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Richmond and Wandsworth pursue single staffing structure in London first
Two London boroughs have agreed to set up structure by March 2017, with view to saving up to £10m a year

Three South West councils to set up shared legal service from April

Original proposal for all authorities in county to share legal services shelved

Regulator urges local authorities to address backlog in DoLS applications
Care Quality Commission says councils need to address – “as quickly as possible” – the backlog in applications to use Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Council wins appeal over property disregard and care home charging
The Court of Appeal has – by a majority of two to one – upheld a council’s challenge over occupation of property and scope of fee-charging regime

First judicial review over 2014 Act duties to disabled children reaches court
Two-day rolled up hearing to consider local authorities’ duties to disabled children following reforms brought in under the new Children and Families Act.

Treasury defeats procurement challenge to delivery of tax-free childcare
Government fights off High Court procurement challenge to way its new policy on tax-free childcare is to be delivered

Whitehall guilty of "too many examples" of poorly conceived consultation
Peers hit out also at failure of Government departments and Cabinet Office to monitor the effectiveness of their consultations

Sovereign Housing Association names 14 law firms to revised solicitors panel
One of England’s largest associations adds four new firms to revised solicitors panel

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Watchdog urges public bodies to recognise risk of conflicts of interest
NAO receives "significant number" of referrals about potential conflicts over the last year; health and education sectors and local enterprise partnerships are seen as particular areas of risk

Supreme Court to hear case over cohabitees and LGPS
Court gives permission to appeal to claimant who argues that cohabitees are discriminated against under pension scheme

Carmarthenshire nets ministerial approval for suspension of Right to Buy
County council becomes first authority in Wales to get go ahead

LGO urges proper recording of assessments under Mental Capacity Act
Ombudsman investigated case where man was forced to live in a care home against his wishes, but council disputes some of findings

Coastal protection agency admits errors in grant of dredging licence
Marine Management Organisation has agreed that its grant of a licence at naval base and disposal of silt off Cornwall should be quashed

VOA officials to lose automatic right of entry for council tax valuations
Officials from the Valuation Office Agency will no longer have automatic right of entry into homes and businesses in order to value them for council tax and business rates, says Pickles

Car seller hit by £100k confiscation after trading standards investigation
Evidence found that suggested car's mileage lowered by 100,000 miles

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Licensing the Private Rented Sector: The Latest Developments £25.00 This presentation outlines the basis for the licensing of the private rental sector and looks at the effect of recent court decisions and subsequent legislation on its operation.
The New Anti-Social Behaviour Powers £25.00 As the measures of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 are in the process of being implemented, Andy Lane and Kuljit Bhogal look at how the provisions differ from the previous regime (or not) and how they are set work in practice.

New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonEnforced sale guide
Chris Skinner outlines the main steps local authorities should take if they need to enforce the sale of private property and answers some common questions that arise.

Homelessness and the meaning of “other violence”
A recent Court of Appeal decision has the potential to widen the scope of persons owed duties under the homelessness legislation. Marc Samuels explains why.

Highways authorities, on-street parking and the Rating List
Poonam Pattni considers a recent decision of the Valuations Tribunal, in which the local authority successfully challenged an entry of on-street highway parking on the Rating List.

Green Belt and the NPPF
A recent ruling of the Court of Appeal has failed to clarify Green Belt policy as had been hoped, writes Emma Dring.

Staff surveillance: it’s a data protection issue
A council recently gave an undertaking to the Information Commissioner after it unlawfully conducted surveillance on an employee. Ibrahim Hasan looks at the case.

Outsourcing of child protection – who pays the final bill?
Local authorities need to consider a range of issues if they are to outsource child protection services. Laura Broadhead and Sarah Erwin Jones examine the challenges.

Cases involving concealment - an update
Steven Bell analyses an important High Court planning case involving concealment and a principle set down in the Supreme Court ruling in Welwyn.

Procurement and "SOS services"
Ruth Connorton and Wesley Hall look at the new "light touch regime" or "SOS services" as the less snappily titled "social and other specific services" are being commonly referred.

The implication of terms into contracts
In this fourth article in the series, Stephen Brown and Sappho Dias, barristers at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square, consider the implication of terms into a contract.

Preparing for the Fit For Work Service scheme
The Government’s Fit for Work Service is due to launch by the end of May 2015. Andrew Davidson and James English look at its potential impact.

Learning difficulties assessments: a High Court challenge
A High Court judge has handed down a ruling in relation to learning difficulties assessments. Rachel Kamm reports on the outcome and the different legal rights between those with an LDA and those with an SEN statement.

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Planning Act regime being extended to nuclear waste by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the extension of the Planning Act 2008 to cover nuclear waste disposal.

Most northerly NSIP gets consent

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Adult Social Services: Not like Cranmer
The test for capacity to consent to sex has changed. Bryan McGuire QC explains a recent High Court ruling.

Careers: Life as a trainee
What is it like to start your legal career as a trainee solicitor in the public sector? Amy Mills provides an insight.

Children: Placing children with family members
When children in need are accommodated with family members, is it a private arrangement or s.20 placement? Hilton Harrop-Griffiths and Eirwen Pierrot look at the lessons from case law.

Children: Section 17 and no recourse to public funds
The latter half of 2014 saw the Administrative Court consider challenges to local authority decisions concerning the provision, under s. 17 of the Children Act 1989, of financial support for families who have no recourse to public funds. Eirwen Pierrot examines the rulings.

Education: Asset finance in the education sector
Thomas Evans analyses the key issues – including ultra vires – for state schools entering lease agreements for equipment.

Employment: On call hours and working time
Does 'on call' time count towards 'working time'? Graham Richardson looks at the key considerations.

Employment: Caste or no caste?
A recent EAT ruling in a case where an employee sought to claim in part for caste discrimination has important implications for public bodies, writes Mirza Ahmad.

Governance: Lessons of the Hackney election petition
An Election Court last month dismissed a challenge to the validity of an election for a ward in Hackney. Sappho Dias sets out what can be learned from the case.

Housing: ASB and family members
The Court of Appeal has handed down a ruling in relation to possession orders against tenants due to anti-social behaviour caused by a family member. Karl Anders reports.

Housing: Key developments in the housing sector
Sarah Pearson reviews some of the key legal decisions in 2014 affecting the housing sector and some important developments to look forward to in early 2015.

Licensing: Licensed premises associated with serious crime
The High Court has rejected a judicial review challenge against the Metropolitan Police and the London Borough of Newham over the bringing of summary review proceedings. Gerald Gouriet QC reports on the judge's reasoning.

Litigation: Life after Denton
How have the courts approached cases following the landmark ruling in Denton? Mandy Yeandle reviews the most recent judgments.

Planning: Fracking planning battles on this year
Roy Pinnock reviews some of the key developments in relation to fracking and looks at what is in store for 2015.

Planning: The Court of Appeal on planning enforcement notices
Richard Honey outlines the key points from a significant Court of Appeal case on planning enforcement notices.

Procurement: Below threshold contracts and SMEs
Ruth Connorton and Wesley Hall examine below threshold contracts and the SME agenda in the light of the draft Public Contracts Regulations 2015 due to come into force this year.

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