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August 17, 2022

Upper Tribunal requires council to secure EHCP for student who is hypersensitive to Wi-Fi signals

The Upper Tribunal has ruled that a council must secure special educational provision for a child who has electromagnetic hypersensitivity and is particularly sensitive to Wi-Fi signals.
August 17, 2022

Upper Tribunal requires council to secure EHCP for student who is hypersensitive to Wi-Fi signals

The Upper Tribunal has ruled that a council must secure special educational provision for a child who has electromagnetic hypersensitivity and is particularly sensitive to Wi-Fi signals.
August 17, 2022

Shortage of secure placements for vulnerable children a “national scandal”, High Court judge says

A High Court judge who was told in a hearing that just two spots in secure placements in England and Wales were available when they were needed for 62 children has called the shortage a "national scandal", it has been reported.
Aug 17, 2022

Council prosecution sees taxi firm owner fined for allowing unlicensed driver to carry out bookings

A taxi firm owner in North West Leicestershire has been ordered to pay more than £8,000 in fines and costs for allowing an unlicensed driver to carry out bookings illegally.
Aug 16, 2022

Council reaffirms adoption of development plan document despite judicial review threat

Mid Sussex Council has reaffirmed its decision to adopt a development plan document that could see the building of 1700 homes, despite a threat of judicial review by one of its own councillors, who argues the decision was procedurally flawed.
Aug 16, 2022

Child protection barrister at 42 Bedford Row appointed as Circuit Judge

Mary Robertson, a public law children specialist at 42 Bedford Row Chambers, has been appointed a Circuit Judge.
Aug 16, 2022

Claimant behind judicial review of 4000-home development calls on council to settle dispute via mediation

A claimant that recently acquired permission from the High Court for a legal challenge concerning the impact of a 4,000-home Cambridgeshire development on a nearby town’s water supply has asked South Cambridgeshire District Council to agree to alternative dispute resolution.
Aug 16, 2022

Richard Blakeway reappointed as Housing Ombudsman

Richard Blakeway will be the Housing Ombudsman for a further three years until 2025 after being reappointed to the position.
Aug 15, 2022

Local council groups launch “Civility and Respect Pledge” amid bullying and harassment concerns

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC), the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) and One Voice Wales (OVW) have this month launched “The Civility and Respect Pledge” as part of their “Civility and Respect Project” aimed at tackling poor behaviour.
Aug 15, 2022

Supreme Court refuses City of London permission to appeal in dispute with leaseholders over service charges

The Supreme Court has refused the City of London Corporation permission to appeal in a dispute with leaseholders of a tower block over whether certain repairs to their homes were chargeable to them, it has emerged.
Aug 15, 2022

Council withdraws objections to two major planning appeals after being told it cannot “defend the indefensible”

A district council has withdrawn its objections concerning two planning appeals “following extensive legal advice”.
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Aug 15, 2022

Defendant committed to prison for contempt of court in “man cave” planning enforcement case

The defendant in a long-running planning enforcement case over what has been dubbed “Britain’s biggest man cave” has been committed to prison for six weeks for contempt of court.
Aug 15, 2022

Treasury consults on expanded administrative control process for public sector exit payments over £95,000 in central government

The Goverment has launched a consultation on an expanded approvals process for employee exits and special severance payments (SSPs), and additional reporting requirements, in relevant parts of central government and certain other public bodies.
Aug 12, 2022

Government launches biodiversity metric consultation in latest step toward mandating Biodiversity Net Gain

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has launched a consultation on the Biodiversity Metric to be used for the purpose of calculating Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) as required under the 2021 Environment Act.
Aug 12, 2022

Judicial review claim forces council to suspend referendum on neighbourhood plan

A judicial review claim has halted a referendum on a Wiltshire neighbourhood plan days before it was set to take place.
Aug 12, 2022

Campaign group and London Assembly member crowd fund legal challenge to stop Mayor of London giving ‘Orwellian surveillance network’ of ANPR data to Met Police

The Open Rights Group and London Assembly Member Sian Berry are crowd funding a legal challenge to the Mayor of London over his decision to expand the scope of data-sharing with the Metropolitan Police from Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Automated Number-Plate Recognition road cameras.
Aug 12, 2022

High Court gives green light for fourth judicial review challenge regarding future of London housing estate

A judicial review challenge of Lambeth Council's planning approval of a plan that would demolish part of a 1970s estate will be heard in November, making it the fourth judicial review application concerning the estate in seven years.
Aug 11, 2022

District to investigate why councillors were removed from audit and standards committee meeting

Harborough District Council is investigating why councillors were removed from a meeting of its audit and standards committee in March.
Aug 11, 2022

Ombudsman finds county council did not arrange appropriate transport in time for boy with special needs

A Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigation has found that Hampshire County Council expected a young child with special educational needs to travel on their own in a taxi to school – or face a three-hour round-trip in shared transport, which would exceed its own guidance on the…
Aug 11, 2022

Applications for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in England continue to rise, while number completed in statutory timeframe falls: NHS report

The number of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) applications received in England grew in 2021-22 by 5.5%, while the proportion of standard applications completed within the statutory timeframe of 21 days dropped to 20% (down from 24% in the previous year), according to a report from NHS…
Aug 11, 2022

Welsh Ombudsman sees sharp rise in public services complaints and serious Code of Conduct findings

The Public Services Ombudsman for Wales has reported significant increases both in the number of new complaints received about public services and in Code of Conduct investigations finding serious concerns.
Aug 11, 2022

District council defends legal challenge over permission for 205-home scheme on former equestrian site

The High Court has rejected two challenges to a decision by Wealden District Council to allow a 205-home development on land previously used for equestrian activities.
Aug 11, 2022

Supreme Court agrees to hear case on environmental impact assessment and downstream effects

The Supreme Court has granted permission to appeal in a key case on planning permissions, environmental impact assessment (EIA) and downstream effects, it has been reported.
Aug 11, 2022

Concerns grow at sharp rise in people waiting for needs assessment

Adult social care services are buckling “under unprecedented pressures” with 600 people a day joining waiting lists to be assessed for care and support in England.
Aug 11, 2022

Council defeats legal challenge over permission for 150-home scheme on Green Belt land

A local amenity group has lost a judicial review brought against St Albans City and District Council over planning consent for a 150-home residential development on Green Belt land.
Aug 11, 2022

Lawsuit brought by Olympic stadium owner over advice on West Ham concession agreement settled

A professional negligence suit brought by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and E20 Stadium against a City law firm - over the drafting of a concession agreement entered into with Premier League club West Ham for the stadium used in the London Olympics - has been settled.
Aug 11, 2022

Law Society hits out at reforms to compulsory purchase

The Law Society has denounced the Government’s proposed reforms to compulsory purchase as a threat to human rights.
Aug 11, 2022

Right to Buy Back scheme has returned 1,500+ homes to public ownership, Mayor claims

More than 1,500 homes have returned to public ownership under London’s ‘right-to-buy-back’ scheme, the capital’s mayor Sadiq Khan has said.
Aug 11, 2022

Fresh judicial review claim filed in Holland Park School dispute

Parents of Holland Park School students have launched a third judicial review application in four months over a decision to move the school from a single-academy trust to a multi-academy trust.
Aug 10, 2022

LGA releases briefing on changes to disqualification criteria for councillors

The Local Government Association has issued a briefing on the Local Government (Disqualification) Act 2022, providing an overview of the legislation's background and its implications for councils and councillors.
Aug 09, 2022

Council must consider impact on Welsh Language in all policy decisions relating to its community property stock, Tribunal affirms

The Welsh Language Tribunal has dismissed Swansea Council's appeal of a report from the Welsh Language Commissioner, which found the local authority had failed to consider the impact of the sale of an ex-school site on the Welsh language.
Aug 09, 2022

Bevan Brittan advises major North West housing association on £60m funding deal

Bevan Brittan has advised housing association ForHousing, which owns and manages 24,000 homes across Greater Manchester, Knowsley and Cheshire, on securing £60m long-term funding to enable it to continue to invest in existing and new affordable homes.
Aug 09, 2022

Landlord ordered to pay £40k in fine and costs for breaches of property licensing conditions

A London landlord who repeatedly failed to comply with licensing regulations, including refusal to provide a kitchen for a tenant, has been ordered to pay £40,000 in fine and costs.
Aug 09, 2022

DAC Beachcroft reports 2% turnover rise to £280m

Law firm DAC Beachcroft saw its total turnover rise to £280m for the year ended 30 April 2022, up 2%.
Aug 09, 2022

Council awards £315k case management contract

Durham County Council has awarded a contract to Civica UK for legal services case management, time recording and court bundling system.
Aug 09, 2022

LGA issues briefing on council duties under new taxi and private hire vehicle legislation

The Local Government Association (LGA) has published a briefing on the Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Act 2022, which outlines the Act's main provisions and practical steps councils can take to prepare.
Aug 08, 2022

Standards watchdog urges Conservative leadership candidates to commit to implementing recommendations of 2021 Upholding Standards in Public Life report

Lord Evans, Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL), has called on Tory leadership candidates Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak to commit to implementing the recommendations in the watchdog’s 2021 report Upholding Standards in Public Life.
Aug 08, 2022

Foreign convictions are admissible as evidence in family proceedings, Court of Appeal holds

The Court of Appeal has ruled that foreign judicial findings or convictions that are relevant to a person's suitability to care for children may be used as evidence in family proceedings.
Aug 08, 2022

Council eyes “significant savings” after terminating PFI contract for three buildings early

The Cabinet at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council has agreed to serve notice on a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract for three buildings.
Aug 08, 2022

Council prosecution sees defendant fined £13,000 for failing to remove illegal development

A man who failed to comply with the requirements of two enforcement notices for an illegal development by the banks of the River Thames has been fined £13,000.
Aug 08, 2022

Criminal legal aid solicitor wins Law Society presidential election

A criminal law specialist has been elected as incoming deputy vice president of the Law Society and is set to become president for 2024/25.
Aug 08, 2022

LBLA names law firms to new £16m legal services framework

The London Boroughs’ Legal Alliance (LBLA) has named the firms appointed to its new Solicitors Panel, which is worth potentially £16m over four years.
Aug 08, 2022

Public Sector Fraud Authority launched with £180m target for first year

The Government has launched the Public Sector Fraud Authority and set it a target of £180m of identified fraud benefits in its first year.
Aug 08, 2022

Judge issues ruling on placing of mothers with their young children in unregulated residential family placements

A local authority that plans to place a family in a residential family centre must first determine its registration status and the qualifications of the staff who will be interacting, supporting and assessing the family, the High Court has said.
Aug 05, 2022

Investigation by council housing and legal teams sees landlord found guilty of illegal eviction of ex-tenant

A landlord has been given 24 weeks’ custody suspended for 18 months after being found guilty of the illegal eviction of his former tenant.
Aug 05, 2022

Major housing association to re-procure £30m legal services framework

One of the largest housing associations in the UK, Notting Hill Genesis, is to re-procure its legal services framework, which is estimated to be worth up to £30m.
Aug 05, 2022

City council to procure £450k barristers services framework

Leeds City Council is to procure a barristers framework estimated to be worth up to £450,000.
Aug 05, 2022

Ex-health adviser at NHS trust ordered to pay £3,000 over unlawful access of patient records

A former health adviser at an NHS trust in Warwickshire has been found guilty of accessing medical records of patients without a valid legal reason.
Aug 05, 2022

Former LLG President Horsfield runs for Yorkshire and Humberside seat on Law Society Council

Phillip Horsfield, Assistant Director - Legal Services at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and a former president of Lawyers in Local Government (LLG), is standing for election to the Yorkshire and Humberside seat for the Law Society Council.
Aug 04, 2022

