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Editor's blog: Once more unto the breach

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News headlines

ProjectsDistrict council stands down entire planning committee amid judicial review fears Action taken after barrister advises supermarket decisions were unsound

Court of Appeal overturns ruling in dispute between councils over after-care services Case centred on which authority was responsible for providing s. 117 MHA services

Watchdog blasts inadequate sanctions in local government standards regime Committee on Standards in Public Life says framework is "inherently risky"

Renewables giant to bring judicial review action over wind turbine distances RWE nPower takes on Milton Keynes Council over minimum separation distances set out in supplementary planning document

ICO audits reveal governance failings in local authority data protection Just one in 19 councils provided highest level of assurance

ICO issues first fine against charity for data breach Norwood Ravenswood fined £70k after highly sensitive papers left outside house. See also: Charity hits out at ICO fine for data breach and reserves right to appeal and Greater Manchester police handed £150k fine over data breach

Court of Appeal rows back on introduction of 10% increase in general damages Insurers body wins re-opened case

Tribunal dismisses bid to get board minutes for South West One via FOI Minutes had been received by police authority in confidence

Districts attack plans for forced renegotiation of s. 106 obligations District Councils Network questions presumption that obligations agreed before 6 April 2010 had made development unviable

DCLG to consult on removing restrictions on use of temporary stop notices Further details on Communities Secretary's plans to give more power to stop unauthorised traveller sites

District to defend JR over decision to suspend live animal movements at port Claimants are Dutch-based companies and sole trader

LGO pans council for wrongly launching adult protection investigation Considerable injustice caused to man as a result of "unnecessarily and unreasonably prolonged" investigation 

Council agrees to £7,000 payout after delays in issuing SEN statement Delays prevented mother from appealing to tribunal. Local authority also did not make the provision specified

SRA launches research project on in-house legal practice

Town council fails in High Court challenge to new parking scheme

Law Society latest to put boot into "disproportionate" QASA advocacy scheme

District Council fends off appeal over refusal of taxi licence

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonDispensations and Dispensations
Just as there are different species of dog and cat, so there are different species of dispensation. For whilst there are dispensations, there are of course also.... dispensations. Nicholas Dobson explains.

Getting data destruction right
A failure to destroy sensitive data securely can put public bodies at risk of hefty fines from the Information Commissioner's Office. Alison Deighton sets out how they should go about it.

Late nights and early mornings
The regulations covering the late night levy and early morning restriction orders have finally been published. Andy Grimsey reviews what they say.

A perfect match?
Kent County Council recently launched what is thought to be the first county-wide Local Authority Mortgage Scheme. Hilary Palmer explains how it was put together.

Local authorities and international adoptions
Ayeesha Bhutta analyses local authorities' duties and the potential pitfalls they face in cases of international adoption and children being brought illegally into the UK.

To disclose or not to disclose
The Court of Appeal has provided important guidance in cases where it is contended that sensitive information should not be disclosed to one party because of its potential impact on another. The ruling is relevant to Court of Protection as well as family cases, write barristers at 39 Essex Street

The risks of surrendering?
How should local authorities approach surrendering leases? Phil Lawrence sets out some top tips.

Trial and error
The Planning Inspectorate has reinstated its compensation scheme for costs caused by its errors. Richard Harwood explains the background to the decision.

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The latest blogs...

New Planning Act infrastructure categories - your views, please by Angus Walker
The Government is considering making amendments to the Planning Act to bring new types of development within it - specifically "new categories of commercial and business development". So what should they be?

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Adult Social Services: Recovering social care debt Caroline Sanders analyses some of the legal complexities that can affect a social care debt recovery case, such as the overlap with care provided under mental health legislation, NHS funded continuing healthcare, deprivation of assets and estate administration. 

Children's Services: Tackling finance leases Mis-sold finance leases for IT equipment and the like can leave schools with huge debts. Alex Kynoch sets out what they and local authorities can do about the problem.

Community Safety:  The failure to stop disability harassment The European Court of Human Rights has recently ruled that a state's failure to stop disability harassment amounted to inhuman treatment. Maria Roche analyses a very significant ruling.

Employment: Roll on, roll off In a move intended to end the 'don't ask, don't tell' approach to off-payroll appointees and contractors, Government departments now have more power to ensure that the tax obligations of their contractors are satisfied. Danielle Kentish and Richard Burgess explain the issues. 

Governance: Mind the (surveillance) gap Will local authorities continue to be able to do 'non-RIPA surveillance'? Ibrahim Hasan considers its lawfulness.

Housing: Stock control A recent Court of Appeal ruling on human rights and defences to possession will give registered providers better control of their stock, says Sian Gibbon.

Licensing: Representation of the people Andy Woods looks at the increasing number of representations made against betting premses licence applications and questions whether many of the representations are in fact invalid.

Litigation: The battle against insufficient occupation A recent High Court case looks set to change the way local authorities assess what amounts to sufficient commercial property occupation in order for businesses to secure rates exemptions. Andrew Rogers explains. 

Planning: The stuff of dreams A plan to regenerate the famous Dreamland site in Margate shows the usefulness of a key power in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, writes Martin Edwards

Procurement: Development agreements and the EU procurement rules - once again A new line of attack was attempted in a recent High Court case on the issue of development agreements and the EU procurement rules. Nathan Holden and Stephen Pearson examine the judgment.

Projects: In development The Supreme Court has issued an important ruling on the interpretation of development  plan policies, writes John Bosworth.

Property: It's our asset and we'll bid if we want to The Government's regulations on the Community Right to Bid - particularly in relation to compensation - will have a massive impact on the vast majority of local authorities, warns Olwen Dutton.

Regulatory: A health and safety sentencing tool-kit Ben Mills sets out a tool-kit for defence and prosecution lawyers that will establish the foundation for quality advocacy at health and safety sentencing hearings.


Jobs of the week

Senior Childcare Lawyer
The London Borough of Southwark is looking for a Senior Childcare Lawyer to work on a permanent, part-time/job share basis. CLOSING DATE: 22 OCTOBER

Commercial Property Locum
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Commercial Property Locum to join a local authority in the South West for three months, with possible extension.

Property Lawyer
A Property Lawyer is required to join a large public sector organisation Manchester for six months.

Commercial Property Solicitor
A local authority in the South of England is looking for a Commercial Property Solicitor to join its large, friendly team.

Childcare Solicitor
A large public sector organisation in the East Midlands needs an experienced Childcare Solicitor for a period of two months.

Commercial Dispute Resolution Lawyer
A law firm in the Bristol area is looking to hire on a permanent basis a Commercial Dispute Resolution Lawyer with previous experience of public and private sector work.

Other featured jobs

Childcare Locum
A local authority in the West Midlands is looking for a Childcare Locum for an initial 12 months.

Planning/Property Lawyer
A local authority in East Anglia needs a locum that can deal with property and planning matters to cover a period of sick leave.

Adult Social Services Lawyer
A great opportunity has arisen for an Adult Social Services Lawyer to join a local authority in the South West.

Adult and Community Care Lawyer
This local authority, based within a 50 minute commute of central London, requires an Adult and Community Care Lawyer for an initial three months.

Contracts and Procurement Locum
A local authority in the West Midlands is looking for a Commercial Contracts and Procurement Locum for at least six months.

Property Litigation Lawyer
A local authority in Kent needs a Property Litigation Lawyer to join its legal team on a locum basis.

Childcare Lawyer
A London borough requires an experienced Childcare Solicitor for an ongoing period.

Housing Lawyer
A housing lawyer with public sector experience is required to work part-time for a short term contract to cover a period of sick leave. 

Civil Litigation and Debt Recovery Locum
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Civil Litigation and Debt Recovery Locum to join a local authority in the Midlands for six months, with a high possibility of extension.

Public Sector Solicitor
This well regarded defendant insurance practice has created a new role within their public sector police team.

Housing Law Supervisor
A law firm in London is seeking a qualified Solicitor and accredited Housing Law Supervisor to manage a busy caseload.

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