Councils struggle to meet duties under Children Act – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 24th, 2017 in children, local government, news, statutory duty by sally

‘Some local authorities are no longer fulfilling their statutory duties to children and nearly nine out of ten local authorities are finding it “increasingly challenging”, according to a new report from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Children.’

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Local Government Lawyer, March 2017

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Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty: Law Commission Report Summary – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Thousands of vulnerable people with dementia and learning disabilities are being detained in hospitals and care homes without the appropriate checks, due to a law unfit for purpose according to the Law Commission.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 13th March 2017

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MPs slam funding crisis and ‘postcode lottery’ of children’s services – The Guardian

Posted March 21st, 2017 in children, local government, news, parliament, reports, social services by tracey

‘Children’s social services are being engulfed by a funding crisis in which nine out of 10 local authorities are struggling to meet their legal duties and families face a postcode lottery, a damning report has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2017

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Essex agrees payouts, review of foster care placement terminations after LGO report – Local Government Lawyer

‘Essex County Council social workers moved a vulnerable teenager from her aunt and uncle’s care without warning, and then failed to follow the statutory children’s complaints process, the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th March 2017

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Judge rules campaigners did not have standing to bring procurement challenge – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 13th, 2017 in local government, news, public procurement by sally

‘Waverley Borough Council has persuaded a High Court judge that a group of councillors and local residents did not have standing to bring a judicial review claim that a contract with a developer had been varied in breach of procurement law.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th March 2017

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Ealing defeats latest challenge to siting of QPR training on metropolitan open land – Local Government Lawyers

Posted March 13th, 2017 in commons, local government, London, news, planning, sport by sally

‘The London Borough of Ealing has successfully defended its decision-making in the latest round of litigation over the proposed siting of training facilities for football club Queen’s Park Rangers on metropolitan open land (MOL).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th March 2017

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World enough and time – suitability, distance and time – Nearly Legal

Posted March 13th, 2017 in appeals, children, housing, local government, London, news by sally

‘A section 204 Housing Act 1996 appeal of the suitability of LB Brent’s offer of private sector accommodation to Mr B of a property in Birmingham. Mr B, his wife and three daughters were in temporary accommodation in Brent, a full s.193 housing duty having been accepted by Brent. In 2014, an offer of accommodation in Birmingham was made. Mr B sought a review, which upheld suitability. A s.204 appeal was settled on the basis of a fresh review. That review decision of May 2016, again upholding suitability, was the subject of the present appeal.’

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Nearly Legal, 10th March 2017

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War graves lost as court gives council permission to bury civilians on top of World War I soldiers – Daily Telegraph

‘London council is to be allowed to bury people in land on top of war graves after a Church of England court gave it permission.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th March 2017

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City fails in High Court challenge over adjudicator rulings on bus lane signs – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 10th, 2017 in judicial review, local government, news, road traffic, roads, transport by sally

‘Nottingham City Council has failed in a High Court challenge to the Bus Lane Adjudicator’s decision that the local authority’s road signs for a pedestrian zone failed to provide adequate information to road users of a bus lane.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th March 2017

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May a parish council grant-aid a place of worship? – Law & Religion UK

Posted March 9th, 2017 in Church of England, historic buildings, local government, news by sally

‘he following is based on a recent submission of the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance (HRBA) to the DCMS English Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review and is posted with the kind permission of the HRBA Chairman, Trevor Cooper.’

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Law & Religion UK, 7th March 2017

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Museum workers win employment tribunal case against council – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 9th, 2017 in employment tribunals, local government, news, remuneration by sally

‘Brighton & Hove City Council has lost an employment tribunal case brought by its museum staff over unlawful deductions from wages.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th March 2017

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Care home owners seek to bar council officers from entering premises – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 9th, 2017 in care homes, harassment, local government, news, quality assurance by sally

‘The owners of a care home have sought to bar Cornwall Council officers from entering its premises, claiming that the action was necessary to “protect service users from disruptive local officials”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th March 2017

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District urges neighbouring councils to clarify legal process for planned merger – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 9th, 2017 in consultations, local government, mergers, news by sally

‘Sedgemoor District Council has urged its neighbours, Taunton Deane and West Somerset Councils, to clarify the legal process to be used for their proposed merger.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th March 2017

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Villagers defeat Historic England and parish council in row about poppy wreath holders to honour war dead – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 7th, 2017 in historic buildings, local government, news, planning, war by tracey

‘Villagers have defeated Historic England following a row about honouring their war dead, as a Church judge ruled they can use a wreath holder to display poppies all year round.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th March 2017

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Association of Lawyers for Children hits out at Cafcass/ADCS agreement – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC) has said it is “deeply concerned” by a recent agreement entered into by Cafcass and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd March 2017

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New costs cap regime in force for environmental cases – OUT-LAW.com

‘Courts in England and Wales have new powers to change the maximum cost liabilities that those challenging environmental decisions of public bodies’ through judicial review could be exposed to under new rules that are now in force.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd March 2017

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County council defends High Court challenge to cut to personal budget – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 2nd, 2017 in budgets, carers, disabled persons, local government, news, social services by sally

‘A county council has defended a High Court challenge to its decisions to reduce a severely disabled man’s personal budget and revise his care and support plan.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th February 2017

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Lawyer criticises child abuse inquiry for not safeguarding evidence – The Guardian

‘The national child abuse inquiry has been criticised by a prominent lawyer representing victims for failing to seize potentially vital caches of evidence before they are destroyed.’

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2017

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“Perverse Incentives” – Nearly Legal

Posted February 28th, 2017 in housing, human rights, landlord & tenant, local government, news by tracey

‘Osman, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Harrow (2017) EWHC 274 (Admin). A challenge to Harrow’s allocation policy, specifically on the “downgrading” of allocation priority for overcrowded households in PRS accommodation, while existing Harrow tenants kept the higher priority for overcrowding on a transfer application.’

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Nearly Legal, 26th February 2017

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Southwark council fined £570,000 over fatal tower block fire – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2017 in costs, fines, fire, health & safety, housing, local government, news by tracey

‘The London fire brigade has said it hopes “lessons are learned” after a council was fined £570,000 over safety failings at a 14-storey block of flats where six people died in a fire.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2017

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