High Court judge issues ruling on fairness of age assessment procedure

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”.
Aug 04, 2022

Councillors in Buckinghamshire defeat High Court challenge to their election

Three independent councillors in Buckinghamshire have defeated a High Court challenge to their election in 2021.
Aug 04, 2022

Court of Appeal hands down ruling on housing development "immediately adjoining" settlements

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a resident’s claim that Cornwall Council unlawfully applied its planning policy in a dispute over the building of a home in a hamlet named Trevarrian.
Aug 04, 2022

Appellant fails in High Court challenge to decision by inspector on enforcement notice and erection of “new building”

The High Court has ruled against an applicant in a planning case over whether or not a building was completed.
Aug 04, 2022

Attorney General orders scrapping of diversity training at Government Legal Department

Attorney General Suella Braverman has told officials to scrap diversity training in the Government Legal Department (GLD).
Aug 04, 2022

City council to pay £8,550, amend its Direct Payments Policy after Ombudsman finds it failed disabled teenage siblings

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) has criticised Liverpool City Council for not ensuring two teenage siblings with significant needs were provided with the support they should have received for 18 months.
Aug 04, 2022

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

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.
Aug 04, 2022

Ombudsman finds severe maladministration at housing association over failings in response to silverfish infestation

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.
Aug 04, 2022

Councils call off work on Oxfordshire plan amid dispute over planning for future housing needs

The five local planning authorities in Oxfordshire have ended work on a joint plan for the area, after failing to reach agreement on the approach to planning for future housing needs.
Aug 03, 2022

High Court orders transfer of licensing appeal to Leeds despite objections of Teesside licence holder

A High Court judge has rejected an appeal by the proprietor of a pub in Billingham in Teesside over the proposed transfer to Leeds from London of a dispute over the revocation of its licence for contravention of coronavirus regulations.
Aug 02, 2022

Attorney General tells government lawyers to adopt “private-sector approach” to client service

The Attorney General, Suella Braverman, has introduced guidance calling on government lawyers to adopt a “private-sector approach” to client service and use “innovative legal thinking".
Aug 02, 2022

Watchdog questions legality of extension of Automatic Number-Plate Recognition to help enforce expanded ULEZ in London

The Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner has questioned the legality of a proposed extension in the use of Automatic Number-Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to collect information on vehicle movements to enforce an expanded London-wide Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
Aug 02, 2022

Research commissioned to explore prevalence of parents with learning disabilities in care proceedings

The Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University has been commissioned by Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (NFJO) to undertake a study to explore the prevalence and experience of parents with learning disabilities or difficulties involved in care proceedings concerning their…
Aug 02, 2022

Centre for Governance & Scrutiny names interim chief executive after Fry steps down for personal reasons

Ed Hammond has been appointed interim chief executive at the Centre for Governance & Scrutiny after Andy Fry decided to step down due to a change in personal circumstances.
Aug 02, 2022

County council to procure £25m legal services framework

Worcestershire County Council has launched the procurement of a legal services framework estimated to be worth up to £25m.
Aug 02, 2022

Largest UK housing association names 17 firms to £40m legal services panel

The UK’s largest housing association, Clarion Housing Group, has appointed 17 law firms to a panel of providers of legal services worth an estimated £40m.
Aug 01, 2022

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

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.
Aug 01, 2022

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

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.
Aug 01, 2022

Council wins High Court statutory review over decision by planning inspector to allow 475-home scheme

Worthing Borough Council has won a statutory review of a planning inspector’s decision to allow a developer’s appeal against refusal of outline planning permission for a 475-home mixed use development on a ‘green gap’ between Goring and Ferring.
Aug 01, 2022

Council agrees £209k settlement with chief executive to resolve disputes

Northumberland Council has reached an agreement with its chief executive, Daljit Lally, “to settle all outstanding disputes as between the county council, its members and officers and the chief executive, including the withdrawal of any and all complaints that any of the parties have against each…
Aug 01, 2022

