Councils given new powers to block phone boxes being built – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 14th, 2019 in local government, news, planning, telecommunications by sally

‘New phone boxes will be blocked from being built by councils for first time, following a landmark ruling from the High Court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th February 2019

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Voter ID trials are dangerous. That’s why I’m taking the government to court – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2019 in elections, equality, identification, local government, news, pilot schemes, statistics by sally

‘In May, I will be asked to show ID to vote in local elections in Essex. This discriminatory plan risks undermining democracy.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2019

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Jurisdiction: s. 204 appeals – Nearly Legal

‘Adesotu v Lewisham LBC Case No E40CL183, a decision of HHJ Luba on preliminary issues handed down on 8th February 2019, is so going to the Court of Appeal that the judge (having been satisfied that Ms Adesotu and her household would continue to be accommodated by Lewisham) invited Counsel to agree the route to enable it to get there.’

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Nearly Legal, 12th February 2019

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Council did not do enough to protect young child from harm, Ombudsman finds – Local Government Lawyer

‘A young child was left with life-long injuries after a council missed opportunities to protect him from his mother’s violent partner, a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigation has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th February 2019

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Confidentiality – Panopticon

‘Two recent decisions of the FTT on confidential information are of interest, one under FoIA, the other under the EIR, with a local authority being the public authority in both cases.’

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Panopticon, 7th February 2019

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RBS sued by Newham council over the terms of £150m in loans – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2019 in banking, interest, loans, local government, news, time limits by tracey

‘Newham council is suing Royal Bank of Scotland over the terms of about £150m in complex bank loans, making it the latest UK bank to face a lawsuit over lending terms that critics say piled undue pressure on local services.’

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The Guardian, 6th February 2019

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Anti-fracking campaigner loses challenge over refusal by inspector to adjourn – Local Government Lawyer

‘A campaigner against fracking has failed in a High Court claim that a planning inspector’s refusal to adjourn an inquiry was a breach of the rules of natural justice.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th February 2019

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Challenging Interim Threshold – Family Law Week

‘Anna McKenna QC, 1 King’s Bench Walk, Emily Boardman, partner, Boardman, Hawkins & Osborne LLP and Anna Sutcliffe, barrister, 1 King’s Bench Walk consider the circumstances when it may be appropriate to challenge interim threshold findings in an alleged NAI case without waiting for evidence from a single joint expert.’

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Family Law Week, 30th January 2019

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Single mother takes government to court after being forced into homelessness due to housing benefit shortfall – The Independent

Posted January 31st, 2019 in benefits, homelessness, housing, local government, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘A single mother of four who was was forced into homelessness due to a shortfall in housing benefit is to challenge the government in Britain’s highest court.’

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The Independent, 31st January 2019

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Defendant who defrauded council pension fund of £1m jailed for seven years – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 30th, 2019 in fraud, local government, money laundering, news, pensions, sentencing by sally

‘A man who defrauded Westminster City Council’s pension fund of more than £1m has been jailed for seven years.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th January 2019

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Government issues guidance for local authorities on Brexit preparations – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 30th, 2019 in brexit, budgets, EC law, local government, news by sally

‘The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued guidance to assist local authority preparedness for Brexit and announced that it will provide £56.5m in financial support to councils in England.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th January 2019

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The status of allotments – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 29th, 2019 in charities, Charity Commission, local government, news, trusts by sally

‘The recent decision of the Upper Tribunal in Densham v Charity Commission [2018] UKUT 0402, in which the Charity Commission made detailed legal submissions, will be of interest to all trust law practitioners as well as those working with local authorities.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th January 2019

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Housing association defeats defence against eviction based on ‘cuckooing’ – Local Government Lawyer

‘The public sector equality duty should be considered in cases of ‘cuckooing’ where a vulnerable resident’s home is taken over by others as a base for drug consumption and dealing, the High Court has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th January 2019

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City council concedes defeat after judge quashes open land planning permissions – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in listed buildings, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The Mayor of Liverpool has said the city council will accept a High Court ruling quashing its grant of planning permissions for a scheme including the building on an area of open land of 39 new dwellings and the conversion of a historic house into 12 apartments.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st January 2019

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Relevance and homelessness – Nearly Legal

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in homelessness, housing, local government, news by sally

‘Safi v Sandwell BC (2018) EWCA Civ 2876 can be regarded as a footnote of some significance in the factors which are relevant in determining whether a household is homeless for the purposes of s. 175, Housing Act 1996. (And, as a footnote to that footnote, a point for the cognoscenti of review processes: it is interesting that Sandwell has a review panel (whether officer or councillor-led is not clear from the report), which appears to work by way of meetings; such panels, which were frequently constituted prior to and just after the 1996 Act, are rare these days, reviews being conducted commonly by a single officer.)’

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Nearly Legal, 21st January 2019

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Walsall Council wins Muslim graves High Court battle – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in burials and cremation, human rights, Islam, local government, news by sally

‘A Muslim man who said his human rights were breached by a council’s refusal to permit a marble edge around a grave has lost a High Court battle.’

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BBC News, 22nd January 2019

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Council pays rogue landlord £500,000 in housing benefit – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2019 in benefits, housing, local government, news by tracey

‘A repeatedly convicted landlord, ruled unfit to rent out property in a north London borough in 2015, has since received more than £500,000 in housing benefit payments from the same council that banned him. The discovery that a local authority is directly paying public money to a landlord its own officers describe as “rogue” is the latest example of the ineffective regulations designed to police the private rented sector’s worst offenders.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2019

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Ombudsman upholds 11 complaints against council over SEN provision in two years – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised Norfolk County Council over its provision for children with special education needs after upholding 11 complaints in two years.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th January 2019

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Legal Aid Agency faces High Court showdown over protection orders – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 17th, 2019 in homelessness, legal aid, local government, news, proportionality, public order by tracey

‘The Legal Aid Agency will have to gear up for another High Court showdown after a civil liberties group was granted permission to challenge the lack of public funding to help homeless people targeted by protection orders aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th January 2019

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Norfolk council rebuked over special needs provision – The Guardian

Posted January 16th, 2019 in complaints, local government, news, ombudsmen, special educational needs by sally

‘The local government ombudsman has reprimanded a local authority over its provision for children with special educational needs after upholding 11 complaints against the council over the last two years.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2018

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