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The closing date for the following roles at Kent Legal Services is today (20 March):  Lawyer - Planning and Highways, Lawyer - Employment and Education, and Lawyer - Contracts and Procurement. Kent is also looking for Solicitors/Barristers - Social Services (to £55,591; closing: 3 April).

NEWS HEADLINES

Supreme Court quashes council decision over offer to homeless mother of housing 50 miles away
Judges unanimously uphold appeal by mother of five over London borough’s offer of accommodation 50 miles away near Milton Keynes. Council argued that it had discharged its duty when she turned housing down

Councils agree action plan for waste partnership after reports on £2.8m overspend and procurement breaches
Action plan to improve governance and financial management after reports into overspend and breaches of legal requirements in relation to tendering of vehicle hire business contracts

Judge hits out at Court of Appeal over order in deprivation of liberty case
High Court judge accuses Court of Appeal of apparently taking a “procedurally impermissible route” and making a consent order that was ultra vires, in legal proceedings over whether woman looked after at home had been deprived of her liberty

Budget 2015: key policy decisions by practice area
Local Government Lawyer sets out some of the key policy decisions in the Budget announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. See also: Budget 2015: reaction from the sector

Leisure services provider and council settle dispute over £120m procurement
Dispute over award of concession contract ends after pre-trial mediation

Council loses Supreme Court appeal in rights of way battle with trail riders
Court rejects – by a 3-2 majority – county council’s appeal over whether applications by motorcyclists to upgrade rights of way complied with relevant statutory requirements


Supreme Court to hear battle among councils over 'ordinary residence'
Dspute involving four local authorities over the ‘ordinary residence’ of severely disabled person lacking capacity

DCLG in guide for housing officers on tackling bad practice in rented sector
Government publishes guidance for local authority housing officers on how effectively to tackle bad practice in the private rented sector and build cases for prosecution. See also: DCLG issues best practice guide on enforcement of new licensing regime for mobile home sites

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MORE NEWS STORIES....

Consultant drops multi-million pound claim against council over waste project
Proceedings against Scottish council over waste management project and 'gain share' payments ended just weeks before case was due to go to trial


Supreme Court - by majority - finds benefit cap regulations were lawful
2012 regulations implementing ‘benefit cap’ found to be lawful despite the fact that it affects more women than men. But majority of judges criticise failure to meet UN convention on rights of child


HSE prepares ground for legal services contract worth up to £4.5m
Health and Safety Executive issues prior information notice in relation to establishment of framework agreement for provision of enforcement legal services


Council loses High Court battle over siting of rail freight interchange
Local authority challenged Communities Secretary’s decision to grant planning permission for strategic rail freight interchange in its area

DCLG mulls rise in borrowing capacity of stock transfer housing associations
Government consults on how to increase borrowing capacity of housing associations in relation to valuation of properties transferred from local authorities


Supreme Court to rule next week on appeal by council over costs in care case
Local authority will find out next week whether it has won its appeal to the Supreme Court over ruling that it should pay father’s appeal costs in care proceedings


Supreme Court to hear disability living allowance and hospital stays case

Housing association names eight law firms to legal services panel


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Achieving Better Ethics Across Public Service Provision £25.00 David Prince CBE, independent member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, outlines his organisation's proposals for ensuring that outsourced providers of public services are subject to the same ethical standards as public sector organisations.
Procurement and State Aid Reforms – The Commercial Impact £25.00 This course investigates how the new procurement rules and changes to the state aid regime will practically affect local authorities investors in public service delivery, trade in services or generally act as a catalyst in economic development.
 

New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonAn Inspector Calls (it wrong)
Sue Chadwick analyses a spate of recent rulings where judges have criticised planning inspectors' decisions.

Neary 2? Making Article 5(4) real
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers report on a "vitally important" ruling in relation to deprivations of liberty and the role of local authorities and other participants such as IMCAs and RPRs.

Sticking point
The Court of Appeal has upheld a council's appeal against a first instance ruling in favour of a personal injury claimant in a case where the local authority failed to carry out a risk assessment. Robin Churchill explains the judgment.

Commencing criminal proceedings correctly
All criminal cases begin in the magistrates' court however serious the offence. The LexisPSL Corporate Crime team set out the correct steps that need to be taken when commencing proceedings in these ways.

