Supreme Court to hear key case on village greens and public authority land – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 5th, 2018 in appeals, commons, judicial review, local government, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court has agreed to hear conjoined cases over village greens, public authority-owned land and the concept of ‘statutory incompatibility’, it has been reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th November 2018

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Landlords threaten council with legal action over selective licensing plans- Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 5th, 2018 in judicial review, landlord & tenant, licensing, local government, news by sally

‘The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has threatened Great Yarmouth Borough Council with a judicial review challenge over the local authority’s selective licensing plans.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th November 2018

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Suitability and s.193 accommodation – Nearly Legal

Posted November 5th, 2018 in appeals, children, duty of care, housing, local government, news by sally

‘This was a s.204 appeal of a s.202 review on suitability of temporary accommodation provided to the appellant by Lewisham. This was originally temporary accommodation provided under s.188 Housing Act 1996, but following Lewisham accepting the full housing duty, it became accommodation provided under s.193 HA 1996.’

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Nearly Legal, 4th November 2018

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Government faces new legal challenge over plans to speed up fracking – The Guardian

Posted November 5th, 2018 in EC law, energy, environmental protection, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The government is facing a fresh legal challenge to its proposals to fast-track new fracking sites by loosening planning regulations.’

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The Guardian, 4th November 2018

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City council faces judicial review challenge over day centre closure – Local Government Lawyer

‘Campaigners have launched a judicial review challenge over a decision by Birmingham City Council to close a day centre used by people with a range of physical and learning disabilities.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st November 2018

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Council fails in challenge to decision by inspector to grant permission for 29 homes- Local Government Lawyers

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in appeals, housing, local government, news, planning by sally

‘Cheshire East Council has failed in a High Court challenge to a planning inspector’s decision to grant a developer outline planning permission for 29 dwellings on appeal.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st November 2018

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Families go to high court to oppose Hackney’s SEN cuts – The Guardian

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in families, judicial review, local government, news, special educational needs by sally

‘A group of families have gone to the high court in London to try to overturn local authority cuts to special educational needs (SEN) spending, claiming their children are already failing to get the support they require.’

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The Guardian, 31st October 2018

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Council rejects claims it used wrong boundary over planning application – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 1st, 2018 in boundaries, environmental protection, local government, news, planning by sally

‘City and County of Swansea Council has rejected an allegation that it used the wrong boundary to appraise a planning application that affects the Gower area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st October 2018

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Ombudsman criticises council for housing 17 year old on campsite – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 31st, 2018 in homelessness, housing, local government, news, ombudsmen, young persons by sally

‘Cornwall Council has admitted that accommodating a homeless youth on a campsite “went on for too long”, after criticism from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st October 2018

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Immigration Officials Attend Local Authority Meetings With Vulnerable Migrant Families – Rights Info

Posted October 31st, 2018 in government departments, housing, immigration, local government, news by sally

‘The Home Office is regularly attending local authority meetings with vulnerable migrant families to help collect data that can be used to remove the families from the UK.’

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Rights Info, 29th October 2018

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Council ends PFI deal, takes legal action over tower block cladding – Local Government Lawyer

‘Camden Council is to end a private finance initiative deal and take legal action against contractors in a dispute over the recladding of tower blocks.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th October 2018

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Supreme Court to hear dispute over service of completion notice in rates case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 30th, 2018 in appeals, documents, local government, news, rates, service, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court will next week hear a key case on the service of a completion notice by a billing authority.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th October 2018

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Succession and discrimination – death or divorce – Nearly Legal

Posted October 29th, 2018 in divorce, housing, human rights, landlord & tenant, local government, news, succession by sally

‘This was a challenge, arising from a possession claim, to the ‘one succession’ rule on secure tenancies.’

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Nearly Legal, 28th October 2018

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Court rejects claim ‘one succession rule’ unlawfully discriminated over divorce – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 26th, 2018 in divorce, housing, human rights, landlord & tenant, local government, news, succession by tracey

‘Rules governing the right to take over a social housing tenancy when the former tenant dies do not discriminate unlawfully between widows and divorcees contrary to Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the High Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th October 2018

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Tenants will get access to rogue landlord database, says PM – The Guardian

Posted October 25th, 2018 in housing, landlord & tenant, local government, news by tracey

‘Theresa May has pledged to give tenants access to the government’s new rogue landlord database after a Guardian and ITV News investigation revealed that not a single name had been entered into the system in more than six months since its launch – and that even when landlords’ names were listed, the public would not be allowed to see them.’

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The Guardian, 24th October 2018

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The rogue landlord’s loopholes: how the law fails renters – The Guardian

Posted October 24th, 2018 in enforcement, housing, landlord & tenant, licensing, local government, news by tracey

‘The legislation designed to catch rogue landlords is vast and very complex. Landlords can be prosecuted under various pieces of law, including the Housing Act (2004), the Protection from Eviction Act (1977), the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (2005). All of that legislation creates a confusing landscape. It can be difficult to work out how it all fits together, and even within individual acts there are loopholes.’

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2018

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Legal Aid Agency taken to court for refusing to help rough sleepers – The Guardian

‘A human rights organisation is taking the national provider of legal aid to court because it is refusing to help rough sleepers challenge councils over the use of potentially unlawful powers to move them on.’

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2018

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Judge rejects challenge to decision by council to sell cattle market site – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 22nd, 2018 in judicial review, local government, news, sale of land by sally

‘A judge has refused to grant a campaign group permission to bring a judicial review challenge over a district council’s decision to sell a cattle market to a supermarket chain.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th October 2018

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London borough changes its definition of ‘overcrowding’ after legal challenge: report – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 19th, 2018 in housing, interpretation, local government, London, news by sally

‘A legal challenge brought by the Public Interest Law Unit (PILU) and Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth (HASL) has forced Southwark Council to change the definition it uses for ‘overcrowding’, it has been claimed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, October 2018

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Transport for London appeals High Court ruling on cycle superhighway – Local Government Lawyer

‘Transport for London has applied for permission to appeal a High Court ruling that its decision to go ahead with the installation of a cycle super highway (CS11) at Swiss Cottage had been taken while omitting a relevant consideration.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th October 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk