Supreme Court to hear term-time holiday case next week – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 24th, 2017 in appeals, education, holidays, local government, news, school children, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court will next week hold an expedited hearing in the high-profile unauthorised school absence case involving the Isle of Wight Council.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd January 2017

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City settles claim over failure to protect woman when in care as child – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 20th, 2017 in care orders, child abuse, compensation, fostering, local government, news by sally

‘Peterborough City Council has reached an out of court settlement with a woman who accused it of failing to protect her when she was in its care as a child.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th January 2017

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Property developer ordered to pay £55k over listed building offences – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 19th, 2017 in construction industry, costs, fines, historic buildings, local government, news by tracey

‘A property development business, a director and a site manager have been ordered to pay more than £55,000 between them after removing historic fixtures in every room of a grade-II listed house in Lincoln without consent.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th January 2017

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What Westminster did next. Sending the homeless to Coventry – Nearly Legal

Posted January 18th, 2017 in homelessness, housing, local government, news by sally

‘As has been reported here and here, Westminster City Council have decided to adopt various new housing policies. In particular, there are new proposed policies on temporary accommodation and permanent accommodation offers for homeless households.’

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Nearly Legal, 16th January 2017

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Local government: cuts to library provision – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 16th, 2017 in budgets, children, documents, equality, libraries, local government, news, volunteers by sally

‘When local authorities plan to reduce, restructure or rationalise library services, litigation often results.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th January 2017

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To me – To you – Nearly Legal

Posted January 16th, 2017 in homelessness, housing, judicial review, landlord & tenant, local government, news by sally

‘A judicial review in which two local authorities fought over which of them was gong to have to owe a housing duty to a homeless applicant. The central issue was whether, in the circumstances, Ealing could refuse a referral under the local connection provisions by RBK&C. However, the finding on ‘same facts’ second homeless applications has much broader application and should be taken note of by everyone.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th January 2017

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City council wrongly decided child was not in need, High Court judge rules – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 16th, 2017 in children, housing, judges, judicial review, local government, news by sally

‘Birmingham City Council acted wrongly when it decided that a child was not in need of accommodation in its area because his mother had recently left the London Borough of Bromley.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th January 2017

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Expect more neighbourhood plan challenges in 2017, says expert, as parish council plan fails examination – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 9th, 2017 in local government, news, planning by sally

‘An increasing number of neighbourhood plans will fail the independent examination stage in 2017, while those that do proceed to referendum could face additional legal challenges, an expert has predicted.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th January 2017

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City heads to Supreme Court over council tax position where tenant moves out – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 6th, 2017 in appeals, council tax, landlord & tenant, local government, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Leeds City Council is to seek permission from the Supreme Court to appeal a key ruling over whether landlords are responsible for paying council tax on a property when a tenant has moved out before the tenancy agreement has formally ended.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th January 2017

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Police and council pay damages to children kept in care too long – BBC News

Posted December 21st, 2016 in children, damages, families, fostering, local government, news, police by tracey

‘Two children who were kept in care for too long have been awarded damages from a police force and council.’

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BBC News, 21st December 2016

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Children ‘left at risk by government reform delay’ – BBC News

Posted December 16th, 2016 in children, delay, local government, news, select committees, social services by tracey

‘Children are being left “at risk of harm” because of the government’s failure to develop “credible” plans to improve child protection, MPs warn.’

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BBC News, 16th December 2016

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Child sex abuse ‘on an industrial scale’ at London care home revealed as alleged victims take inquiry into their own hands – The Independent

Posted December 16th, 2016 in care homes, child abuse, compensation, inquiries, local government, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Lambeth Council faces paying out millions of pounds in compensation to children allegedly put at risk.’

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The Independent, 15th December 2016

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Parish council wins High Court planning battle over village needs – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 14th, 2016 in housing, judicial review, local government, news, planning by sally

‘East Bergholt Parish Council has won a case against Babergh District Council that it said would affect two more planning applications in the district and potentially other rural areas.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th December 2016

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Four councils formally launch legal action over Heathrow expansion – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 12th, 2016 in airports, consultations, local government, news, pollution by sally

‘Four local authorities have formally served legal papers accusing the Government of unlawfully supporting the expansion of Heathrow.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th December 2016

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Applications for term-time absences rise after High Court ruling: research – Local Government Lawyer

‘Nearly one in three school leaders (31%) have reported an increase in the number of applications for term-time absences since a landmark High Court ruling in May this year, a survey by law firm Browne Jacobson has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th December 2016

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Judge quashes permission in basement and permitted development rights case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 9th, 2016 in building law, interpretation, local government, London, news, planning by sally

‘A judge has quashed the London Borough of Camden’s grant of planning permission for a basement extension, deciding that the planning committee misdirected itself over the volume of associated engineering works.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th December 2016

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Housing benefit – Local Government Law

Posted December 8th, 2016 in appeals, benefits, housing, local government, news, social security, tribunals by tracey

‘Housing benefit is “a means tested benefit provided under section 130 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 and subordinate regulations”. Its “purpose is to help claimants with their rental costs”. There is “a prescribed mechanism for determining in each case the appropriate maximum housing benefit”.’

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Local Government Law, 5th December 2016

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Casey report on integration calls for new oath for holders of public office – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 6th, 2016 in government departments, local government, news, oaths, reports, women by sally

‘Standards of leadership and integrity in public office must be increased as part of efforts to improve social integration in Great Britain and bind communities together, Dame Louise Casey has said in a report.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th December 2016

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Disability and homelessness: bringing home human rights – Cloisters

Posted December 1st, 2016 in disabled persons, homelessness, human rights, local government, news, treaties by sally

‘Sally Robertson considers the decision of R (GS) v London Borough of Camden [2016] EWHC 1762 (Admin), 27 July 2016 in this blog.’

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Cloisters, 9th November 2016

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Witness Protection: Can non-parties appeal critical findings made in a judgment which infringe their human rights? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 30th, 2016 in appeals, human rights, jurisdiction, local government, news, police, social services, witnesses by tracey

‘Re: W (A child) [2016] EWCA Civ 1140. A Family Court judgment was severely critical of two witnesses and the applicant local authority. In an oral “bullet point” judgment at the end of the hearing, the Judge found that the witnesses, a social worker (“SW”) and a police officer (“PO”), had improperly conspired to prove certain allegations regardless of the truth, or professional guidelines.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th November 2016

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