The Home Office and summary reviews
Has the Home Office abdicated responsibility on giving guidance on summary/expedited reviews? asks Paddy Whur.

Relevant facts and s. 191(2) Housing Act 1996
The Court of Appeal has held that a relevant fact under s.191(2) of the Housing Act 1996 had to be an existing fact and could not be a belief in the happening of a future event. David Lintott examines a council's successful appeal.

The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 and judicial review
The Government’s judicial review reforms had a troubled passage through Parliament. Now that the legislation has received Royal Assent, what will the changes mean for public bodies? Alison Oldfield and Trish D’Souza explain

Preventing child sexual abuse
In the wake of the Government announcements in response to reviews on child sexual exploitation, Olwen Dutton and Emma Godding look at the key considerations - including in relation to information-sharing - for organisations involved in child protection.

The Infrastructure Act 2015: key measures
The Infrastructure Act 2015 recently received Royal Assent. Philippa Plumtree-Varley looks at the key provisions.

Variation clauses and T&Cs
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has considered whether a variation clause in a part-time teacher's contract allowed the school to impose a unilateral change to her working hours. Simon Lambert reports on the outcome.


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The latest blogs...
Budget day compulsory purchase reform consultation launched by Angus Walker
This entry reports on a budget day consultation on reforming compulsory purchase.

Consolidated Planning Act 2008 regulations introduced
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Adult Social Services: Veracity and the need for experts
When does the court need an expert to assist as to veracity? The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers consider the lessons from a recent Family Court ruling.

Children: Child abuse inquiries - a ticking bomb
How might the Goddard Inquiry and other investigations affect councils where it is alleged that children in their area were abused? Ashley Underwood QC and Bryan McGuire QC consider the possible impact.

Employment: Defining 'establishment': the Woolworths case
In the latest stage of the Woolworths redundancy case, the Advocate General has suggested a return to a previous definition of 'Establishment'. Allison Cook considers the implications for public bodies including local authorities.

Governance: Going going gone!
It has been a long time coming but the Audit Commission will disappear at the end of the month. Melanie Carter explains the key issues raised by the replacement regime.

Governance: RIPA powers for local councils
There are three types of surveillance techniques available to local authorities under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA 2000). The LexisPSL Corporate Crime team set out how to use these powers correctly.

Governance: Going into 'purdah'
Olwen Dutton sets out some of the key issues in relation to local authority decision-making during the pre-election period.

Healthcare: The Greater Manchester health and social care deal
Last month groundbreaking plans were announced around the integration of health and social care in Greater Manchester. David Fagan looks at the legal issues that the arrangements could raise.

Healthcare: Forthcoming NHS pensions changes
In a move to bring NHS pension benefits in line with state pension age, how does the new 2015 scheme differ and how does this link with salary sacrifice arrangements? Catherine Charlton explains.

Housing: Evictions and disability discrimination defences
The Supreme Court has given guidance on the approach to be taken to a defence to a possession claim which relies on the Equality Act 2010, disability discrimination. Catherine Rowlands analyses the ruling.

Licensing: Constitution of licensing sub-committees
Roy Light highlights the dangers for local authorities that fail properly to constitute their licensing sub-committees.

Litigation: Judicial supervision and decisions of the Executive
A group of local authorities in South Yorkshire and Merseyside last month narrowly lost a Supreme Court battle over the Government's allocation of EU funds. Nicholas Dobson considers the wider lessons to be learned.

Litigation: There is no alternative
Did the Supreme Court judgment in Moseley change the principles of consultation? Richard Clayton QC analyses the impact of the ruling and subsequent court decisions.

Planning: Direct action under s. 178 TCPA
The High Court has dismissed a claim for judicial review of a decision by a local planning authority to take direct action to remove travellers from a site pursuant to s.178 TCPA 1990. David Lintott explains why.

Planning: Administration and monitoring costs in s. 106 obligations
Can authorities claim admininstration and monitoring fees as part of planning obligations? Alex Round reports on a recent High Court ruling.

Procurement: Discussion with bidders
Ruth Connorton and Victoria Fletcher look at the two procedures set out in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 which allow for discussions with bidders before the contract is awarded.

Property: Vehicular access routes over commons
The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the developers in a case about gaining vehicular access routes over statutory commons in order to enable adjacent development. Paul Wilmshurst reports.

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