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ProjectsBarnet Council publishes major outsourcing contract with Capita Borough takes unusual step of publishing contract and schedules, although documents have been redacted. Move is "in interests of transparency"

DCLG amends guidance on personal interests to include trade union dealings But critics argue that change over councillors' interests is merely return to pre-Localism Act position

Council to pay out after housing families in B&Bs for longer than six week limit Local authority blames housing benefit cap and downturn, but says problems identified by Ombudsman have now been resolved

Kent to become commissioning authority, review corporate and legal services County council seeking through transformation plan to save further £239m between 2015/16 and 2018/18

Man Utd end battle over listing of Old Trafford as asset of community value Football club had originally intended to pursue review over Trafford Council's decision, but now says listing would not have any meaningful impact

Use of anti-littering powers to tackle spitting survives magistrates test London borough issues fixed penalty notices to those caught spitting in a public place

Disabled man wins battle over extra room and housing entitlement Judge rules that room was not a bedroom for the purposes of the housing benefit under occupancy regulations

Local authority agrees to pay businessman £20k+ over planning failures Council accepts recommendation from Local Government Ombudsman

Tooks Chambers to dissolve in December, blames legal aid reforms Set issues statement saying move is a direct result of government policy

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District anger after four refusals of planning permission overturned on appeal Council takes legal advice as issue of five-year housing supply raises its head

Defendant handed nine-month sentence for breach of planning control Landowner had already been fined a record £250,000 in January

Gambling Commission and licensing forum issue templates for inspections Documents include inspection guides to help local authority officers in completing inspections at different types of gambling premises

NW council vows to employ casual staff on "more substantive" basis All staff, wherever possible, to have defined and legally enforceable conditions as council seeks to distance itself from "twilight end of the employment market"

Boroughs to pursue JR of decision by Mayor of London on affordable rent Eight councils led by Islington give formal notice of legal action

Councils raise £10bn+ through charging but amount falls in real terms Audit Commission briefing finds great variation between councils in terms of amount of income generated from charges

Watchdog launches consultation on system for standing for election Inconsistencies identified by Electoral Commission include approach in different parts of UK to local authority officers running for election

Couple fined £60k over HMO regulation breaches

Council settles legal action brought by Team Sky cycling chief over pothole

Council ordered to pay £15k after boy receives electric shock at skate park

See all of our most recent news stories

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonMembers' interests and trade union membership - Big Julie reopens Pandora's box
Graeme Creer analyses the decision by the Department for Communities and Local Government to require councillors to disclose trade union interests.

Progression through investment - setting the local government standard
A larger team, enhanced expertise and greatly increased income - Rachel Howe from the legal services department at North West Leicestershire District Council explains how they have developed a more commercial operation.

Transparency - a lesson from the Family Division
Most of us are unequivocally and absolutely in favour of transparency, writes Nicholas Dobson. We rejoice in the powerful purgative disenfectant of daylight, considering it a thoroughly 'good thing'.

Moving from safeguarding concern to instituting proceedings
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street examine two rulings highlighting the importance of early, rigorous analysis of the evidence available to support contentions advanced before the court.

Councillors - rights of access to information
How much information are councillors entitled to? David Merson examines the legal background.

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.

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

LGL in figures - unique visitors in August 2013: 22,265 (up 32% on June 2012).

New courses on Local Government Law TV

Name Price (ex-VAT)   Description
Delivering Housing Development £25.00 This course explains the recent planning reforms aimed at encouraging the development of new housing and examines the viability evaluation processes of social housing and other obligations imposed on developers.
Forfeiture £25.00 This courses tries to make some sense of the tangled law surrounding forfeiture by looking at the law of forfeiture from first principles and examining the hurdles that must be passed for landlords to successfully, and lawfully, forfeit.
POCA in Planning Enforcement £25.00 This course explains how POCA can be applied to a variety of planning enforcement situations, including the improper use of property or land for commercial purposes, illegal advertising and heritage protection.
Local Government Case Law Update 2013 £25.00 Leading public law barrister Richard Clayton QC identifies and analyses the key decisions affecting local authorities in the past 18 months, including important decisions in the fields of community care, education, planning, housing, procurement and JR.
Caldicott 2: To share or not to share?
The aim of this course is to outline and explain the main recommendations on data sharing made by Dame Fiona Caldicott to enable local authorities, public and private healthcare providers and contractors to prepare for their expected implementation.
Bringing and Defending Procurement Challenges
This course revisits the first principles of current procurement law and practice and outlines the grounds for bringing challenges as well as ways that contracting authorities can defend claims and avoid them in the first place.
PF2: A new approach to public partnerships
The government claims that the PF2 scheme address the perceived deficiencies of PFI. This course outlines the main provisions of PF2 and compares the respective contract structures of the PFI and PF2 regimes, highlighting the major differences between the
The Social Value Act
This course outlines and explains the aims and provisions of the The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 and its practical application to public sector procurement.

All courses are CPD-qualifying. Your first course is FREE.

Departmental subscriptions from £495 + VAT for 12 months unlimited access. Click here for details.

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Adult Social Services: Best interests and moving into residential care A High Court judge recently concluded that the best interests of an autistic man dictated that he move into residential care. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street analyse the ruling.

Children's Services: 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 key guidance.

Children's Services: New term, new approach A recent Upper Tribunal ruling has set out a new approach to social care costs in SEN appeals. Paul Greatorex explains its likely impact.

Employment: Let's get together! The merger of Local Government Pension Scheme funds presents a number of challenges, writes John Hanratty.

Governance: What is a 'public authority' for the purposes of environmental information? The Advocate-General has issued an opinion on the notion of a 'public authority' that has relevance beyond the immediate environmental case at hand, writes Rosalind English.

Housing: Eviction of homeless applicants accommodated pending inquiries Do the decisions in Manek and Desnousse continue to bind the Court of Appeal in the light of the Supreme Court rulings in Pinnock and PowellVaughan Jacob reports on the Court of Appeal's conclusion.

Licensing: Challenges to decisions to prosecute Only in exceptional cases should magistrates' courts stay criminal proceedings to allow challenges to the decision to prosecute, the Divisional Court has ruled. David Lamming analyses the case.

Litigation: What are witness statements for? Gordon Exall looks a recent case and other useful guidance available to those drafting witness statements.

Planning: 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.

Procurement: State aid update: European Commission proposes exempting further categories of aid Brussels plans to exempt a further seven categories of aid under the General Block Exemption Regulation. Matthew O'Regan and John Houlden examine the detail.

Property: Abolition of conservation area consent Richard Harwood QC sets out how the Government has approached the abolition of conservation area consent, which will become effective in England from 1 October.

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.

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