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Editor's blog: Can you see what is yet?

Publication of the regulations governing what constitutes a ‘disclosable pecuniary interest’ (DPI) was one of the final pieces of the jigsaw in relation to the new standards regime for local government coming into force on 1 July.

There may well be grumblings that this has only been finalised with just over a fortnight left. But such is life. In the meantime it will be very interesting to see how the new regime pans out in practice. Read more...

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News headlines

StandardsDCLG lays regulations on disclosable pecuniary interests before Parliament Move comes ahead of new standards regime for local government coming into force on 1 July 2012

Manchester City Council kicks off £5.5m legal services procurement Framework agreements to be used by Salford City Council and offered to other public bodies

Kent demands law to ensure councils place children closer to home Warning that numbers placed in county by London boroughs putting "massive pressures" on public services

Cabinet Office sets deadlines for procurement targets, mutuals support By March 2013, all but most complex procurements to be delivered within 120 working days

Trading Standards warn over misselling of property protection trust wills North East teams join Law Society in expressing concern over high-pressure selling of product aimed at avoiding care home fees

Power of councils to obtain communications data to go Unless Parliament agrees their use is vital to tackling crime and protecting public, says Home Office

Commission urges Government to rethink part of electoral registration bill Proposed change represents "significant risk" to accuracy of registers, says Electoral Commission

Watchdog tells Whitehall to raise game in consulting local authorities National Audit Office criticises 'rushed' consultations and fact that many are issued over holiday periods. Report also reveals local authorities "exasperated" by government communications

Counsel General urges submissions over separate legal jurisdiction for Wales
Theodore Huckle QC says time is right to consider the issue

LGA calls on ministers to beef up park home licensing regime Association says it is cheaper for site owners to pay maximum fine than comply with licence conditions

May 2012 saw record number of care applications for single month: Cafcass

DfE to consult on reduced guidance for child protection professionals

All upper-tier authorities sign up to 'troubled families' programme

Cable sees greater role for settlement agreements in resolving work disputes

May plans Commons motion to guide judges on deportations

Local government pension fund sets up bank with Cambridge college

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer


Complying with the public sector equality duty
Anna Sweeney provides a reminder of authorities' obligations under the public sector equality duty and sets out some practical considerations to assist with compliance.

The National Planning Policy Framework – now the dust has settled
It is three months since National Planning Policy Framework came into effect. John Bosworth looks at the lessons learned so far.

Outsourcing, procurement and the NHS
There are a number of lessons that NHS organisations can learn from the Lloyd v Gloucestershire PCT social enterprise case, writes David Lock QC.

TUPE transfers and pensions
Long-established case law setting out which rights relating to pension benefits do/do not transfer on a TUPE transfer has been re-considered in the High Court, writes Jacqui Piper.

A hard edge
Brendan Mullee analyses a recent case which raised the issue of factual disputes in section 104 Housing Act 1996 appeals.

Adjusted vision
What are reasonable adjustments and when are a claimant's feelings aggravated? John Moore reports on a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling. 

Information law in the Facebook age
Anya Proops reviews two recent cases – one involving a borough council and a planning application – where the use of information on Facebook was central.

In defence of the exemption
Paul Gibbons suggests that we should view the use of exemptions, and even decisions of the Information Commissioner and the Tribunal, in a different light.

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What price good design of infrastructure projects? by Angus Walker
Everyone agrees that the built environment should be designed to a high standard, but what does the Planning Act regime have to say about this and to what extent does it require it? How much might an independent review of a project's design cost? Read on.

Snap judgement: Only 1% of law students intend on a career in local government, according to a new survey. Do you regret making your career in local government?

....No, I've loved every minute of it

....Yes, I'd have been better off in the private sector

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Adult Social Services: Supporting cast How should a tenancy or licence of supported accomodation be created in favour of a person who lacks or may lack the mental capacity to enter into such an agreement? Simon Edwards examines the issues.

Children's Services: Coming to an accommodation The High Court recently considered the extent of care leavers' entitlement to the costs of term-time accommodation. Sally Gore reviews the ruling.

Community Safety: Response rate In the first of a two-part series, Andy Lane gives an overview of the Government's White Paper on Anti-Social Behaviour Responses.

Employment: Disciplinary procedures and the right to a fair hearing A recent Court of Appeal ruling on the relationship between disciplinary procedures and Article 6 of the ECHR (the right to a fair hearing) is welcome news for public sector organisations, says Michael Stokes.

Governance: How long the Leader? No sooner have all councils which operate a Leader and Cabinet style of governance elected their Leader for a mandatory four-year term of office than an obscure provision under the Localism Act 2011 throws that up in the air, writes Peter Keith-Lucas.

Healthcare: Sex, drugs and alcohol - local authorities' new public health role What do the Government's healthcare reforms mean for local authorities? Jennifer Richardson explains.

Housing: Dealer's choice A recent report on Local Government Lawyer of a case where the Court of Appeal upheld the eviction of a drug dealer's family by a housing association generated huge interest. Dorota Pawlowski examines the background to the case.

Licensing: Guided reading In the second of two articles Roy Light continues his examination of the Home Office's amended guidance under the Licensing Act 2003 Part 2.

Litigation: Time to take tendering seriously Having first targeted reductions in their spend on law firms, local authorities have inexorably moved on to external counsel. John Binks examines the process and provides some tips for chambers.

Planning: Finding the way? In the second of two summaries of recent cases concerning easements, Emma Humphreys reports on a local authority's failure to show that use of the right of way had been with its permission.

Procurement: Best behaviour The Court of Appeal has considered the extent of an obligation to use "best endeavours". Gwendoline Davies explains why parties need to ensure they understand what they are agreeing to.

Projects: Mission impossible Peter Hill and Rebecca Hazeldine review the Department for Education's recent announcements in relation to the Priority School Building Programme. 

Property: Control test Many organisations own or lease buildings which may contain asbestos. Anyone responsible for the maintenance or repair of such premises should be aware of changes to legislation, argue Tim Hill and Katharine Vickery.

Regulatory: Calling time on benefit fraud Ian de Prez analyses a particular problem that can arise in some of the benefit fraud cases which inevitably form part of the caseload of a prosecuting lawyer working for a district or unitary council.

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Head of Legal and Democratic Services
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We are seeking two qualified Solicitors to join our Procurement and Contracts Team, providing legal advice across a broad spectrum of high profile activities.

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