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Queen'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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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
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Enforcement 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 Barnes, Susan 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.
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.
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Infrastructure Bill announced in Queen's Speech by Angus Walker
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New Environmental Impact Assessment Directive comes into force
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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
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
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
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
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
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
examines the prosecution of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust by the Health & Safety Executive.
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