Mum faced £10k bill to move from rapist neighbour – BBC News

Posted September 20th, 2019 in disabled persons, fees, housing, local government, news, ombudsmen, rape, victims by sally

‘A mother who discovered her disabled daughter’s rapist had moved next door was told she would have repay £10,000 to a council to leave her property.’

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BBC News, 19th September 2019

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Council hit with £100k fine after exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 19th, 2019 in employment, fines, health & safety, industrial injuries, local government, news by tracey

‘Dacorum Borough Council has been fined £100,000 for exposing seven grounds maintenance workers to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), caused by excessive use of power tools.

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th September 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Borough council wins appeal over ‘continuing offence’ in HMO case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 19th, 2019 in appeals, housing, local government, news, time limits by tracey

‘A ‘continuing’ offence is not time-barred from prosecution by when it was first noted, the High Court has said in an appeal brought by Luton Borough Council.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th September 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Law firm secures five-figure payout for survivor of abuse at council-managed residential school – Local Government Lawyer

‘Law firm Leigh Day has said that it has won a five-figure sum in compensation for a survivor of abuse at Swaylands School.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th September 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

NRPF: The crisis facing the children of migrants – Family Law Week

Posted September 12th, 2019 in benefits, children, housing, human rights, immigration, local government, news by tracey

‘Cameron Boyle, political correspondent for the Immigration Advice Service, explains the impact on the children of migrants of having no recourse to public funds and encountering problems with local authorities’ application of Children Act 1989, section 17.’

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Family Law Week, 11th September 2019

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Mum’s legal action over autistic son’s Bristol college place – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2019 in autism, local government, news, special educational needs, video recordings by tracey

‘The mother of a severely autistic man is taking legal action after a BBC film showing him learning to shop was used to assess him for a college placement.’

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BBC News, 12th September 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The extent of the inherent jurisdiction – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 6th, 2019 in alcohol abuse, disabled persons, jurisdiction, local government, mental health, news by tracey

‘Christine Cooper reports on an unusual inherent jurisdiction case that recently went before a High Court judge.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th September 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Environmental lawyers put local authorities “on notice” over alleged climate inaction – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 4th, 2019 in charities, climate change, environmental protection, local government, news by sally

‘Environmental law charity ClientEarth has written to 100 local authorities across England to warn that they will violate their legal obligations and risk legal challenge if they do not introduce proper climate change plans.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd September 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

County to pay mother £24k after Ombudsman report into overcrowding and failure to comply with care order – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 3rd, 2019 in care orders, compensation, delay, families, housing, local government, news, ombudsmen, standards by sally

‘A county council has agreed to pay £24,000 after a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigation into a case where a mother of three, who also took on the care of her two grandchildren, had to sleep on a mattress in her living room for more than 10 years because the local authority did not deliver the support it had agreed to.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th August 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

The 1COR Quarterly Medical Law Review – Summer 2019 – Issue 2 – 1COR

‘Welcome to the second issue of the Quarterly Medical Law Review, brought to you by barristers at 1 Crown Office Row. This quarterly publication aims to provide summaries and comment on recent cases in medical law, including clinical negligence, regulatory, and inquests.’

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1COR, 7th August 2019

Source: www.1cor.com

Campaigners refused permission to appeal ruling on closure of children’s centres – Local Government Lawyer

‘A campaign group has failed to obtain permission to appeal a High Court ruling that a decision by the Cabinet at Buckinghamshire County Council to close 19 out of its 35 children’s centres was lawful.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th August 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Dear Secretary of State for Housing, A plea for a coherent housing policy to improve housing delivery – No. 5 Chambers

Posted August 29th, 2019 in housing, local government, news, planning by sally

‘Robert Jenrick, the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government will today complete his first week in office. His initial pronouncements about increasing housing delivery appear very encouraging. Added to which, his new boss Boris Johnson, seems keen to do things differently. And well he might, as the Conservative Party’s track record on housing delivery, first as the main party in a coalition, and then on its own, has been very poor.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 6th August 2019

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Defendant who brought fraudulent ‘phantom passenger’ claim against council given suspended sentence – Local Government Lawyer

‘A defendant who brought a fraudulent claim against Cardiff Council in a “phantom passenger” road traffic accident case has been sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 18 months, it has been reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th August 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Lancashire grandmother ‘had to sleep on mattress in lounge’ for 10 years – BBC News

Posted August 29th, 2019 in care orders, children, compensation, grandparents, housing, local government, news by tracey

‘A woman slept on a mattress in her living room for more than 10 years because her council house was too small for her and five children.

The Local Government Ombudsman ordered the council to pay her compensation. The council apologised and said it would pay her £24,000 to reflect the “avoidable distress” she and her family suffered.’

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BBC News, 29th August 2019

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Government Urged To Tackle ‘National Problem’ Of Protests Outside Abortion Clinics – Rights Info

‘Campaigners have renewed calls for the government to create “safe-zones” around abortion clinics across the country after the Court of Appeal upheld a ban on pro-life protests near a west London health centre.’

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Rights Info, 22nd August 2019

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Shelter crowd funds legal action over alleged failure by council to offer homeless people temporary accommodation – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 22nd, 2019 in homelessness, housing, judicial review, local government, news, Scotland by sally

‘Housing charity Shelter Scotland is seeking to crowdfund legal action over what it says is Glasgow City Council’s unlawful failure to offer homeless people temporary accommodation.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st August 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Withdrawal of Pre-Action Admissions – Judges Should Resist the Temptation to Conduct a Mini-Trial – Zenith PI Blog

Posted August 22nd, 2019 in local government, news, personal injuries, pre-action conduct by sally

‘The defendant local authority appealed against a master’s refusal of permission to withdraw a pre-action admission made by its insurer.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 21st August 2019

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Buffer zones around abortion clinic – judgment – Law & Religion UK

‘The BBC reports that pro-life protesters have lost their legal challenge against the UK’s first buffer zone around an abortion clinic. Ealing Council implemented a 100-metre exclusion zone at the Marie Stopes centre last year after women complained of being intimidated. The Good Counsel Network, which holds vigils outside the clinic in Ealing, west London, denied harassing women. Three Court of Appeal judges dismissed the bid to overturn the ban on protests directly outside the facility.’

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Law & Religion UK, 21st August 2019

Source: www.lawandreligionuk.com

London borough prosecutes man who tried to take over council flat by claiming to be nephew of deceased tenant – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has successfully prosecuted a man who fraudulently tried to take over the council tenancy of a resident who had passed away by pretending to be his nephew.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th August 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Cost of outside legal advice doubles at 42 councils – BBC News

Posted August 16th, 2019 in budgets, contracting out, legal services, local government, news by tracey

‘A doubling of spending on outside legal advice by more than 40 local councils has been labelled “ridiculous” by people fighting funding cuts. Figures from 270 of the 408 councils asked by the BBC showed £322m was spent last year on in-house legal teams and £142m on external legal services.’

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BBC News, 16th August 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk