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Supreme Court issues key ruling on care orders and 'significant harm' Judges consider application of the criteria for making a care order under s. 31 of the Children Act 1989
Barnet swaps QC to secure early Court of Appeal date for contract challenge Move means hearing over controversial outsourcing will take place in July rather than October
ICO doubles data protection enforcement casework in 2012/13 Health sector generates most cases, followed by local government
EHRC develops plans for s. 16 inquiry into Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Formal inquiry would examine policy and practice in care homes and hospitals
Government launches code of conduct for PPP/PFI deals in savings drive Public and private sector signatories to make eight key commitments each
Family President clarifies when use of expert is 'necessary' in proceedings Comments follow change to Family Procedure Rules in January
Home Affairs Committee slams failings over child sexual exploitation MPs accuse Rotherham and Rochdale councils of being "inexcusably slow"
Age of unaccompanied migrant children "too often disputed", says MPs Concern that UK is falling short of its UN obligations
Consumer Rights Bill welcomed despite fears on trading standards notice plan Officers would be required to give reasonable notice to businesses when carrying out routine inspections
Local authorities obtain 126 confiscation orders in 12 months: research Around £13.7m recovered, says Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers
ICO fires warning on fax use after fining NHS trust £55,000
WYLAW councils and York select 23 law firms to legal framework agreement
Civil Justice Council becomes latest to question legal aid for JR reforms
Council to pay £4k after woman and children housed in one room at B&B
WLGA warns of legal action as senior officer pay controls loom
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A call to (direct) action
Direct remedial action is an under-utilised tool when it comes to planning enforcement. Izindi Visagie explains its advantages.
Navigating section 123 and land disposal duties
Recent case law has clarified local authorities' duties when it comes to land disposals and compliance with s. 123 of the Local Government Act 1972, writes Sarah Lines.
The Growth and Infrastructure Act and TVGs
Just how effective will the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 be in protecting against town and village green registration? Antonia Murillo reports.
Age disputes, the SSHD and local authorities
Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel examine the interaction of the Secretary of the State for the Home Department and local authorities in age dispute cases.
Limiting disclosure in the Court of Protection
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street examine an important ruling on the limited disclosure of documents and the use of confidentiality rings.
Dealing with unauthorised occupiers
Daniel Hall looks at the options open to public bodies faced with unauthorised occupiers of their land.
One year on from the amended guidance
Andy Woods questions whether we are forgetting that the Licensing Act 2003 relies heavily on partnership.
Vicarious liability and local authorities
The law of vicarious liability is on the move. Lucy Harris looks at the implications for local authorities.
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Hazardous waste national policy statement finally gets laid by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the laying before Parliament of the ninth National Policy Statement.
Snap judgement: What is your view of the proposed changes to Legal Aid for judicial review cases?
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Adult Social Services: Private care homes and the Human Rights Act Jonathan Auburn
and Benjamin Tankel
examine a 'home for life' case that touched on the application of the Human Rights Act to private or semi-private care homes.
Children's Services: When is guidance 'statutory' and does it matter? Allan Norman
analyses the status of 'guidance' and the wider implications of a 2012 High Court ruling, including for the childcare field.
Community Safety: Anti-social behaviour - the future Andy Lane
reviews the latest developments as the Government seeks to reform the approach to tackling anti-social behaviour.
Employment: Banding together
Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis recently made some important announcements about the future of the Local Government Pension Scheme. John Hanratty
looks at some of the main challenges.
Governance: The new role for local authorities in public health Lee Parkhill
summarises the key elements of the new legal framework for public health and highlights some key issues for local authorities to consider.
Housing: An issue of destitution
The High Court recently found to be lawful a local authority's decision on whether or not a family was destitute. Ros Foster
explains the ruling.
Licensing: Local authorities, licensing fees and the Hemming case Paddy Whur
looks at the implications of the recent judgment in the Hemming case and what this may mean for local authorities when considering the setting of their licensing fees.
Litigation: Do I want your opinion? Gordon Exall
discusses the use of opinion evidence in lay witness statements. He looks, in particular, at two recent decisions which discuss opinion evidence.
Litigation: You have been warned
The courts are beginning to issue clear warnings about breaches of the Civil Procedure Rules in the aftermath of the Jackson reforms. Kella Bowers
examines two recent cases.
Planning: Heritage reform and the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013
New legislation looks set to speed up the process of applying for listed building consent, writes David Merson
Procurement: Unleashing localism in procurement: it's really best value Mark Cook
examines the increasing significance of social value and community consultation in the light of recent legislation and case law.
Procurement: State aid and revising the General Block Exemption Regulation
The European Commission has published proposals for a revised General Block Exemption Regulation. Matthew O' Regan
and John Houlden
consider the main changes and the implications for local authorities.
Property: Breaking point
The High Court has handed down an important ruling on tenant break clauses. Peter Hall
examines the judgment.
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