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ProjectsBarnet defeats Court of Appeal challenge to outsourcing programme Judges uphold High Court ruling that claim was brought out of time. See also: Barnet inks contracts with Capita for major outsourcing programme

Prepare now for modernisation of EU procurement rules, says Cabinet Office Report on agreement reached by EU Council, Commission and Parliament. Policy note includes summary of key measures

Pickles admits allotment land development decision was unlawful Allotment holders had challenged grant of consent under 1925 Act

Council changes mind on appealing High Court parking charges ruling Local authority will now refund residents

Housing association group puts £8m in legal work up for grabs Group manages 65,000 homes and provides services for 300,000 people

Council suspends chief exec pending disciplinary investigation Move follows independent review of tender process for contract to run fleet services

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Council to set up £1.5m panel of solicitors advising tenants on regeneration Lawyers will advise residents, tenants, leaseholders and freeholders affected by Earl's Court scheme

Council rows back from JR of academy formed by merger of primary and private schools Cabinet says it took decision "very reluctantly"

Commissioning of home care fuels use of zero hours contracts, says union See also: Legal action launched over use of zero hours contracts

DCLG to publish new guidance on renting driveways and planning permission

DCLG launches consultation on extension to permitted development rights

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NoonCharging for parking - and for other services
In the light of Barnet Council losing a High Court case over its parking charges, Graeme Creer considers the legal background to local authorities charging for services.

What the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 means in practice
Byron Britton previews the imminent coming into force of new legislation aimed at tackling social housing fraud.

The curious case of losing, rather than gaining, pounds from ice cream
An ice cream seller's long-running battle with a unitary council over the need for a street trading consent has some important lessons for local authorities, writes Andrew Lawson.

Costs consequences
Stephen Jarmain examines the first reported decision in which a local authority has been ordered to pay costs in a private law case despite not having been a party to proceedings.

Small council, big burden
Is the size of the organisation relevant to whether a freedom of information request is vexatious? Jon Baines reviews a recent ruling of the First-tier Triburnal relating to a parish council.

A gritty tale
A Scottish court has recently considered the extent of a bidder's knowledge of a breach and when the clock started to tick for bringing a procurement claim. Jenny Beresford-Jones analyses the ruling.

Misconceived employment claims and costs awards
Mark Hammerton reports on a case involving a council where a huge costs award was made by the EAT against an unrepresented claimant of little means, despite the absence of a costs warning.

The new policing system - land and property arrangements
In the third in a four-part series on the new policing system, Frances Woodhead looks at land and property arrangements.

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EU recommends planning changes as UK lags in renewable energy by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the European Union's critique of the United Kingdom economy as it relates to infrastructure planning.

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Adult Social Services: The scope of section 117 after-care and accommodation The High Court has recently looked again at the scope of s. 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Lee Parkhill examines the decision.

Children's Services: 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.

Employment: 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.

Governance: 'Your council's Cabinet' - filming Cabinet meetings and other diversions Graeme Creer casts a critical eye over the Government's new guide on attending - and filming - council meetings as well as obtaining documents.

Housing: Going 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.

Licensing: Interim steps and a human touch A High Court judge has ruled that interim steps remain in force pending an appeal. Rory Clarke reports on a key judgment for licensing lawyers.

Litigation: 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.

Planning: 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.

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.

Projects: The end of PFI, the beginning of PF2 Rob Hann looks at the latest developments in relation to PF2 and what it means for local authorities and other public bodies.

Property: 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.

Transport: 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.

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