Editor's blog: Soft shoe shuffle
The focus during any reshuffle in government is unsurprisingly on the winners and losers at Cabinet level. So the continued presence of Eric Pickles as Communities Secretary would suggest little change in the overall direction for local government. But sometimes the real impact of a reshuffle is on the tiers below. Read more...
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Developer takes borough to High Court over restrictions on retail park use Council refuses to lift conditions but Peel Holdings claims that cumulative effect of planning permissions means it is no longer bound
MoJ urges agencies to co-operate as new squatting offence comes into force Guidance issued over criminal offence of squatting in residential building. But see also: Legal challenge launched over anti-squatting legislation
Directors of Children's Services fear shift in tone in guidance on safeguarding Concerns that changes could see narrow focus on local authorities and social workers
Cabinet Office claims progress in negotiations over EU procurement reforms National oversight bodies plan scrapped, while proposals for mandatory division into lots for SMEs watered down
Teachers take legal action after being left in limbo when free school opened Dispute between council and free school over who was responsible for staff from two closed schools sees union bring action
TPP Law to use alternative business structure to help expansion Managing Director Mark Johnson also targets greater market share through collaboration
Costs protection for environmental JRs likely in December 2012 Change from original proposals means application of regime not dependent on permission having been granted
Local authority suspends street entertainment policy after JR launched Council insists it always intended to carry out a review
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Partnership working by authorities sees man jailed for illegal money lending Birkenhead man sentenced to 16 months' prison
Ministers urge councils to get tough on rogue landlords and "beds in sheds" Guidance sets out powers available to local authorities to deal with problem
Employers and unions back changes to Local Government Pension Scheme
Cabinet Office issues guide and clauses for tackling off-payroll contractors
Gambling Commission launches legal services tender worth up to £5m
Ombudsman raps council over SEN statement delay
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What the reshuffle means for infrastructure
by Angus Walker
Yesterday's reshuffle, supposed to be the only major one during the lifetime of this government, saw changes in all four infrastructure planning-related government departments and a new appointment from outside Parliament to lead infrastructure at the Treasury.
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Community Safety: Police security clearance and public law powers
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Housing: Attempts to prevent eviction
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