High Court blocks Exeter and Norwich super-council move – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2010 in judicial review, local government, news by sally

“A Labour government decision to give Exeter and Norwich wider powers has been blocked by the High Court.”

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BBC News, 21st June 2010

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Regina (Morge) v Hampshire County Council – WLR Daily

Regina (Morge) v Hampshire County Council [2010] EWCA Civ 608; [2010] WLR (D) 145

“A planning authority considering a development ostensibly affecting the species or habitat of a European Protected Species covered by the Habitats Directive was to have due regard to the requirements of the Directive, which could involve questions as to indirect, as well as direct, impact upon the species, and also deterioration or destruction of their breeding or resting place.”

WLR Daily, 11th June 2010

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‘Healthy’ school wins battle against local takeaway – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 14th, 2010 in food, health, local government, news, planning, school children by sally

“A school with a ‘healthy eating’ policy has won its High Court battle to prevent a fast food takeaway being set up nearby.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th June 2010

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Village row at High Court costs millions in legal fees – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 14th, 2010 in costs, local government, news, voluntary organisations by sally

“A trivial row over access to a school hall has finally been resolved after a long running High Court case costing millions of pounds and worthy of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th June 2010

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In re A (Children) (Abduction: Interim Powers) – WLR Daily

Posted June 3rd, 2010 in child abduction, housing, law reports, local government by sally

In re A (Children) (Abduction: Interim Powers) [2010] EWCA Civ 586; [2010] WLR (D) 139

“S 5 of the Child Abduction and Custody Act 1985 permitted a court to give directions to a local authority to provide accommodation for the abductor and abducted children.”

WLR Daily, 28th May 2010

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Legal bid to stop council prayers – The Independent

Posted May 28th, 2010 in belief discrimination, judicial review, local government, news by sally

“A campaign group is going to court to try to stop a council’s ‘archaic practice’ of holding prayers before meetings. The National Secular Society (NSS) has instructed a solicitor to take its battle with Bideford Town Council, in Devon, to the High Court, claiming the policy breaches human rights.”

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The Independent, 28th May 2010

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Court victory for cigarette butt man – The Independent

Posted May 24th, 2010 in appeals, fines, litter, local government, news by sally

“A man fined £50 for dropping a cigarette butt down a drain celebrated a victory when the case was thrown out of court.”

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The Independent, 24th May 2010

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Councils using anti-terror laws to spy on dog walkers – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 24th, 2010 in investigatory powers, local government, news, terrorism by sally

“Councils spied on dog walkers suspected of not clearing up after their pets in a string of abuses of their covert surveillance rights, a report published today said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th May 2010

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Injunction over Meriden travellers’ site – BBC News

Posted May 21st, 2010 in injunctions, local government, news, planning, travellers by sally

“A High Court injunction has been won by a council to stop travellers building on land they own in a village.”

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BBC News, 21st May 2010

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R (Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd) v Wolverhampton City Council – WLR Daily

R (Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd) v Wolverhampton City Council [2010] UKSC 20; [2010] WLR (D) 123

“A planning authority, in considering the exercise of its compulsory purchase powers in relation to one site, was not entitled to take into account a commitment by a developer to secure the redevelopment of another unconnected site.”

WLR Daily, 13th May 2010

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Council breached information law – BBC News

Posted May 14th, 2010 in freedom of information, local government, news by sally

“A council has been told it breached the Freedom of Information Act by failing to provide an AM details about the cost of employing education consultants.”

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BBC News, 14th May 2010

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Lord Carey intervenes in council prayers battle – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2010 in belief discrimination, Church of England, local government, news by sally

“The former archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, today [7th May] backed the saying of prayers before council meetings as a pressure group prepared to launch a legal battle on the issue.”

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The Guardian, 7th May 2010

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Regina (Clue) v Birmingham City Council and another (Shelter intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted May 4th, 2010 in appeals, children, housing, immigration, law reports, local government by sally

Regina (Clue) v Birmingham City Council and another (Shelter intervening) [2010] EWCA Civ 460; [2010] WLR (D) 109

“Apart from hopeless or abusive cases, a local authority faced with an application for support and accommodation pending the determination of an arguable application for leave to remain on human rights grounds, should not refuse assistance if that would have the effect of requiring the person to leave the United Kingdom thereby forfeiting his claim.”

WLR Daily, 30th April 2010

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Female Birmingham council workers win ‘£600m pay claim’ – BBC News

Posted April 27th, 2010 in employment tribunals, equal pay, local government, news by sally

“Hundreds of female council employees who took their claims for equal pay to an employment tribunal have won their case.”

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BBC News, 27th April 2010

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Regina (Shoesmith) v Ofsted and others – WLR Daily

Regina (Shoesmith) v Ofsted and others [2010] EWHC 852(Admin); [2010] WLR (D) 102

“The duty of fairness which arose in respect of an Ofsted inspection carried out pursuant to s 20 of the Children Act 2004 was derived from a duty to carry out a bona fide and open-minded inspection into the operation of local authority departments and systems of safeguarding and not to inspect individuals. When making directions pursuant to s 497A of the Education Act 1996 (as inserted by s 8 of the School Standard and Framework Act 1998) to remove an office holder, the Secretary of State could, in certain circumstances, put the wider interests of child safeguarding above the interest of an individual office holder to be treated fairly. That should not mean that the individual concerned should be deprived of her reputation or other contractual or statutory rights. An individual removed from office pursuant to s 497A who had standing to bring a claim against the employer authority in the employment tribunal should bring that claim first and pursue a claim for judical review against her employer only as a last resort.”

WLR Daily, 26th April 2010

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Baby P council chief loses sacking battle – The Independent

Posted April 23rd, 2010 in judicial review, local government, news, unfair dismissal by sally

“Former children’s services chief Sharon Shoesmith today lost her High Court battle over her sacking following the death of Baby P.  Mr Justice Foskett, sitting in London, rejected accusations that her removal by Children’s Secretary Ed Balls was procedurally flawed, unfair and unlawful.”

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The Independent, 23rd April 2010

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Lap-dancing clubs may take cases to European court – The Guardian

Posted April 20th, 2010 in appeals, licensing, local government, news, sex establishments by sally

“Strip clubs could use the Human Rights Act to oppose legislation allowing councils greater freedom to turn down lap-dancing licence applications, venue owners say.”

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The Guardian, 19th April 2010

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Poisoned children win compensation fight against Corby borough council – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2010 in children, class actions, compensation, local government, news, poisoning by sally

“Families that brought a class action over the biggest case of child poisoning since thalidomide were celebrating tonight after reaching an out-of-court settlement with their local council. The result ends an 11-year battle waged by the families of 19 children born with deformities caused by toxic dust from a former steelworks in Corby, Northamptonshire.”

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The Guardian, 16th April 2010

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Sustainable Communities Act 2007 (Amendment) Act 2010

Posted April 12th, 2010 in legislation, local government by sally

Sustainable Communities Act 2007 (Amendment) Act 2010 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Manchester City Council Act 2010

Posted April 12th, 2010 in legislation, local government, street trading by sally

Manchester City Council Act 2010 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk