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Leaseholder protections ‘insufficient’, council chiefs warn

28/06/2022

Council leaders welcome measures protecting leaseholders from being landed with unfair bills to make their homes safe but warn protections are ‘insufficient’ .

Portsmouth council opposes £1.2bn electric cable

22/06/2022

Portsmouth City Council is formally opposing plans to build a £1.2bn electricity interconnector between Portsmouth and Normandy in France.

Councils secure extended fuel protest injunction until May 2023

07/06/2022

Two councils have seen their fuel protest injunction extended until May 2023 to prevent protestors blocking roads and vehicles.

Free legal advice for people facing eviction expanded with £10m

01/06/2022

More people facing eviction due to financial difficulties will be able to get access to free expert legal advice, the Government today announced.

Retailers could be fined up to £1m for selling knives to children

01/06/2022

Large retailers selling to knives to children could be fined up to £1m under new proposals, after a London council warned the current sentences did not reflect the seriousness of the offence.

Refugees at risk of deportation due to legal aid shorfall

27/05/2022

People seeking asylum are at risk of deportation because of a lack of local legal aid provision in many areas, a new report has revealed.

Northumberland issues s114 over unlawful finances

23/05/2022

Northumberland CC has issued a section 114 notice for unlawful expenditure – including allowances paid to its chief executive Daljit Lally.  

Call to deploy legal advisers in council spaces

23/05/2022

Legal advisers should be deployed in council offices and other public locations to provide access to civil justice, a think tank has argued.

Government confirms it won’t appeal COVID care home ruling

05/05/2022

Government won't appeal a court decision which found the policy of discharging patients from hospitals to care homes at the start of the pandemic was unlawful.

Former Haringey leader takes legal action against Ombudsman

03/05/2022

Former leader of Haringey Council Joseph Ejiofor has issued legal proceedings to challenge the local government Ombudsman’s decision to name him in a report.

Council to take legal action against asylum centre

28/04/2022

Hambleton District Council is taken legal action against government plans to create a centre for asylum seekers at Linton-on-Ouse.

Discharging patients into care homes was 'unlawful', High Court rules

27/04/2022

The High Court today ruled that the Government’s policy of discharging patients from hospital to care homes at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic was unlawful.

UK comes under pressure to adopt rights charter

26/04/2022

Local leaders will continue to be ‘heavily constrained’ until the UK follows through on its promise to guarantee the rights of local government in law, a sector expert has warned.

Council secures injunction against fuel protests

25/04/2022

Thurrock Council has secured an injunction to prevent protestors from blocking roads or stopping vehicles at key fuel terminals in the borough.

All regions told to take asylum seekers

14/04/2022

All regions of England, Scotland and Wales will be expected to take a share of asylum seekers under a new system of ‘full dispersal,’ the Government has told councils.

Family Courts pioneering approach to support domestic abuse victims

06/04/2022

Filomena Sterkaj outlines how a new pilot aims to better support victims of domestic abuse.

High Court rules no discrimination in legal protection for children in care

17/03/2022

High Court yesterday ruled that legislation allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to be placed in unregulated accommodation did not count as age-based discrimination.

Gove urges pension funds to add to Russian pressure

14/03/2022

Levelling up secretary Michael Gove has urged local government pension scheme (LGPS) committee chairs to consider what more they can do to exert pressure on Russia.

Judge backs Greater Manchester bus franchising

10/03/2022

The giant Stagecoach Group has failed in its attempt to block plans for bus franchising in Greater Manchester.

Week-long strike over pay to hit local government sector

08/03/2022

Council workers are expected to strike for a week this month in the first coordinated industrial action to hit the sector in a decade.

The Subsidy Control Bill: Legal certainty vs flexibility

08/03/2022

Angelica Hymers and Alex Kynoch offer advice on the Government’s indicative regulations and guidance on the Subsidy Control Bill.

New pilot to better support victims in family court

08/03/2022

A new pilot to improve the way local authorities and courts share information to better support victims of domestic abuse has been launched.

Unite announces industrial action over pay

28/02/2022

Unite’s local government members will next month stage targetted industrial action at councils where enough members rejected the employers’ 1.75% pay offer for 2021-22.

Cumbria drops legal challenge to reorganisation

28/02/2022

Cumbria CC has decided to drop its legal challenge after losing its second High Court bid for a judicial review of local government reorganisation.

