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ProjectsCouncil ordered to fund support for disabled Roma boy when outside area County council warns of "huge implications" for local authorities from High Court judgment

Housing association secures ASB injunction at Court of Appeal District judge had refused application, but his ruling on disability-related grounds was found to be vitiated by a number of legal errors

Allotment tenants launch judicial review over proposed rent hikes Council vows to defend legal action "robustly"

Employers must not 'rubber stamp' opinion of health adviser on disability Court of Appeal warning in case involving claim against a local authority

Home Office to review legal highs, issues guidance on tackling 'head shops' Guidance issued after number of authorities expressed concern about shops causing increases in anti-social behaviour and health problems

Government to intervene if councils "fail to take extremism seriously" Delivery of 'Prevent' strategy and 'Channel' programme to be made a legal requirement; also consideration to be given to new civil powers similar to revised ASB powers

Care applications fall 15% for November compared to 2012: Cafcass Lowest number for month of November since 2009

Government to legislate for abolition of PQQs on low-value contracts Range of measures to make public sector procurement more accessible to SMEs


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Government to fund 270 local government fraud investigators DCLG to make £16.6m available as Government confirms Single Fraud Investigation Service will launch in 2014

Transparency code to be mandatory for councils above £6.5m threshold New requirements on issues such as car parking charges, trade union 'facility time', and contracts and tenders

Consultation launched on less 'heavy-handed' parking enforcement DfT and DCLG consult on revising guidance for local authorities, limits to use of CCTV

Authorities "need to do more" about disability-related harassment Report by Equality and Human Rights Commission does acknowledge progress being made on implementing recommendations

Couple to be able to marry in Scientology church after Supreme Court win

Borough claims first after salon owner pleads guilty over sunbed test purchase

Highways Agency names two law firms to £1.5m conveyancing contract

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NoonHow to succeed in Competitive Dialogue
What are the key issues that contracting authorities should bear in mind when looking to achieve a successful and efficient procurement using competitive dialogue? Craig Griffiths explains.

Settlement agreements and the risk of accidental contracts
Graham Richardson looks at the practical lessons to be learned by public bodies from a High Court decision on pre-contract negotiations, and analyses the new legislative approach to settlement agreements.

Changes to defamation law from 1 January 2014
Wesley O'Brien looks at the key provisions in the Defamation Act 2013 for entities that provide public services or perform public functions and who are seeking to protect their own reputation or that of officers and employees, and also for those organisations who receive a defamation claim.

The Court of Protection and declarations of capacity
When should the Court of Protection decline to make a declaration as to capacity? The CoP team at 39 Essex Street report on an important ruling.

A matter of policy
A High Court judge has ruled as to which licensing policy applies if a new policy is issued after the date when the application is made but before the date of the hearing by the licensing sub-committee or the Magistrates' Court on appeal. Philip Kolvin QC explains the ruling.

Consent orders and school exclusions
The High Court has provided useful guidance on settlement of school exclusion cases where all parties are agreed on the desired outcome. Alexander Campbell analyses the judgment.

The Supreme Court on "prohibitively expensive" costs: Aarhus again
David Hart QC looks at the latest Supreme Court ruling in a long-running case on the costs of environmental litigation.

Rescues, restructuring and state aid
Alex Kynoch highlights the key issues from a European Commission consultation on guidelines for state aid and rescues of 'non-financial' undertakings.

Latest courses on Local Government Law TV

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Procurement Challenges – Tactics, Timings and Remedies £25.00 This course outlines the main reasons for challenges to procurement decisions, the procedures which must be followed, the sanctions and remedies available and provides tips for contracting authorities on how best to respond to - and prevent - challenges.
Managing Evaluation and Post Contract Changes £25.00 This course analyses how the new EU Procurement Directives will change the way that public tenders are evaluated and post-contract changes enacted when the regime - expected by 2015 - is put into place.
The New EU Procurement Directives £25.00 This course analyses the provisions of the new EU Procurement Directives and assesses how - and when - they will affect contracting authorities. It also examines the main procedures that will be available to contracting authorities under the new regime.
An Introduction to the Data Protection Act 1998 £25.00 This course provides an introduction to the main provisions of the Data Protection Act, outlines and examines the main principles of the Act and its definitions and explains how its provisions are applied in practical situations.
Tenants in Trouble £25.00 This course sets out the remedies open to public sector landlords when faced with commercial tenants in rent arrears or other breaches of their lease conditions and provides practical advice on when they are suitable and how they should be exercised.

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Autumn Statement nearly echoes National Infrastructure Plan by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the implications of the Autumn Statement for infrastructure, plus a bit on Hinkley Point C.

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Adult Social Services: Clarifying entitlement to community care and health services
Will recent guidance on identifying ordinary residence ease the burden on local authorities? David Lawson explores its impact. 

Children's Services: No educational funding for care leaver
Legal actions over local authorities' refusal to fund education for care leavers after 21 are increasing following the Kebede case. Bryan McGuire QC looks at the latest High Court ruling.

Employment: Whistleblowing: a disclosure culture in the workplace
A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal case considered the circumstances in which a failure to act could be seen as 'subjecting' a whistleblowing employee to a detriment. Bettina Rigg analyses the case.

Governance: Competence power strays into Harrogate and Convention Rights....
The general power of competence is back in the news thanks to a High Court case on its application and the DCLG consulting on Harrogate Council's proposed use of it to stage the Tour de France. Nicholas Dobson reviews developments.

Healthcare: The Integration Transformation Fund - key issues for local authorities
There is a huge amount for local authorities and CCGs to do when it comes to the Integration Transformation Fund. John ChapmanOlwen DuttonDavid Owens and Madeline Moore look at the task at hand for councils.

Housing: Tenancy agreements and gang membership
Sarah Mansfield considers how tenancy agreements can be amended to prevent tenants being members of a gang.

Licensing: Black cab licences and the fit and proper test
The Administrative Court recently upheld a taxi driver's appeal against the refusal of a black cab licence. Matthew Paul explains why.

Litigation: One law firm's mistake becomes a grave lesson for litigators
A Court of Appeal ruling in litigation arising out of the 'plebgate' affair puts into stark relief the need to comply with new court rules on costs. Gwendoline Davies and Sue Harris analyse the ruling.

Planning: To permit or not to permit?
John Pugh-Smith addresses the knotty question of whether permitted development rights are conferred on houses in multiple occupation or not.

Planning: Pushed to the limit
The Court of Appeal has ruled that the time limits in s. 171B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 are not incompatible with the Environmental Impact Assesment Directive. Mary Cook explains the ruling.

Procurement: In a spin about procurement
Michael Mousdale looks at the new EU directive on public procurement, the Teckal exemption, spinouts and public service mutuals.

Projects: A huge day for infrastructure planning
Angus Walker reports on three significant developments affecting the Planning Act 2008 regime for nationally significant infrastructure. 

Property: Field of dreams?
The Court of Appeal has handed down an important ruling on the powers available to councils to sell allotments. Estelle Dehon and Emma Dring explain the judgment.

Regulatory: Urgent injunctive relief and the giving of notice to local authorities
A recent High Court ruling gives comfort to local authorities in cases where another party seeks urgent injunctive relief without giving any or any adequate prior notice. Isabella Tafur and David Matthias QC explain why.

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