Supreme Court agrees to hear key case on intentional homelessness – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 29th, 2014 in appeals, homelessness, housing, local government, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Supreme Court has given an appellant permission to appeal a Court of Appeal ruling over the relevant time for a council to consider whether her homelessness was intentional.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th August 2014

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Rotherham sex abuse scandal: Victims seeking millions in compensation – Daily Telegraph

‘Victims of child sex exploitation in Rotherham launch a class action against the local council and police for failings that allowed years of abuse.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th August 2014

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About 1,400 Rotherham children ‘sexually exploited over 16-year period’ – The Guardian

Posted August 26th, 2014 in child abuse, children, local government, news, rape, reports, sexual offences by tracey

‘About 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham over a 16-year period, according to a report that concluded “it is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered”.’

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The Guardian, 26th August 2014

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Barristers’ clerks leader condemns “scandalous” local authority portal scheme – Legal Futures

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in barristers, barristers' clerks, fees, local government, news, tenders by tracey

‘A barrister portal scheme operated by the North West Legal Consortium, a group of over 30 local authorities, has been condemned as “scandalous” by the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC).’

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Legal Futures, 22nd August 2014

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Baby removed from mother at birth: a look at reporting restrictions orders – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘M, who was 24-years-old, was in the late stages of her first pregnancy (X County Council v M). She suffered from persecuting delusions including a belief that mental health services were “murderers” and would murder her and her unborn child. The local authority applied to the court for permission not to disclose to M the care plan for the removal of her baby at birth. They also applied for a reporting restrictions order. The Family Division held that despite the fact that both orders sought were draconian, the orders would be granted in the circumstances of the case.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 14th August 2014

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Care workers take Hampshire home employers to tribunal over pay and working hours – The Guardian

‘Eleven female carers to the elderly are taking their employers to a tribunal claiming they were only paid by the minutes they spent with clients rather than their rostered working hours. The staff, who were on zero-hours contracts, allege that, due to the arrangements, they were paid less than the minimum wage of £6.31 an hour. It is understood that some of the employees at Apex Care in Romsey, Hampshire, where the firm was commissioned to provide the home care service by the council, believe their real hourly wage was close to £3.50.’

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The Guardian, 17th August 2014

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Erlam and others v Rahman and another – WLR Daily

Posted August 12th, 2014 in corruption, elections, law reports, local government by sally

Erlam and others v Rahman and another [2014] EWHC 2766 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 374

‘Non-compliance with the requirement in rule 4(1) of the Election Petition Rules 1960 for “setting out with sufficient particularity the facts relied on” did not render the petition a nullity, or compel its dismissal; the court had power under the CPR or its inherent jurisdiction to order the provision of further particulars to remedy the default.’

WLR Daily, 7th August 2014

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The latest on cuts: Lessons for authorities following R (Draper) v Lincolnshire CC – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted August 7th, 2014 in budgets, consultations, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

‘Mr Justice Collins has handed down judgment in the latest case borne out of government cuts. The judgment provides useful learning to local authorities in particular on how to comply with new duties in relation to expressions of interest under the Localism Act 2011, writes Leon Glenister.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 5th August 2014

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Supreme Court agrees to hear case on eviction and disability discrimination – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Supreme Court has issued a last-minute order to prevent the eviction of a disabled social housing tenant.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th August 2014

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Arguably Serious – Aster Communities Ltd v Akerman-Livingstone – NearlyLegal

‘Aster Communities Ltd (formerly Flourish homes Ltd) v Akerman-Livingstone [2014] EWCA Civ 1081 (30 July 2014) is an extraordinary decision that will – if allowed to stand – have a significant impact on the day-to-day management of possession claims in the county court.’

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NearlyLegal, 5th August 2014

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Regina (Maries) v Merton London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Regina (Maries) v Merton London Borough Council [2014] EWHC 2689 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 357

‘In exercising the power to appropriate land under section 122(1) of the Local Government Act 1972, the statutory question that had to be determined was whether the land remained, or was no longer, required for a particular purpose, meaning no longer needed in the public interest of the locality for that purpose. That was a question for the local authority and not the court, subject to principles of Wednesbury reasonableness.’

