Supreme Court rejects appeal bid by Welsh Ministers over s.73 permissions ruling – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 20th, 2020 in appeals, local government, news, planning, Supreme Court, Wales by sally

‘The Supreme Court has refused the Welsh Ministers’ application for permission to appeal a ruling that s.73 permissions cannot alter the description of development, it has been reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th May 2020

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Specialist support centre for female offenders to open in Wales – The Guardian

Posted May 5th, 2020 in imprisonment, news, rehabilitation, Wales, women by sally

‘A specialist centre providing accommodation and support to female offenders is to open in Wales as part of the government’s strategy to send fewer women to prison, the Ministry of Justice has said.’

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The Guardian, 5th May 2020

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Gareth Evans: Devolution in Wales: From Assembly to Parliament – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted April 17th, 2020 in constitutional law, devolution, news, Wales by sally

‘On 6 May 2020, the National Assembly for Wales (hereafter “the Assembly”) will officially be renamed, adopting the new title of Senedd Cymru / Welsh Parliament. The change comes as a result of section 9 of the Wales Act 2017, amending the Government of Wales Act 2006 (hereafter “GOWA”) to include the new section 111A which transfers to the Assembly the power to legislate on matters relating to its electoral and operational arrangements.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 15th April 2020

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Gethin Thomas: Back to the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘On 24 March 2020, the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill 2020 was introduced into the House of Commons, for its first reading, by Caroline Lucas MP. The Bill had been introduced into the House of Lords on 21 October 2019, by Baroness Jenny Jones, on behalf of Lord John Bird (who is best known as the founder of Big Issue). Whilst the Bill is not supported by the Government, it has garnered cross party support, and the Bill’s co-sponsors are drawn from all of the major UK political parties.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 7th April 2020

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Coronavirus and detention under the Mental Health Act – Doughty Street Chambers

‘The Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020) has now been passed. However not all the provisions have yet come into force. Many of the provisions (including the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) and to the Care Act 2014) will come into force on a day appointed by a Minister according to regulations. Once in force, a part of the Act could also be suspended and revived. For further details on this, see our earlier post here.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 30th March 2020

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Welsh council wins Court of Appeal battle over scope of duty to secure improvement – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 9th, 2020 in appeals, consultations, local government, news, Wales by tracey

‘A requirement on councils to consult on service improvements is not so wide as to mean consultations must be held on every decision, the Court Of Appeal has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th March 2020

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Report into Welsh council highlights monitoring officer also being its sole qualified childcare lawyer as example of risk of ‘all hands to the pumps’ approach – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 4th, 2020 in children, legal services, local government, news, solicitors, Wales by sally

‘A rapid assessment carried out by the Improvement and Assurance Board set up at Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council has highlighted a situation where the authority’s monitoring officer is also its sole qualified childcare lawyer and has additional responsibilities as an example of why it has significant concerns about the ability of the council to deal with ongoing practical issues.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd March 2020

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Alcohol: Wales minimum pricing law comes into force – BBC News

Posted March 2nd, 2020 in alcohol abuse, health, news, price fixing, sale of goods, Wales by sally

‘As of Monday, retailers and any outlets serving alcohol must charge at least 50p a unit, meaning a typical bottle of wine costs no less than £4.69.’

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BBC News, 2nd March 2020

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Thomas on Wales – Counsel

Posted February 20th, 2020 in civil justice, criminal justice, devolution, legal profession, news, reports, Wales by sally

‘With radical recommendations for ‘fair, distinct and devolved’ justice, the Thomas Report should be required reading for anyone interested in Wales and the state of its justice system – writes David Hughes.’

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Counsel, February 2020

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Compulsory religious education ‘may breach human rights’ – BBC News

Posted February 10th, 2020 in education, human rights, news, religious discrimination, school children, Wales by sally

‘Making all pupils take part in religious education classes could see the Welsh Government taken to court for breaching human rights, a legal expert has warned.’

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BBC News, 8th February 2020

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Wales to bring in smacking ban after assembly vote – BBC News

Posted January 29th, 2020 in assault, bills, child cruelty, children, families, news, Wales by sally

‘A law banning people in Wales from smacking their children has been passed by the Welsh Assembly.’

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BBC News, 28th January 2020

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A legal duty to tackle inequality: Scotland first, Wales next, England when? – Cloisters

Posted January 28th, 2020 in equality, news, Scotland, statutory duty, Wales by sally

‘This month a public consultation is underway in Wales looking at implementing a duty on public bodies to consider the effect of policies on socio-economic inequality.’

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Cloisters, 23rd January 2020

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Welsh parents lose opt-out for sex, relationship and religious education – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2020 in children, consultations, education, families, news, parental rights, school children, Wales by sally

‘Parents in Wales will soon lose the right to withdraw their children from lessons on sex and relationships or religion, provoking concern among both church groups and secular campaigners.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2020

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Welsh council defeats appeal by dog breeder over refusal to renew licence – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 2nd, 2019 in appeals, dogs, licensing, local government, news, Wales by sally

‘A Welsh council has successfully defended its decision not to renew a dog breeder’s licence over breaches of conditions identified during unannounced inspections.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd December 2019

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Welsh justice review calls for Scottish-style devolution of powers – The Guardian

Posted October 24th, 2019 in children, criminal responsibility, devolution, news, Wales by sally

‘Powers to control justice, policing and prisons should be devolved to the Welsh assembly as they are in Scotland and Northern Ireland, a commission led by the former lord chief justice of England and Wales has recommended.’

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The Guardian, 24th October 2019

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Speech by the Master of the Rolls: Law, Procedure and Language – Civil Justice and Cymru – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by the Master of the Rolls: Law, Procedure and Language – Civil Justice and Cymru.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 16th October 2019

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Anger as River Teifi pollution plant avoids prosecution – BBC News

Posted September 3rd, 2019 in accidents, animals, environmental protection, fines, news, pollution, prosecutions, Wales, water by sally

‘Anglers are “appalled and dismayed” at the decision not to prosecute a company that polluted a river, killing about 18,000 fish.’

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BBC News, 2nd September 2019

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Possession and licensing in Wales – Nearly Legal

Posted August 27th, 2019 in housing, landlord & tenant, licensing, news, repossession, Wales by sally

‘Does failing to be licensed under The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 prevent a landlord from serving any notice seeking possession, or just a section 21 notice? That was the issue in a county court appeal in Evans & Evans v Jarvis, County Court at Swansea, 20 August 2019.’

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Nearly Legal, 26th August 2019

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North Wales Police ‘failed to protect’ woman killed by ex-partner – BBC News

Posted August 16th, 2019 in domestic violence, murder, news, police, Wales by tracey

‘Police failed to adequately protect a woman who was later killed by her ex-partner, an investigation has found.’

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BBC News, 16th August 2019

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Court of Appeal rejects claim over failure to reassess educational needs of 22-year-old disabled man – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court ruling that Welsh ministers and the quango Careers Wales did not act unreasonably when they decided not to reassess the educational and training needs of a young man with a learning disability.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th August 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk