Devolution at the heart of UK government’s first legislative programme, expert says – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 29th, 2015 in bills, devolution, local government, news by sally

‘The UK’s new Conservative government will “set in motion the biggest transfer of power from Westminster and Whitehall in history”, an expert has said, after it committed to regional devolution in England and more powers for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th May 2015

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Woman left housebound after having legs amputated receives compensation following blunder that led to benefit money being withheld – The Independent

Posted May 29th, 2015 in benefits, budgets, compensation, delay, disabled persons, local government, news by sally

‘A woman who was left housebound following the amputation of both legs has received £27,000 in compensation after watchdogs found financial support was withheld due to an administrative battle between a council and the NHS.’

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The Independent, 28th May 2015

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New law will force councils to merge services to improve adoption rates – The Guardian

Posted May 26th, 2015 in adoption, bills, local government, news, social services by sally

‘Councils will be forced to merge services in order to speed up adoption rates, according to plans to be set out in the Queen’s speech next week. Adoption is “happening at too small and localised a scale”, the Department for Education said, and mergers would slash waiting times by increasing the pool of potential adopters.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2015

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Court of Appeal rules on vexatious and unreasonable information requests – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has handed down a key ruling on the scope of a public authority’s power to reject a request for information as ‘vexatious’ or ‘manifestly unreasonable’.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th May 2015

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Supreme Court upholds challenge to council decision on intentional homelessness – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 21st, 2015 in appeals, homelessness, local government, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘Local authorities have been advised to review urgently their intentional homelessness decision making after the Supreme Court – by a 4-1 majority – today upheld an appellant’s challenge.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st May 2015

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The London borough that has turned homeless people into ‘criminals – The Independent

Posted May 21st, 2015 in ASBOs, crime, fines, homelessness, local government, London, news by sally

‘Homeless people face being criminalised in a east London borough due to a ban on anti-social behaviour, a charity has warned.’

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The Independent, 21st May 2015

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Judgment prompts review of thousands of housing cases – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 20th, 2015 in homelessness, housing, local government, news, statutory duty by sally

‘Local authority housing lawyers will potentially have to review thousands of applications for accommodation after the Supreme Court widened the scope of vulnerable applicants who are considered homeless.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th May 2015

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Council defeats second judicial review challenge to nursery education decision – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 20th, 2015 in children, education, judicial review, local government, news by sally

‘Two mothers have lost a High Court challenge to a council’s decision to stop providing full time nursery education free of charge for three-year-old children.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th May 2015

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Inside the secret court that helps victims of drug abuse keep their families together – The Guardian

‘Seven years ago, the Family Drug and Alcohol Court began in London: now it is being extended to England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2015

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5,000 disabled adults sexually abused in past two years, NSPCC says – The Guardian

‘Almost 5,000 disabled adults have been sexually abused in England in the past two years, figures have shown.’

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The Guardian, 18th May 2015

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Vulnerability – a fresh start – Nearly Legal

Posted May 14th, 2015 in appeals, equality, homelessness, local government, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The thing about the Supreme Court is that all those years of accrued, encrusted High Court and Court of Appeal case law just don’t matter. If the Supreme Court thinks otherwise, they are so much chaff. And so, to some extent, it proved to be in these joined appeals, where the issue was the meaning of vulnerability in s.189(1)(c) Housing Act 1996.’

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Nearly Legal, 13th May 2015

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Supreme Court overturns key test on homeless people and vulnerability – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 14th, 2015 in appeals, homelessness, local government, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Supreme Court has today issued a landmark ruling in three linked appeals over when homeless people are to be considered “vulnerable” under the Housing Act 1996 and therefore in priority need.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th May 2015

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Local authority prosecutes housing association tenant for unlawful subletting – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 13th, 2015 in benefits, fraud, housing, landlord & tenant, local government, news by tracey

‘Enfield Council is claiming to have become the first local authority nationally to have used the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 to successfully prosecute a housing association tenant for unlawful subletting.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th May 2015

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Adoption rates in freefall after court ruling leaves children languishing in unsuitable homes – The Independent

Posted May 13th, 2015 in adoption, children, families, local government, news, statistics by tracey

‘The number of children being put forward for adoption has plummeted over the past year following a series of court rulings that have left local authorities frightened of removing them from birth families.’

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The Independent, 12th May 2015

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Regina (Nicolson) v Tottenham Magistrates’ Court – WLR Daily

Regina (Nicolson) v Tottenham Magistrates’ Court: [2015] EWHC 1252 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 204

‘Before being empowered to make an order under regulation 34(7) of the Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992 for costs reasonably incurred by a local authority in council tax enforcement proceedings, the magistrates’ court had to have made a proper judicial determination of what costs had been reasonably incurred by the applicant in obtaining the liability order, that determination being based on proper and sufficient material provided by the applicant.’

WLR Daily, 6th May 2015

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Local authorities and judicial review: they should not put their heads completely in the sands – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 7th, 2015 in costs, judicial review, local government, news, planning, trials by sally

‘Out of what some may think to be an everyday spat between the Co-Op (existing supermarket) and an out-of-town supermarket proposer, comes a salutary reminder from Singh J that local authorities cannot behave like private litigants when they are judicially reviewed. Different rules apply.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th May 2015

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New guidance developed to help local authorities communicate via social media – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 7th, 2015 in internet, local government, media, news by sally

‘A new information platform has been set up to help local authorities improve the way they communicate on social media.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th May 2015

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Down the pan: Council pays man £341k after falling off toilet – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 5th, 2015 in compensation, local government, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Fylde Council in Lancashire, confirms it ends eight years of legal wrangle by settling claim involving man who fell when lavatory bowl collapsed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd May 2015

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R (on the application of Hemming (t/a Simply Pleasure Ltd) and others) (Respondents) v Westminster City Council (Appellant) – Supreme Court

R (on the application of Hemming (t/a Simply Pleasure Ltd) and others) (Respondents) v Westminster City Council (Appellant) [2015] UKSC 25 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 29th April 2015

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Moore v Secretary of State: The Consequences for Gypsy and Traveller Planning –

‘Charmaine Moore a Romani Gypsy and a single mother of 3 dependent children. She and one of her daughters are disabled. She owns and occupies land in the London Borough of Bromley. In 2010 she applied for planning permission to live on her land. That application has still to be determined finally. The application was a modest one “change of use – private Gypsy and Traveller Caravan Site comprising pitch, accommodating one mobile home and one touring caravan”. She has never sought more.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 24th April 2015

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