Why are privatised probation services using public libraries to see clients? – The Guardian

Posted November 1st, 2017 in libraries, news, probation by sally

‘A lack of adequate meeting rooms means ex-offenders in Weston-super-Mare have to meet their probation officers while sharing a table with library users.’

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The Guardian, 1st November 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Local government: cuts to library provision – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 16th, 2017 in budgets, children, documents, equality, libraries, local government, news, volunteers by sally

‘When local authorities plan to reduce, restructure or rationalise library services, litigation often results.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th January 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Libraries – Local Government Law

Posted September 20th, 2016 in libraries, local government, news, Wales by tracey

‘In R (Tilley) v Vale of Glamorgan Council [2016] EWHC 2272 (QB), in the Administrative Court in Wales, Lewis J concluded that the Council’s Cabinet Decision to establish five community libraries was lawful.’

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Local Government Law, 16th September 2016

Source: www.11kbw.com/blogs/local-government-law

Council defeats High Court challenge to establishment of community libraries – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 15th, 2016 in equality, libraries, local government, news, Wales by tracey

‘A Welsh council has successfully defended a High Court challenge to its decision to establish five community libraries.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th September 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Government to investigate Lambeth’s library plans – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2016 in complaints, libraries, local government, London, news, planning by sally

‘The government is to investigate a council’s plans to turn some of its libraries into gyms with unstaffed book-lending sections, following a protest against the scheme – which won support from authors including Nick Hornby and Ali Smith.’

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The Guardian, 11th April 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Librarians take legal battle against library closures to government – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2015 in duty of care, human rights, libraries, local government, news by tracey

‘Department for Culture, Media and Sport challenged over its failure to carry out legal duty of providing quality public library services.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Challenges to ‘austerity’ cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Lincolnshire County Council has recently undergone two legal challenges to its proposals for redesigning its library service in the light of ‘increasing budgetary constraints’.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd November 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Council to consider costs pursuit after judgment issued in libraries dispute – Local Government Lawyer

‘Lincolnshire County Council has said it will consult its lawyers about the recovery of its costs after a High Court judge set out why in July she rejected a legal challenge to the authority’s plans for its libraries services.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd October 2015

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Terror law prompts British Library to reject unique Taliban archive – The Guardian

Posted September 1st, 2015 in archives, libraries, news, terrorism by sally

‘The British Library has refused to host a unique digital archive of Taliban documents because officials fear that holding the collection would violate British anti-terrorism laws.’

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The Guardian, 28th August 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prisoner book restrictions scrapped by Michael Gove – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2015 in codes of practice, libraries, news, prisons, rehabilitation, statistics by tracey

‘Rules restricting the number of books a prisoner can have have been overturned by Justice Secretary Michael Gove.’

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BBC News, 12th June 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New UK rules finalised on the re-use of public sector information – OUT-LAW.com

‘Public bodies in the UK must make it easier for businesses to re-use the information they hold from the middle of next month, under new regulations that have been passed by parliament.’
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OUT-LAW.com, 30th June 2015

Source: www.out-law.com

Prison book ban is unlawful, court rules – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2014 in libraries, news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

‘The blanket ban on sending books to prisoners in England and Wales has been declared unlawful by the high court.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prisoners’ book limit scrapped – The Guardian

Posted November 10th, 2014 in libraries, news, prisons by sally

‘The cap on the number of books inmates can have in their cells has been scrapped following pressure from a campaign backed by leading literary figures.’

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The Guardian, 7th November 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

European Convention on Human Rights: What has it ever done for us? – The Independent

‘As the Tories attempt to dilute the treaty’s authority in the UK, James Cusick takes a look at the difference it has made.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Prison book restriction ‘harms studying’ – BBC News

Posted September 24th, 2014 in education, libraries, Ministry of Justice, news, prison officers, prisons by sally

‘Restrictions on the number of books prisoners in England and Wales can have in their cells is inhibiting inmates’ ability to learn, a charity warns.’

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BBC News, 24th September 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

High Court to decide the fate of the Warburg Institute’s historic library – The Independent

Posted June 25th, 2014 in libraries, news, trusts, universities by sally

‘The fate of one of the “most important libraries in the world” which houses thousands of historic volumes saved from the Nazis, is to be decided in the High Court.’

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The Independent, 24th June 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Researchers given ‘data mining’ right under new UK copyright laws – OUT-LAW.com

‘Copying content from online journals or other texts for the purposes of non-commercial research is no longer an infringement of UK copyright laws providing copiers have lawful access to that content and they, generally, make “a sufficient acknowledgement” of the original work.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd June 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

Another council faces judicial review over changes to library provision – Local Government Lawyer

‘Lincolnshire County Council has become the latest local authority to face judicial review proceedings over proposed cuts to its libraries.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th February 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk