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ProjectsLandmark Supreme Court cases on deprivations of liberty to start next week Importance of cases highlighted by allocation of seven justices for the three-day hearing

Councils "to face restitution claims" over HMO licences after maisonette ruling Judge rules that key part of council's licensing policy was unlawful

Norfolk councils set up body for sharing services - including legal advice - at cost and free of VAT Innovative cost-sharing scheme for not-for-profit organisations follows change in legislation in February

High Court rejects latest legal challenge to Earl's Court redevelopment Grounds of challenge had included that supplementary planning document should have been prepared as an action area plan

DCLG to stress local association in guidance on social housing allocations Government to strongly encourage councils to adopt two-year residency as part of qualification criteria

Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 comes into force Changes include introduction of civil Unlawful Profit Orders

Supreme Court President fires warning over judicial review reforms Cost-cutting proposals risk deterring a significant number of valid applications "and will save a pathetically small sum", Lord Neuberger says

MPs urge clarity on "dog's breakfast" of responsibilities of London Assembly Select committee calls for beefed-up scrutiny role to reflect Mayor's enhanced powers

NEW JOBS THIS WEEK: Wycombe District Council is hiring a Corporate Projects Lawyer (to £42,012). The Local Government Ombudsman is meanwhile looking for an Assistant Legal Adviser (£22,815).

APPLY NOW: Southampton City Council is bringing its Legal Childcare work back in-house and so is hiring a Senior Solicitor/Barrister and has three posts for Solicitors/Barristers. The closing date is today (18 October).

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To see all roles on LGL, click here. Locum roles include Commercial Contracts Locum, Adults Community Care Lawyer, Property Locum and Experienced Childcare Lawyer. Please let them know you saw the role on Local Government Lawyer.

KEY EVENT: Essential Legal Update for Local Authority Lawyers - Matrix Chambers - London - 5 November. Speakers include Helen Mountfield QC, Aidan O'Neill QC and Hugh Tomlinson QC.

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CQC to consider hidden cameras and mystery shoppers to monitor adult care Ratings to be awarded to every care home and adult social service by March 2016

Council faces legal action over plans to close adult day care centres Claimants argue consultation was unlawful and council breached Equality Act 2010

Ombudsman sees sharp rise in complaints about homelessness services Report criticises councils over use of B&B accommodation

Number of fly-tipping incidents tackled by councils falls 4% in 2012/13 DEFRA report shows 99% success rate in prosecutions. See also: Environment Agency stops illegal waste activity on 70% more sites in 2012/13

MPs and peers call for greater clarity on anti-social behaviour measures Legislative tests in Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill must be made clearer

DCLG to publish further guidance on how councils can tackle rogue landlords Document will outline how to press for harsher penalties for housing offences and how to protect tenants from illegal eviction

Pickles to consider for recovery appeals for renewable energy developments

City council consults on planning policy aimed at reining in 'mega-basements'

Government publishes statutory guidance on role of director of public health

OFT launches competition probe into market for supplying ICT to public sector 

See all of our most recent news stories

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonDigging for victory
A district judge has ruled that a key part of a council's house in multiple occupation licensing policy was unlawful. Suzanne Ornsby QC and George Mackenzie explain the background to the judgment.

Resistance is futile?
Che Fung Choi of Kent Legal Services examines the ability of local authorities to resist a court's decision on the appropriate order for a child, in the light of a major Court of Appeal ruling.

The Cheshire case - a beginner's guide
The Supreme Court will next week hear two landmark cases on deprivations of liberty. Lucy Series explains what is involved.

Only connect
The High Court has for the first time upheld a non-food retail condition preventing open A1 use. Saira Kabir Sheikh explains an important planning judgment.

Disclosure in public procurement challenges
Calum Lamont considers the thorny issue of the approach to be taken to disclosure in procurement challenges.

Determining the trigger for collective redundancy consultation
Graham Richardson looks at the lessons to be learned by local authorities and other public bodies from a recent EAT ruling on collective redundancy consultation.

Home truths - local authorities and the commissioning of home care
Olwen Dutton and Clare Taylor look at the key findings in an Equality & Human Rights Commission report that reviewed how local authorities commission home care.

Services for former relevant children: recent caselaw
Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel analyse some important recent cases concerning former looked after children and the services that local authorities are required to provide.

Safety law applies in the firezone
The High Court recently handed down an important ruling for all emergency response organisations. Matt Kyle and Lloyd Nail analyse the judgment.

NEW RECORD - number of unique visitors to Local Government Lawyer in September 2013: 23,142 (up 32% on June 2012).

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The latest blogs...
EU announces 'projects of common interest' to use Planning Act-like regime by Angus Walker
This entry reports on an announcement of energy projects that will use a speeded-up consenting regime, including 24 involving the UK

The pre-examination examination - emerging infrastructure application practice

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Adult Social Services: Assessments and planning for prisoners near release Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel look at the lessons to be learned by local authorities from litigation involving prisoners due for release.

Children's Services: The school company model and spin-outs - what you need to know Antonia Aselue of Hertfordshire County Council examines the use and attractions of the collaboratively-owned school company as a local authority spin-out model.

Employment: Making sense of recent developments in employment law Susan Belgrave reviews some of the seismic changes in employment law.

Governance: Power game - council v executive Who calls the budget shots on executive arrangements? Council or executive? Can full council require an elected mayor to spend additional budget provision as the council dictates, even if that directly contravenes an existing mayoral policy decision? Nicholas Dobson reports on a major Court of Appeal ruling.

Governance: Dealing with a request to expunge records The High Court in Northern Ireland has ruled that a refusal to destroy part of an individual's 'life story' was justified under Article 8(2) ECHR. Robin Hopkins reports.

Healthcare: The HSE bares its teeth The Health and Safety Executive has announced plans to prosecute Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust under the Health and Safety at Work Act. The regulator's new teeth will be sharp, write Chris BaranowskiSally Roff and Tracey Longfield.

Housing: Meeting housing needs and the NPPF Paul Stinchcombe QC and Ned Helme analyse a landmark ruling on meeting housing needs following the revocation of regional strategies.

Licensing: Betting offices - location, location, location A Magistrates' Court recently considered the relevance of location to a refusal of a betting office licence. Philip Kolvin QC explains its finding.

Litigation: The Court of Appeal on the requirements of social work evidence The Court of Appeal - through the President of the Family Division - has set out what is to be expected of social work evidence in care proceedings. Che Fung Choi comments on the key guidance.

Planning: Environmental assessment - recent cases: part 2 In the second in a two-part series, Stephen Tromans QC continues his roundup of recent caselaw on environmental assessment. This time he covers issues including need, enforcement, SEA and appropriate assessment.

Procurement: The Merseyside Waste procurement injunction - lessons for public bodies John Houlden and Patrick Parkin look at the lessons from the High Court's recent decision to grant an energy company an injunction over the award of a £1bn waste contract.

Procurement: Mutuals, procurement and carve-outs Will proposed amendments to EU directives solve the procurement issue for mutuals? Mark Johnson analyses the key changes.

Property: Modifying a restrictive covenant The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has partially modified a covenant to permit the use of a property as a mosque and madrassah, but - following objections from a council - has imposed new conditions on the use of the property. Justin Bates explains the ruling.

Regulatory: Food for thought The Supreme Court has given a definitive ruling upon the issue of the requirements of the offence of selling food after the expiry of a 'use by' date. The judgment represents a welcome return to certainty in such prosecutions, writes Adam Pearson.

Transport: Travel concession schemes and reimbursement Clare Hardy reports on a recent judicial review of a decision by an integrated transport authority to reduce a reimbursement paid under its travel concession scheme.

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