Spitalfields Trust Ltd lose judicial review claim – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 27th, 2016 in judicial review, local government, London, news, planning by tracey

‘The High Court has rejected Spitalfields Historic Trust Ltd’s judicial review claim against a planning permission decision by previous London mayor Boris Johnson.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th May 2016

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Ombudsman warns on financial appointee role after council told to repay £12k – Local Government Lawyer

‘A local authority has agreed to repay nearly £12,000 to a disabled woman for whom it was acting as financial appointee, following an investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th May 2016

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Council appeals to Court of Appeal in dispute over houses in multiple occupation and bedroom sizes – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 25th, 2016 in appeals, housing, local government, news, tribunals by sally

‘Nottingham City Council has applied to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal after the Upper Tribunal dismissed its challenge to terms of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licences that restricted the occupation of bedrooms to a particular type of occupier.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd May 2016

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Money down the drain – Nearly Legal

Posted May 25th, 2016 in costs, easements, housing, local government, news, nuisance, waste, water by sally

‘Nuisance cases are tricky. There is a lot to establish for causation, for liability and for loss. This case is perhaps a cautionary tale about the need to be constantly alert to changes in the facts and expert opinion as they emerge over the course of the case. It is also an object example of litigation between neighbours that got completely, astonishingly, out of hand in relation to the initial objectives.’

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Nearly Legal, 25th May 2016

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State aid ruling will help inform future investment of public funds, say experts – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 25th, 2016 in appeals, competition, EC law, loans, local government, news, sport, state aids by sally

‘A recent ruling by the Court of Appeal in London will help public bodies invest public funds into business ventures without breaching state aid rules.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd May 2016

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New drainage guidance for lawyers published – Legal Futures

‘New guidance is released today [24 May] for lawyers on drainage requirements for new build developments.’

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Legal Futures, 24th May 2016

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What happens when you’re deported to Britain? – BBC News

‘A widowed mother-of-five who has lived in Australia for most of her life is facing deportation to the UK. What awaits her when she gets off the plane, asks Claire Bates.’

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BBC News, 24th May 2016

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Benefit sanctions lead claimants to suicide, crime and destitution, warns damning report – The Independent

Posted May 25th, 2016 in benefits, delay, local government, mental health, news, sanctions, suicide by sally

‘Benefit sanctions are “devastating” for claimants and can lead to destitution, crime, suicide, and throw up barriers to employment, a wide-ranging report probing the effects of removing payments from Salford’s residents has claimed.’

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The Independent, 25th May 2016

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The new era promised by the Care Act is yet to arrive – The Guardian

‘One year after the act came into force, the momentum behind the changes risks being lost.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2016

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Council to pay £17,500 damages to 14 year old for human rights breaches – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has ordered a county council to pay £17,500 in damages to a 14-year-old girl in care for breaches of her human rights.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th May 2016

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Councils hit back after minister attacks affordable housing policy legal challenge – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 19th, 2016 in appeals, housing, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The two councils that challenged a Government policy on affordable housing and small-scale sites have defended their decision to bring legal action, after a minister claimed the proceedings were “a total waste of taxpayers’ money”.’

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The Guardian, 18th May 2016

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Judges reject state aid challenge to £14.4m council loan to stadium operator – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 17th, 2016 in appeals, loans, local government, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed a judicial review challenge to Coventry City Council’s decision to lend £14.4m to ACL, a company which operates the Ricoh Arena.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th May 2016

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Judge rejects misfeasance in public office claim against council and employee – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 16th, 2016 in local government, misfeasance in public office, news by sally

‘A High Court judge has dismissed a claim for damages for misfeasance in public office brought against a council and one of its employees, a senior street works engineer.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th May 2016

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Housing and Planning Bill to receive Royal Assent on 12 May – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 13th, 2016 in bills, housing, local government, news, planning by tracey

‘The UK government’s Housing and Planning Bill has been listed to receive Royal Assent today (12 May).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th May 2016

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Court of Appeal backs decision to clear Green Belt land of Romany Gypsy caravans – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 12th, 2016 in appeals, gipsies, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected a judicial review challenge to the decision of a local authority to use its planning enforcement powers to clear agricultural land in the Green Belt of caravans occupied by Romany Gypsies.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th May 2016

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Court of Appeal upholds rejection of bid to register rights of common – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 11th, 2016 in animals, appeals, commons, judicial review, local government, news, notification by sally

‘A county council has successfully defended in the Court of Appeal its decision to refuse an application to register rights of common under the Commons Act 2006.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th May 2016

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Legal highs brought low as councils employ banning orders to curb use – The Guardian

‘Critics say antisocial behaviour laws used by local authorities ahead of an all-out ban on legal highs have already criminalised vulnerable people ‘by the back door’.’

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The Guardian, 11th May 2016

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Questions and Answers – Nearly Legal

‘A judicial review of a decision on a s.17 Children Act 1989 assessment of a homeless, non-eligible family. The issues were the extent of investigations required, and legitimate conclusions to be drawn from a lack of information provided.’

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Nearly Legal, 8th May 2016

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Poker organisers ordered to pay £32,000 after council prosecution – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 6th, 2016 in fines, gambling, local government, news by tracey

‘Two organisers of illegal commercial poker tournaments have been ordered to pay £32,000 in fines and costs following a prosecution brought by the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th May 2016

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Rotherham abuse survivors press for stricter taxi safety measures – The Guardian

‘All taxis drivers in Rotherham will be required to have CCTV cameras installed in their cars from July, in an attempt to prevent child sexual exploitation. Drivers will also have to activate an audio recording device whenever they transport an unaccompanied child or vulnerable adult , under a series of measures introduced by the council to rebuild trust in the taxi industry.’

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The Guardian, 3rd May 2016

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