Cumbria council loses second bid to stop reorganisation

23/02/2022

Cumbria CC is ‘considering its next steps’ after losing its second High Court bid for a judicial review of the decision to create two unitary authorities.

London borough settles LOBO loan dispute

21/02/2022

Newham Council has reached a multimillion pound deal with Barclays Bank to settle its long-running Lender Option Borrower Option (LOBO) loan dispute.

Council backs down in cycle lane case

27/01/2022

Campaigners claim to have 'drawn a line in the sand' after a highway authority admitted it acted unlawfully when it decided to remove a popular cycle lane in November 2020.

Cumbria continues legal battle against reorganisation

26/01/2022

The county council is opposed to the Government’s decision to replace the county council and six district councils with two unitaries.

Abused school pupils threaten council with legal action

25/01/2022

Former pupils of a council-run school are considering legal action against Lincolnshire County Council after two former staff members were convicted of abuse.

Shortcomings revealed in second child murder case

14/12/2021

A second court case in a month has revealed serious shortcomings in how local agencies responded to allegations of abuse shortly before a child’s murder.

Taking struggling energy companies in-house

06/12/2021

Angela Watson explains what councils need to consider when deciding whether to take an entity in-house.

LGA warning over soaring care costs

23/11/2021

Soaring adult and children’s care costs mean councils could ‘soon fail to support everyone they need to,’ town halls have warned.

Councils accused of not taking action against criminal landlords

12/11/2021

Two thirds of councils in England have failed to prosecute any criminal landlords in the last three years, according to new research.

Birmingham could face new equal pay claims

12/11/2021

Birmingham City Council is facing an equal pay ‘crisis’, a trade union has warned.

Former employees convicted of fraud against council

13/09/2021

Two women have been found guilty of creating a 'phantom' employee to defraud a council and a charity out of more than £40,000.

High Court grants permission for ‘Levelling Up Fund’ legal challenge

24/08/2021

The High Court has granted permission for a legal challenge to the ‘Levelling Up Fund’ after campaigners accused the Government of using the fund for political purposes.

‘Shameless’ COVID fraudsters targeted 41 councils

11/08/2021

The actions of two companies that attempted to defraud dozens of councils out of COVID grants have been labelled ‘despicable’.

Councils urged to take more action against criminal landlords

04/08/2021

Over half of local authorities in England have failed to use new powers to issue civil penalties against rogue landlords in the past three years, a new survey has revealed.

District cancels 700 court summonses

28/07/2021

Harborough DC has apologised to residents after issuing hundreds of court summonses for unpaid council tax in error.

Have social services been negligent?

14/07/2021

Saara Idelbi and Conor Monighan consider the liability of local authorities in negligence where it is argued that social services should have intervened more quickly to remove children from their family homes.

High court rejects challenge of council's low traffic neighbourhoods

29/06/2021

A legal challenge against Lambeth Council's low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) has been rejected by the high court.

Council prosecutes firm over traffic jams

23/06/2021

Thames Water has been prosecuted by a London borough after creating what the council said were unnecessary traffic jams three times in less than a fortnight.

Council calls for sentence review after attack on litter warden

21/06/2021

Dudley Council has criticised the 'unduly lenient' sentences given to two men who attacked and racially abused a litter warden.

Vulnerable children ‘detained unlawfully’ in Scotland

07/06/2021

Vulnerable children in Scotland may have been detained unlawfully in secure accommodation, a new investigation has revealed.

Newborn baby care orders on the rise, research finds

04/06/2021

The majority of mothers facing urgent care proceedings are given less than a week’s formal notice that their newborn baby might be removed, new research has warned today.

Council secures high court ruling to protect safety of residents

18/05/2021

Thurrock Council has been granted an interim injunction by the High Court to prevent residents from living in an unsafe property.

Lambeth to reimburse £27m of water bills

06/05/2021

The decision follows years of legal wrangling over charges collected on behalf of Thames Water.

Virtual council meeting challenge dismissed by High Court

28/04/2021

Councils will not be able to continue to meet virtually after 6 May after High Court Judges dismissed a legal challenge by local government.

Council had 'truly toxic atmosphere,' tribunal hears

27/04/2021

The Hammersmith & Fulham LBC director at the centre of an unfair dismissal claim had been working in a ‘truly toxic atmosphere,’ an employment tribunal has heard.

