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Council launches judicial review action after inspector looks to reject key plan
Durham County Council says it had "no choice" but to seek judicial review after planning inspector threatened to find the Durham County Plan unsound

Supreme Court upholds challenge to decision on intentional homelessness
Local authorities advised to review urgently their intentional homelessness decision making after Supreme Court – by 4-1 majority – allows appellant’s challenge

PIckles given knighthood and new anti-corruption role
Eric Pickles, the former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, is to be given a knighthood and a new role as anti-corruption ‘tsar’, Downing Street announces

Court of Appeal rules on vexatious and unreasonable information requests
Key ruling on scope of public authority’s power to reject request for information as ‘vexatious’ or ‘manifestly unreasonable’

Council to review policy on filming after confiscating cameras at meeting
Local authority to review its policy on members of the public filming its meetings, after controversial full council meeting at which cameras were confiscated

Crowdfunding website looks to fund public interest litigation
Judicial reviews against central and local government to be core type of case for site, says founder

Public bodies should pay costs and surcharge if decisions overturned: Law Society
Public authorities including councils should pay the costs of claimants to the legal aid fund together with a surcharge where their administrative decisions are overturned by courts and tribunals, Chancery Lane recommends

Police force fined £160k after losing DVDs of interview with abuse victim
Information Commissioner’s Office imposes £160,000 monetary penalty on police force after it lost DVDs of an interview which formed part of evidence

Council defeats second judicial review challenge to nursery education decision
High Court rejects challenge by two mothers to revisited proposal on provision of nursery education to three year olds children. Claimants had won a similar action in 2014

Court of Appeal gives reasons in Luton v Central Bedfordshire dispute
Luton Borough Council had challenged the grant of planning permission by neighbouring authority for urban extension
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Councils and housing associations see rent arrears and evictions rise
Local authorities and housing associations have seen significant rise in average rent arrears and the number of evictions is starting to rise, research by Grant Thornton reveals 

Supreme Court hears procurement challenge over tax-free childcare plans
Issues include whether there was material variation of contract with ATOS, which will deliver new scheme for National Savings & Investments

Brussels consults on effectiveness of remedies in public procurement
European Commission launches consultation aimed at evaluating effectiveness of remedies in field of public procurement

Campaigners secure legal aid for judicial review challenge to library plans
Group eyes judicial review challenge to Vale of Glamorgan Council’s plans to change the way their local library is run

Primary Authority to be simplified and extended through Enterprise Bill
Business Secretary Sajid Javid says only tiny fraction of those who could benefit from the regulatory scheme do so

Another council to tackle legal highs via public space protection order
Taunton Deane to follow lead of City of Lincoln Council and introduce PSPO banning use of legal highs in public
Browne Jacobson sees turnover rise 17% to £58.9m for 2014/15
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The Court of Protection comes of age
The Court of Appeal has issued a hugely significant ruling for all those concerned with the MCA 2005 and decision-making in relation to those who lack capacity in domains related to their care arrangements. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers reports.

Funding trading standards services
A recent judicial review application over cuts to a local authority’s trading standards team highlights the need to examine funding structures, writes Melissa Dring of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.
Vexed by vexatiousness?
The Court of Appeal has for the first time considered provisions on ‘vexatiousness’ and ‘manifest unreasonableness’ in relation to information requests. Christopher Knight reports.
Keeping your head out of the sand?
A High Court judge has set out which a public authority ought to take, if it cannot, for financial reasons, defend its own decision in court in judicial review proceedings. David Hart QC analyses the ruling.
FOI and the new government
With a new Conservative government and Michael Gove appointed as Justice Secretary, what does the future hold for freedom of information? Ibrahim Hasan considers the prospects.
Public sector pensions: key issues
Michaela Berry rounds up some of the key issues in relation to public sector pensions from a legal viewpoint.
Damages for human rights breach
Garry Dover reports on a High Court case where a children’s guardian notified a local authority that she intended to issue proceedings in respect of its multiple breaches of a young boy's human rights.
Claims by trespassers
A trespasser on school property failed in a claim made after he suffered a catastrophic fall. Tom Baker and David Willaims explain why.

