Family Court judge raps council for “woeful” care of two young women – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Family Court judge has condemned a council’s care for two young women as “woeful” and said he was “appalled” by failures of social workers and managers.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th December 2018

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Families threaten county with legal action over cuts to services for disabled children – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 10th, 2018 in budgets, children, disabled persons, education, local government, news by sally

‘Lawyers acting for families with disabled children have threatened Somerset County Council with a legal challenge over proposed cuts to services that would save £2m over the next two years.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th December 2018

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Council prosecution sees property owner fined £18k over Japanese knotweed – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 10th, 2018 in fines, local government, news, nuisance, prosecutions, trees by sally

‘A Bristol property owner has been fined £18,000 for allowing the spread of Japanese knotweed, after what is thought to be one of the first prosecutions nationally using the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to tackle the issue.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th December 2018

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Exposing rogue landlords: ‘The deck feels stacked against tenants’ – The Guardian

‘Simon Goodley explains how the Guardian uncovered the secret world of convicted landlords who continue to operate – and exploit – with impunity.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2018

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Councils lose Supreme Court battle with TfL over vesting of highway – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 6th, 2018 in local government, London, news, roads, Supreme Court, transport by sally

‘Southwark Council and the City of London Corporation have lost a Supreme Court case with Transport for London over the vesting of highways.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th December 2018

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Resident crowd funds legal challenge to voter identification pilots – Local Government Lawyer

‘An Essex resident has set up a crowdfunding page to raise money for a legal challenge to the next round of voter identification pilots.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th December 2018

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High Court: inspector entitled to approve revision to planning condition – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 5th, 2018 in energy, local government, news, planning, statutory interpretation by sally

‘A planning inspector did not exceed her authority when she granted permission to a wind turbine developer to build larger turbines than those provided for in the original planning permission, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th December 2018

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Muslim takes local council to High Court because their burial rules ‘breach his human rights’ – Daily Telegraph

‘A Muslim man has taken his local council to the High Court after complaining that their burial rules are infringing on his human rights.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2018

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Owner of Grade II listed house loses appeal over removal of limestone piers – Local Government Lawyer

‘Being on the register of listed buildings is enough to give a structure protection and its validity cannot be challenged in disputes over enforcement, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th November 2018

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Former council leader renews bid for judicial review of finding on sexual harassment – Local Government Lawyer

‘A former leader of Devon County Council has been refused permission to judicially review its decision to sanction him for sexual harassment.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th November 2018

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Councils warned against using new waste crime powers to raise revenue – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 30th, 2018 in fines, local government, news, waste by sally

‘The government has this week issued guidance for councils on using new powers to fine householders up to £400 for failing to ensure they gave their waste to a licensed carrier.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th November 2018

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Rogue landlords: 90% of local authorities fail to issue fines – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2018 in enforcement, fines, housing, landlord & tenant, local government, news, statistics by tracey

‘Almost 90% of local authorities failed to use new powers to fine rogue landlords last year, in the latest finding to suggest tenants are being failed by a lax enforcement regime.’

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The Guardian, 29th November 2018

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London borough secures £450k confiscation over ‘beds in sheds’ – Local Government Lawyer

‘Ealing Council has obtained a confiscation order of nearly £450,000 against a landlord who ignored enforcement notices over ‘beds in sheds’ at one of her rental properties.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th November 2018

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Jailed rapist offered the chance to see his victim’s child – Daily Telegraph

‘A council offered a jailed sex offender the chance to play a part in the future of the child of a woman he raped, it has emerged. The rapist, who was part of a grooming gang in the North of the country and has no parental responsibility for his son, was contacted by the local authority to give him a chance to see the boy, a Times investigation has uncovered.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th November 2018

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Payout over schoolboys’ sex assaults on girl, 6 – BBC News

Posted November 22nd, 2018 in assault, compensation, local government, news, school children, sexual offences by tracey

‘The parents of a girl sexually assaulted at the age of six by boys in her school playground have won compensation from the local authority.’

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BBC News, 21st November 2018

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Council decides to block new cafe from opening in empty shop because it has too many coffee shops – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 15th, 2018 in competition, complaints, local government, news, planning by tracey

‘Coffee shop fatigue in a coastal town has resulted in a council blocking a new cafe from opening in a store left empty for a year.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th November 2018

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Council wins appeal over disclosure order that would have meant it breached law – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 8th, 2018 in disclosure, documents, employment tribunals, local government, news by tracey

‘A borough council has won an appeal after an Employment Tribunal ordered disclosure which would, if given, have resulted in the local authority breaching the law.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th November 2018

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Council defeats High Court challenge over adoption of policies in Local Plan – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 7th, 2018 in housing, local government, news, planning by sally

‘A Deputy High Court Judge has rejected a legal challenge to Waverley Borough Council’s adoption of certain policies in its Local Plan.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th November 2018

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Naomi McLoughlin Discusses the Recent Case of Surrey County Council v Hilliard (2018) – Park Square Barristers

‘The legal test in considering a breach of s41 remains to be found in James v Preseli Pembrokeshire DC [1993] PIQR P114 and Jones v Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC [2008] EWCA Civ 1497. Whilst the appellant was successful on the basis two pieces of evidence had not been considered with the correct weight, the lower Court had nonetheless applied the correct legal test.’

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Park Square Barristers, 30th October 2018

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Christopher Badger and Mark Davies consider the environmental implications of yesterday’s Budget, a consultation between the FCA and the PRA on climate change and finance, and a recent case holding that an EIR request was “manifestly unreasonable”.’

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Six Pump Court, 30th October 2018

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