High Court judge issues mandatory order requiring London borough to secure suitable accommodation for family within 12 weeks – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 8th, 2022 in children, disabled persons, homelessness, housing, local government, London, news by tracey

‘The London Borough of Lambeth has been told by the High Court to find accommodation for a family within 12 weeks even though the applicant wishes to live outside the borough.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th August 2022

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Ombudsman finds severe maladministration at housing association over failings in response to silverfish infestation – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Housing Ombudsman has found severe maladministration at housing association Metropolitan Thames Valley (MTVH) over its failings in responding to a silverfish infestation at a resident’s flat.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th August 2022

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High Court judge issues ruling on fairness of age assessment procedure – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 5th, 2022 in asylum, children, immigration, local government, news, social services by tracey

‘The High Court has found against the London Borough of Brent in a case concerning the age of an asylum seeker even though Mr Justice Swift said the council’s conduct was “not an error of the most serious nature”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th August 2022

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Holiday pay and pensions – Local Government Lawyer

‘Doug Mullen and Billy Richards consider the pensions implications of a recent Supreme Court holiday pay case.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th August 2022

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Housing authority acquisitions policies – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 4th, 2022 in homelessness, housing, local government, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has recently ruled that a local housing authority failed to comply with its own acquisitions policy. Stathis Kosteletos, Clive Adams and Jonathan Hulley examine the ruling.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th August 2022

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Judge dismisses bid by council for unadmitted allegations to be tried, saying it would be “deplorable waste of resources” – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Family Court judge has dismissed a local authority’s application for un-admitted allegations to be tried, saying he could not see any upside in allowing that to happen.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st August 2022

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Court of Appeal rejects as “academic” judicial review claim over ending of ‘Everyone In’ homelessness scheme – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal over a High Court judge’s dismissal of a judicial review challenge to the Government’s decision to end the “Everyone In” initiative that was launched to get rough sleepers off the streets during the pandemic.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st August 2022

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Homelessness updates – Nearly Legal

Posted August 2nd, 2022 in homelessness, housing, local government, news by tracey

‘Abdikadir v London Borough of Ealing (2022) EWCA Civ 979. Where an offer of out of borough accommodation had been made and refused, and a discharge of duty upheld on review, did the council’s failure to notify the other council under section 208(2) Housing Act 1996 mean that the review was invalidated?’

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Nearly Legal, 31st July 2022

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Goring Gap: High Court overturns 475-home development plan – BBC News

Posted August 2nd, 2022 in appeals, housing, local government, news, parks, planning by tracey

‘Plans to build 475 houses in Worthing have been overturned by a High Court judge.’

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BBC News, 1st August 2022

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Key information about adopting mother not shared before baby’s murder, report finds – The Guardian

‘Information about drinking, debts and mental health that could have prevented a baby boy being placed with an adopting mother who went on to murder him was not shared between agencies, an investigation has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2022

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High Court refuses council judicial review bid over routeing of lorries to HS2 construction sites – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 28th, 2022 in judicial review, local government, news, planning, railways, roads by sally

‘A judicial review application by Buckinghamshire Council contesting a decision by the Secretary of State for Transport and the Secretary of State for Levelling up, Housing and Communities to approve lorry routes for the construction of High Speed 2 has been refused by the High Court.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th July 2022

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Law change allows organisations to employ agency workers during strikes – Local Government Lawyer

‘A new law is now in place that will enable organisations impacted by industrial action to plug staffing gaps with agency workers, the Government has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th July 2022

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Couple who cashed in on mother’s Hertfordshire health scam jailed – The Guardian

‘A couple who enjoyed holidays abroad with money from a relative who faked being bedridden to scam a local authority out of more than £624,000 have been jailed.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2022

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New guidance will ensure all forms of domestic abuse are recognised – Family Law

‘New statutory guidance on identifying and responding to domestic abuse and its impact on victims has been published on 8 July 2022, by the Home Office.’

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Family Law, 14th July 2022

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Sheffield City Council repeatedly let down vulnerable woman – ombudsman – BBC News

‘A vulnerable young woman was told by a council investigation she could have stopped the abuse she experienced if she had spoken up sooner.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2022

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Affordability and intentional homelessness – assessments and guidance – Nearly Legal

Posted July 14th, 2022 in homelessness, housing, local government, news, rent, tax credits by tracey

‘Baptie v The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames (2022) EWCA Civ 888. This was a second appeal, brought by RBKT from a s.204 appeal that had overturned their decision that Ms Baptie was intentionally homeless from a housing association property due to rent arrears. The Council review officer had found “that the rent due to the Housing Association had been affordable for Ms Baptie, but she had failed to claim tax credits to which she was entitled and spent an unreasonable amount on living expenses. On the second point, the officer relied in part on figures contained in guidance issued by the Association of Housing Advice Services (“AHAS”).” (The first decision maker had found intentionality because Ms B was alleged not to have applied for Discretionary Housing Payments. The review officer found on these other grounds.)’

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Nearly Legal, 12th July 2022

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Kent council fights off JR of caravan removal action – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 14th, 2022 in children, judicial review, local government, news, travellers by tracey

‘The High Court has rejected a judicial review brought over whether Thanet District Council was right to serve direction notices on people living in caravans at Ramsgate port.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th July 2022

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Lack of regard for council planning policy on playing fields led to unlawful planning permission, High Court finds – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 13th, 2022 in housing, local government, news, parks, planning, sport by tracey

‘A decision by Leeds City Council to grant itself outline planning permission to build 61 affordable dwellings on a longstanding sports field was unlawful, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th July 2022

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New measures in Leicester to tackle rogue landlords – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2022 in consultations, housing, landlord & tenant, licensing, local government, news by tracey

‘New licensing measures are being introduced in parts of Leicester to help tackle rogue landlords, the city council said.’

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BBC News, 13th July 2022

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Lambeth: £22m in low-traffic fines an abuse of power, say campaigners – BBC News

Posted July 12th, 2022 in fines, local government, London, news, road traffic by tracey

‘A London council has been accused of an “abuse of power” by campaigners after it issued almost £22m in low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) fines in a year.’

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BBC News, 11th July 2022

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