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Onshore wind to come out of Planning Act? by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the possible removal of onshore wind farms from the Planning Act 2008 regime.

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New webinars on Local Government Law TV

Achieving Better Ethics Across Public Service Provision £25.00 David Prince CBE, independent member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, outlines his organisation's proposals for ensuring that outsourced providers of public services are subject to the same ethical standards as public sector organisations.
Procurement and State Aid Reforms – The Commercial Impact £25.00 This course investigates how the new procurement rules and changes to the state aid regime will practically affect local authorities investors in public service delivery, trade in services or generally act as a catalyst in economic development.
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Adult Social Services: Best interests in the real world
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers consider the lessons for local authorities from a recent best interests case involving a 74-year-old woman with a diagnosis of dementia.

Adult Social Services: Marriage, civil partnerships and safeguarding the vulnerable adult
Edward Bennett reviews the options for local authorities when it comes to forced marriage and vulnerable adults.

Children: How not to conduct care proceedings
The wise lawyer does not build his house upon the sand no matter how established the beach is: senior family judges have issued a timely reminder on evidence, threshold and compliance, writes Stephanie Townsend.

Children: Deprivations of liberty and children
When is a deprivation of liberty not a deprivation of liberty? When the parents of a 15 year old agree to it. Bridget Dolan and Sarah Simcock analyse a recent High Court ruling.

Employment: What is an ‘establishment’?
James English reports on the Court of Justice of the European Union’s long-awaited ruling in relation to collective redundancies and employee consultation. 

Employment: Whistleblowing protection – when is a disclosure in the public interest?
Graham Richardson considers the implications of a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision on the meaning of “in the public interest” in the context of whistleblowing legislation.

Governance: A Manifesto for Local Government
Delegates at the recent Weekend School were asked to give their views – in the run up to the election – as to the changes to local government they would like to see. Michael Mousdale and Bradley Martin review the comments.

Housing: Flexible structures for joint developments
Derek Beer explains how to provide a flexible legal structure for joint developments by partner authorities in an extended series of site-specific projects.

Information Law: The Secret(-ish) Diary of Andrew Lansley (aged 58 1/4)
The Department of Health has lost an appeal to the Upper Tribunal over an Information Commissioner’s Office order that it disclose most of the information it withheld from a former Secretary of State’s ministerial diary. Christopher Knight examines the ruling.

Licensing: The Supreme Court and Hemming
The Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal ruling in Hemming on licensing enforcement charges. David Matthias QC analyses the judgment.

Licensing: What's in store for charity lotteries?
Relaxation of regulation could open the way for more charity lotteries, write Sarah Payne and Lucinda Ellen.

Litigation: Changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules
The Advocacy Team at Essex Legal Services set out the most important changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules for local authority lawyers.

Planning: Heritage issues and planning applications
Lorna Bowry and Brian Hurwitz examine the recent guidance from the courts when it comes to considering heritage issues in planning applications.

Planning: Planning obligations and infrastructure
What contribution can planning obligations still make to funding infrastructure? Christopher Cant explains.

Procurement: Options for local government trading
Interest in the opportunities presented by local government trading has never been higher. Rob Hann examines the various delivery models and the challenges they bring.

Procurement: A question of timing
The High Court has recently rejected a council’s bid to have a procurement challenge thrown out over time limits. Claire Booth reports.
Property: Searching questions
An Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union has issued an opinion in the key case on local authorities' ability to charge for the provision of property search information. Timothy Pitt-Payne QC looks at the ramifications.

Property: Vacant building credit – the latest position
Uncertainly remains around vacant building credit despite recent changes to the National Planning Practice Guidance, write Christopher Stanwell and Tim Stansfield.

Regulatory: Commencing criminal proceedings correctly
All criminal cases begin in the magistrates' court however serious the offence. The LexisPSL Corporate Crime team set out the correct steps that need to be taken when commencing proceedings in these ways.

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