Overcoming the hurdles – Tanfield Chambers

Posted August 21st, 2017 in fire, health & safety, housing, local government, news by sally

‘The recent tragedy at Grenfell Tower in west London has brought into sharp focus the importance of having adequate fire safety in large blocks of flats. There has been much public debate about landlords cutting corners with fire protection or failing to retro-fit sprinklers. There are now calls for landlords to be required to bring older blocks up to modern standards of fire protection. This is an imperative but there are obstacles to achieving it. This article examines the legal and financial hurdles that landlords face in bringing their blocks up to an acceptable standard and proposes legislative reform to bring about the much needed works quickly.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 25th July 2017

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Police and council agree payouts for victims of child sexual exploitation – Local Government Lawyer

‘Victims of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation abuse scandal have started to receive compensation jointly from South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th August 2017

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Council sends abuse allegations to wrong address after Google Map search – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 17th, 2017 in confidentiality, data protection, local government, news, privacy by sally

‘Cheshire West and Chester Council has given an undertaking to the Information Commissioner’s Office after a number of data breaches including allegations of historic sexual abuse being sent to an incorrect address due to the address and postcode being obtained from a Google Map search.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th August 2017

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Local authority apologises to councillor cleared of unlawfully handling newts – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Forest of Dean councillor has been cleared both of unlawfully handling protected newts and of swearing at other councillors.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th August 2017

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Parks police dismissal does not engage article 8 – UK Police Law Blog

‘The recent case of Vining & Ors v London Borough of Wandsworth [2017] EWCA Civ 1092 represents an attempt to circumvent restrictions on certain types of officers from enjoying employment law rights – in a claim of unfair dismissal and for a protective award in respect of an alleged failure in collective consultation relating to their redundancies.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 15th August 2017

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Dwelling in temporary accommodation – Nearly Legal

Posted August 14th, 2017 in housing, local government, news, repossession, statutory interpretation by sally

‘When is temporary accommodation provided under the Housing Act 1996 Section 193(2) duty occupied ‘as a dwelling’ fo the purposes of Section 3 Protection from Eviction Act 1977?’

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Nearly Legal, 13th August 2017

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High Court judge upholds grant by council of licence to puppy farm – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 8th, 2017 in animals, licensing, local government, news by sally

‘North Kesteven District Council acted correctly when licensing a controversial puppy farm, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th August 2017

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Housing association secures outright possession order on appeal – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 8th, 2017 in appeals, fraud, housing, local government, news, repossession by sally

‘A housing association has successfully appealed a Recorder’s decision to grant only a suspended order of possession, with the High Court judge concluding that the original ruling was “fatally and demonstrably flawed”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th August 2017

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County council apologises for breach of court order in child protection case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 2nd, 2017 in care orders, children, local government, news, social services by tracey

‘Gloucestershire County Council has issued an unreserved apology after it was found to have breached a court order in a child protection case.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd August 2017

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London borough wins appeal over housing policy favouring working families – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Ealing has won an appeal over to its policy of reserving certain homes for “working families” and “model tenants”.

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd August 2017

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Four fold increase in fines under ‘busybody charter’ – Daily Telegraph

‘A four-fold increase in the number of fines issued under the “busybody charter” has been described as “utterly alarming”, with councils cracking down on activities such as feeding birds, walking dogs and playing loud bhangra music.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st July 2017

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Council apologises over unlawful removal of child from mother – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2017 in care orders, children, local government, news, social services by tracey

‘Gloucestershire county council has apologised after it unlawfully removed a young child from its mother and placed it in foster care without giving the mother or father any notice of its intention to do so.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2017

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Potholes Galore! – Zenith PI

‘Crawley v Barnsley MBC [2017] 1WLR 2329 may well have surprised both local authorities and those who follow the law reports. It strikes one as very much a decision on its own facts and typical of the numerous cases which these days clutter the Lexis reports. If it does indeed state a matter of principle, it may be thought a singular advance on previous authorities.’

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Zenith PI, 26th July 2017

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Council to pay out £12k over failings to family of severely autistic boy – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 25th, 2017 in autism, children, costs, local government, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘A county council has agreed to pay out £12,000 and meet the legal costs of the family of a boy with severe autism, after the local authority failed to provide the right accommodation for him.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th July 2017

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Employment tribunal upholds part of claim by monitoring officer against council – Local Government Lawyer

‘An employment tribunal has upheld a former monitoring officer’s claim of victimisation and unfair dismissal by a borough council.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th July 2017

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Council victorious in appeal over sex shop licensing fees – OUT-LAW.com

‘Westminster City Council can recover “reasonable” licensing fees and enforcement costs charged to various sex shops in Soho, London, even though these fees were later found to be in breach of an EU directive, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st July 2017

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Cant Pay – Nearly Legal

‘It is rare, if we are entirely honest, for a First Tier Tribunal decision on service charges to be exciting. It is even rarer for there to be mystery and police raids, and “Immunity from Treason” notices, and debts of “Trillions of pounds”, and something called an ‘equity lawyer’. Yet here they all are, and more, in what on the face of it was a dispute over annual service charges of about £1200.’

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Nearly Legal, 23rd July 2017

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Dog attack powers ‘not being used’ – BBC News

‘Powers introduced to curb dog attacks are not being used by the authorities, a Freedom of Information request by the Victoria Derbyshire show suggests.’

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BBC News, 24th July 2017

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Westminster Council wins Hemming appeal at the Supreme Court – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 21st, 2017 in fees, licensing, local government, news, sex establishments by tracey

‘The City of Westminster Council has won a key victory at the Supreme Court in the long-running battle over the level of fees that local authorities can charge licensed premises.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th July 2017

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Judge refuses permission in latest state aid challenge over sports stadium – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 19th, 2017 in delay, evidence, judicial review, leases, local government, news, sport, state aids by sally

‘A High Court judge has refused the owners of Coventry City Football Club permission to seek judicial review in their latest state aid challenge over decisions taken by Coventry City Council.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th July 2017

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