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Editor's blog: Standards and new methods of delivering public services

It has been a bit quite on the standards front in recent weeks, at least since the Daily Telegraph's exposé on the planning field. So it was interesting to read where the Committee on Standards in Public Life expects the pressure points to be in the near future. Read more...

Jobs just in: West Sussex County Council is looking for a solicitor or barrister with post-qualification practice in public law child care litigation. Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council is meanwhile hiring a solicitor to handle employment and litigation matters. And the latest locum roles on the LGL database include: Procurement Lawyer (Surrey), Prosecutions Lawyer (Essex) and interim Head of Legal (North West). 

Have you tried Local Government Law TV yet? New courses include: Security for costs by Jonathan Titmuss and Charles Raffin of Hardwicke, An introduction to compulsory purchase orders by Chris Skinner of NPLaw and Codes of Conduct under the Localism Act 2011 by John Sharland of Sharpe Pritchard.

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News headlines

ProjectsJustice Secretary presses ahead with bulk of reforms to judicial review process New court fee plus changes to procurement and planning time limits go ahead, but MoJ will not now clarify the point at which time limit starts

First local government mutual sees lift-off with £1m savings target New public sector mutual - claimed to be the first led by council staff - launches with focus on provision of education services

Council fends off attack on decision to prosecute food hygiene case Owners of pub group fail in judicial review over judge's refusal to stay, as an abuse of process, prosecution

LGA concern at compromise by Pickles over home extensions Fears over how "light-touch neighbours consultation scheme" will work in practice and additional cost burden See also: Pickles outlines compromise over home extension rules relaxation

High Court rejects judicial review challenge to Independent Living Fund closure Judge says consultation was lawful and there was no breach of public sector equality duty

Oxford college and developer challenge housing policy adopted by city council Student accommodation of more than 20 bedrooms will only get planning permission if financial contribution made towards social housing elsewhere in city 

Standards watchdog to review local government regime in 2014/15 Committee for Standards in Public Life also mulls inquiry into new methods of delivering public services

Council faces major payout after closing pier on health and safety grounds Hastings liable under s. 106 of Building Act 1984

Public Accounts Committee attacks governance arrangements for academies Compliance and oversight also remain vulnerable to failure, MPs warn

London borough to pursue judicial review of NHS hospitals shake-up Claims include alleged failure to take into account clinical evidence, insufficient public and patient engagement and inadequate consultation

Care Quality Commission plans radical overhaul of inspection regime Changes include new chief inspector roles and fundamental standards of care, plus strengthened protection for those whose rights are restricted under Mental Health Act

Internet trader jailed after investigation involving 2,000 pages of evidence

Government issues guidance for LEPs on use of EU structural funds

High Court issues strong warning over costs budget mistakes: report 

Gambling Commission issues advice note on distribution of lottery proceeds

London council to save £12m from buyout of 25-year care homes PFI contract

Mills & Reeve to merge with Manchester firm George Davies

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonMinisterial statements - material considerations or trivial pursuits
A recent High Court judgment considered the sometime murky question of whether ministerial statements amount to material considerations in the determination of planning decisions. Suzan Yildiz and Adam Baker consider the relevant practice points raised for practitioners.

Closure of the Independent Living Fund - planning for March 2015
The Government has successfully defended a judicial review challenge to the process behind its decision to close the Independent Living Fund. Lee Parkhill analyses the ruling and considers the significant issues which closure of the ILF in March 2015 will present to local authorities.

The duty to consult with parents
A High Court judicial review on the duty to consult cautions against the policy of local authorities to make unilateral decisions about children. Clare Ciborowska looks at the lessons to be learned.

The s. 106 that wasn't a s. 106
David Brock analyses a recent High Court judgment that found a purported s. 106 agreement was invalid, and calls on the DCLG to address the problems the case identified.

Local authorities and families with no recourse to public funds
Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel review three recent cases relating to the duty of local authorities to provide for families with no recourse to public funds.

Don't look down
The Court of Appeal has looked at whether a homeless applicant with a fear of heights could refuse an offer of accommodation the local authority considered suitable. Alexander Campbell assesses the implications.

The reasonably well informed tenderer
A Scottish court has applied a "reasonably well-informed and normally diligent" tenderer test to assessing procurement award criteria. Rachel Bickler explains the ruling.

Social security fraud and cohabitation 
Joseph Millington considers the thorny question of prosecuting a co-habiting partner in benefit fraud cases. 

Planning policy versus the UN rights of the child
How does planning law fit with the rights of the family and of the child under international law? David Hart QC analyses a recent High Court ruling.