Grenfell director dismissed while on sick leave, tribunal hears

20/04/2021

A council director who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after working on the Grenfell Tower response was dismissed while on sick leave, an employment tribunal has heard.

Council action sees Tesco fined £7.5m for selling out of date food

20/04/2021

Tesco has been fined £7.5m for selling out of date food after a successful prosecution brought by Birmingham City Council.

Professionals back use of standalone supervision orders

12/04/2021

Nine out of ten professionals think standalone supervision orders should continue to be an option in care proceedings, according to a new survey.

Virtual insanity: Councils hit out at refusal to extend meeting rules

26/03/2021

Councils will not be able to hold virtual council meetings after 6 May after the Government refused to budge on changes to legislation.

Sleep-in shifts legal battle ends

19/03/2021

A long-running legal challenge by care workers over pay worth £400m has been rejected by the Supreme Court.

Liverpool parks to be protected 'forever'

19/03/2021

Liverpool City Council has become the first local authority to legally protect the future of its parks and green spaces.

Landmark judgement brings rough sleeping clarity

11/03/2021

Councils have the legal powers to help people with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) who are sleeping rough during the pandemic after a landmark judgement.

UK has broken air pollution law for a decade, top court warns

05/03/2021

The UK has 'systematically and persistently' broken legal limits on dangerous air pollution since 2010, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled.

Woman jailed for defrauding London council

02/03/2021

A woman has been sentenced to 12-months’ imprisonment for defrauding the Royal Borough of Greenwich out of nearly £10,000.

Beware the agent of change

26/02/2021

Tom Cosgrove explains what planning decisions should be made to avoid significant adverse impacts from noise.

Council faces legal action over cycle lane removal

25/02/2021

A cycling charity is taking legal action against a council’s decision to scrap a cycle lane introduced during lockdown.

Ban on bailiff evictions in England extended by six weeks

15/02/2021

A ban on bailiff evictions has been extended until the end of March to protect renters during the current lockdown restrictions.

Treasury scraps cap on public sector exit payments

12/02/2021

The Government has dropped its controversial cap on public sector exit payments after admitting it had ‘unintended consequences’.

Mayor and TfL seek to appeal Streetspace judgement

11/02/2021

London mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport for London (TfL) have applied to appeal a court ruling that deemed their Streetspace for London Plan unlawful.

The importance of managing public law and financial issues

08/02/2021

Tiffany Cloynes outlines what steps local authorities should take to avoid section 114 reports.

Council fined for death of girl following playground collapse

22/01/2021

A council in London has been fined £330,000 after a five-year-old girl died when playground equipment collapsed on top of her.

High Court rules London's Streetspace scheme was unlawful

21/01/2021

The High Court has overturned London mayor Sadiq Khan’s Streetspace for London Plan, which was introduced in May last year in response to the pandemic.

May elections to go ahead as council chiefs call for indemnity

21/01/2021

Local elections will go ahead on 6 May despite the ongoing pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ruled.

Commission proposes third option on integrated care

11/01/2021

The Health Devolution Commission (HDC) has called for a third 'health and prosperity' model of Integrated Care Systems.

London council ordered to keep schools open

15/12/2020

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has agreed to keep schools open after it was threatened by legal action from the Government.

Liverpool mayor steps down amid police probe

10/12/2020

Liverpool City Mayor Joe Anderson has stepped down from his post following his arrest last week.

Council drops COVID tier three legal challenge

09/12/2020

Stratford-on-Avon DC said new information had come to light following a response from the Government.

MHCLG demands updates after Liverpool mayor arrest

08/12/2020

Government officials have written to the chief executive of Liverpool City Council demanding updates on its governance after the arrest of the city’s mayor last week.

Liverpool mayor believed to be one of five arrested in police investigation

04/12/2020

Liverpool City Council Mayor Joe Anderson is believed to be one of five people arrested as part of an ‘ongoing investigation’, local newspaper reports have claimed.

The new cap on Public Sector Exit Payments

03/12/2020

Charles Pallot outlines the new Restrictions on Public Sector Exit Payments for local authorities and the clash with LGPS strain payments.

