Unsettling times Maeve Vickery explains some of the major concerns with the Government's proposed new law covering employment settlement agreements.

Governance: Standards of conduct revisited It has been a year of significant change in the field of local government standards. Frances Woodhead reviews the key developments and sets out practical points authorities should consider.

Housing: Possession actions against introductory tenants Matthew Hyam reports on a social landlord's successful High Court challenge to an adverse decision about the wording of a notice seeking possession against an anti-social introductory tenant. 

Licensing: Which policy? A recent case involving an application for a 24-hour licence for a supermarket raised the question of whether later or earlier versions of national guidance and council policy should apply. Philip Kolvin QC explains the ruling.

Litigation: Bringing up the arrears What are housing associations and local authorities' legal options for dealing with rent arrears in light of the Welfare Reform Act 2012? Kane Kirkbride explains.

Planning: Degrees of separation Battle has been joined in Milton Keynes over wind farm separation distances. James Burton explains the background to the case.

Procurement: Unfairly excluding bidders A recent Court of Appeal ruling in Northern Ireland has highlighted the difficult issues that contracting authorities face when it comes to excluding bidders from procurement processes. Ian Tucker analyses the judgment.

Projects:  Incremental approach Tax increment finance is now law. So what can it do for your project? Nick Maltby reports. 

Property: Squatting, clamping and beds in sheds Steven Eccles and Kate O'Brien look at the implications for local authorities of three recent developments: the new offence of squatting in residential property; the ban on the clamping and removal of vehicles parked on private land; and dealing with rogue landlords.

Regulatory: Is consumer protection failing? Alan Conroy asks whether or not the current consumer protection regime is up to the job. 

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