Unions lodge dispute with employers over failure to make pay offer But Local Government Employers criticise move as premature
Revised Public Law Outline to be finalised on 3 March: Munby President of Family Division provides update on progress, transparency, bundles and the latest judgments
Supreme Court to hear case on council tax reductions and consultation
Case involved scope of consultation run by London borough prior to introduction of scheme in April 2013
Caerphilly head of legal reported for summons as top officers charged Chief executive and assistant chief executive charged with offence of misconduct in public office
Chief executive steps aside pending police investigation Mutual agreement not to undertake duties until policy enquiries are concluded
Judge orders fresh decision over property and care home fee payment Council had reversed previous decision to disregard home owned by mother of 67-year-old claimant
Mystery shopper service to conduct spot checks of procurement processes Checks to be carried across public sector as remit extended. See also: Cabinet Office clarifies role of procurement process in tax compliance
Spare room loophole sees 3,000 eligible for rebate in West Midlands Grant Thornton report meanwhile warns that councils are struggling to grapple with welfare reform
Court of Appeal upholds refusal of sexual entertainment venue licence Sub-committee had refused to renew licence for lap-dancing club
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Sanctuary secures landmark loan from European Investment Bank First time UK housing association has secured direct loan from EIB
Police reinstate Twitter account of inspector who blogs on mental health Officer accepts informal advice after account was suspended during investigation into alleged inappropriate use
London borough hails success of 'key amnesty' in tackling illegal subletting 26 homes have been recovered
Welsh authority hands school closure decisions to full council Decision to use new regulations and remove decisions from executive
Orders laid in Parliament for Liverpool City Region combined authority
Legal action looms over permission for cycle track at nature reserve
Trading Standards prosecution sees 14 jailed for Sky telesales scam
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When is a bedroom not a bedroom?
Alexander Campbell charts the latest developments over when a room is a bedroom for the purposes of the 'spare room subsidy' or 'bedroom tax'.
Legal highs and injunctions
Can civil enforcement powers provide a solution to controlling – not stopping – the sale of legal highs? Alan Conroy explains.
Searching for an answer
The First-tier Tribunal has referred key questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union on the ability of local authorities to charge for providing property search information. Robin Hopkins explains why.
The Court of Appeal on wind turbines and heritage assets
The Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal over the quashing of a planning inspector’s decision in relation to wind turbines. Morag Ellis QC explains why it is an important ruling
Stuart Marchant and Jane Bennett look at who is responsible for commissioning and funding mental health aftercare.
Primary gambling activity and licence applications
Gerald Gouriet QC and George Mackenzie report on the outcome of a keenly-awaited High Court hearing on the question of 'primary gambling activity'.
Modernising state aid rules
The European Commission has taken further steps to modernise the application of the State aid rules. Matthew O’Regan and John Houlden analyse the reforms
Local authorities, HS2 and judicial reviews
Tom Collins looks at the Supreme Court's ruling in the HS2 case and considers recent developments in relation to the ability of councils to bring judicial review proceedings.
All change in the publication of CoP judgments
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street look at the key points arising from the President of the CoP's recent guidance on transparency and the publication of judgments.
Landlords, property defects and personal injury
Landlords should welcome two recent County Court rulings on property defects, writes Peter Wake.
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Local authority charging for NSIP advice by Angus Walker
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Adult Social Services: The CQC reports on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street
look at the Care Quality Commission’s report on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards for the year 2012/13.
Children: Pre-proceedings process and the Public Law Outline
of Essex Legal Services looks at the pre-proceedings process, the Public Law Outline and what local authorities need to do.
Employment: Expiry of fixed term contracts and collective redundancy consultation
A Scottish court has found that the expiry of fixed term contracts did not count for collective redundancy consultation purposes. Simon Lambert
analyses the ruling.
Governance: The Mayor of London and TfL adverts: not so proud
looks at the recent Court of Appeal ruling which could see London Mayor Boris Johnson joined to proceedings over the pulling of a bus advert put together by a Christian charity.
Housing: Interim Possession Orders – the overlooked tool?
looks at the potential use of interim possession orders to tackle squatting in commercial premises.
Litigation: All you ever wanted to know about pothole claims
provides an easy reference good practice guide to dealing effectively with claims caused by potholes.
Planning: Action stations
Local residents have failed in a High Court challenge to a waste transfer station. Paul Shadarevian
and Clare Parry
Procurement: Digital by default: Key considerations
sets out the key issues that local authorities need to consider in developing websites/mobile applications.
Procurement: State aid – the new de minimis regulation
The European Commission last month adopted a revised de minimis regulation for state aid. George Peretz
summarises the key changes.
Projects: Savings plan
The Government has recently relaunched its initiative to make savings in existing PFI and PPP contracts. Mark Gumbley
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Property: Occupiers, duties of care and employees of contractors
Judgment has been handed down in a High Court case of great significance to occupiers. Nicholas Thorne
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