Appeal court ruling clears way for councils to cut social care services – The Guardian

Posted November 4th, 2010 in budgets, community care, disabled persons, local government, news by sally

“Local councils have been given the green light by the courts to cut social care services to elderly and disabled people previously assessed by law as needing them.”

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The Guardian, 4th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina (Savva) v Kensington and Chelsea Royal London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Posted November 4th, 2010 in budgets, community care, disabled persons, law reports, local government by sally

Regina (Savva) v Kensington and Chelsea Royal London Borough Council [2010] EWCA Civ 1209; [2010] WLR (D) 275

“When exercising its duty under s 2 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 to make arrangements to meet an individual’s needs, a local authority was entitled to consider what that individual’s needs were in relative terms as the starting point for calculating the personal budget allocated to meet them, and had to give reasons for its decision.”

WLR Daily, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Kenneth Clarke and Lord Judge: a plain-speaking verdict on life after cuts – The Guardian

Posted October 28th, 2010 in budgets, case management, dispute resolution, judiciary, news, time limits by sally

“Lord chancellor and lord chief justice share a talent for bluntness, but who is the most realistic about how the deficit will affect the legal system?”

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The Guardian, 28th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The Fawcett Society takes the cuts to court – The Guardian

Posted October 25th, 2010 in budgets, equality, judicial review, news, women by sally

“When feminist campaigners saw a palpable threat to women in the coalition government’s spending plans, with the help of Yvette Cooper’s calculations they launched the first ever legal challenge to the budget.”

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Top judge Lord Justice Goldring wants to save 34 courts – BBC News

Posted October 22nd, 2010 in budgets, county courts, magistrates, news by sally

“The senior presiding judge for England and Wales has said he cannot back the closure of 18 of the 103 magistrates’ courts earmarked for closure.”

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BBC News, 21st October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Post-CSR Legal Aid Notice from the Bar Council – The Bar Council

Posted October 21st, 2010 in barristers, budgets, legal aid, news by sally

“Following today’s (20 October) statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Comprehensive Spending Review, we have spoken with Jonathan Djanogly, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, about the Ministry’s contribution to reducing the deficit.”

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The Bar Council, 20th October 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Public sector lawyers split on Government spending cuts – The Lawyer

Posted October 21st, 2010 in budgets, legal services, local government, news by sally

“The implications of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) for local government legal services will be immense.”

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The Lawyer, 20th October 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Kenneth Clarke pledges to cut daily prison population – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2010 in budgets, news, prisons by sally

“The justice secretary, Kenneth Clarke, today made an unexpected pledge to cut the record 85,000 daily prison population in England and Wales by 3,000 within four years.”

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The Guardian, 20th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lawyers put forward alternatives to legal aid cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 20th, 2010 in budgets, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“The Law Society has warned the government against hitting the most vulnerable by making legal aid bear the brunt of the Ministry of Justice cuts.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Kenneth Clarke reveals what cuts will mean for the courts – The Guardian

Posted October 7th, 2010 in budgets, costs, legal aid, news by sally

“This month, the justice secretary, Kenneth Clarke, is expected to outline ways in which he could cut around a quarter of his department’s annual budget. Making prisoners work for 40 hours a week — the policy Clarke outlined at the Conservative conference on Tuesday — won’t go very far towards producing the £2bn or so of savings that he needs.”

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The Guardian, 7th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Osborne’s Budget may have breached equality law – The Independent

Posted August 26th, 2010 in budgets, equality, news by sally

“The Equality and Human Rights Commission may take action against the Treasury for not meeting its obligations under the Equality Act 2010 to consider the impact on specific groups before announcing its plans in the emergency Budget in June.”

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The Independent, 26th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Coalition budget faces legal challenge from Fawcett Society over claims women will bear brunt of cuts – The Guardian

Posted August 2nd, 2010 in budgets, judicial review, news, sex discrimination by sally

“The coalition government’s emergency budget could be branded unlawful after a groundbreaking legal case was launched in the high court. Papers filed on Friday claim that Treasury officials broke the law by failing to carry out an assessment of whether the plans for heavy spending cuts would hit women hardest.”

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The Guardian, 1st August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Finance (No. 2) Act 2010

Posted July 28th, 2010 in budgets, legislation by sally

Finance (No. 2) Act 2010 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Budget cut of 25% will ‘deny justice’, warns Crown Prosecution Service – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2010 in budgets, Crown Prosecution Service, government departments, news by sally

“The Crown Prosecution Service has told the attorney general’s office its 25% budget cut will ‘damage frontline services’ and ‘delay and possibly deny justice’, according to a copy of its draft submission to the Treasury, which the Guardian has seen.”

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The Guardian, 14th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

2010 Budget – HM Treasury

Posted June 22nd, 2010 in budgets, news by sally

“The Chancellor, George Osborne, today presented the first Budget of the Coalition Government.”

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HM Treasury, 22nd June 2010

Source: www.hm-treasury.gov.uk

Finance Act 2010

Posted April 9th, 2010 in budgets, legislation by sally

Finance Act 2010 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Budget 2010: Budget documents – BBC News

Posted March 24th, 2010 in budgets, news by sally

“Read all the official documents from Alistair Darling’s 2010 Budget report in PDF form.”

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BBC News, 24th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Fiscal Responsibility Act 2010

Posted February 15th, 2010 in budgets, financial regulation, legislation by sally

Fiscal Responsibility Act 2010 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Chief constable takes Government to court over ‘irrational’ budget row – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 28th, 2009 in budgets, news, police by sally

“Mark Rowley, the head of Surrey police, said he would fight local government ministers in the High Court over a decision which means he will have to slash £1.6 million from the force’s budget and will ‘erode’ his ability to protect the public.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th May 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Legal community slams Budget’s non-doms policy – The Lawyer

Posted March 13th, 2008 in budgets, domicile, news, taxation by sally

“The Chancellor Alistair Darling has pushed ahead with plans to hit non-domiciled residents with a £30,000 annual tax, with the levy kicking in once they have lived in the UK for seven years.”

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The Lawyer, 12th March 2008

Source: www.thelawyer.com