London borough’s housing allocation policy in breach of Equality Act, Ombudsman finds – Local Government Lawyer

‘A mother of two disabled children has successfully brought a complaint against Greenwich Council after a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigation found the local authority’s social housing allocation policy disadvantaged the family.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th January 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Domestic abuse accounts for one in eight crimes in London – BBC News

‘Domestic abuse now accounts for one in eight crimes reported to the Met Police, new figures show.’

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BBC News, 24th November 2021

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Review or repetition? – Nearly Legal

Posted November 12th, 2021 in electronic mail, homelessness, housing, judicial review, London, news by tracey

‘Ms Bereket applied to LBWF for homelessness assistance. The authority accepted that it owed her a duty and offered her temporary accommodation in Luton. She rejected the offer as it was too far from her friends and family. The local authority explained why the property was suitable and gave a deadline for acceptance. Ms Bereket refused it again for the same reasons. The authority then decided that their duties had been discharged. She was told of her right to a review and, in a subsequent telephone call, was told the email address to use in order to request a review. She duly wrote to that address. Her email did not refer to any review but explained why the property was not suitable by reference to her need to stay in the local area (including, now, that her son had started school). The LA decided this was not a request for a review and she sought judicial review. The issue, therefore, was whether there had been a request for a review.’

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Nearly Legal, 11th November 2021

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Anthony Adekola murder: Three gang members jailed over random M&S worker’s killing – BBC News

Posted November 5th, 2021 in gangs, imprisonment, London, murder, news, sentencing by michael

“Three gang members who randomly murdered a Marks & Spencer worker in a postcode war have been jailed for life.”

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BBC News, 5th November 2021

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Council decision to keep asylum seekers who were putative children in hotel accommodation was unlawful, High Court rules – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Brent breached its section 20 duties under the Children Act 1989 when it chose not to provide proper accommodation to unaccompanied asylum seekers while awaiting an assessment of their age, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th October 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

ULEZ: New pollution charge zone to begin in London – BBC News

‘In less than a week, ULEZ will become ULEX. If you live in London and drive an older diesel or petrol car, radical changes are just around the corner.’

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BBC News, 19th October 2021

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Metropolitan Police handed officer personal details of woman who complained about him – The Independent

Posted October 19th, 2021 in complaints, data protection, London, news, police, standards by tracey

‘The Metropolitan Police shared the full personal details of a woman who complained about a male officer’s aggression when arresting a vulnerable female with that officer – including her home address.’

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The Independent, 18th October 2021

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Council fails in bid for final injunction prohibiting defendants from anti-social behaviour in any public space in borough – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 27th, 2021 in coronavirus, demonstrations, injunctions, local government, London, news, nuisance by sally

‘A High Court judge has rejected an application by the London Borough of Hackney for a final injunction prohibiting a number of defendants until 13 September 2022 from engaging in various activities which were said to constitute anti-social behaviour and/or public nuisance in any public space in the borough.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th September 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Vernon Bogdanor: Reply to McHarg and Young – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted September 15th, 2021 in brexit, constitutional law, devolution, human rights, London, news, parliament by tracey

‘Aileen McHarg and Alison Young believe that the new British constitution, which I wrote about in my book of that name published in 2009 is less securely based than I suggested. The pillars of that new constitution were, I argued, the Human Rights Act, the devolution settlement, the referendum, and the new arrangements for the government of London which provided for Britain’s first directly elected mayor.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 14th September 2021

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org

London borough defends approach after report that family face eviction for failing to attend property viewing 200 miles away – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 30th, 2021 in families, homelessness, housing, local government, London, news, repossession by sally

‘Councils must balance the interests of those in housing need with that of taxpayers, the London Borough of Waltham Forest has said after becoming embroiled in controversy over a family facing homelessness.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th July 2021

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High Court judge finds for London borough in row with city council over calculation of age of asylum-seeker – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 23rd, 2021 in asylum, children, immigration, local government, London, news by sally

‘The London Borough of Croydon has won a High Court case brought against it by Birmingham City Council over how an asylum seeker’s age was calculated.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd July 2021

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Daniel Morgan case: Met accused of ‘betrayal’ over unsolved 1987 murder – BBC News

Posted July 22nd, 2021 in corruption, London, murder, news, police by sally

‘The Met Police has been accused of a “betrayal of the public” in its statements over the unsolved murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan.’

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BBC News, 21st July 2021

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London borough secures possession order against groups camping on Clapham Common – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 14th, 2021 in complaints, local government, London, news, repossession by tracey

‘The London Borough of Lambeth has secured an order for possession against occupiers camping on Clapham Common.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th July 2021

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Knife Crime Prevention Orders begin in London – Home Office

‘Court orders preventing young people from carrying knives and becoming embroiled in serious violence are now being piloted in London, Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced.’

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Home Office, 7th July 2021

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Ombudsman criticises London borough over failures as corporate parent to former looked-after child who alleged abuse – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said the London Borough of Lewisham exposed a former looked after child to “significant harm” after it failed to address her claims of abuse while in foster care properly.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd June 2021

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Transport for London evicting rough sleepers from public areas in potential breach of law – The Independent

Posted June 21st, 2021 in equality, homelessness, human rights, local government, London, news, transport by tracey

‘Rough sleepers are being evicted from public spaces in a move legal experts say is likely to be unlawful.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2021

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Met dismisses police officer who belonged to banned neo-Nazi terror group – The Guardian

‘A man who became the first British police officer convicted of belonging to a neo-Nazi terrorist organisation has been dismissed from the Metropolitan police without notice.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2021

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Street Space and Taxis During the COVID-19 Pandemic – City Law Forum

Posted April 15th, 2021 in coronavirus, London, news, road traffic, taxis by sally

‘The taxi or black cab has from time immemorial been part of the London transport scene. They are permitted to use all available road space, including bus lanes. The current pandemic has motivated the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) to create a policy resulting in traffic plan and traffic orders limiting the amount of road space available for vehicles. The result of these orders has been to restrict taxis from using road space (including bus lanes) in two areas of central London that were previously available to them.’

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City Law Forum, 14th April 2021

Source: blogs.city.ac.uk

Laurence Fox sued for libel over ‘paedophile’ comments – BBC News

Posted April 8th, 2021 in defamation, internet, London, news by sally

‘London mayoral candidate Laurence Fox is being sued for libel after he called three people “paedophiles” on Twitter.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2021

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Leaseholders win battle with City of London over service charges – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 31st, 2021 in leases, local government, London, news, repairs, service charges by tracey

‘Leaseholders have won a Court of Appeal case against the City of London Corporation over whether certain repairs to their homes are chargeable to them.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st March 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk