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ProjectsMayor targets £300k savings from legal services via 'risk-based' approach Plan to take significant chunk out of £1.6m annual expenditure by switching from 'risk-averse' culture

Williams Commission calls for number of Welsh councils to be halved Headline suggestion that mergers should leave 10-12 local authorities is one of 60+ recommendations from commission on public service governance and delivery

Supreme Court rejects challenge by councils to HS2 project Local authorities do not believe judgment endorsed a fair and open process for decision making

LGO warns on water rates after council overcharged tenants £38k Ombudsman calls for compliance with Water Resale Order, as authority blames defunct ALMO

Admin Court to hear key case on housing benefit assessment Disabled couple given permission to bring JR over council's decision to take Disability Living Allowance into account when assessing whether they should also receive Discretionary Housing Payments

Land Registry consults on role in providing local land charge searches Prototype run in 2013 and involving seven councils considered to be successful

CCGs face procurement challenge over out of hours GP services North East Specialist Commissioning Group insists procurement included thorough and robust assessment

Council wins High Court bid to halt forced academy conversion Education Secretary was going to impose Interim Executive Board and Academy Order

Local authorities scrap plan for judicial review over lost waste credits Despite expressing confidence in having a strong case, councils resigned to Defra not reinstating funding for project

Court rejects judicial review challenge to advocacy quality scheme Regulatory bodies vow to press ahead with implementation of QASA

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Ministers stress policy on Green Belt protection and Traveller sites Concern about whether planning appeal decisions are meeting Government's intentions

Guide issued for councils considering changing governance arrangements 'Thinking toolkit' sets out five-step process to help councils address the right issues and ask the right questions

Legal Services Consumer Panel to review fee-charging McKenzie Friends Call for contributions and case studies in first stage in panel's work on anticipated rise in litigants in person

Council to delay small business lending until regulatory switch is made Responsibility for sector switching from OFT to Financial Conduct Authority. Community finance initiative to lend to small businesses and provide mortgages for first-time buyers

Councils receive qualified praise over Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Care Quality Commission says knowledge of DoLS appears to be good, but issues warning over enabling challenges to authorisations

Green party-led council to mull referendum on 4.5% council tax rise If it goes ahead, referendum would be first following changes brought in by Localism Act 2011

Brussels issues draft guidance on state aid notification

LGA slams use of restrictive covenants on pub sales

Court of Appeal begins hearing 'bedroom tax' challenge

Council ordered to pay £25k after park keeper severely injured

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonFatalities in care homes and sentencing by the courts
Paul Rushworth of South Kesteven DC looks at recent Crown Court cases brought by district councils involving the fatality of residents in care homes and discusses the approach the courts will take when sentencing charities.

The new public procurement rules
The much anticipated new public procurement directives have now been approved by the European Parliament. Judith Barnes and Alexandra Von Westernhagen assess the main changes.

Building certainty and demolishing guesswork
The Government is consulting on a simplification of the listed building consent regime. Matt Gilks examines the key proposals.

Business Against Crime schemes, Pubwatch and public law challenges
The High Court has dismissed a challenge to the role of a local authority in supporting a Business Against Crime scheme. In so doing, writes Philip Kolvin QC, it has strengthened the ability of local authorities to prevent crime in their areas, without exposing themselves to public law challenges.

Going to the ball
James Derounian puts the spotlight on local councils, the Cinderella of the public sector and an engine for localism.

HIgh speed rail, Parliament, and the EU Courts
David Hart QC analyses some of the key issues to come out of the Supreme Court's rejection of a challenge brought by councils and campaign groups to HS2.

Lessons for local authority litigators from the Plebgate affair
Alaina Galley of Hertfordshire County Council highlights the key learning points for local authority litigators arising out of the Plebgate costs litigation.

The suitability of a new role for a maternity returner
The issue of what role an employer can require a maternity returner to do is a complex one. Phil Allen considers a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment.

The NPPF and the substance of planning policy
The High Court has confirmed that the National Planning Policy Framework did not change the substance of planning policy, and has clarified what information must be advertised for EIA. Vincent Fraser QC explains the ruling.

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Social Housing Allocations: Law and Practice £25.00 This course reviews the principles of allocation policy through the lens of part 6 of the Housing Act and the Localism Act 2011 and outlines what needs to be considered when reviewing or modifying an allocations policy.
Homelessness Update £25.00 This course outlines the most important homelessness cases of the past year and analyses their potential effects on the way that local authorities approach their duties towards the homeless and claimants for homeless status.

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The latest blogs...
First NSIP refusal is successfully overturned as An Taisce appeals by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the successful judicial review of the refusal of the Preesall gas storage project.

DCO or hybrid bill for next runway

Snap judgement: Is the 'risk-based' approach to legal services being proposed by Middlesbrough Council....

...the future role of local authority lawyers - it's not practical to scrutinise every proposal in the current environment

...a false economy - the resultant claims and reputational damage will outweigh any savings

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Contempt of court in the CoP context
A recent High Court judgment has set out what (and what not) to do when seeking to commit for contempt of court in the Court of Protection context. The team at 39 Essex Street review the ruling.

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

Employment: Reliance on an occupational health report and disability
In a case involving a local authority, the Court of Appeal has ruled that an employer must not 'rubber stamp' an occupation health advisor's opinion on whether an employee is disabled. Michael Halsey analyses the ruling.

Governance: New cases on consultation duties and the Public Sector Equality Duty
There have been a number of important recent rulings on consultation and the PSED. Emily HeardLauren Halliday and Fran Musselwhite look at the lessons to be learned.

Healthcare: Disciplinary hearings and injunctions: The Supreme Court's view
The Supreme Court has granted an injunction to prevent a disciplinary hearing from taking place. Guy Bredenkamp and Sean Reynolds examine the ruling.

Housing: What to do with those in situ?
Bukola Aremu looks at the options for social landlords when dealing with those left in occupation following the death of a tenant, or after a tenant parts with the whole of the property.

Licensing: Premises licence transfers with immediate or interim effect
Andy Woods looks at the relevant provisions under the Licensing Act 2003 which permit an unlimited number of applications for transfers with immediate effect.

Litigation: Bearing witness
A High Court judge recently made some significant observations of general application to witness statements by planning inspectors. Landmark Chambers explains the background to the case.

Planning: Hunston upheld
The Court of Appeal last month clarified the operation of a key part of the National Planning Policy Framework in situations where a local authority has yet to produce a local plan. Paul Stinchcombe QC and Ned Helme explain the ruling.

Procurement: Enterprise culture
Judith Barnes and Mary Mundy look at the decisions to come out of a consultation on how to make public procurement more accessible to SMEs as well as further developments in relation to transparency.

Property: The dog that didn't bark
The Government introduced a number of 'community rights' through the Localism Act. Stephen Pearson examines their take-up.

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