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NEWS HEADLINES

ProjectsLondon borough to review committees after senior lawyers warn on proportionality
Director of Law and external QC both conclude that report approved by members was "flawed"

Supreme Court to hear landmark case on consultation
Panel of judges to hear challenge to authority's approach to introduction of council tax reduction scheme

Deadline approaches for submissions to first Local Government Legal Awards
Awards organised by Lawyers in Local Government to celebrate outstanding achievement in range of categories

Address Seven Principles of Public Life in contracts, says standards watchdog
Committee on Standards in Public Life report says providers should be required to undertake that they have structures and arrangements in place to support this

Claimant wins case over personal injury damages and social care charging
High Court judge finds council's policy was unlawful for taking into account capital derived from personal injury settlement

Council wins injunction against telesales company that moved out of its area
Judge rejects company and director's contention that local authority had no power to take such action

Judge orders landlord to pay £200k-plus after planning breaches
Prosecution over property with 'bed in shed' and using house as a hotel without permission. See also: Reform "hugely complex" system for prosecuting rogue landlords: LGA Councils have to adhere to labyrinth of laws, says Association

DCLG to raise speed threshold for "under-performing" planning authorities
Threshold for designation to rise to 40% or fewer of decisions being made on time


Judge allows challenge to waste incinerator planning permission to go ahead
Mr Justice Collins says possible conflict of interest in defendant council's roles and contractual relationship with scheme developer "all too obvious"

DON'T MISS OUT: We have the following roles on LGL this week: LOCUM OPPORTUNITIES: There are some fantastic posts available across a range of practice areas including: Contracts and Procurement Locum, Senior Commercial Property Lawyers,  Principal Property Lawyer, Commercial Property/Regeneration LawyerHighways and Planning LawyerEducation Lawyer and Childcare Locum. To see all roles on LGL, click here.
MORE NEWS STORIES....

LGA calls for Land Registry local land charges takeover plan to be axed
Proposal for Infrastructure Bill should be halted until an independent review of the concept can take place, say council chiefs. See also: Land Registry to pursue local land charges role despite major opposition 95% of respondents to consultation said move should not go ahead

DfE issues new code of practice for special educational needs and disabilities
Statutory guidance for organisations working with individuals from 0 to 25 years under revised system

CCG amends involvement strategy as procurement judicial review withdrawn
Clinical commissioning group agrees to amend patient and public involvement strategy and other documents

City of London to introduce late night levy in October
Scheme will apply to all premises in Square Mile licensed to sell alcohol between 00:01 and 06:00 hours. Discount to be offered to those meeting Safety Thirst standard

Council and NHS trust rapped over support for man with mental health needs

Council chiefs call for return of powers over schools


Man jailed for money laundering offences after first gambling den prosecution

Forced marriage now a crime as legislation takes effect


Consortium of housing associations names law firms to legal services panels

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonLate 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.


New courses on Local Government Law TV

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The Social Value Act and the New EU Procurement Directives £25.00 This course deals with two topical issues for procurement professionals - the changes brought about by the new European Procurement Directives and the operation of the Public Services (Social Value) Act.

Departmental subscriptions from £249 + VAT for 12 months unlimited access (LLG members). Click here for details.


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

Government consents second giant wind farm

Highways take driving seat in Infrastructure Bill debate

Snap judgement: Will the SRA's decision to remove the 16 hour minimum training requirement...?

...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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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.

Adult Social Services: Article 8 and specific care needs
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that a disabled applicant was not entitled under Article 8 to specific care needs. Rosalind English examines the judgment.

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: 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.

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.

Employment: Late concessions of liability
In the light of a recent employment tribunal equal pay case, Joanne Oliver considers the costs risks of conceding liability late in the day.

Governance: Legal professional privilege and the EIRs
Robin Hopkins analyses a recent Upper Tribunal ruling on the interplay between legal professional privilege and the Environmental Information Regulations.

Housing: Council tax liability and void properties
Andrew Lane looks at a key ruling for housing associations in relation to void periods and council tax liability.

Licensing: Primary gambling activity: the FTT view
In an important decision that will impact on all betting premises licence applications the First-Tier Tribunal has given a long-awaited ruling on the meaning of 'primary gambling activity'. Gerald Gouriet QC and George Mackenzie analyse the judgment.

Litigation: Time to think
You can agree to extend time now - but should you agree to extensions? Gordon Exall analyses the key issues for litigators.

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: Biodiversity offsetting in action
Stephen Tromans QC highlights an example of how biodiversity offsetting can work in practice.

Procurement: Procurement challenges - two bites at the cherry?
Jenny Beresford-Jones examines an Italian case on the time periods for bringing a procurement challenge.

Projects: State aid and the revised General Block Exemption Regulation
The revised General Block Exemption Regulation opens up a range of possibilities for authorities when it comes to state aid, write Jonathan Branton and Jay Mehta.

Property: Rent payments and administration expenses
The Court of Appeal has altered its approach to rent being payable as an administration expense. Naomi Chesterman reports.
 

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