South Lakeland Council wins legal bid to ‘take’ home – BBC News

Posted July 21st, 2011 in empty dwelling management orders, housing, local government, news by sally

“A Cumbrian council has won a legal bid to take over a private, empty home and rent it out to a homeless family.”

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BBC News, 21st July 2011

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The Localism Bill divides opinion – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 21st, 2011 in bills, local government, news by sally

“At a time when many lawyers are grappling with the implications of the new Bribery Act, the Localism Bill’s passage through parliament has received relatively little attention. This despite the array of legislative changes that are contained within its three slim volumes.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st July 2011

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High Court challenge over Lancashire County Council cuts – BBC News

“Two disabled women are mounting a legal challenge over Lancashire County Council’s decision to cut care services.”

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BBC News, 20th July 2011

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Fight to save local libraries gets its day in court – The Independent

Posted July 18th, 2011 in judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

“A landmark hearing on Tuesday will mark the first judicial review into proposed library closures in Britain as disgruntled campaigners prepare to take their case to the courts.”

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The Independent, 17th July 2011

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Councils and police rebuked for hi-tech snooping on public – The Independent

“Britain’s surveillance watchdog has reprimanded police forces, councils and government departments for overusing powers intended to clamp down on terrorism to snoop on members of the public.”

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The Independent, 17th July 2011

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Woman with dementia in dirty home gets council pay-out – BBC News

Posted July 15th, 2011 in care workers, compensation, elderly, local government, news by tracey

“An elderly woman with dementia left in an unclean and unhygienic home in Worcestershire has got compensation.”

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BBC News, 14th July 2011

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Welsh Labour plan legislation on schools and piercings – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2011 in bills, education, health & safety, local government, news, Wales by tracey

“Two bills on the education system will be published by the Welsh Government, First Minister Carwyn Jones has said. He outlined Labour’s five-year legislative programme to Welsh assembly members on Tuesday.”

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BBC News, 12th July 2011

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Unions in legal action over Southampton council pay cuts – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2011 in industrial action, local government, news, trade unions, unfair dismissal by tracey

“Unions have begun legal action after more than 99% of Southampton City Council workers signed new contracts forcing many to take a pay cut.”

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BBC News, 13th July 2011

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Leeds City Council failed children with special needs – BBC News

Posted July 12th, 2011 in children, local government, news, ombudsmen, reports, special educational needs by tracey

“There were ‘serious and extensive failures’ in the way Leeds City Council treated three children with special educational needs, a report has found.”

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BBC News, 11th July 2011

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Public authorities should demonstrate equality commitments, proposed new regulations say – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 5th, 2011 in BBC, equality, local government, news, police, reports by sally

“Public authorities should have to publish annual reports that prove they comply with new UK equality laws from 2012, proposed new regulations say.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th July 2011

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Chapple v Suffolk County Council and another – WLR Daily

Posted June 16th, 2011 in appeals, judicial review, law reports, local government, tribunals by sally

Chapple v Suffolk County Council and another [2011] EWCA Civ 691; [2011] WLR (D) 194

“The structure of the tribunals system under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 was designed to be flexible, as was the role of the Upper Tribunal. The Upper Tribunal hearing appeals from the First-tier tribunal should look at the procedural possibilities involved in complex cases and should, where appropriate, consider whether judicial review would be a suitable remedy.”

WLR Daily, 8th June 2011

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Sunderland Council apologises after rape by boy, 11 – BBC News

Posted June 15th, 2011 in children, local government, mental health, news, rape, social services by sally

“A council has apologised for mistakes which led to an 11-year-old raping another boy.”

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BBC News, 15th June 2011

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Hillingdon Council held autistic man Steven Neary unlawfully – BBC News

Posted June 9th, 2011 in autism, detention, local government, mental health, news by tracey

“A west London council acted unlawfully by refusing to allow a 21-year-old autistic man to be placed in the care of his father, the High Court ruled.”

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BBC News, 9th June 2011

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Regina (Shoesmith) v OFSTED and others – WLR Daily

Regina (Shoesmith) v OFSTED and others [2011] EWCA Civ 642; [2011] WLR (D) 184

“The report of Ofsted into child safeguarding arrangements within a local authority, requested by the Secretary of State for Education following the death of a child while on the authority’s child protection register, was properly and fairly carried out under the statutory requirements of section 20 of the Children Act 2004. In the circumstances, more formal and demanding standards were not obligatory.”

WLR Daily, 27th May 2011

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Twitter unmasks anonymous British user in landmark legal battle – The Guardian

Posted May 31st, 2011 in defamation, freedom of expression, internet, local government, news, privacy by sally

“Twitter has been forced to hand over the personal details of a British user in a libel battle that could have huge implications for free speech on the web.”

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The Guardian, 29th May 2011

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High Court to decide if autistic man was illegally detained – The Independent

“A father has described in court how he felt ‘powerless’ when a local authority prevented the return home of his autistic son for nearly a year during a bitter care dispute with a local council.”

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The Independent, 28th May 2011

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Oxford City Council v Bull – WLR Daily

Posted May 24th, 2011 in appeals, homelessness, law reports, local government by sally

Oxford City Council v Bull [2011] EWCA Civ 609; [2011] WLR (D) 169

“Where the father of children who resided with their mother, from whom he was separated, allowed them to share his one-room accommodation, he became homeless intentionally, within the meaning of section 191(1) of the Housing Act 1996, on being evicted from that accommodation.”

WLR Daily, 18th May 2011

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Avon Estates Ltd v Welsh Ministers and another – WLR Daily

Posted May 23rd, 2011 in law reports, local government, planning, time limits by sally

Avon Estates Ltd v Welsh Ministers and another [2011] EWCA Civ 55; [2011] WLR (D) 168

“Conditions attached to planning permission granted for a limited period could not be enforced against the landowner when the permissions had become spent and the planning authority had failed to enforce the removal of the building or the cessation of the permitted use so that the buildings became immune from enforcement action.”

WLR Daily, 16th May 2011

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High Court: Council must not axe care for elderly – Daily Telegraph

“Britain’s biggest council has been told its plans to cut care services for elderly and severely disabled people are ‘unlawful’ and must be scrapped, in a landmark High Court judgement with wide-ranging implications for social care.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th May 2011

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Birmingham City Council care cuts ruling expected – BBC News

Posted May 19th, 2011 in disability discrimination, local government, news, social services by tracey

“High Court judges are to make a ruling on council care cuts that will have implications for all local authorities in England and Wales.”

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BBC News, 19th May 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk