Former councillor jailed for supplying false information ahead of election – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 25th, 2016 in elections, electoral register, fraud, local government, news, sentencing by sally

‘An ex-councillor has been jailed for two months after pleading guilty to supplying false information to an electoral registration officer.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th August 2016

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MPs urge action on “significant” legal loophole in taxi licensing – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in codes of practice, licensing, local government, news, parliament, taxis by sally

‘MPs have called on the Government to address a “damaging and significant legal loophole” that allows taxis licensed by other local authorities to operate within Rotherham, even if the drivers have had their application for a Rotherham licence rejected.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th August 2016

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Woman gets £2m over near-drowning in school swimming lesson – The Guardian

‘A woman who won a judgment against her local authority after she nearly drowned during a school swimming lesson 16 years ago has been awarded £2m in compensation.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2016

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Sharon Shoesmith on Baby P, child protection and the tabloid media: ‘I came very close to not standing up again’ – The Guardian

‘The death of a toddler at the hands of his abusive family shocked the nation in 2007, and led to the sacking and demonisation of Sharon Shoesmith, head of Haringey children’s services. But was she just a scapegoat?’

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The Guardian, 19th August 2016

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Council agrees to re-house disabled woman after Ombudsman investigation – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 19th, 2016 in disabled persons, housing, local government, news by tracey

‘A London borough has agreed to re-house a disabled woman and her family after errors were made in processing her housing application.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th August 2016

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High Court quashes school closure decision over consultation flaws – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 18th, 2016 in consultations, education, local government, news, Wales by tracey

‘Denbighshire County Council mishandled its consultation on closing a Welsh language school, the High Court has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th August 2016

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Council fined £100,000 after social care files left in empty building – The Guardian

Posted August 17th, 2016 in data protection, fines, local government, news, privacy, social services by sally

‘A county council has been fined £100,000 after files containing highly sensitive personal details of more than 100 people were discovered in a disused building.’

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The Guardian, 17th August 2016

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Court of Appeal quashes permission for hydro-electric station on Thames – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 17th, 2016 in electricity, judicial review, local government, news, planning by sally

‘A council must pay a local hotel owner £55,000 in costs after losing a judicial review over construction of a hydro-electric station.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th August 2016

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Is it within the remit of the NHS to commission and pay for preventative HIV drugs? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 16th, 2016 in health, HIV, local government, medicines, news by sally

‘In this case NHS England argued it lacked the power to commission (and be responsible for paying for) preventative HIV drugs. It said this was solely the responsibility of local authorities and, in so doing, disavowed any responsibility for preventative medicine.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th August 2016

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Troubled Families report ‘suppressed’ – BBC News

‘An unfavourable evaluation of the government’s flagship policy response to the 2011 riots has been suppressed, BBC Newsnight has learned.’

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BBC News, 8th August 2016

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Trading standards institute: consumers are no longer protected – The Guardian

Posted August 8th, 2016 in budgets, consumer protection, local government, news, standards, statistics by sally

‘Trading standards officers have accused the government of failing to protect consumers after it emerged that the local council budget for policing rogue traders has fallen to just £1.99 a year per citizen.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2016

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Housing needs and household members – Nearly Legal

‘This was a judicial review of a decision by Luton Council Housing Appeals and Review Panel not to offer Mr Jones a tenancy of the property of which Mr J’s late father was the tenant, but instead offer a one bed property.’

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Nearly Legal, 7th August 2016

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When does the refusal to provide accommodation to an applicant breach Article 3? – Nearly Legal

Posted August 5th, 2016 in housing, human rights, local government, news by tracey

‘In R (GS) v Camden LBC [2016] EWHC 1762 (Admin), the High Court was required to consider whether a Swiss national, who was not present in the UK lawfully, was entitled to accommodation under the Care Act 2014 or, alternatively, whether Camden were obliged to provide accommodation under s.1, Localism Act 2011 to avoid a breach of Article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights. The result – which was positive for GS – is potentially of considerable assistance for similar people.’

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Nearly legal, 3rd August 2016

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Councillor wins battle with parish over failure to provide reading aid – Local Government Lawyer

‘A parish council discriminated against a councillor with visual impairment by failing to provide him with reading aids to carry out his duties. That finding has come following six employment tribunal hearings in Bedford and Huntingdon between November 2015 and May 2016 concerning former Brixworth parish councillor Stephen Pointer.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd August 2016

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Ancient grazing rights threatened as controversial baaaaaaad behaviour orders used to criminalise sheep – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 4th, 2016 in animals, ASBOs, commons, crime, fines, local government, news by Mark L

‘it is one of the most ancient surviving commoners’ rights in England, thought to date at least to the Norman conquest if not before. But the custom of allowing sheep to roam freely in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire is set to be criminalised in one village, in the latest manifestation of controversial new antisocial behaviour laws nicknamed the “busybodies’ charter”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2016

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HIV campaigners win NHS drug battle – BBC News

Posted August 2nd, 2016 in appeals, health, HIV, local government, medicines, news by tracey

‘The NHS in England has been told by the High Court it can fund a “game-changing” drug that can prevent HIV after health bosses argued it was not their responsibility.’

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BBC News, 2nd August 2016

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Council tax, periodic tenancies, and the end of L&T law avoided – Nearly Legal

Posted August 2nd, 2016 in council tax, landlord & tenant, local government, news, tribunals, valuation by tracey

‘We’ve seen the issue of who is liable for Council Tax when a tenant has left a property before the end of a periodic tenancy arise before. Here, the Upper Tribunal decided that a statutory periodic monthly tenancy following a 6 month fixed term did not amount to a ‘material interest’ of over six months such that the tenant would remain liable for Council Tax, while here in the Shropshire decision (and amusingly featuring NL) the Valuation Tribunal decided that a contractual periodic tenancy following on from a fixed term of 6 months did amount to a material interest such that the tenant remained liable.’

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Nearly legal, 1st August 2016

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Allocation & unreasonable behaviour – Nearly Legal

Posted August 2nd, 2016 in housing, local government, news, rehabilitation by tracey

‘YA v London Borough of Hammersmith And Fulham [2016] EWHC 1850 (Admin). YA was in care with H&F for a number of years and was now a care leaver. During that previous period as a child in care, he had committed a number of criminal offences, though these were spent under Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 at the relevant time. YA applied to be added to H&F’s housing register.’

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Nearly legal, 31st July 2016

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Emergency Powers Compensation – Local Government Law

‘In Hastings Borough Council v Manolete Partners Plc [2016] UKSC 50 the Council exercised its emergency powers under Section 78 of the Building Act 1984 to restrict public access to Hastings Pier.’

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Local Government Law. 27th July 2016

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Ellie Butler murder: Father displayed ‘pattern of impulsive violence’ – BBC News

‘A man who murdered his six-year-old daughter was described as displaying a “pattern of impulsive violence” months before she died, it has been revealed.’

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BBC News, 30th July 2016

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