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ProjectsHigh Court rejects claim council owed duty to use general power of competence Overstaying claimant, who said she was destitute and homeless, also argued that local authority should have used s. 17(3) Children Act power

DCLG opens consultation on use of general power of competence by council Local authority needs to temporarily disapply restricting local legislation affecting area of land and so enable the hosting of a stage of the Tour de France

Independent members resign en masse in row over culture of council Other members of standards committee had returned critical report for 'further consideration'

Richard III burial judicial review adjourned after council enters fray Plantagenet Alliance sought to have authority added as defendant alongside Justice Secretary and university

Court of Appeal awards council 50% of legal costs in youth cuts case Judges had ruled that decision to implement 70% cuts was unlawful, but refused to grant relief

Government publishes guide to help public bodies understand state aid Guide intended to help organisations answer key questions policy-makers must ask

Public bodies rapped after failing to involve relative in care planning Ombudsmen's report criticises council and NHS trust after they applied for deprivation of liberty order without telling son of dementia sufferer

Homes & Communities Agency to set up £40m legal services panels Two lots will cover work programme and regulation activities

DWP says regulations implementing Gorry ruling in force next week Court of Appeal ruled in 2012 that local housing allowance size criteria unlawfully discriminated against children who could not be expected to share a room because of their severe disabilities

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First council-promoted Planning Act 2008 scheme survives Court of Appeal Lord Justice Sullivan refuses campaign group permission to appeal in dispute over £123m road link

City council scheme first to secure HCA backing for Build to Rent loan Funds will bring three empty residential tower blocks back into use

Ombudsman demands councils treat family and friends carers family Report aimed at helping local authorities meet their statutory obligations, as complaints about children's services soar 53% since 2009

DCLG hails success at halfway stage of 'troubled families' programme Claim that lives of more than 22,000 families turned round

Government publishes 'coastal concordat' on growth and planning Sets out principles on which regulatory and advisory bodies will work with local planning authorities

Loan shark father and son ordered to repay £300k+ in assets

LGA presses ahead with plans to set up municipal bonds agency

Housing association to set up £600k legal services framework

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonContracting out children's services
The Education Secretary has pointed to a greater role for third party providers in children's social services. Olwen Dutton and Clare Taylor look at the key issues.

Black cab licences and the fit and proper test
The Administrative Court recently upheld a taxi driver's appeal against the refusal of a black cab licence. Matthew Paul reports.

Close encounters of a sexual kind
A challenge to the right of licensing authorities to insist on viewing CCTV has been dismissed by a district judge. Philip Kolvin QC sets out why.

Declaration of a 'non-marriage'
An Islamic 'marriage' ceremony at home has been declared invalid by the Court of Protection. Rosalind English looks at the ruling, which followed an application by a local authority. 

Field of dreams?
The Court of Appeal has handed down an important ruling on the powers available to councils to sell allotments. Estelle Dehon and Emma Dring explain the judgment.

The European Court of Human Rights and Pinnock
Sarah Mansfield analyses the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in Pinnock & Walker v the UK.

Parking permits, section 106 obligations and where do we go from here?
Antonia Murillo considers the vexed question of parking permits and section 106 obligations.

Retailers and the sequential test: flexibility and need
Jonathan Darby analyses the issue of retail development, town centres and the sequential test.

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Court of Appeal ends claim and other infrastructure project news by Angus Walker
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Adult Social Services: Clarifying entitlement to community care and health services
Will recent guidance on identifying ordinary residence ease the burden on local authorities? David Lawson explores its impact.

Children's Services: "Normal concerned parent" or "distinctly troublesome"
A recent case concerning the acceptability - or otherwise - of the behaviour of parents with three children at a private school has wider relevance, writes Paul Greatorex.

Employment: Assessing the new TUPE regulations
Phil Allen considers the key points arising from publication of the new TUPE regulations.

Governance: Back to basics: why a public authority can't be an HRA victim
David Hart QC looks at the reasons why public authorities - such as councils and NHS bodies - cannot claim they are human rights victims, and sets out the alternatives available to them.

Healthcare: Confidentiality of medical information after the death of a patient
There have been two recent Upper Tribunal decisions on the issue of confidentiality of medical information after a patient's death. Robin Hopkins analyses the rulings.

Housing: Major housing reforms unveiled in Wales
Byron Britton examines the key proposals in the Welsh Government's Housing (Wales) Bill.

Housing: Varying a decision taken under s. 202 of the Housing Act 1996
The Court of Appeal has overturned a county court ruling that varied a London borough's decision under s. 202 of the Housing Act 1996. Toby Vanhegan analyses the judgment.

Licensing: Losing your Mojoe?
A bar known for appearing in The Only Way is Essex has just lost a battle over the imposition of restrictions on its closing hours. Gary Grant explains why.

Litigation: Costs and compliance - Jackson six months in It is now just over six months since the Jackson reforms came into effect. Gwendoline Davies and Sue Harris look at the latest key cases and consider how the reforms are working in practice.

Planning: NPPF: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Eighteen months from publication of the National Planning Policy Framework, Suzan Yildiz considers its operation in practice.

Procurement: Concessions, direct awards and transparency
Rulings from the Court of Justice of the European Union have reminded authorities - including councils - that direct awards of concessions require transparency. Patrick Parkin considers the judgments.

Projects: Affordable housing planning reform - where will it all end up?
Rob Bruce considers recent changes in planning legislation relating to affordable housing and the extent to which the Government is giving the issue priority. 

Property: The abolition of the law of distress
In 2014 a new regime will replace a landlord's right to levy distress for rent arrears. Katie Hickman explains how it will work.

Regulatory: Breach of procedure not fatal to prosecution
The Divisional Court has ruled that a single breach of a procedural requirement upon which a prosecution depends does not automatically mean that the prosecution will fail. Rory Clarke analyses a high profile case where the defendant was accused of operating a private hire vehicle without a licence.

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