Editor's blog: Adding up the bill
Media coverage of the Government's Caring for our future: reforming care and support
White Paper was always going to zoom in on the central question of how the adult care system will be funded in future. But this should not overshadow other important developments such as the draft Bill published at the same time. Read more...
New timing for the newsletter: We have decided that, for a trial period, we will start sending each issue out in the first half of each week, rather than Fridays. Today's bumper issue has articles on collateral challenges, mutuals and social housing, contract delivery, Zambrano carers, the deprivations of liberty and much more.
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Supreme Court to consider extent of 'non-delegable' duty owed by councils Highest court will examine extent of duty owed by authorities when outsourcing services
Education and children's services now no. 1 source of complaints to LGO Category takes over top slot from housing. Complaints in relation to adult care increase significantly for second year running
Competition breach sees council-owned bus company pay exemplary damages Competition Appeal Tribunal orders Cardiff Bus to pay out nearly £100,000, but claimant had been seeking £50m
Joint action by councils sees landlord fined £310k for planning breaches Defendant had created 28 flats in four houses, in breach of planning regulations
Camden Council wins first stage in appeal over "squatters' roadmap" FOI case Case about disclosing list of empty properties will now be reheard by differently-constituted tribunal
Brussels kicks off review of general block exemption regulation GBER Is one of few potential reliefs that local authorities can rely on to avoid falling foul of state aid regulations
HSE fires warning as council told to pay £100,000 for gas safety failings London borough pleads guilty to nine breaches in relation to lapsed checks. Fourteen other breaches also taken into consideration
ICO publishes guide to applying Environmental Information Regulations Watchdog publishes guidance after receiving hundreds of complaints about public authorities' application of EIR in last year
NHS trust ends appeal over record fine for data breach and pays up Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust ends threatened legal challenge to ICO penalty
NHS trust becomes fifth health body in three months to get hefty ICO fine St George's fined £60,000 after sensitive information about vulnerable person sent to wrong address on two occasions
Multi-agency arrangements for child protection to face no-notice inspections Scrutiny to extend beyond local authorities to health, police, probation and other services. Ofsted also to consult on new inspection regime of services for looked after children
Funding concerns remain as adult care white paper published Draft Care and Support Bill to consolidate adult care laws into a single statute
Council to put majority of new tenants on five-year fixed term Most under-25s will see tenancy reviewed after two years, care leavers to be given five years
Social landlords "faced 300,000 anti-social behaviour cases in 2011/12" Benchmarking data suggests total cost of tackling issue is more than £300m a year but probably a lot higher
Businesses end judicial review over Olympics traffic regulations
Minicab firm loses JR challenge over bus lane policy in London
Council rapped for failure to give full remedy to overcharged taxi drivers
Residents lose JR over air defence missiles on tower block
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New articles on Local Government Lawyer
Casino licensing and collateral challenges
A decision from the High Court has wide significance in relation to later challenges to licence grants through the medium of statutory reviews, writes Philip Kolvin QC. The judgment is of importance to public lawyers generally.
The role of mutuals in social housing
Mike Gaskell examines the place of mutuals in the social housing field and reports on his firm's involvement with setting up the novel Rochdale Boroughwide Housing structure.
The show must go on
What can you do when a contractor is unable to deliver? Emily Heard and Laura Brealey look at the options available to public authorities.
The LIBOR affair and local authorities
The revelations over LIBOR have dominated the front pages in recent weeks. But what are the potential consequences for local authorities? Emily Heard, Peter Keith-Lucas and Patrick Holmes explain.
Zambrano carers and their eligibility - a provisional solution
The ECJ decision in Zambrano is significant in how it impacts upon applications under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996. Donald Broatch reports on a recent County Court judgment and sets out the approach authorities should take ahead of a possible Court of Appeal ruling.
Emergency ahead! Works in progress
Michael Salau reports on a significant ruling for local authorities seeking to persuade owners of derelict buildings to carry out repair works.
On your guard
Are problems emerging with how the deprivation of liberty safeguards operate? Lucy Series sets out ten signs of trouble with the regime.
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street report on the recent high-profile case over whether it was in the best interests for a 32-year-old woman with anorexia to be fed against her wishes.
All mapped out?
Camden Council has successfully overturned the controversial "squatters' roadmap" decison on appeal to the Upper Tribunal. Anya Proops examines the ruling, which means the case will be remitted to a differently-constituted tribunal.
Band on the run
Can the Community Infrastructure Levy be used to fund broadband? Malcolm Dowden examines the possibilities.
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Writing on the Audit Wall
by Nicholas Dobson
If the original 'writing on the wall' noted in the biblical Book of Daniel charted the imminent Babylonian demise, the August 2010 writing on the newsroom wall of the DCLG by Eric Pickles did much the same for the Audit Commission.
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Adult Social Services: The responsibilities of Approved Mental Health Practitioners
The High Court has confirmed the limits to the responsibilities of Approved Mental Health Practitioners, write Jill Mason
and Lucy Johnston
Children's Services: Exclusion zone Satnam Virdi
examines new statutory guidance issued by the Department for Education that will apply to school exclusions from 1 September 2012.
Community Safety: To RIPA or not to RIPA
The days of local authorities being able to use surveillance powers to tackle dog fouling and littering offences will soon be over. Ibrahim Hasan
looks at what happens next.
Employment: The Public Sector Equality Duty - change for the Equality Act?
The Government has recently announced proposals to reform a number of aspects of the Equality Act, including the public sector equality duty. Graham Richardson
considers the potential impact of these changes for employers.
Governance: FOI under scrutiny
What changes will the post-legislative scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act bring? Ibrahim Hasan
considers the most likely recommendations.
Healthcare: Public law and employment disputes Rosalind English
reports on a case where the High Court rapped a NHS trust on the knuckles for refusing to reinstate a union activist.
Housing: Sizing up equality Ken Slade
and Morris Hill
examine the impact on the disabled of the Court of Appeal's decision in the Burnip
housing benefit case.
Licensing: Is there a better way? Paddy Whur
looks at the frustration felt by a local authority when it was faced with its inability to defend its own decision to refuse the grant of a betting premises licence under the Gambling Act 2005.
Litigation: 99 problems....illegal ice cream trading and injunctions Adam Blenkinsop
and Katy Kidd
report on Lambeth Council's recent success in obtaining injunctions against unlicensed ice cream traders in London's South Bank, and outline the legal framework for local authorities bringing such actions.
Planning: Injunctions: a no-brainer? Local authorities should consider making greater use of injunctions to ensure compliance with planning and environmental laws, argues Jack Smyth.
Procurement: Express delivery John Randall QC
examines the interaction between repudiation at common law and express termination clauses and explores the advantages of each route.
Projects: Recipes for a lean future RIchard Craven
and Wisham Sirham
examine the new approach to public sector construction recommended by a Government task group.
Property: Seeing reason
A recent Upper Tribunal ruling in a service charge dispute has implications for all cases before the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal, writes James Fieldsend
Regulatory: Calling time on benefit fraud Ian de Prez
analyses a particular problem that can arise in some of the benefit fraud cases which inevitably form part of the caseload of a prosecuting lawyer working for a district or unitary council.
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