Stratford-on-Avon Council takes legal action over Tier 3

02/12/2020

Stratford-on-Avon District Council has sent the Government a Judicial Review pre-action protocol letter over its decision to place the area in Tier 3.

Police make first Grenfell arrest

26/10/2020

Detectives investigating the fire have arrested a man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

London council fines two rogue landlords £110,500

22/10/2020

Islington Council has fined two landlords £110,500 for providing dangerous and sub-standard housing.

Institutional Blindness – there is a cure

20/10/2020

Scott Dorling outlines some of the key lessons for local authorities in the recent public interest report into Nottingham's governance of Robin Hood Energy Limited.

External solicitors and Court of Protection finance deputyships – to instruct or not to instruct?

09/10/2020

Andrew Welch outlines the arguments for and against instructing external solicitors, explaining why it is a good option in appropriate circumstances.

Hundreds of homeless lives saved by emergency accommodation, researchers find

25/09/2020

More funding and emergency legal changes are ‘critical’ so local authorities can continue to support people in safe and secure accommodation, the chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis has said.

Tribunal rules foster care workers entitled to employee rights

01/09/2020

A UK tribunal has ruled that foster care workers are council employees and therefore entitled to employment rights.

Council hits out at ‘flawed’ bus lane review

18/08/2020

Newcastle City Council has warned that a review into its bus lane signage contains a ‘number of legal errors’.

Roads to recovery

14/08/2020

Alex Glassbrook explores if councils were legally allowed to make amendments to traffic regulation orders in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Convicted landlords warned over confiscation threat following COVID crisis

22/07/2020

Kevin Hegarty, QC, has warned that local authorities could legally go after law breaking landlords in a bid to cope with the recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Taking action over an employee’s social media posts

22/07/2020

Daniel Piddington warns that councils need to tread carefully when staff bring them into disrepute using personal social media accounts.

Council seeks temporary drinking ban in London Fields Park

03/07/2020

Hackney Council is taking legal action to temporarily ban drinking in London Fields Park after high levels of antisocial behaviour.

Councils call for clarity on local lockdowns

16/06/2020

Councils this week called for clarity on the legal powers they will have if they are forced to implement local coronavirus lockdowns.

Evictions suspended for a further two months

08/06/2020

Council chiefs have welcomed the ban on evictions for a further two months.

Remote local authority meetings

08/06/2020

Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy outline the challenges and opportunities presented by conducting remote meetings in local government.

Council gets go-ahead for local plan judicial review

05/06/2020

Sevenoaks District Council has been given permission to bring a judicial review against the government's planning inspector’s after it refused to endorse its local plan.

Westferry Printworks scheme quashed after Jenrick accused of 'bias'

27/05/2020

The Government has agreed to revoke planning permission for the former Westferry Printworks on the Isle of Dogs after being accused of bias towards the developer.

Care home on the brink of collapse

18/05/2020

Care homes in the North East have issued a legal warning to North Tyneside council, claiming they could collapse within days without further funding.

Making use of a force majeure provision

27/04/2020

Michelle Craven-Faulkner and William Occleston explain how local authorities can make use of a force majeure clause, and what options are available if there is no such clause in a contract.

Risk and resilience around Covid-19

15/04/2020

Kella Bowers outlines the potential for future civil liability in social care.

Care home bosses disqualified for diverting £500,000 of council money

31/03/2020

‘Reckless’ care home bosses have been disqualified for diverting council funds and abandoning elderly residents.

Housing tenant issued Britain’s first ‘coronavirus injunction’

30/03/2020

The first ‘coronavirus injunction’ has been issued to a tenant in Manchester for breaking rules on social distancing.

Renters protected from eviction during coronavirus crisis

27/03/2020

Charities have welcomed moves to protect tenants from all ongoing housing evictions.

Union and council end dispute amid coronavirus crisis

24/03/2020

Trade union Unite has said its dispute with Veolia over holiday pay for refuse staff working at Tower Hamlets LBC has been resolved.

Council clerk convicted of breaking Freedom of Information Act

19/03/2020

A council employee has been fined for illegally deleting an audio file in the first conviction under the Freedom of Information Act.

Council to prosecute leisure centre over death of toddler Rocco Wright

18/02/2020

Leeds City Council has announced it intends to prosecute David Lloyd Leisure Ltd ‘in the near future’ over the death of Rocco Wright.

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