Rotherham council told to apologise to abuse whistleblower – The Guardian

‘Rotherham council has been ordered to apologise to a whistleblower who helped to expose the town’s grooming scandal after council officials raided her charity without proper explanation – years after she risked imprisonment by revealing how the council, police and social services turned a blind eye to the abuse of at least 1,400 children.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2018

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Kensington & Chelsea fined £120k for disclosure of owners of empty properties – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been hit with a £120,000 monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after the council unlawfully identified 943 people who owned vacant properties in the borough.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th April 2018

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Dog walker and council both claim success in High Court ruling on PSPO – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 16th, 2018 in dogs, environmental protection, local government, news by tracey

‘A resident and dog walker has partially won a High Court challenge to a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) brought in by the London Borough of Richmond. However, the council said the two provisions that were quashed by the judge were only “minor prohibitions” and the bulk of the order remained intact.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th April 2018

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Judges rule on meaning of ‘isolated’ homes and National Planning Policy Framework – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 5th, 2018 in appeals, housing, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The term ‘isolated’ has its ordinary meaning in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and needs no over-interpretation, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th April 2018

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Housing association fined £30k over Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome failings – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 5th, 2018 in costs, fines, health & safety, industrial injuries, local government, news by sally

‘A community housing association in Wales has been fined £30,000 after it failed to effectively manage its employees’ exposure to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) over a prolonged period of time.’

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Local Government Lawyer, April 2018

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New homelessness act fails to address root causes, charities say – The Guardian

Posted April 4th, 2018 in benefits, budgets, homelessness, housing, legislation, local government, news by sally

‘Spiralling rents, welfare reforms and council funding cuts will undermine the impact of the most significant new homelessness legislation for 40 years, charities have said.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2018

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Permission on Erroneous Basis – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 28th, 2018 in local government, mistake, news, planning, time limits by tracey

‘In R (Thornton Hall Hotel Ltd) v Wirral MBC (2018) EWHC 560 (Admin) unconditional and permanent planning permission for the erection of three marquees on a green belt site was quashed where it had been granted on an erroneous basis, namely the omission of conditions including a five-year time limit which had clearly been envisaged by the local authority’s planning committee in approving permission. To allow the marquees to remain in place would subvert the public interest in the integrity of the planning process.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th March 2018

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High Court quashes planning permission issued six years ago – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 28th, 2018 in local government, mistake, news, planning, time limits by tracey

‘Planning permission issued in error by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council six years ago has been quashed by the High Court.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th March 2018

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Removing a party to proceedings: A Local Authority v F and others – Family Law

‘Family analysis: Following A Local Authority v F and others [2018] EWHC 451 (Fam), [2018] All ER (D) 68 (Mar) Gemma Taylor QC, of 42 Bedford Row Chambers, explains the circumstances under which a local authority can be absolved of its duties to consult with a parent and provide information.’

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Family Law, 27th March 2018

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Judge dismisses challenge to removal of foster carer from approved list – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 21st, 2018 in bias, fostering, local government, news by tracey

‘Liverpool City Council acted properly when it removed a foster carer from its approved list, a High Court judge has decided.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th March 2018

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Court of Appeal backs decision to put neighbourhood plan to referendum – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 21st, 2018 in local government, news, planning, referendums by tracey

‘Leeds City Council did not act unlawfully when it put a neighbourhood plan to a referendum after modifications had been made that partly differed from those recommended by the examiner, the Court of Appeal has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th March 2018

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Deprivation of liberty and administration of medication by a local authority to a child – Zenith Chambers

‘Local Government analysis: Louise McCallum, barrister, and Emily Ross, pupil barrister, both of Zenith Chambers, Leeds, consider the case of T (A Child: Care Order: Beyond Parental Control: Deprivation of Liberty: Authority to Administer Medication), which dealt with issues of deprivation of liberty and administration of medication by a local authority to a child.’

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Zenith Chambers, 1st March 2018

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Beggars to be issued with £100 fines by Poole council sparking outrage – The Independent

Posted March 16th, 2018 in fines, local government, news, vagrancy by tracey

‘Beggars in the Dorset town of Poole will be issued with fines of £100, its council has said. Despite heavy criticism Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) will be introduced from 16 April in a bid to “tackle anti-social and nuisance behaviours.” ‘

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The Independent, 16th March 2018

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Property firm fails in legal action over refusal by council to sell site – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 14th, 2018 in judicial review, local government, news, planning, sale of land by sally

‘Manchester City Council was not obliged to sell a site to a particular buyer simply because of an earlier planning decision, the High Court has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th March 2018

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Tribunal upholds council refusal to disclose information on ‘Twitter storm’ SEN law firm – Legal Futures

‘The First-tier Tribunal has upheld a council’s refusal to hand over information on its handling of a review into its dealings with a law firm that caused an uproar by sending out a series of tweets appearing to gloat over defeating cases brought by parents of children with special educational needs.’

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Legal Futures, 13th March 2018

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Information watchdog denounces council over Grenfell failings – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2018 in fire, freedom of information, health & safety, housing, local government, news by sally

‘Kensington and Chelsea council has been condemned by the information commissioner for failing to disclose information relating to the Grenfell Tower fire. Elizabeth Denham has made seven rulings against the council for failing to respond to freedom of information requests about fire safety, cladding and risk assessments at the high-rise block.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2018

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Council makes two more referrals to police including one over land acquisition – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 12th, 2018 in crime, land registration, local government, news, police by sally

‘Cheshire East Council has confirmed that it referred two matters to the police last month, including one which relates to the acquisition of land.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th March 2018

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Possession and section 11, Children Act 2004 – Nearly Legal

Posted March 9th, 2018 in children, housing, local government, news, repossession by tracey

‘In Davies v Hertfordshire CC [2018] EWCA Civ 379, the Court of Appeal addressed the question of the relevance of s 11, Children Act 2004 on a mandatory possession claim brought by Herts against Mr Davies, a former school caretaker living in tied accommodation with his wife and four children. Herts claimed mandatory possession on service of a notice to quit (which was not necessary in this case).’

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Nearly Legal, 8th March 2018

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Vulnerable children forced into homelessness as local authorities routinely ignore child protection laws – The Independent

Posted March 5th, 2018 in children, homelessness, local government, news by tracey

‘Vulnerable children are being forced into homelessness because local authorities are routinely flouting child protection laws, lawyers and charities have warned.’

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The Independent, 4th March 2018

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Court of Appeal backs unsuccessful claimant against council over QOCS application – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 28th, 2018 in appeals, civil procedure rules, costs, local government, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal brought by an unsuccessful personal injury claimant over whether the qualified one-way costs shifting (“QOCS”) regime in the Civil Procedure Rules applied to his claim involving a local authority.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th February 2018

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