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Biffa sues Scottish Government for £55m over DRS


Biffa has confirmed it is taking legal action against the Scottish Government for losses incurred after the scrapping of the deposit return scheme (DRS).

Mandatory reporting exemptions a 'fudge'


Ministers’ decision to exempt instances of child abuse from a new reporting law means they have dodged the mandatory duty demanded by a national inquiry.

Council and Premier League club in stadium row


Nottingham CC has warned ‘no local authority can subsidise a Premier League football club’ amid an escalating row over Nottingham Forest FC’s iconic stadium.

Supreme Court overturns council’s Japanese knotweed fine


A council in Wales will no longer have to pay out thousands of pounds in compensation for damage caused by Japanese knotweed, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Councils spend £45m on planning appeal advice


Councils spent £45m over the past three years on external legal advice relating to planning appeals, according to a freedom of information request.

Council loses £600k buying back land it sold ‘wrongly’


Shrewsbury Town Council has spent £1.34m buying back land it had ‘wrongly’ deemed ‘surplus to requirements’.

Hainault: Council ‘shocked’ by sword attack


A 14-year-old died and two police officers suffered ‘significant’ injuries yesterday after a man armed with a sword terrorized residents in north-east London.

Bristol officers accused of 'misleading' over development


Officers at Bristol City Council have been accused of providing ‘misleading’ advice linked to a decision to approve a controversial 28-storey development.

Council apologises over FOI delays


Walsall Council has apologised for delays to its response under the Freedom of Information Act.

Legal challenge prompts council to install new LED bulbs


Barnet Council has agreed to install new, softer LED bulbs after settling a legal challenge from a resident who complained the streetlights were too bright.

Council warns of dangerous autism ‘cure’ fraud


Greenwich council has warned schools and nurseries to be on guard after learning of an individual offering ‘experimental procedures’ for autistic children.

Trade union law ‘nullifies’ right to strike, court rules


UNISON has welcomed a landmark Supreme Court ruling that found UK trade union law ‘encourages and legitimises unfair and unreasonable conduct’ by employers.

Rayner to be investigated by police after electoral law accusations


Police have launched an investigation into whether Labour’s shadow local government secretary Angela Rayner broke electoral law a decade ago after allegations.

Council eyes cutting back rubbish collection


A council could reduce how often it picks up household rubbish that cannot be recycled or composted to once a month despite Government proposals.

Court rules against police powers for West Midlands mayor


The High Court has ruled against the Government’s plans to merge the role of the West Midlands police and crime commissioner (PCC) with the regional mayor.

Cyber attack disruption to last weeks


Leicester City Council expects disruption caused by a recent Cyber attack on the authority to continue until the end of the month.

Apple to pay £385m for council pension fund loses


A group action lawsuit led by Norfolk County Council has forced the tech giant Apple to payout £385m in compensation for pension fund loses.

Leader bullied two senior officers, report finds


A council leader’s behaviour towards two senior officers amounted to bullying, a report into a code of conduct complaint has found.

Northumberland has ‘further to go’


Northumberland CC has ‘further to go’ despite progress on its improvement journey, a report has found.

Deprivation of Liberty backlog 'may never be eradicated'


A report has called for councils to get more resources to tackle the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) backlog.

Manchester CC spends £60k in noise dispute


Manchester City Council has been forced to spend more than £60,000 in a three-year legal battle with a local music venue.

High Court overrules Gove on M&S demolition


The Government’s decision to block Marks & Spencer’s plans to demolish and redevelop its flagship central London store was unlawful, the High Court has ruled.

Planning inspectors acted unlawfully over council’s net zero plans


Planning inspectors were wrong to describe West Oxfordshire District Council’s net zero plans for a garden village as ‘too rigorous’, a High Court judge has ruled.

Voter ID legal challenge launched


A legal challenge has been mounted against the Government over voter ID requirements for elections.

