Nzolameso v Westminster City Council (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another intervening) – WLR Daily

Nzolameso v Westminster City Council (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another intervening) [2015] UKSC 22; [2015] WLR (D) 165

‘A local housing authority, in carrying out its duties under the Housing Act 1996, was obliged to accommodate a homeless person in suitable accommodation within its district if it was reasonably practicable to do so. The authority was to determine the suitability of the proposed accommodation by reference to the needs of the individual homeless person and each member of her household and to its location. Where accommodation was offered outside the authority’s district, the placement was to be as close as possible to where the members of the household had previously lived. In reaching its decision, the authority was required to take account of the Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2012 (SI 2012/2601) and the guidance issued by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. It was also required, by section 11(2) of the Children Act 2004, to have regard to the need to safeguard and to promote the welfare of the children concerned.’

WLR Daily, 2nd April 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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In re S (A Child) (Access to Justice Foundation intervening) – WLR Daily

In re S (A Child) (Access to Justice Foundation intervening) [2015] UKSC 20; [2015] WLR (D) 163

‘The principle that orders for costs were not normally made in cases about children applied in cases involving local authorities, whether in relation to first instance proceedings or on appeal. A costs order would only be made where a party had acted reprehensibly in relation to the child or had taken an unreasonable stance in the proceedings, or if it were otherwise appropriate and just, as where the child’s welfare might be put at risk if a costs order were not made.’

WLR Daily, 25th March 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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The Care Act 2014: Eligibility Criteria, Duties and Powers in Respect of Adults in Need of Care and Support – Doughty Street Chambers

‘This section deals with the eligibility criteria and the powers and duties in respect of adults in need of ‘care and support’. The new powers and duties in relation to those who provide adults with care are dealt with separately.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, March 2015

Source: www.doughtystreet.co.uk

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The Care Act 2014: The Duty to Assess Need – Doughty Street Chambers

‘This paper considers the duties to undertake assessments of care needs in the Care
Act 2014 (“the Act”), including the primary duty under section 9, the duty to assess
carers under section 10; the transition assessment duties and the out of area
transfer duties under sections 58 and 37 respectively.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, March 2015

Source: www.doughtystreet.co.uk

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Council defeats High Court challenge to consultation on adult care cuts – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court has rejected a legal challenge to Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council’s consultation on its proposal to cut its adult social care budget for 2015/16.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th February 2015

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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First judicial review over 2014 Act duties to disabled children reaches court – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge will this week hear what is being billed as the first judicial review to consider local authorities’ duties to disabled children following reforms brought in under the new Children and Families Act.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th January 2015

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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A return of sanity: Allocation and reasonable preference – NearlyLegal

Posted November 7th, 2014 in appeals, housing, judicial review, local government, news, statutory duty by tracey

‘Jakimaviciute, R (On the Application Of) v Hammersmith And Fulham London Borough Council [2014] EWCA Civ 1438. Eligibility for allocation list, reasonable preference and homelessness. After a run of Court of Appeal housing decisions that might be mildly described as disappointing, it is good to see one that is definitely right, albeit apparently reluctantly given.’

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NearlyLegal, 6th November 2014

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk/blog/

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High Court judge rejects challenge to withdrawal of wheelchair bus service – Local Government Lawyer

‘A city council has successfully defended a High Court challenge to its decision to withdraw a wheelchair bus service.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd October 2014

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Consultation process not unfair after all, says Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 13th, 2014 in appeals, consultations, news, statutory duty by sally

‘Deciding whether a given consultation process conducted prior to some administrative decision was or was not sufficiently unfair to warrant challenge is not an easy task. Three connected problems commonly arise:

(1) did the public body provide adequate information to enable properly informed consultation

(2) was the consultation at a formative stage of the decision-making process, so it was a real rather than sham process?

(3) did the consultation encompass sufficient alternatives?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th October 2014

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Drivers may be able to reclaim millions in unfair parking fines – The Independent

‘Motorists could demand the refund of more than £100m in parking fines, after what experts described as an “explosive” tribunal ruling left local government traffic officials in “absolute panic”.’

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The Independent, 21st September 2014

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Graham Gee: Do Lord Chancellors defend judicial independence? – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted August 18th, 2014 in inquiries, judiciary, lord chancellor, news, parliament, pensions, statutory duty by tracey

‘As part of its inquiry into the office of Lord Chancellor, the Constitution Committee asks whether “new” (i.e. post-2003) Lord Chancellors have actually defended judicial independence in line with their customary and now statutory duty to do so. I was asked for examples earlier this summer when appearing before the Committee (with Andrew Le Sueur and Patrick O’Brien). I tried to identify some, but rather garbled my answer. Earlier in the year I also sketched some thoughts about Lord Chancellors in Public Law, but struggled to find clear-cut examples. One reason is that collective cabinet responsibility and the confidentiality of exchanges between Lord Chancellors and judges mean that outsiders will seldom have a full picture of what has occurred behind closed doors. This is unfortunate since my impression is that many lawyers assume—mistakenly, I think—that new Lord Chancellors are neither willing nor able to defend judicial independence. This post is hopefully third time lucky in correcting this assumption. By drawing on press reports, public statements and interviews that Robert Hazell, Kate Malleson, Patrick O’Brien and I conducted between 2011-2013, I want to piece together evidence that suggests that new Lord Chancellors can and do defend judicial independence.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 18th August 2014

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org/blog

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Regina (Hamill) v Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court – WLR Daily

Posted August 13th, 2014 in judicial review, law reports, police, sexual offences, statutory duty by sally

Regina (Hamill) v Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court [2014] EWHC 2799 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 377

‘The statutory power to make a determination pursuant to section 91C of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, on an application under section 91B of that Act, could be delegated by the “chief officer of police” to a subordinate police officer of the rank of superintendent or higher.’

WLR Daily, 8th August 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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David T. Morrison & Co Limited t/a Gael Home Interiors (Respondent) v ICL Plastics Limited and others (Appellants) (Scotland) – Supreme Court

David T. Morrison & Co Limited t/a Gael Home Interiors (Respondent) v ICL Plastics Limited and others (Appellants) (Scotland) [2014] UKSC 48 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 30th July 2014

Source: www.youtube.com/user/UKSupremeCourt

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Public Engagement and Commercial Confidentiality – Oil and Water? – Hardwicke Chambers

‘CCGs may face pressure to disclose information about commissioning in at least four ways. From:

Their duties to involve the public in “planning of the commissioning arrangements by the group” (s14 Z2 National Health Service Act 2006).
Their duties to involve individual patients in “their care or treatment” (s14U National Health Service Act 2006).
Applications to provide information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Applications for disclosure, as part of litigation brought by failed tenderers following procurement exercises.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 10th April 2014

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

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Not in our name: Parliamentary committee rejects Government’s case for Judicial Review reform – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Angela Patrick, Director of Human Rights Policy at JUSTICE, summarises the important Joint Committee on Human Rights report “The implications for access to justice of the Government’s proposals to reform judicial review”.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th April 2014

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Mohamoud v Birmingham City Council – WLR Daily

Posted March 12th, 2014 in appeals, homelessness, housing, law reports, local government, statutory duty by tracey

Mohamoud v Birmingham City Council: [2014] EWCA Civ 227;   [2014] WLR (D)  119

‘The principle that a person conducting a review of a local housing authority’s decision as to what (if any) duty to provide accommodation it owed under section 193 of the Housing Act 1996 to an applicant could look at new matters to determine whether there was a “deficiency” in the decision for the purposes of regulation 8(2) of the Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Review Procedures) Regulations 1999 was not confined to points which the applicant could not have taken at the outset.’

WLR Daily, 7th March 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Deciding without a decision – NearlyLegal

‘R (on the application of PK) v Harrow LBC (2014) QBD Admin 30 January 2014. The Claimants were the children of M. The family was street homeless and destitute following eviction. It appears that Harrow had decided there was no duty to accommodate M, as the family was referred to Social Services.’

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NearlyLegal, 9th February 2014

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk/blog/

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New Year, new tort of misuse of private information – UK Human Rights Blog

‘A group of UK Google users called ‘Safari Users Against Google’s Secret Tracking’ have claimed that the tracking and collation of information about of their internet usage by Google amounts to misuse of personal information, and a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. The Judge confirmed that misuse of personal information was a distinct tort. He also held that the English courts had jurisdiction to try the claims.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd January 2013

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Court rejects claim council owed duty to use general power of competence – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 27th, 2013 in children, housing, human rights, immigration, local government, news, statutory duty by tracey

‘The High Court has dismissed a claimant’s argument that a London borough had a duty to use the general power of competence to provide her with accommodation and subsistence support.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th November 2013

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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On families, powers and duties to accommodate – NearlyLegal

‘R (on the application of MK) v Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council. A judicial review raising the extent of a Council’s duties and powers under s.17 Children Act 1989 and s.1 Localism Act 2011 (the general power of competence) in providing housing for someone not otherwise eligible for housing assistance.’

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NearlyLegal, 26th November 2013

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk/blog/

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