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ProjectsDWP tells councils to notify it of all rulings on spare room subsidy Department demands "clearer picture" of number of FTT decisions where 'bedroom tax' is the main issue

Decision to cut youth services by 70% was unlawful, says Court of Appeal But judges refuse to quash decision as too late to unwind what had been done

Council resists bid for specific disclosure at pre-permission stage of JR High Court rejects plea from owners of football club for sight of key documentation in dispute with local authority

National standards for expert witnesses in family courts published Implementation due in April 2014 but MoJ believes standards can be used before

Court of Appeal quashes DWP plan to close Independent Living Fund Judges rule that MInister for Disabled People breached public sector equality duty

High Court judges reject legal challenge to DWP 'benefit cap' Scheme not deemed so manifestly unfair or disproportionate as to justify interference by the courts

Woman found guilty of contempt of court over £750k compensation claim Judge had previously ruled that claimant should only have received £1,500 for her injuries 

District council gives housing association £15m loan to boost building Deal thought to be the first of its kind

Peterborough appoints Sawyer to director of governance role A number of teams will come under ex-head of legal's remit


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Council agrees to quashing of planning permission for free school Legal challenge by local resident amid concerns over parking and traffic congestion

Peers criticise Government over revised approach to consultations Administrative convenience prioritised over interests of potential respondents, claims committee

Ditch plan to scrap personal licences, says Institute of Licensing Proposed change would see "mass inconsistency" in place of coherent national system

City council becomes first in UK to introduce late night levy Licensed premises selling alcohol between midnight and 6 am to pay between £299 and £4,440 per year

Wales wins additional powers in latest stage of devolution Welsh ministers to be given borrowing powers, while certain taxes will be devolved

Council rapped for flawed decision process over empty sports facilities Community sports club complained to Ombudsman over approach taken by local authority

Majority of free school parents "back council role in performance" Research says authorities should have powers to deal with underperformance

NW housing organisations to set up £3m legal services framework

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonCap in hand?
The High Court has rejected a legal challenge to the 'benefit cap'. Dean Underwood reviews the ruling.

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

Prosecutions, reviews and the licensing objectives
What impact does the Scottish case of Lidl against the CIty of Glasgow Licensing Board have on review hearings throughout the UK? Paddy Whur explains.

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.

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. 

Tackling exaggerated claims
A recent claim against Homes for Haringey shows that the wide-scale issue of fraud is no exaggeration, writes Elaine Ibbotson.

"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.

Article 5(4) and the incapacitated parent
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street analyse an important European Court of Human Rights ruling on detentions and rights under Article 5(4).

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The latest blogs...
Packing but not fracking - business and commercial project legislation published by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the publication of the Government's proposals following the red tape challenge.

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Snap judgement: Are the government's plans to open up committee meetings to videographers, bloggers and tweeters...

  • A welcome move towards greater transparency
  • An impediment to the proper process of decision-making
  • Largely irrelevant - nobody will be taking much notice

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Assessments and planning for prisoners nearing release Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel look at the lessons to be learned by local authorities from litigation involving prisoners due for release.

Children's Services: More than a slip 'twixt cup and lip Rosalind English examines the publication of a recent county court ruling in a case where there was erroneous technical evidence suggesting a mother had consumed excessive alcohol.

Employment: Whistleblowing: a disclosure culture in the workplace? A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal case considered the circumstances in which a failure to act could be seen as 'subjecting' a whistleblowing employee to a detriment. Bettina Rigg analyses the case.

Governance: When a decision-maker gives retro-reasons David Hart QC analyses a Court of Appeal ruling in a case where a local authority sought to adduce evidence contradicting its own official records.

Healthcare: A challenging task for CCGs How should clinical commissioning groups approach the commissioning of community care for individuals with challenging behaviour? Jane Bennett and Will Pickles look at the key issues.

Housing: Article 8: An update following two recent decisions Andy Lane looks at the implications of two European Court of Human Rights rulings that relate to Article 8.

Licensing: Feeling less than funky Emma Dring reports on a district judge's ruling on the responsibility of a licensee for the acts of a sub-tenant.

Litigation: Resistance is futile? Che Fung Choi examines the ability of local authorities to resist a court's decision on the appropriate order for a child, in the light of a major Court of Appeal ruling.

Planning: What happens when a planning appeal decision is issued in error? The High Court recently upheld the withdrawal by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government of a planning appeal decision issued in error. Here is why. 

Procurement: Where's the evidence? A recent case shows that contracting authorities need to be careful when relying on the negotiated procedure without advertisement, write Edward Reynolds and David Hansom.

Property: Recent developments in relation to Assets of Community Value? Antonia Murillo reports on recent developments in relation to the Assets of Community Value regime brought in under the Localism Act.

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