Former council worker jailed for fraud


A former council employee and a roofing firm worker have been jailed for fraud and bribery after they conspired to defraud New Forest District Council.

The Trading Standards Crisis


John Herriman, chief executive at the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, discusses the impact of the local government funding crisis on Trading Standards.

REVEALED: Productivity plan demands toothless


Councils have been told Whitehall will be unable to force them to submit productivity plans.

At-risk EU migrants eligible for universal credit, court rules


The Government must support EU migrants who are at risk of not being able to meet the ‘most basic needs’, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Kent CC faces legal action over alleged abuse


Nine former residents of a children's home in Kent are suing the county council over abuse allegations.

Council sued after cyclist hits pothole


Staffordshire County Council is facing legal action after the triathlete Paul Hughes hit a pothole while cycling breaking multiple bones and damaging a lung.

Social housing reform: a recipe for more homelessness and litigation?


Helen Tucker, litigation partner in the social housing team at Anthony Collins, warns the Government's social housing reforms could lead to more litigation.

Grenfell firefighters win £20m settlement


More than 100 firefighters injured in the Grenfell tragedy have received a £20m settlement in the High Court.

Government faces legal action over air pollution death


The mother of a girl whose death was linked to poor air quality is bringing a High Court claim against the Government.

Call to end £250m business rate loophole


A campaign to end a loophole which is estimated could cost councils a massive £250m in lost business rates revenue has been backed by senior politicians.

Finance watchdog launches Thurrock investigation


The Financial Reporting Council has launched an investigation into the conduct of an unnamed accountant at Thurrock before it declared effective bankruptcy.

The separation of planning and landowning powers


Gemma Duncan and William Murrin, Sharpe Pritchard, discuss planning and landowning powers and the implications of a recent High Court judgement.

Croydon cleared of discrimination claims


Croydon LBC and its chief executive Katherine Kerswell have been cleared of allegations of racial discrimination by an employment tribunal.

Court provides clarity on duties owed to children at home


Court rules that Wolverhampton did not have a duty of care to protect a child because it could not be established they had assumed responsibility for them.

Council confirms asylum centre appeal


West Lindsey DC is to appeal against the dismissal of its judicial review over the Home Office’s asylum centre plans.

Child trafficking victim owed back payments


A child trafficking victim is entitled to back payments after the Home Office and Barnet Council left him without adequate care and support, High Court finds.

Rental reforms at risk from cash-strapped councils


Local authorities will struggle to enforce the Government’s rental reforms without a ‘significant boost to their resources,' MPs warn.

Councils can ban ‘newcomer’ travellers from land, court rules


Local authorities can ban unidentified travellers from occupying land through injunctions against ‘newcomers’, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Home Secretary acted ‘irrationally’ over National Transfer Scheme


The Home Secretary’s powers have been exercised ‘irrationally’ when it comes to the decision-making process in relation to the National Transfer Scheme (NTS), the High Court has ruled.

West Suffolk defrauded of £52,000


West Suffolk Council has revealed that it lost £52,000 in a fraud incident this year.

Vape sniffer dog uncovers £18.5k of contraband


A sniffer dog has helped Lancashire County Council’s Trading Standards team uncover thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit e-cigarettes and tobacco.

Councillors urge Government to respect Rwanda ruling


Nearly 130 councillors have urged the Government to respect the Supreme Court’s ruling on its controversial plans to send people seeking asylum to Rwanda.

Current climate making it ‘impossible’ for councils to carry on


Soaring demand, rising pay bills and inflationary costs are making it ‘virtually impossible’ to keep councils going, a senior chief executive has said.

Councils brace as Supreme Court outlaws Rwanda asylum plan


The Supreme Court has ruled the UK’s controversial proposal to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda is unlawful – a decision likely to impact local government.

Councils at ‘significant legal risk’ over issues facing monitoring officers


A report has called for the creation of a professional body for monitoring officers and a review of council structures to ensure their position within the ‘top tier of governance’.

