Hertfordshire County Council v Veolia Water Central Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted February 23rd, 2010 in law reports, local government, repairs, roads by sally

Hertfordshire County Council v Veolia Water Central Ltd [2010] EWHC 278 (QB); [2010] WLR (D) 46

“The effect of regs 3 and 4 of the Street Works (Maintenance) Regulations 1992, when read with s 81 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, was that an highway and street authority could not make a valid charge against a statutory undertaker for emergency works which the authority had carried out to secure apparatus for which the undertaker was responsible unless the undertaker had failed to afford the authority facilities to inspect the apparatus and unless the authority’s belief that the apparatus had not been maintained were informed by a subsidence or disturbance of the road surface.”

WLR Daily, 22nd February 2010

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Paying more to gardeners than cleaners is ‘sexist’, Appeal court rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 11th, 2010 in equal pay, local government, news, sex discrimination by sally

“The Appeal Court decided that inequality between the pay of mainly female carers working for Sheffield City Council and their predominantly male colleagues doing equivalent jobs, like gardening and rubbish collection, was ‘tainted by sex’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th February 2010

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R (Savage) v Hillingdon London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Posted February 2nd, 2010 in homelessness, housing, judicial review, law reports, local government by sally

R (Savage) v Hillingdon London Borough Council [2009] EWHC 88 (Admin); [2010] WLR (D) 15

“In the discharge of its duty to provide advice and assistance to an intentionally homeless claimant, the local authority had to apply its policy flexibly and take into account the claimant’s own particular circumstances.”

WLR Daily, 1st February 2010

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Beverley Freemen Act 2010

Posted February 2nd, 2010 in commons, legislation, local government by sally

Beverley Freemen Act 2010 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Council at centre of Edlington torture case to face investigation – The Guardian

Posted January 26th, 2010 in local government, news by sally

“The beleaguered local authority at the centre of the Edlington torture case controversy is to face an official investigation into its management and leadership, it was announced today.”

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The Guardian, 26th January 2010

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High court bars ‘easyCouncil’ from removing live-in wardens – The Guardian

Posted December 16th, 2009 in elderly, local government, news by sally

“A high court judge today stopped a council from removing 24-hour live-in wardens from sheltered housing in a blow to the Conservative authority’s attempt to remodel itself as ‘easyCouncil’ after the no-frills budget airline easyJet.”

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The Guardian, 15th December 2009

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Glaister and others v Appleby-in-Westmorland Town Council – WLR Daily

Glaister and others v Appleby-in-Westmorland Town Council [2009] EWCA Civ 1325; [2009] WLR (D) 359

 “A local council did not owe a duty of care to claimants to arrange public liability insurance to cover the risk of injury occurring at a long-established horse fair taking place on land part of which it owned, nor to ensure safe segregation and supervision of tethered horses.”

WLR Daily, 10th December 2009

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Judges block horse injury claim – BBC News

Posted December 9th, 2009 in compensation, duty of care, horses, local government, news, personal injuries by sally

“A County Durham man left with brain damage after being kicked by a horse at a Cumbrian fair, has been blocked from claiming compensation.”

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BBC News, 9th December 2009

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Judge leaves court to calm down during case of ‘abandoned’ sick child – The Times

Posted December 8th, 2009 in adjournment, children, local government, medical treatment, news by sally

“A senior family judge took the extraordinary step of leaving court to calm down because he was so angered by two local authorities who ‘abandoned’ a sick boy to save money.”

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The Times, 8th December 2009

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Action on disability hate crimes – The Independent

Posted December 3rd, 2009 in disabled persons, harassment, hate crime, local government, news by sally

“Local authorities that fail to protect disabled people from persistent harassment or anti-social behaviour will face legal action if they are found to be ignoring disability hate crimes, the Equality and Human Rights Commission will announce today.”

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The Independent, 3rd December 2009

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New plans will compel councils to respond to petitions – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2009 in local government, news by sally

“New proposals unveiled by John Denham will impose on councils a duty to respond to residents’ petitions and take ‘appropriate steps’ to deal with the concerns raised by them.”

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2009

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Legality of Tory ‘easyCouncil’ experiment to be tested in high court – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2009 in housing, judicial review, local government, news, social services by sally

“The legality of a Conservative experiment in ‘no-frills’ local government will be challenged in the high court today by more than 250 sheltered housing residents who are furious at their council’s decision to remove live-in wardens to cut costs.”

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2009

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Alan Johnson announces plans to curb excessive council surveillance – The Times

Posted November 4th, 2009 in investigatory powers, local government, news by sally

“Councils are to have their powers to snoop on the public curbed under government plans aimed at addressing alarm at the expansion of the surveillance state.”

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The Times, 4th November 2009

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Legal action prepared over E.coli – BBC News

Posted October 30th, 2009 in environmental health, local government, news by sally

“Wrexham Council has said it is preparing to take legal action following an outbreak of E.coli which affected four people earlier this year.”

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BBC News, 29th October 2009

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De-Winter Heald and others v Brent London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Posted September 7th, 2009 in contracting out, homelessness, housing, law reports, local government by sally

De-Winter Heald and others v Brent London Borough Council [2009] EWCA Civ 930; [2009] WLR (D) 289

“Local housing authorities were entitled to contract out some or all of the reviews they were required to carry out under s 202 of the Housing Act 1996.”

WLR Daily, 4th September 2009

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‘Boomerang’ council bosses face investigation – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 26th, 2009 in local government, news, remuneration by sally

“Council chief executives who resign with large pay-offs before being rehired by another local authority are to be investigated by the spending watchdog.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th August 2009

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Pavement trip payouts cost £82m – BBC News

Posted August 25th, 2009 in accidents, compensation, local government, news, personal injuries by sally

“Councils in England have paid out more than £82m in compensation over the past five years to people who have tripped on pavements, figures have revealed.”

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BBC News, 25th August 2009

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‘Toxic soup’ children win case – The Independent

“A group who blame their disabilities on their mothers’ exposure to toxic materials before their birth won a legal action today against a council it blames for their condition.”

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The Independent, 29th July 2009

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Councils still breaking surveillance laws – The Guardian

Posted July 22nd, 2009 in local government, news, spying by sally

“Local authorities are still illegally spying on individuals despite curbs imposed on their covert activities, the senior official charged with scrutinising their activities said today.”

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The Guardian, 21st July 2009

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Criminal justice system ‘broken’, says thinktank – The Guardian

Posted July 20th, 2009 in criminal justice, inquiries, local government, news by sally

“The criminal justice system is ‘broken’ and ‘failing’ because decision-making is excessively centralised, according to a thinktank report published today.”

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The Guardian, 20th July 2009

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