‘“Governance” in local authority terms means different things to different people. We have chosen three issues within this broad field which appear to us to have caused significant recent controversy, and which are likely to continue to cause problems in the future. These are –
a. Local government standards and predetermination particularly examining the regime under the Localism Act 2011 and asking, two years on from its implementation, what has been the impact of the new regime?
b. A look at some recent case-law concerning the conduct of local authority meetings, the provision of information at and prior to meetings, and the effect of breaches of such requirements on the legality of decisions.
c. Finally, some brief notes on the 2014 DCLG Transparency Code and the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.’
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Thirty Nine Essex Street, February 2015