Legal

Council to appeal 'town hall Pravdas' ruling

14/06/2019

Waltham Forest LBC will appeal after a judge backed Government attempts to stop it publishing a council newspaper every two weeks.

London Councils welcome drug dealers being jailed in ‘landmark’ slavery case

15/05/2019

Three ‘county lines’ drug dealers have been sent to prison in a landmark case using the Modern Slavery Act.

Councils call for tougher punishments for fly-tippers

13/05/2019

People convicted of fly-tipping should be handed tougher sentences councils have argued, after figures show no-one has been given the maximum punishment allowed since new guidelines in 2014.

Fatal accidents and criminal liability

08/05/2019

Fatal accidents are usually preventable which leads to questions of responsibility and criminal liability. Guy Bastable and Tom McNeill seek to explain when organisations and individuals will be found criminally liable, for which offences, and with what sanction.

Court rules voting provision for blind people is 'unlawful'

07/05/2019

The way in which blind or partially sighted people are able to vote has been declared ‘unlawful’ in a successful legal challenge.

Security fears after candidate addresses published

02/05/2019

Security concerns have been raised after a loophole forced councils to publish the home addresses of candidates standing in the EU elections.

Heathrow runway clears High Court hurdle

01/05/2019

The High Court has dismissed arguments against Heathrow expansion and found that the Government is free to ignore the Paris Agreement on climate action until it forms part of UK law.

Research finds 'legal aid deserts' across the country

29/04/2019

More than half of councils in England and Wales have no housing legal aid providers in their area, research has revealed.

Vicarious liability

02/04/2019

Helen Snow, senior associate in the employment team at Geldards LLP, looks at how to mitigate against the rogue employee.

Councils must finalise air quality plans or face legal action, lawyers say

27/03/2019

Environmental campaigners have written to 38 local authorities warning them to finalise their air quality plans or face legal action.

Black Country ban on 'car cruising' upheld in court

25/02/2019

Wolverhampton council has welcomed a decision by the High Court to uphold the local authority’s injunction banning car cruising in the Black Country.

Bristol council misses second deadline for clean air plan

22/02/2019

Bristol City Council has missed its second deadline for publishing its clean air plan due to concerns it would have an ‘adverse impact’ on low income groups.

Council to take legal action over Storm Doris death

22/02/2019

A West Midlands council has confirmed that it will pursue legal action against the building management company of the Mander Centre for the death of Tahnie Martin.

Birmingham's winter of discontent

15/02/2019

With a series of one-day strikes to go ahead in Birmingham, Mark Whitehead explores what led to this long-running dispute over waste collection.

Union refused an injunction over ongoing bin dispute

15/02/2019

A series of one-day strikes by refuse collectors in Birmingham is set to go ahead next week after a legal challenge by the Unite union failed.

Carers win right to appeal in £400m sleep-in shift battle

14/02/2019

The Supreme Court has granted carers the right to appeal in the ongoing sleep-in shift legal battle with a the mental health charity Mencap.

Union seeks injunction against Birmingham in long-running bin dispute

07/02/2019

Unite is taking high court legal action against Birmingham City Council for operating refuse vehicles without safety critical role.

Council considers selling off venues to fund equal pay settlement

04/02/2019

Glasgow city councillors are expected to rubber stamp a multi-million pound package this week to settle the long-running dispute over equal pay for women employees.

Stevenage Borough Council seeks judicial review of delayed local plan

01/02/2019

Stevenage Borough Council has decided to take legal action over the Government’s decision to delay the authority’s local plan for over a year.

Call for power to ban councillors

30/01/2019

Council standards boards should have the power to ban councillors for up to six months without allowances, the Committee on Standards in Public Life has recommended.

Third district joins legal action against Bucks unitary plan

28/01/2019

A third council has announced it will be taking legal action against the proposed new unitary council for Buckinghamshire.

Buckinghamshire districts threaten legal action over unitary plan

21/01/2019

Two Buckinghamshire districts have written to the Government warning they could launch legal proceedings over plans to create a single county unitary.

Glasgow agrees equal pay deal to end long-running dispute

17/01/2019

Glasgow City Council has struck an agreement in principle to resolve historical claims for unequal pay.

DWP’s interpretation of Universal Credit regulations ‘unlawful’, court rules

11/01/2019

The High Court today has ruled that the way the Department for Work and Pensions interprets Universal Credit regulations is ‘unlawful’.

Roles and responsibilities

08/01/2019

Tiffany Cloynes and Martyn Davies explore how councils can best manage roles in local authority companies.

Campaigners continue legal battle over two-child benefits

19/12/2018

Poverty campaigners are continuing their legal battle over the Government's two-child benefits policy in the Court of Appeal this week.

Brokenshire proposes specialist housing court

13/11/2018

The communities secretary has announced he is considering establishing a specialist housing court to deal with disputes between landlords and tenants.

Council prosecuted over Legionella case

08/11/2018

Tendring District Council has confirmed it is being prosecuted for failing to manage the risk of Legionella at its leisure centre sites.

Council's 'core offer' still leaves £33m deficit

05/11/2018

East Sussex CC’s chief executive Becky Shaw has laid out a ‘core offer’ that could risk the council’s ‘ability to meet statutory guidance and deadlines’.

Council hits back at 'illegitimate' loan claim

31/10/2018

Newham LBC has denied claims that decisions to enter into controversial high-interest loans were illegitimate.

Liberty to bring legal challenge against Legal Aid Agency

23/10/2018

A civil liberties group will take the Government to court over its refusal to provide legal aid to those wishing to challenge councils over their use of anti-social behaviour legislation.

A missed opportunity?

12/10/2018

The Mental Health (Amendment) Bill should soften financial and operational pressure on local authorities, but it will still leave them open to legal exposure, argues Morris Hill.

Government acted ‘unlawfully’ over Dubs Amendment

04/10/2018

The Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that the Government acted ‘unlawfully’ in not giving reasons to children refused entry to Britain under the Dubs Amendment.

Welfare support has 'collapsed' for many in England

19/09/2018

One in six top-tier councils are not providing vital welfare services devolved to them just as the sector’s budget cuts hit hard.

Court rules bereavement benefit restrictions breaches human rights

30/08/2018

Denying bereavement benefits to unmarried, cohabiting partners with children is incompatible with human rights law, court rules.

Council recovers housing benefit payments from rogue landlord

30/08/2018

In a landmark case, Thurrock council has successfully recovered housing benefit from a landlord who forced a tenant to live in appalling conditions.

Council first to use new legal powers to demand Brexit clarity

29/08/2018

The leader of Plymouth City Council is hoping to force the Government to reveal the impact Brexit will have on the city through the use of new legal powers.

Council secures injunction against travellers

17/08/2018

Bromley Council has been granted an interim High Court injunction to prevent illegal travellers from setting up in the borough.

Northamptonshire library closures ruled ‘unlawful’

15/08/2018

The decision to close 21 council-run libraries in Northamptonshire was made unlawfully, a court has ruled.

Christchurch refused permission to appeal reorganisation judgement

13/08/2018

Christchurch Borough Council has been refused leave to appeal the judgement about local government reorganisation.

Council faces legal action over pothole death

10/08/2018

Warwickshire County Council is facing possible legal action after delays in repairing a pothole led to the death of a cyclist.

Unison appeals against reversal of £400m sleep-in shift ruling

08/08/2018

Unison has lodged an official appeal against the ruling that social care providers will no longer be required to pay £400m in backpay to carers doing sleep-in shifts.

Warning that more councils could cut services to bare minimum

07/08/2018

An increasing number of councils could be forced to cut services to the legal minimum, financial experts have warned.

Councils begin judicial review against Heathrow expansion

07/08/2018

Five London councils, Greenpeace and the mayor of London have started judicial review proceedings against the expansion of Heathrow airport.

Christchurch reorganisation challenge defeated

07/08/2018

Christchurch BC may launch an appeal after a High Court judge today refused its challenge to local government reorganisation plans.

Court rules £5m of special needs cuts ‘illegal’

06/08/2018

Bristol City Council has said it is ‘disappointed’ by a court ruling that found the authority had acted illegally by cutting £5m from the budget for children with special needs.

Councils seek judicial review of Heathrow runway decision

20/07/2018

London councils have notified the secretary of state for transport they will be seeking a judicial review of the decision to support third Heathrow runway.

Councils sue Barclays over controversial LOBO loans

16/07/2018

Barclays are being sued by 14 local authorities over allegations it committed fraud over loans to councils.

Court reverses £400m sleep-in shift ruling

13/07/2018

Council leaders have welcomed the Court of Appeal ruling that social care providers will no longer be required to pay £400m in backpay to carers doing sleep-in shifts.

Councils sue one in six businesses over rate arrears figures reveal

13/07/2018

Nearly 190,000 companies were taken to court last year by councils over non-payment of business rates, a new investigation has revealed.

Council’s boycott of illegal Israeli settlements ‘legitimate’, court rules

05/07/2018

The Court of Appeal has ruled that Leicester City Council’s decision to boycott illegal Israeli settlements is both ‘temperate and legitimate’.

Court upholds abortion clinic safe zone

03/07/2018

Ealing Council has welcomed what it described as a ‘landmark decision’ by the High Court to uphold its right to establish a safe zone around abortion clinic.

Council staff drop multi-million legal claims against Birmingham City Council

26/06/2018

A multi-million pound raft of legal claims over sex discrimination have been dropped by Birmingham City Council workers without explanation.

Council facing £5m equal pay bill

26/06/2018

Fife Council has been warned it could face a £5m bill from a new round of equal pay claims.

Council’s legal challenge to Dorset reorganisation to proceed to High Court

22/06/2018

Christchurch Borough Council has been given permission to take its case against local government reorganisation in Dorset to the High Court.

Council fines 'try before you buy’ sex toy shop

19/06/2018

A local authority in the north east has fined a sex doll company £10,000 for operating without a licence.

London council to take legal action over fortnightly newsletter

06/06/2018

Waltham Forest council has confirmed it will launch a legal battle over a government instruction to stop publishing its fortnightly newsletter.

Councils take over 1,000 people to court for ‘social care debt’

04/06/2018

Local authorities have taken more than 1,000 people to court for social care debt over the past two years, according to GMB.

Fitzgerald resigns from Liverpool ahead of crunch meeting

14/05/2018

Liverpool City Council’s chief executive, Ged Fitzgerald, is understood to have resigned days before an independent panel was due to consider his future.

London council secures £1.6m fine against Tesco over safety failings

11/05/2018

Tesco has been fined £1.6m for health and safety failures following a successful prosecution by Ealing Council.

Council to take pay dispute to Supreme Court

10/05/2018

Nottingham City Council is to take a dispute with its staff over incremental pay rises to the Supreme Court.

Council's pay freeze is ruled unlawful by Court of Appeal

23/04/2018

Nottingham City Council was wrong to impose a freeze on incremental pay rises, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Scrutinising care provision

03/04/2018

The Court of Appeal has ruled that personal injury awards cannot be considered in the provision of after-care services. Morris Hill and Ken Slade explore what impact this judgement will have on local authorities.

North Yorkshire launches council-owned law firm

21/03/2018

North Yorkshire County Council has become the first local authority in the North to trade its legal services.

Court grants council powers to tackle ‘unauthorised’ traveller encampments

22/02/2018

The High Court has granted a council powers to help it crack down on ‘unauthorised’ traveller encampments.

Court rules councils cannot use selective licensing to impose safety standards

22/02/2018

The Court of Appeal has today ruled councils cannot use selective licensing conditions to impose new standards on private rented homes.

Care England wins right to intervene in sleep-in care case

20/02/2018

Care England has been granted the right to intervene in the Court of Appeal’s sleep-in-shift case raising hopes the care sector’s impending £400m financial crisis can be averted.

Council to sue Highways England for £7m in bypass costs

16/02/2018

A Yorkshire council is planning on suing Highways England in an effort to recover Selby bypass repair costs.

Council faces legal action over outstanding equal pay awards

13/02/2018

Fife Council is facing fresh legal proceedings over the non-payment of equal pay awards, a trade union has warned.

Powers of local authority lawyers

12/02/2018

Tiffany Cloynes argues that new guidance from the Solicitors Regulation Authority will not stop local authorities from sharing legal services.

EXCLUSIVE: Funding red flags raised

06/02/2018

One in 10 council bosses fear their local authority will not have enough funding to fulfil their statutory duties in 2018/19, an exclusive survey has found today.

Rogue landlords forced to pay back ‘racketeering’ proceeds

02/02/2018

Brent has become the first council in the country to use the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) against slum landlords for breaches of licensing conditions.

Help for under-pressure local authority deputyship teams

11/01/2018

Latest figures estimate that over 130,000 people living in the community aged 65+ have suffered financial abuse at some point since turning 65. This, it would appear, is only the tip of a largely unreported financial abuse iceberg.

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2017

13/12/2017

From council pay to the Housing White Paper, here is a run-down of the 100 most popular stories on LocalGov during 2017.

Counting the cost of foster care abuse

12/12/2017

Ceri Sian Williams warns local authorities could face a significant increase in foster care abuse claims following a recent court ruling.

Government faces more legal action over air quality plans

06/12/2017

Ministers face yet another challenge to their plans to cut illegal levels of air pollution from road traffic after a judge ordered a High Court hearing in the new year.

Councils face child sex abuse compensation claims

28/11/2017

Two local authorities are facing a string of compensation claims following the exposure of historical sexual abuse linked to staff at council-run care homes.

Using local authority powers effectively

10/11/2017

Recent case law has shown the importance of local authorities acting within their powers and meeting any associated requirements. Tiffany Cloynes reports.

Council leader warns of legal action over dual carriageway decision

24/10/2017

The leader of Sefton Council has called for a judicial review into the decision by Highways England to build a £200m dual carriageway through Rimrose Valley.

Council liable for foster care abuse, judge rules

19/10/2017

Local authorities could face a big increase in claims by foster children over historic or recent child abuse after a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court.

The sleep-in care crisis

13/10/2017

William Eichler explores the impact backdated payments for sleep-in shifts could have on the future of social care.

Developers avoid building 700 social homes in borough thanks to loophole

28/09/2017

A legal loophole has allowed big developers in Kensington and Chelsea to avoid building over 700 social homes - enough to house those made homeless by the Grenfell fire.

Dealing with large-scale abuse claims

11/09/2017

In the first of a two part review of claims against local authority social services departments, Kella Bowers and Andrew Ellis consider the effects of claims alleging a failure to protect children from child sexual exploitation and abuse in care.

Councils win right for hearing over Horton Hospital changes

07/09/2017

Four Oxfordshire councils have won the right to a fresh hearing over proposals to downgrade services at Horton General Hospital.

A third of equal pay claims still not settled by Scottish councils

07/09/2017

Councils in Scotland have spent £750m settling equal pay claims since 2004, with 27,000 claims still outstanding, a public spending watchdog has revealed.

Council prosecutes letting agent for issuing ‘sham licences’

22/08/2017

Islington Council has successfully prosecuted a letting agent for issuing ‘sham licences’ in the first prosecution of its kind.

Thousands of council staff in Glasgow win equal pay ruling

22/08/2017

Glasgow City Council will look into making payments to potentially thousands of women workers after a court ruling suggested that the council might have been paying them less than their male colleagues.

Sheffield City Council secures injunctions in tree-felling row

16/08/2017

Sheffield City Council has won a court battle against people protesting about its tree-felling programme.

Councils win legal battle over nursing care fees

03/08/2017

Health boards in Wales ‘misinterpreted’ the law regarding who is responsible for paying for nurses to deliver social care in residential homes, a court has ruled.

The risk of litigation

28/07/2017

Richard Clayton QC and Lee Parkhill outline the legal implications facing councils due to the community care crisis

Council wins court case to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

20/07/2017

Westminster City Council has won a long-running Supreme Court case over the licensing fee it had charged sex shops.

Back pay ruling could lead to social care crisis, warns charity

19/07/2017

The learning disabilities sector faces a funding crisis after a tribunal ruled support workers must be paid six years of back pay, a charity has warned today.

Care providers take council to court over ‘inadequate’ fee rates

19/07/2017

The largest representative of private social care providers has announced the date it is taking Essex County Council to court over ‘inadequate’ fee rates paid to providers.

Council loses legal challenge over 'duty to cooperate' in local plan

13/07/2017

A judge has rejected a council’s bid to overturn an inspector’s decision that it should withdraw its Strategic Local Plan (SLP).

CHP: The common pitfalls

12/07/2017

Ruth Barnes outlines the common pitfalls local authorities and their development partners face when embarking on Combined Heat and Power (CHP) projects.

Cutting services: a false economy?

11/07/2017

Tiffany Cloynes explains how councils can differentiate between essential and discretionary services.

Attempt to restrict council pension boycotts is ruled 'unlawful'

23/06/2017

A court ruled yesterday the Government’s attempt to prevent councils boycotting Israel through their pension schemes is ‘unlawful’.

Benefit cap for lone parents with toddlers is 'unlawful'

23/06/2017

The government’s cap on benefits lone parents with children under two can receive has been dismissed by a high court judge as unlawful and discriminatory.

Campaigners take council pension boycott to high court

14/06/2017

Campaigners are challenging a government ban on council pension schemes withdrawing investment from companies associated with Israel.

Campaigners win right to appeal fracking decision

08/06/2017

Campaigners have been granted permission to appeal against the decision to allow fracking in Lancashire.

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