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ProjectsCouncil to back officers in bringing defamation claims against members Special meeting agrees to provide indemnity and support as long-running dispute continues

Council loses Supreme Court appeal over disclosure of equal pay data Local authority concerned that release of data would have identified individual employees

Enforcement boost as council wins Supreme Court food labelling battle Dispute over approach that should be taken on 'use-by' dates

Barristers to be able to conduct litigation from January 2014 Changes to Bar Standards Board Code of Conduct win approval

MoJ to tighten test for standing in judicial review cases: report The Times says ministers looking to require claimants to have direct link to decision or policy, not just "sufficient interest" as now

Manchester United concern after Old Trafford listed as asset of community value Football club calls for statutory review, expresses concern that legislation not being applied correctly

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DON'T DELAY, APPLY TODAY: HB Public Law, the innovative shared legal service, has eight jobs across a range of practice areas and levels of seniority (including Team Leader for Adults & Litigation and Senior Lawyer - Contracts, Procurement & Information). Also making multiple hirings is Portsmouth City Council - it is bolstering its Commercial, Procurement and Projects team with a Principal Lawyer (to £52,509 pa), Senior Lawyer and Assistant Lawyer. There also roles for Senior Property Lawyer and Assistant Property Lawyer. The closing date meanwhile for the varied and interesting role of Senior Solicitor - Commercial Property (to £41,616 pa) at Sandwell is a week today (9 August). 

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Council wins High Court battle over cuts to services at local hospital Judge rules that Secretary of State and trust special administrator went beyond their powers

Charitable trust claimed to be largest public sector mutual in local government New trust - backed by council council - will be fully operational in September and provide services to schools 

Integrated transport authority backs consultation on quality contracts scheme Would be first area outside London to implement QCS since deregulation in 1980s

Claimants lose judicial review over housing benefit and spare bedrooms Reforms were discriminatory but could be justified, says High Court. Lawyers for claimants vow to appeal

LGO raps council after woman waits two years for complaint to be investigated Ombudsman urges council to conduct a "root and branch" review of its statutory complaints process

Council to backdate allowances for 340 carers after Ombudsman investigation Complainant aunt will receive more than £10,000 alone

Legal Services Board gives final approval to QASA advocacy scheme

Lottery winner ordered to pay back £26k to council over benefit claims

Convicted car dealer given extra 11 months imprisonment for hiding assets

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NoonGoing spare?
The High Court has handed down its much-anticipated ruling in the judicial review over changes to housing benefit regulations and the introduction of the so-called 'bedroom tax'. Jonathan Manning, who appeared for Birmingham City Council, explains the judgment.

Local authorities and freeing orders
Hayley Waine looks at the key issues for local authorities in relation to freeing orders, following a key High Court ruling last year.

Disclosure and redaction: life after Dunn v Durham
Garry Dover
and Jonathan Clay look at the key lessons for local authorities from a Court of Appeal ruling on document disclosure in civil litigation.

Town and village greens - will the gaps in the system be plugged?
Antonia Murillo looks at town and village greens in the context of planning applications and what constitutes a development plan document.

Demolition trouble
The risks attending those who alter buildings extensively without the benefit of planning permission have just been thrown into sharp relief by a Court of Appeal ruling. Harriet Townsend analyses the judgment.

Asserting public highway rights
Alan Timms reviews the issues raised and the relevant caselaw when it comes to the assertion of public highway rights by authorities.

The new policing system - transfer schemes
In the second in a four-part series on the new policing system, Frances Woodhead looks at schemes to transfer staff and assets.

LGL in figures - unique visitors in June 2013: 22,264 (up 44% on June 2012).

New courses on Local Government Law TV

Name Price (ex-VAT)   Description
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? £50.00
You Save: 50.00%
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.

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

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

The latest blogs...
Welcome to the 2014 review of the Planning Act - in 2013 by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the forthcoming '2014 review' of the Planning Act 2008 consenting regime.

Snap judgement: How safe is your organisation's data?

  • Safe as houses - our procedures are watertight
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  • Dangerously exposed

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Adult Social Services: The Care Bill 2013 and adult social care The Care Bill 2013 will have a major impact on the work of local authorities and health bodies. Susan Thompson considers the reforms to adult social care law.

Children's Services: Out of harm's way Hard cases may make bad law, but in the case of Re B (A Child), unusual circumstances have led to the Supreme Court to provide some extremely helpful guidance on a range of child protection issues, writes Cherry Harding.

Employment: I Spy? Covert monitoring of employees Covert monitoring of employees is always a tricky area. Sarah Lamont and Sarah Maddock look at the key considerations for public bodies, in the light of a recent EAT ruling.

Governance: When an expectation becomes legitimate A High Court ruling on a claim from a group of police officers has emphasised how public bodies need to take on board the doctrine of legitimate expectation, writes Nicholas Dobson.

Housing: Re-allocating housing stock The Court of Appeal has given guidance on possession orders requiring suitable alternative accommodation to be provided. Jack Parker reports.

Licensing: The amended Home Office guidance under the Licensing Act Andy Woods reports on the Home Office's new amended guidance under s. 182 of the Licensing Act 2003.

Litigation: Interim accommodation, Article 8 and possession The Court of Appeal has concluded that Article 8 of the ECHR does not require possession proceedings in respect of interim temporary accommodation. Matt Hutchings and Jennifer Oscroft consider the judgment.

Planning: Time ticks away Martin Goodall looks at the lessons to be learned by local authorities from a case where an enforcement notice served out of time was quashed.

Procurement: Keeping a close eye on the detail of procurement claims A recent case involving a city council shows that there is great pressure on unsuccessful bidders to describe their claims accurately, say John Houlden and Michael Barlow.

Procurement: Putting assets in the right place In the first of a four-part series on the new policing system, Nigel Sternberg looks at the impact on ICT and commercial agreements.

Projects: A question of integrity Gordon Nardell QC examines the latest case in which the Court of Justice of the European Union analysed the integrity test under the Habitats Directive.

Property: This little piggy.... Rebecca Wakefield assesses the latest Government scheme designed to accelerate the release of public sector land to the market.

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