Borough council in successful prosecution for false statements in social housing application

Tewkesbury Borough Council has successfully prosecuted an individual for knowingly withholding information from the council’s Housing Advice Team and making false statements in order to obtain social housing.
Aug 01, 2022

Child law specialist joins 1GC Family Law

Mark Rawcliffe, a specialist in child law with extensive experience in all areas, has joined 1GC Family Law with immediate effect.
Aug 01, 2022

Equalities watchdog mulls legal action amid claims Department of Health and Social Care plan for detained patients “falls well short of what’s needed”

The chief executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said the watchdog is exploring how best to use its legal powers – including action in the courts – to help patients inappropriately detained in secure hospitals, and their families, amid claims that a Department for Health and…
Jul 29, 2022

Government Legal Department issues updated guidance for civil servants on legal environment in which decisions in public bodies are made

The Government Legal Department has released an updated version of its guidance – “the Judge Over Your Shoulder” – that is aimed at helping civil servants navigate the legal frameworks within which public bodies, particularly Government, make decisions.
Jul 29, 2022

Union sends pre-action protocol letter over law change allowing organisations to employ agency workers during strikes

The UK's largest union, UNISON, has sent a pre-action letter to the Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, over a recent change to the law that allows employers to use agency workers to replace striking staff during industrial disputes.
Jul 29, 2022

Council registrar wrongly informed woman to make adoption order for her child, High Court rules

A High Court judge has granted a declaration of parentage after finding a Cambridgeshire County Council Registrar wrongly told a parent to pursue an adoption order for her child who was conceived by her partner via in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
Jul 29, 2022

Regulators expected to introduce new measures to ensure ongoing competence of lawyers after Legal Services Board publishes new statement of policy

Legal regulators will be required to set standards of competence, get a better understanding of lawyers’ competence, and set new measures to ensure standards are maintained, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has said after this week publishing a new statutory statement of policy on ongoing competence.
Jul 28, 2022

Councils can provide financial support under Care Act for recreational activities and holidays: Court of Appeal

A local authority has a power, as a matter of law, to provide financial support for recreational activities and holidays under section 18 of the Care Act 2014, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Jul 28, 2022

Council mulling next steps in asylum seekers centre dispute following government response to pre-action letter and planning contravention notice

Lawyers at Hambleton District Council are assessing the Home Office's response to the local authority's pre-action protocol letter threatening potential legal action over plans for an asylum seekers centre in Linton-on-Ouse.
Jul 28, 2022

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman reveals more improvements directed to councils in past year than ever before, while complaints about Education and Children’s Services have highest uphold rate

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman directed more improvements to local councils in the past year than ever before, its annual review of complaints has revealed.
Jul 28, 2022

Government rules out wide-scale Ombudsman reform in response to select committee report

A parliamentary committee's proposal to create a 'People's Ombudsman' by uniting the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman with the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has been rebuffed once more by the Government.
Jul 28, 2022

Council halts direct care payments policy pending review after judicial review threat

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council has paused its direct payments policy and is reviewing its approach after facing potential legal action over its stance that the funds should not be spent on fuel.
Jul 28, 2022

Court of Appeal hands down ruling on quantum of rent repayment orders

The Court of Appeal has held that the maximum amount of a rent repayment order cannot include rent which was paid - rather than accrued - when the licensing offence concerned was not being committed.
Jul 28, 2022

Court of Appeal outlines approach advocates and judges should take to requests for clarification of judgments

The Court of Appeal has considered the extent to which judges are required to respond to requests for clarifications in judgments.
Jul 28, 2022

High Court judge grants permission for challenge to non-disclosure of overview report of serious case review

The High Court has granted permission for a challenge to non-disclosure of a report on a child who committed suicide, in a case in which two Welsh public bodies have each argued that the other is responsible for withholding it.
Jul 28, 2022

