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NEWS HEADLINES

ProjectsMembers of largest union in local government sector vote for strike action
National committee of Unison to meet to consider next steps after 58% of members to vote back action

Deadline for submissions to first Local Government Legal Awards extended
Submissions must now be made by 11 July for awards celebrating work of local government lawyers

Supreme Court to hold hearing into two key housing cases
Judges hear cases on notices to quit by joint periodic tenants, and evictions from temporary accommodation under Part VII of Housing Act 1996

Homeless review officer can substitute less favourable decision: Court of Appeal
Circumstances had changed after original decision on applicant

Barnet resumes meetings, hires investigator after proportionality issues
Planned committee meetings to go ahead after council receives advice from James Goudie QC of 11KBW

Council wins injunction requiring demolition of house built behind straw bales
Latest stage in long-running row over house built without planning permission

Council eyes £150m savings after negotiating key service contract
Cabinet at Birmingham to consider continuation of two of three main elements of contract and whether to bring contact centre in-house

Regulator sets up fifth statutory inquiry into charity over business rates relief
Manchester-registered Life Foundation Trust now in liquidation

ICO revises guidance on charging and access to environmental information
Key reading for authorities handling significant numbers of EIR requests, says senior policy officer


Ministers limit delegation of child social care functions to non-profit bodies
Response to consultation acknowledges objections to possibility of 'privatisation' or profit-making in children's services

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WLGA names review team examining governance arrangements at council
Authority wants to be "the most open and the most transparent council in Wales"

Croydon mulls consultation on selective licensing for all landlords
Cabinet at London borough to consider issuing consultation on area-wide scheme under Housing Act 2004

Nottingham City Council next to sign off plans for late night levy
Local authority set to be fifth council to introduce levy when its scheme comes into force this November

Nightclub loses High Court bid to overturn summary review proceedings
High Court judge rejects challenge based in part on certificate being signed by acting superintendent, rather than superintendent or above as required by statute


London council demolishes 'bed in shed' itself after direct action
Local authority hails "landmark" move after long-running planning row


Somerset parish wins DCLG backing for Sustainable Communities Act proposal
Local councils to be able to send agendas electronically rather than in post


LGA repeats warnings over minicab licensing changes in Deregulation Bill

Minister rejects call from local authority for bye-law tackling 'chuggers'

ICO tech chief issues reminder on wearable technology and data protection

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonSleepwalking into oblivion
Is time running out for local government lawyers? Hugh Peart, Director of HB Public Law, looks at the responses available.

Challenges to the ‘bedroom tax’ and DHPs
Jed Meers analyses the recent High Court ruling in Rutherford and the evolving role of Discretionary Housing Payments.

Local authorities, notices to quit and undue influence
The Court of Appeal recently examined whether a notice to quit was procured by the undue influence of a housing officer employed by a council. Jonathan Manning and Amy Knight explain the judgment.

Draft equal pay audit regulations published
Earlier this week the Government published the draft Equal Pay Audit Regulations. Daniella McGuigan and Khurram Shamsee consider their impact.

Don’t be shy: Spot the risks and engage
Sophie Kavanagh considers important developments in contracting authorities' ability to consult the market pre-procurement.

Lifting automatic suspensions
In what circumstances will the Court lift an automatic suspension on contract award? Edward Reynolds reports on a recent case.

Speaking up
The High Court ruled earlier this year in a case where a non-planning councillor spoke at a controversial planning committee meeting. Mary Tate examines the ruling.

The local authorities’ perspective on fracking
David Brammer discusses the role local government has to play in awarding fracking rights and regulating the industry.

New services from the Land Registry
Bill Chandler highlights several significant recent developments from the Land Registry which affect all local authority lawyers involved with land and property, whether dealing with residential properties or complex commercial premises.

Costs in welfare proceedings
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street report on a rare award of costs in welfare proceedings.


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Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:

Adult Social Services: Part 1 of the Care Act 2014 and local authorities
The Government has published regulations and guidance addressing the obligations councils will have under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014. Judith BarnesSusan Thompson and Rosalind Ashcroft report.

Careers: Paying dividends
Elizabeth Warhurst explains how her council teamed up with a law firm to deliver a recruitment model to help shape a newly qualified solicitor into a public sector asset.

Children: Capacity in relation to children
A High Court judge recently ruled on a 13-year-old's capacity in relation to whether to continue with or terminate a pregnancy. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street examine the case.

Employment: Freeze frame
A recent test case explored whether the impact of the public sector pay freeze on the pay progression of staff aged 32 and under was indirectly discriminatory. Simon Lambert analyses the ruling.

Governance: Data protection and child protection
Christopher Knight examines a strike-out application made by a number of local authorities over claims that they held inaccurate and damaging information about the claimant.

Housing: Becoming homeless intentionally
When was the relevant time for a council to consider whether an applicant's homelessness was intentional? Christopher Baker reports on an important Court of Appeal ruling.

Housing: The 'bedroom tax': what is a bedroom?
Tribunals have been busy resolving a number of cases around whether a room is a 'bedroom' for the purpose of the so-called 'bedroom tax'. Amy Gibbs reports on the outcomes.

Licensing: Durham - an enlightened approach to reviews
Paddy Whur approves of the approach taken to a premises licence review in Durham.

Litigation: Late services of notices and 'trivial errors'
Was a council's late service of a notice by two days a 'trivial' error? Gordon Exall reports on a High Court decision.

Litigation: Binding the Crown
The High Court has confirmed HMRC and other state agents' obligation to produce documents for coroners. Daniel Machover analyses the ruling.

Management: What are local authority legal departments for?
Not long ago this was not a question often asked, writes Nicholas Dobson. For the answer was beyond obvious: to provide legal advice and support to the employing authority. End of!

Planning: Variation of planning obligations
Kamran Hyder examines s. 106BA of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the new process to modify or discharge affordable housing obligations.

Procurement: Selection stage: grounds for exclusion, selection criteria and the ESPD
In the light of significant changes brought in by the new directive, Emily Heard and Susie Smith look at the exclusion of economic operators from taking part in a procurement process.

Property: Heritage partnership agreements
Richard Harwood QC discusses the new power to enter into heritage agreements under s. 26A of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

Property: Green day
Significant rulings continue to be handed down by the courts in relation to town and village greens. Antonia Murillo reviews the latest judgments.
The latest blogs...
Nationally significant project round-up by Angus Walker
Here is the latest news on nationally significant infrastructure projects. I'll go through them in order of projects stages.

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...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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