The latest blogs...
Don't Pannick - the Growth and Infrastructure Bill suffers again by Angus Walker
This entry reports on continuing disagreements in Parliament on the Growth and Infrastructure Bill. 

Snap judgement: How is the post Localism Act standards regime working in practice?

An improvement on the previous regime

Needs more sanctions

Too early to tell

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Relocation, relocation The court will often have to balance the rights of family members with P's continuity of care. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street examine a recent ruling in such a case.

Children's Services: Losing control of the rudder? Allan Norman considers how assessments of need without significant harm are treated under 'Working Together 2013' and is left distinctly unimpressed.

Employment: The Living Wage and EU procurement As interest grows in requiring contractors to pay the Living Wage, Deborah Ramshaw looks at the interplay with EU procurement rules.

Governance: In a blaze of publicity The Department for Communities and Local Government is seeking power to direct local authorities' compliance with the Publicity Code. The move raises significant issues, write Olwen Dutton and Peter Keith-Lucas.

Healthcare: The right prescription? James Larmour looks at the new NHS provider licence and the controversy over competition in the NHS.

Housing: Interim payments, Zambrano and final determination of benefits claims A High Court judge has handed down the latest Zambrano ruling. Catherine Rowlands analyses the judgment in Sanneh and sets out the further cases to be heard.

Licensing: Human rights and licensing legislation Andy Woods highlights the importance of human rights legislation insofar as licensing applications and hearings are concerned.

Litigation: Blogs, online publications and defamation A local authority officer recently succeeded in a counter-claim for libel. Wesley O'Brien and Jonathan Moore look at the lessons to be learned.

Planning: How relevant today are Section 106 agreements? The role of Section 106 agreements is being challenged by reforms such as the Community Infrastructure Levy and changes in the Growth and Infrastructure Bill. Chad Dixon analyses the latest developments.

Procurement: Tax avoidance and bidding for government contracts The Treasury and the Cabinet Office have unveiled measures that mean companies involved in tax avoidance schemes could be barred from government contracts. David Hansom looks at the implications.

Projects: The new local growth landscape Anja Beriro looks at the state of play with local enterprise partnerships and the role of local authorities in driving economic growth.

Property: The Newhaven village green case - access to beaches Paul Wilmshurst analyses the many issues raised in the recent Court of Appeal case over whether a beach should be registered as a village green.

Regulatory: Social security fraud and cohabitation Joseph Millington considers the thorny question of prosecuting a co-habiting partner in benefit fraud cases. 

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West Sussex County Council is looking for a solicitor or barrister ideally with post-qualification practice in public law child care litigation.

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council is looking for a Solicitor for a 12-month fixed term post to provide advice principally on employment, civil and criminal litigation matters.

Jobs of the week
Interim Head of Legal
An excellent opportunity has arisen for an interim Head of Legal to join a public sector organisation in the North West. Previous experience of managing a legal services team in a council required. 

Head of Legal
An exceptional opportunity for an experienced Locum Lawyer to head the legal team of a local authority in the South West.

Property Lawyer
A local authority in Yorkshire is keen to secure an expert Property Lawyer on a temporary basis. Temp to perm prospects do exist for the role. 

Planning Locum
An interesting opportunity for a Locum Planning Lawyer has arisen within a local authority in the West Midlands. High possibility of extension.

Commercial & Property Solicitor
A local authority in Lancashire requires a Commercial Contracts & Procurement Solicitor, ideally also with commercial property experience.

An immediate opportunity for a qualified Solicitor or CILEx to join a forward-thinking local authority in Devon.

Assistant Property Lawyer
This public sector organisation in North East London requires an Assistant Property Lawyer. 

Prosecutions Lawyer
An opportunity has arisen for a Locum Prosecutions Lawyer in Essex. 

Other featured jobs

Planning and Regulatory Lawyer
A local authority in the South West is looking for a Locum Planning & Regulatory Lawyer for at least six months.

Child Protection Lawyer
An opportunity has arisen for a Child Protection Lawyer to join a local authority in South East London.

Litigation Solicitor/Paralegal
A Litigation Solicitor or Paralegal is required to join this Manchester city centre organisation on a six-month contract. 

Senior Employment Adviser
Our client is looking for a Senior Employment Adviser to cover their health clients across the South East.

Procurement Lawyer
A highly regarded local authority in the Surrey area is looking to recruit a Procurement Lawyer. 

Contracts Lawyer
A rare and exciting new opportunity for an experienced Contracts Lawyer to work for a local authority in Devon. The role could be made permanent for the right candidate.

Litigation Locum
A Litigation Lawyer is required for a highly regarded local authority in North London.

Property Lawyer
This public sector body in East London requires a property lawyer for compulsory purchase schemes facilitating regeneration.

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