WLR Daily, 31st August 2014

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When is Same-Sex Parenting a Private Fostering Arrangement? – Family Law Week

Posted August 4th, 2014 in children, fostering, homosexuality, local government, news by sally

‘Kate Tompkins, barrister, of 36 Bedford Row considers the implications of private fostering arrangements in respect of children born to same-sex couples.’

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Family Law Week, 31st July 2014

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Consulting on library cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 4th, 2014 in budgets, consultations, libraries, local government, news by sally

‘Local authorities proposing sensitive budget cuts inevitably cross minefields laden with lethal legal ordnance. This generally includes volatile consultation and equalities devices. But following the decision of Collins J on 17 July in Draper v Lincolnshire County Council [2014] EWHC 2388 (Admin), consultation may have become more complex.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th August 2014

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Regina (Winder and others) v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted August 1st, 2014 in benefits, council tax, domicile, law reports, local government, news, ultra vires by sally

Regina (Winder and others) v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) [2014] EWHC 2617 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 349

‘The provisions of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 did not empower a billing authority for an area to impose a condition of residence on individuals seeking to utilise a council tax reduction scheme created under section 13A(2) of the Act.’

WLR Daily, 30th July 2014

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Kanu v Southwark London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Posted July 31st, 2014 in appeals, disabled persons, equality, homelessness, law reports, local government by michael

Kanu v Southwark London Borough Council [2014] EWCA Civ 1085;  [2014] WLR (D) 344

‘Where an applicant with a disability sought housing assistance as homeless, section 149(1) of the Equality Act 2010 did not require a housing authority to do any more than was required by the Housing Act 1996. The public sector equality duty in section 149 of the 2010 Act could not extend to requiring a housing authority to secure accommodation for a disabled person in circumstances where his disability did not render him vulnerable.’

WLR Daily, 29th July 2014

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Regina (Whapples) v Birmingham Crosscity Clinical Commissioning Group (Secretary of State for Health intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted July 31st, 2014 in health, housing, law reports, local government by michael

Regina (Whapples) v Birmingham Crosscity Clinical Commissioning Group (Secretary of State for Health intervening) [2014] EWHC 2647 (Admin);  [2014] WLR (D)  347

‘When considering the provision of accommodation under section 3(1) of the National Health Service Act 2006 it would usually be difficult to say, absent special circumstances, that a clinical commissioning group had acted lawfully or irrationally in deciding that the accommodation needs of an individual could and should be met through other avenues involving means-tested state provision, and not out of its own NHS budget.’

WLR Daily, 30th July 2014

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Council chief reprimanded over use of n-word – BBC News

Posted July 31st, 2014 in local government, news, racism by michael

‘The deputy leader of Powys Council has been “severely reprimanded” for using racially offensive language at a council meeting.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2014

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Local authority’s ‘benefit tourism’ rule discriminated against residents – The Guardian

‘A local authority acted illegally when it introduced strict residency criteria designed to prevent it becoming a magnet for “benefit tourists” priced out of high-cost areas of London and the south-east by welfare reforms, a judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2014

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Alcohol abuse in pregnancy could become a crime, legal papers claim – The Guardian

‘An unprecedented court hearing to decide on the right of a child whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy to receive compensation could pave the way to the criminalisation of pregnant women’s behaviour, according to legal papers lodged with the judge.

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The Guardian, 26th July 2014

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Sacked Baby P chief Sharon Shoesmith won payout of more than £600,000 – The Guardian

Posted July 24th, 2014 in compensation, local government, news, social services, unfair dismissal by sally

‘Haringey council has had to pay out more than £600,000 to its former children’s services boss Sharon Shoesmith in compensation for unfair dismissal, unpaid wages, and pension contributions, according to reports.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2014

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