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ProjectsQueen's Speech: key areas affecting local government and the public sector
Bills cover areas such as local land charges, the Proceeds of Crime Act, the discharge of planning obligations, child cruelty, and curbs on redundancy payments for highly paid public sector employees

Council wins FOI battle over legal advice for whistleblowing investigation
Information Commissioner concedes before Tribunal that authority not required to disclose advice given to consultant brought in to investigate claims over fees for social care work

Council to amend legal services referral process after critical LGO report
Ombudsman attacked local authority's handling of planning enforcement for an equestrian development

Voters call for town to become responsibility of different local authorities
Large majority back switch but vote not binding. Move would require support of all councils involved as well as a review by the Boundary Commission

Council contacts 1,900 housing benefit claimants after data released in error
Mistake made in responding to FOI request asking for information on number of claimants renting from a private landlord

ICO orders council to complete data protection training of all staff in 50 days
Enforcement notice follows series of warnings, according to watchdog, which accuses authority of "startling lack of urgency"

Court of Appeal to hear three appeals on Mitchell principles
Cases to go before Master of Rolls on 16-17 June as litigators hope for resolution of controversies from earlier Plebgate costs ruling

Acas publishes guide to handling TUPE transfers
Emphasis on importance of early employee involvement in successful transfers

Social workers urge DfE to halt consultation on outsourcing children's care services
College of Social Work calls for pause for consideration of "very serious implications" of proposed regulatory changes

Law Society to consider chief exec candidates from public or private sectors
Replacement for Des Hudson will have "outstanding credentials" in having delivered cultural change and performance, and receive a salary of £230-250,000

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Grandparents lose judicial review challenge over impact of 'bedroom tax'
Judge says discretionary housing payment meant that claimants, who care for severely disabled child, had suffered no financial detriment

Landlord to pay out £40k after houses in multiple occupation breaches
Defendant admits 12 offences under Housing Act 2004 after prosecution brought by city council following fire at one of properties

Nine licensing authorities look at proposals for minimum alcohol pricing
Survey also looked at the potential banning of high strength alcohol and steps that councils are taking

City council publishes guide for claimants on fighting benefits cases
Authority said it wanted to share expertise of its welfare rights team

Republic of Ireland sees major overhaul of local government
Radical reform - taking effect on 1 June - sees introduction of new system of municipal districts and reduction in number of public bodies

NHS trust faces legal action over plan to close eating disorders centre

Equestrian claimant wins High Court battle over permission for wind turbine

LGA and CIPFA set up independent commission on local government finance

Housing association names three law firms to £800k legal services panel

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NoonEnforcement appeals – an important judgment
Martin Goodall reviews a Court of Appeal ruling on whether a planning inspector should have considered an alternative to demolition.

The Care Act 2014: the key points for local authorities
The Care Act received Royal Assent last month. Judith BarnesSusan Thompson and Rosalind Ashcroft outline the key measures in this landmark legislation.

Time to think
You can agree to extend time now - but should you agree to extensions? Gordon Exall analyses the key issues for litigators.

The nature of the transaction
Contracting authorities and property developers beware: “Leases” may be subject to procurement law. Stephanie Rickard examines a recent Advocate General opinion in an Italian case.

Supreme Court clarifies when property can be registered as village green
The critical distinction between use of a playing field ‘as of right’ and ‘by right’ for the purposes of deciding whether it can be registered as a town or a village green is explained by Paul Wilmshurst.

About time
Two recent rulings have looked at time limits in procurement challenges. Ruth Connorton and Alison Walton set out the key points.

Austerity, redundancy and other measures
What options do local authorities have beyond simple reductions in headcount? Bhavesh Prajapati explains.

Radiation contamination—is the public sufficiently informed?
Jon Payne comments on the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment’s (Comare) findings and recommendations in relation to aspects of radiation in the environment.

New courses on Local Government Law TV

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Freedom of Information and Data Protection Update 2014 £25.00 This course outlines and analyses recent FOI case law as well as recent developments in data protection law, the EIRs and the use of datasets.

Departmental subscriptions from £249 + VAT for 12 months unlimited access (LLG members). Click here for details.

The latest blogs...
Infrastructure Bill announced in Queen's Speech by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the Queen's Speech earlier this week.

New Environmental Impact Assessment Directive comes into force

Snap judgement: Will the SRA's decision to remove the 16 hour minimum training requirement...?

...reduce the amount of training I do as budgets are cut and time for training is reduced
...make little difference - I do the training I need to practice regardless of the minimum requirement
...enable me to do more relevant professional development activities as the need to take CPD accredited training is removed

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Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:

Adult Social Services: 'Ordinary residence' revisited
The Community Care team at 39 Essex Street consider the latest 'ordinary residence' test to reach the Court of Appeal.

Children: Disclosure update
Natasha Taylor examines the key elements of the Protocol and Good Practice Models for disclosure of information in cases of alleged child abuse and linked criminal and care directions hearings.

Employment: Striking answers
Allison Cook considers some of the key legal issues as the local government sector faces up to possible mass co-ordinated national strike action later this Summer.

Governance: Code of conduct v freedom of expresssion
The High Court recently cut the disqualification period imposed on a Welsh councillor. Nicholas Dobson considers the lessons to be learned from the case for local authorities in England as well as Wales.

Housing: Council tax liability and void properties
Andrew Lane looks at a key ruling for housing associations in relation to void periods and council tax liability.

Licensing: Primary gambling activity: the FTT view
In an important decision that will impact on all betting premises licence applications the First-Tier Tribunal has given a long-awaited ruling on the meaning of 'primary gambling activity'. Gerald Gouriet QC and George Mackenzie analyse the judgment.

Litigation: Remains of the day
Three judges in the High Court have dismissed a challenge over the reburial of Richard III. Richard Harwood QC analyses the ruling.

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

Planning: A boost for neighbourhood planning
A High Court judge earlier this month handed down a decision that will be of interest to all those involved in neighbourhood planning and will encourage those involved in promoting such plans. Martin Carter explains why.

Procurement: Teckal and exceptions to mandatory application of procurement procedures
A ruling by the European Court of Justice has provided further clarity on the Teckal exemption in relation to procurement processes, writes Patrick Parkin.

Projects: State aid and the revised General Block Exemption Regulation
The revised General Block Exemption Regulation opens up a range of possibilities for authorities when it comes to state aid, write Jonathan Branton and Jay Mehta.

Property: Break dates, rental payments and apportionment
A recent Court of Appeal decision on break dates and rental payments marks a return to express wording for apportionment, says Naomi Chesterman.

Regulatory: A landmark prosecution, a landmark sentence
Andrew Bennett examines the prosecution of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust by the Health & Safety Executive.

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