London borough changes its definition of ‘overcrowding’ after legal challenge: report – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 19th, 2018 in housing, interpretation, local government, London, news by sally

‘A legal challenge brought by the Public Interest Law Unit (PILU) and Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth (HASL) has forced Southwark Council to change the definition it uses for ‘overcrowding’, it has been claimed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, October 2018

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Transport for London appeals High Court ruling on cycle superhighway – Local Government Lawyer

‘Transport for London has applied for permission to appeal a High Court ruling that its decision to go ahead with the installation of a cycle super highway (CS11) at Swiss Cottage had been taken while omitting a relevant consideration.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th October 2018

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Supreme Court to hear row between TfL and councils over highways – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 18th, 2018 in local government, London, news, roads, Supreme Court, transport by sally

‘The Supreme Court will next week hear a dispute between two London councils and Transport of London (TfL) over the transfer of highways in the capital.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th October 2018

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Reporting restrictions on Bethany’s dad – children’s rights or concealing system failure? – Transparency Project

‘On Saturday, the Times reported: ‘Father beats legal bid to silence him over autistic girl in hospital “cell” ‘ [paywall]. Social affairs editor, Greg Hirst, reported that Jeremy (who is not using his surname publicly) succeeded in contesting an application by Walsall Metropolitan County Borough Council for an injunction to stop his social media campaign that is drawing attention to the plight of his 17-year-old-daughter.’

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Transparency Project, 16th October 2018

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Row over holiday park sees permission granted for second judicial review – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 17th, 2018 in environmental protection, judicial review, local government, news, planning by sally

‘Folkestone & Hythe District Council faces its second judicial review in a year over a dispute concerning a proposed holiday park.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th October 2018

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Council wins Court of Appeal battle over stadium and state aid – Local Government Lawyer

‘Coventry City Council has won a Court of Appeal case in the latest round of a four-year long litigation saga over the city’s sports stadium the Ricoh Arena.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th October 2018

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Council loses Supreme Court battle over HMO licence conditions – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 12th, 2018 in housing, licensing, local government, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘Nottingham City Council has lost a Supreme Court case over whether it was right to prohibit the use of two attics as bedrooms.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th October 2018

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Woman homeless after terrorism offences loses High Court challenge over housing – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 12th, 2018 in homelessness, housing, human rights, local government, news, terrorism by sally

‘A woman who had become homeless while imprisoned for terrorism offences did not have her human rights breached by the London Borough of Brent in its decisions on housing her and her children, the High Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th October 2018

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Council leader calls for judicial review challenge over Lower Thames Crossing – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 12th, 2018 in consultations, local government, news, planning, roads by sally

‘The Leader of Thurrock Council is to call on his fellow councillors to back a judicial review challenge over the planned Lower Thames Crossing.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th October 2018

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Court of Appeal upholds decision to register part of port as village green – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 10th, 2018 in appeals, commons, land registration, local government, news, nuisance by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has upheld Essex County Council’s decision to register land that is part of the Port of Mistley as a town or village green (TVG).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th October 2018

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Judge rejects challenge to police decision on council conduct and criminal proceedings – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 9th, 2018 in criminal procedure, local government, news, police, prosecutions by tracey

‘The High Court has dismissed a challenge to a decision by Thames Valley Police that, regarding the conduct of Oxfordshire County Council, there was insufficient evidence to meet the Crown Prosecution Service’s threshold so as to justify criminal proceedings against anyone.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th October 2018

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Borough defeats High Court challenge to refusal to register land as village green – Local Government Lawyer

‘Wokingham Borough Council has successfully defended a High Court challenge to its decision to refuse to register land as a new town or village green.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th October 2018

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Rejection of unaccompanied asylum seeking children unlawful for lack of reasons – Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Help Refugees Ltd, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Secretary [2018] EWCA Civ 2098. This was an appeal by Help Refugees Ltd against the refusal of its application for judicial review of the secretary of state’s consultation process regarding the relocation of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children under Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th October 2018

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Planning reforms to give councils more flexibility to dispose of surplus land – Local Government Lawyer

‘The government has announced plans to consult on further reforms to the planning system, including giving local authorities more flexibility to dispose of surplus land that could instead accommodate new homes.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd October 2018

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Council wins possession of wildlife garden but eviction must wait for JR hearing – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 2nd, 2018 in commons, local government, news, repossession by sally

‘A judge has confirmed Lewisham Council’s right to possession of a wildlife garden in Deptford as part of a housing project, but said it cannot take place until seven days after a High Court judge holds an oral hearing into whether to grant permission for a judicial review challenge.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st October 2018

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Councillor pleads guilty to posting offensive messages on social media – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 2nd, 2018 in internet, local government, malicious communications, news, racism by sally

‘A councillor at Rutland County Council has pleaded guilty to posting malicious content on social media.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st October 2018

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Council secures Ofcom ruling in complaint of unfairness against Piers Morgan – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 27th, 2018 in armed forces, complaints, housing, local government, media, news by tracey

‘Herefordshire Council has welcomed regulator Ofcom’s decision to partly uphold a complaint of unfairness that it made against television presenter Piers Morgan.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th September 2018

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Council criticised over decision on care home costs and deprivation of capital – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 25th, 2018 in care homes, costs, local government, news by sally

‘A council failed to take into consideration all relevant facts when deciding that an elderly couple had deliberately deprived themselves of capital in order to reduce the husband’s care costs, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has concluded.’

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Local Government Lawyer, September 2018

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Insufficient oversight and inadequate controls “allowed £2m fraud at joint venture” – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 25th, 2018 in compulsory purchase, fraud, joint ventures, local government, news by sally

‘Insufficient oversight by Barnet Council together with inadequate controls allowed a former member of staff to commit a £2m fraud at a joint venture, a report by auditors Grant Thornton has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th September 2018

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Judge slams decision to house paedophile near children’s home – BBC News

‘A judge has ordered a police force and council to pay £52,000 to a sex abuse victim after a convicted paedophile was housed near his children’s home.’

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BBC News, 24th September 2018

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