Editor's blog: Speaking in code(s)
It was a bit of a bolt from the blue when a few days ago the Department for Communities and Local Government issued an ‘illustrative text’ of what a local authority code of conduct might look like under the new standards regime that comes into force on 1 July.
After all, the Local Government Association and other stakeholders such as Solace and ACSeS had just agreed – after a certain degree of to-ing and fro-ing with competing drafts – their own template. Read more...
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Two codes go to war
The DCLG has published an 'illustrative text' of what a code of conduct might look like. The LGA and other stakeholders have also drafted a code. So how do they compare? Peter Keith-Lucas reviews the documents.
Making a statement
Sarah Pearson looks at developments in the drive to tackle anti-social behaviour, including the new Community Harm Statement.
Throwing a spanner in the works
The High Court's recent dismissal of a claim that a council's sale of a community facility site breached the Public Contracts Regulations is welcome news for local authorities, writes Anna Sweeney.
Keeping the safety net
Richard Mumford reviews a recent Court of Appeal ruling on the impact of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 on the High Court's inherent jurisdiction in relation to vulnerable adults.
Quick to the draw
The regulatory frameworks covering lotteries and prize competitions are very different but the dividing line between them can sometimes be difficult to spot and be hotly disputed, writes Andrew Woods.
Sending the wrong message?
The Government's proposals in relation to the monitoring of communications including emails, texts and website visits could be open to significant abuse, warns Ibrahim Hasan.
Jodie Sinclair looks at justification and cost defences in the light of a recent indirect discrimination case involving the Land Registry.
Odour to joy
The Court of Appeal recently ruled in a test case that residents had potential claims for nuisance arising out of the smell from a landfill site. Stephen Tromans QC and Catherine Dobson analyse the judgment.
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Government launches light touch review of Planning Act regime by Angus Walker
On Friday the government launched the awaited minor review of the Planning Act regime - a major one will take place in early 2014. This so-called 'light touch review' is in fact only a review of guidance - the lightest of touches.
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Nothing to declare....?
The First-Tier Tribunal has looked at the extent to which local government officers' interests should be disclosed following an FOI request. Dan Lucas
examines a very significant ruling.
You gotta have faith
and Sarah-Jane Archdale
analyse a recent High Court ruling on good faith obligations in long-term contracts.
All for one?
Does one rotten apple spoil the whole barrel? Not necessarily, it would seem, when applied to local authority apparent bias. Nick Dobson
Starter tenancies survive
The Court of Appeal has enabled housing associations to operate starter tenancies with greater confidence. Andy Lane
and Daniel Skinner
explain why the court’s conclusions are important.
The Supreme Court has handed down a landmark ruling in the Employers' Liability policy trigger litigation. Mark Burton
and Kieron West
examine the judgment, which is favourable for local authorities.
Monitoring the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
The Care Quality Commission recently published its second monitoring report on the deprivation of liberty safeguards. Lucy Series
examines what it had to say.
Time to be civil?
Local authority trading standards and legal teams should make greater use of consumer protection provisions in the Enterprise Act 2002, argues Alan Conroy
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