High Court allows appeal of complainants over noise nuisance from multi use games area

The High Court has ruled on whether noise nuisance can arise from both the intended use of a sports area and from anti-social behaviour that takes place there.
Jul 28, 2022

LGA warns on funding of SEND reforms, backs mandatory mediation of disputes

Attempts in the Children and Families Act 2014 to improve provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) failed through lack of sufficient powers and funds for councils, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said in its response to the latest round of proposed…
Jul 27, 2022

Council policy on calculating payments to special guardians “destroyed” coherence of Government recommended model, judge finds

The High Court has quashed Plymouth City Council's model for awarding financial support to special guardians after finding it failed to take into account the claimant's dependent children.
Jul 27, 2022

Lorraine Cavanagh QC joins 1GC Family Law as door tenant

Lorraine Cavanagh QC, who practices from St John's Buildings, Manchester, has joined 1GC Family Law as a door tenant.
Jul 27, 2022

Ombudsman finds failings by council in management of support for vulnerable adult who died whilst receiving care services

The Public Services Ombudsman for Wales has concluded that Wrexham County Borough Council did not adequately support a vulnerable adult with learning disabilities, who later died.
Jul 27, 2022

Government to consult on compulsory mediation for small claims worth up to £10,000

The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation on making mediation compulsory for small claims of up to £10,000.
Jul 27, 2022

Children’s Commissioner issues preview of findings from project on data sharing and child safeguarding

The Children’s Commissioner has issued a preview of findings from a project aimed at identifying ways to improve data sharing in child safeguarding systems.
Jul 26, 2022

Ombudsman hits largest housing association in UK with second finding of serious maladministration in three months

The Housing Ombudsman has found severe maladministration for Clarion’s cumulative failings in handling repairs to resolve a leak and the problems that followed.
Jul 26, 2022

Watchdog chair urges councils to engage with Government amid disappointment at ministerial response to local government ethical standards report

The Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) has called on those in local government to take up the Government’s stated commitment to work with local authorities and representative organisations “to ensure the hard work done by those in local government is not put at risk by a…
Jul 26, 2022

Law Society concern at impact of move to Liberty Protection Safeguards on vulnerable people

The proposals to replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) with the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) will – "without substantial changes" – result in weakened safeguards for vulnerable people, the Law Society has claimed.
Jul 26, 2022

Court of Appeal gives unsuccessful bidders permission to appeal lifting of automatic suspension on award of fourth National Lottery licence

The incumbent operator of the National Lottery, Camelot, and IGT, another bidder, have been given permission to appeal the High Court’s decision last month to lift the automatic suspension that prevented the Gambling Commission from formally awarding the fourth National Lottery licence to Allwyn…
Jul 26, 2022

High Court refuses council judicial review bid over routeing of lorries to HS2 construction sites

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.
Jul 26, 2022

Barnet councillors to end ‘easy-council’ outsourcing of services by 2026

Labour councillors at the London Borough of Barnet have voted to end the council’s outsourcing contracts with Capita (Regional Enterprise).
Jul 26, 2022

Waste authority to appoint legal services provider to £1.6m+ contract

The East London Waste Authority is to appoint a legal services provider to a seven-year contract estimated to be worth more than £1.6m.
Jul 26, 2022

Borough council decision to close a day care centre was lawful

Slough Borough Council's consultation on the closure of a day care centre was lawful, and the local authority was not required to assess the individual needs of each service user impacted, the High Court has ruled.
Jul 25, 2022

Westminster City Council hits out at government refusal of its bid for extensive Article 4 Direction

Westminster City Council has claimed that the capital’s status as a globally recognised shopping destination and business hub is “under threat”, after Government ministers rejected the local authority’s application for a wide-ranging Article 4 Direction.
Jul 25, 2022

Council facing legal challenge over development plan document calling for 1,700+ homes

A councillor is at the forefront of a potential judicial review challenge to Mid Sussex District Council's approval of a planning document authorising the construction of 1704 homes.
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