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ProjectsCouncil blames Localism Act for inability to remove councillor from office Anger and frustration at Conservative-controlled authority after member pleads guilty to benefit fraud but refuses to resign

Supreme Court to hear landmark Hemming case on licensing fees Westminster City Council wins permission to appeal over Court of Appeal ruling with far-reaching implications

DWP defeats challenges to benefit cap and under-occupation charge Claimants vow to fight on as DWP ruled to have justified discriminatory effect

Red faces at Treasury Solicitor's after data breaches during litigation TSol gives undertaking to Information Commissioner's Office after four breaches. See also: Housing organisations "must improve data protection compliance": ICO

Councillor ends judicial review claim over standards committee finding Agrees to pay "substantial" contribution to authority's costs

Report into Southwest One pinpoints "incredibly complicated" 3,000 page contract Lessons from outsourcing joint venture was not to make contracts overly complicated, audit committee told

High Court orders rolled-up hearing in care home closure case 101-year-old resident brings challenge over data interpretation and culturally appropriate home

Judge approves trial of home-based care for dementia campaigner Risks of care package breaking down identified by council were outweighed by other reasons, says Court of Protection

Peel Group bids to take retail park restrictions case to Supreme Court Permission application submitted after council won at Court of Appeal

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Islington poised to be first London borough to bring in late night levy Regime, if approved, would be brought in no earlier than September 2014

London man complains to Trading Standards after prostitute refusal Written complaint said he had travelled from neighbouring borough

High Court to hear challenge to regime for licensing busking Framework would apply to whole of London borough's area

Sentencing Council issues first guideline on environmental offences Document to address lack of familiarity, particularly among magistrates, and lead to higher fines for more serious offences

Planning officers urge improvement to development plans regime Current system is "essentially sound" but significant changes could be made

Parks police employee prevented from making unfair dismissal claim Court of Appeal says council-run service was 'constabulary' for purposes of s. 200 of Employment Rights Act 1996

Watchdog warning over failure to spend Regional Growth Fund monies

Councils set up £11m legal services framework for pension schemes

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonFixed term tenancies: How hard can it be for a social landlord?
Arthur Moore analyses some of the key legal issues surrounding the nature and content of fixed term tenancies, with a particular focus on those granted by housing associations.

Flex-time schemes, unused hours and termination
Claire Deane analyses a key Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling for local authorities and other public bodies that operate flexi-time schemes.

Procedural defects and licence review proceedings: the Funky Mojoe case
In the Funky Mojoe case the High Court has ruled that procedural defects did not invalidate licence review proceedings. Gary Grant explains why.

The Care Bill, eligibility criteria and consultation
Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel examine the introduction through the Care Bill of new eligibility criteria and consider whether local authorities will need to consult and conduct equalities impact analysis.

A “child in need” … Or not?
Tom Amraoui looks at the issues raised by a High Court ruling on whether a local authority was entitled to conclude that a family without immigration status was not destitute.

Don’t let the tale wag the dog
Magnus Boyd looks at the key issues that arise for local government bodies when trying to manage their reputation during litigation.

Constraints on selling public land - the Crichel Down Rules
The Crichel Down Rules can affect the ability to sell public land. Gary Philpott examines their impact.

To permit or not to permit? Part Two
The publication of PINS guidance on whether permitted development rights apply to dwelling houses used as houses in multiple occupation has failed to deal with a troubling issue, writes John Pugh-Smith.

Applying the sequential test
Clare Hardy reports on a High Court case where it was claimed that a local authority had misunderstood or failed to apply the sequential test when granting a planning permission.

CAREERS: The Greasy Pole....
Frustrated at the lack of senior positions available in local government legal practice? Nicholas Dobson gives advice on how to boost your career. 

Latest courses on Local Government Law TV

Name Price (ex-VAT)   Description
Employment Tribunals: The New Rules and Fee Changes £25.00 This course outlines the changes to the employment tribunal system which were introduced in the Summer of 2013 and provides practical advice to local authorities on dealing with employment tribunal claims under the new regime.
The Effective Defence of Major Discrimination Claims £25.00 Discrimination claims are typically complex and costly to fight. This course provides practical advice on the effective defence of dishonest and ill-founded complaints.

All courses are CPD-qualifying. Your first course is FREE.

Departmental subscriptions from £495 + VAT for 12 months unlimited access. Click here for details.

The latest blogs...
PINS keeps a clean sheet in Thames Tideway Tunnel examination by Angus Walker
This entry reports on extensions to Planning Act application timetables, given the recent news on the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

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: All change in the publication of CoP judgments
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street look at the key points arising from the President of the CoP's recent guidance on transparency and the publication of judgments.

Children: Pre-proceedings process and the Public Law Outline
Kiran Gupta of Essex Legal Services looks at the pre-proceedings process, the Public Law Outline and what local authorities need to do.

Employment: Employment status: Agency workers
Mike Smith reports on a case over whether agency workers can only be deemed to be employees of end-user clients if it is 'necessary' to do so.

Governance: Searching for an answer
The First-tier Tribunal has referred key questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union on the ability of local authorities to charge for providing property search information. Robin Hopkins explains why.

Healthcare: Who pays?
Stuart Marchant and Jane Bennett look at who is responsible for commissioning and funding mental health aftercare.

Housing: When is a bedroom not a bedroom?
Alexander Campbell charts the latest developments over when a room is a bedroom for the purposes of the 'spare room subsidy' or 'bedroom tax'.

Licensing: Primary gambling activity and licence applications
Gerald Gouriet QC and George Mackenzie report on the outcome of a keenly-awaited High Court hearing on the question of 'primary gambling activity'.

Litigation: All change in the publication of CoP judgments
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street look at the key points arising from the President of the CoP's recent guidance on transparency and the publication of judgments.

Planning: The Court of Appeal on wind turbines and heritage assets
The Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal over the quashing of a planning inspector’s decision in relation to wind turbines. Morag Ellis QC explains why it is an important ruling.

Procurement: Modernising state aid rules
The European Commission has taken further steps to modernise the application of the State aid rules. Matthew O’Regan and John Houlden analyse the reforms.

Projects: Local authorities, HS2 and judicial reviews
Tom Collins looks at the Supreme Court's ruling in the HS2 case and considers recent developments in relation to the ability of councils to bring judicial review proceedings.

Property: Landlords, property defects and personal injury
Landlords should welcome two recent County Court rulings on property defects, writes Peter Wake.

Regulatory: Legal highs and injunctions
Can civil enforcement powers provide a solution to controlling – not stopping – the sale of legal highs? Alan Conroy explains.

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