Brum commissioners warn council will need further help to agree lawful budget


Commissioners at Birmingham City Council have warned it will struggle to agree a lawful budget next year without further help.

Government urged to push through ‘no fault’ evictions ban


The chair of the levelling up, housing and communities (LUHC) committee has urged the Government to commit to a timetable for abolishing section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions.

VR training on coercive control rolled out


An immersive training programme that aims to raise awareness of gender-based violence and support those affected has been rolled out in Greater Manchester and North Wales.

Glasgow clean air bid gets all clear


A legal challenge to Glasgow's Low Emission Zone (LEZ) from a local business has failed.

EXCLUSIVE: Home Office accused of misleading council over asylum plans


The Home Office faces accusations in the High Court it misled a council over controversial plans for an asylum centre at a former military base.

Council beats Spurs in High Court challenge


Haringey Council has won a High Court challenge by Tottenham Hotspur over a regeneration scheme near the football club’s stadium.

Newham wins landmark cladding removal case


Newham LBC has become the first council in Britain to successfully prosecute a building owner for failing to remove flammable cladding.

Agency found guilty of harassing tenants


In a prosecution by Brighton and Hove City Council, a lettings agency has been found guilty of harassing tenants and fined £60,000.

Controversial crematorium plan quashed


Plans to develop what would have been one of England’s largest crematoriums in Cornwall have been quashed by the High Court.

Red tape risk to levelling up


New rules around subsidies risk holding back levelling up efforts, according to analysis published today.

Safeguarding review after 10-year-old's death


An independent safeguarding review is to begin following the death of 10-year-old Sara Sharif.

Righting the wrongs of equal pay


David M Hutchison, head of Employment Law at Dallas McMillan, asks why councils are still struggling to get to grips with the equal pay issue.

Council to limit non-essential spending amid s114 threat


Windsor & Maidenhead BC is to limit all non-essential spending as it raised the risk of a section 114.

Councils ‘wasted’ £46m on SEND tribunals


Councils ‘wasted’ £46m on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) tribunals in 2021-22, economists have reported.

Cash injection for Kent as councils drag feet on National Transfer Scheme


Government has given Kent £10m for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children amid concerns other councils have been slow to support the National Transfer Scheme.

Brum braced for Government intervention


Birmingham City Council is braced for a wide-ranging Government intervention to help rescue the authority’s bleak finances, and improve political and officer leadership.

Council halts Home Office work on RAF Scampton


West Lindsey District Council has ordered the Home Office to stop work to convert a former military base into accommodation for asylum seekers.

Early intervention drive amid social housing repossessions


Councils with some of the highest relative rates of social landlord repossessions have described their early intervention efforts after new data was published.

Families sue over Covid care home deaths


Thirty families are launching legal action against the Government over the deaths of their relatives from Covid-19 in care homes when the pandemic began.

Councils urged to check pay policies following tribunal


Councils could be at risk of breaking the law on pay to senior officers in the wake of Croydon LBC’s recent tribunal loss, employers have warned.

DfT faces Court of Appeal challenge over kerb heights


A disability campaigner has won the right to take her case to the Court of Appeal in battle over the Department for Transport's minimum kerb height guidance.

Deprivation of liberty applications surge


The number of applications seeking authorisation to deprive children of their liberty has increased following the launch of a dedicated court.

Councils slammed over '47-year negligence' after Uber court case


A union representing private hire drivers has claimed victory in a court case that has clarified the legal status of ride-hailing services and their drivers.

Met still stop and search without body-worn cameras


The Met have carried out 6,225 stop and searches since January 2022 without using body-worn video (BWV) cameras, according to new data.

‘Systematic’ housing of child refugees in hotels unlawful


Kent County Council has acted unlawfully by failing to accommodate and look after all unaccompanied children seeking asylum, the High Court has ruled.

Council loses legal bid over asylum hotel plans


Carmarthenshire CC has been unsuccessful in its application for an interim injunction to prevent asylum seekers being housed at a hotel in Llanelli.

Campaigners call for more ‘sex for rent’ protections


Generation Rent has called for the Government to do more to protect financially vulnerable renters from being forced into ‘sex for rent’ arrangements.

Council loses asylum appeal


Braintree DC has lost its appeal against Government plans to house asylum seekers on a former airfield.

Leeds pollution still at illegal levels after CAZ ditched


Toxic air pollution in Leeds was above legal limits in 2021 after the city council chose not to proceed with a government-mandated Clean Air Zone (CAZ).

Poor pandemic planning criticised


Public health directors have criticised the Government’s Covid-19 preparedness – warning Whitehall must utilise council expertise to avoid repeat.

North Kelsey oil drilling planning appeal dropped


A company has withdrawn its appeal over plans to begin exploratory drilling for oil in a Lincolnshire village.

Council threatens evictions to force children to inform on knife crime


Barking and Dagenham council has warned families could be evicted from their homes if their children do not inform on people who commit knife crime.

Rogue landlords are using ‘fake bailiffs’, charity warns


Rogue landlords are using fake private security guards dressed like court bailiffs to force families out of their rented homes, a charity has warned.

Court widens grounds in ULEZ challenge


The High Court has allowed further grounds to be added to the Judicial Review into the proposed expansion of the ULEZ to outer London.

Council investigation reveals mother’s forgery


A mother in Barnet has admitted in court to forging official documents to get her son into a popular secondary school.

Court clarifies council obligations under Human Rights Act


There is no requirement for children to be in the care of a local authority for the obligations under the Human Rights Act to arise, Court of Appeal rules.

Court case looms after election blunder


A councillor who gained the most votes at a recent election faces a court case for her seat after a blunder led officials to announce the wrong winner.

Braintree DC plans to appeal court’s airfield decision


Braintree District Council is to continue with legal action to try and stop an airfield being used to house hundreds of asylum seekers.

Council errors led resident to be unfairly threatened with court


Clerical confusion and billing errors led to a Barnet resident being unfairly threatened with court action for not paying her council tax, Ombudsman finds.

Council agrees Grenfell compensation


Kensington & Chelsea LBC is among the defendants that have agreed a £150m civil compensation settlement for victims of the Grenfell tragedy.

MPs raise concerns about accuracy of voter turnout data


MPs have appealed for full information to be collected on the number of people turned away from local elections because they do not have the right ID.

One in 10 voters confused over ID rules, poll finds


Voters are confused over new ID rules just days before they can apply for a certificate to take part in local government elections, researchers have warned.

Independent review into baby murder case


The case of a 10-month-old baby murdered by his parents just 39 days after being placed back into their care is to be independently reviewed.

Legal threat forces Devon CC to halt care cuts


Devon County Council will halt its plans to cut adult day and respite services after the mental health charity Mencap threatened to take legal action.

High Court grants permission for ULEZ judicial review


The High Court has granted permission for a judicial review into the proposed expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to outer London this summer.

More than 900 people agree Grenfell fire settlement


More than 900 people who were affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy have agreed on a settlement of their civil claims arising from the fire.

Council launches scheme to fight sexual harassment


Westminster Council has launched a scheme to help protect women from sexual harassment in the West End.

Plan to house refugees on former RAF base on hold


The Government’s plan to house asylum seekers on a former RAF airbase has been put on hold after Braintree council sought an injunction to stop the move.

Abuse survivors take legal action against council


Former pupils who were sexually and physically abused at a school in Liverpool have begun legal action against the city council that ran it.

Mencap threatens council with legal action over cuts


A learning disability charity has threatened to take legal action against Devon CC over the council's plans to ‘severely cut’ adult day and respite services.

Croydon pushes ahead with drive to hold former leaders to account


Croydon LBC has announced ‘unprecedented action’ to hold ex-senior leaders to account for ‘misconduct, wrongdoing and failures in governance’.

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