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The LGPS and boycotts

The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by the government over a ruling that the Communities Secretary acted unlawfully when he issued guidance for the local government pension scheme that sought to prevent boycotts, divestment and sanctions. James Goudie QC sets out the reasons why.

News headlines

Jul 10, 2018

Council not required to disclose advice of independent person: Tribunal

Stratford-on-Avon District Council need not disclose advice given by an independent person in a case over a councillor’s conduct, the First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) has said.
Jul 03, 2018

Judges reject appeal over motion boycotting produce from Israeli settlements

The Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal by Jewish Human Rights Watch over the Divisional Court’s refusal to quash a motion passed by Leicester City Council calling for a boycott of produce from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Jun 26, 2018

Town and parish councils demand government talks over councillor disciplinary judgment

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Society of Local Councils Clerks (SLCC) have called for urgent government talks over a recent High Court ruling on how councillors can be disciplined.
Jun 25, 2018

Christchurch gets go-ahead for judicial review of Dorset reorganisation

A High Court judge has granted Christchurch Borough Council permission for its judicial review challenge over the proposed local government reorganisation in Dorset.
Jun 19, 2018

Commissioners recommend end of oversight at Rotherham Council

The commissioners sent into Rotherham Council by the government have recommended to ministers that the council no longer needs their oversight.
Jun 15, 2018

Briefing for Electoral Reform Society suggests voter ID trial may have been unlawful

A briefing by barristers for the Electoral Reform Society has suggested that May’s trial of voter identification at polling stations could have been unlawful.

Features and analysis

Home addresses of election candidates

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James Goudie QC analyses a recent High Court case over whether there was a requirement to publish a mayoral election candidate's home address.

Museums and art galleries: a way forward

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Simon Randall and Joanne Bussell put forward some suggested solutions to the challenges facing local authority museums and art galleries.

Modern slavery and LAs: an update

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Raj Shah outlines important guidance and explains local authorities’ duties to ensure they comply with modern slavery legislation.

Developing innovative practices

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Tiffany Cloynes looks at the wider lessons for service delivery to be learned from the approach adopted by an East of England council to the allocation of housing.

Older articles

Jun 22, 2018

The LGPS and boycotts

The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by the government over a ruling that the Communities Secretary acted unlawfully when he issued guidance for the local government pension scheme that sought to prevent boycotts, divestment and sanctions.…
Jun 08, 2018

Home addresses of election candidates

James Goudie QC analyses a recent High Court case over whether there was a requirement to publish a mayoral election candidate's home address.
Jun 01, 2018

Museums and art galleries: a way forward

Simon Randall and Joanne Bussell put forward some suggested solutions to the challenges facing local authority museums and art galleries.
Jun 01, 2018

Modern slavery and LAs: an update

Raj Shah outlines important guidance and explains local authorities’ duties to ensure they comply with modern slavery legislation.
May 25, 2018

Developing innovative practices

Tiffany Cloynes looks at the wider lessons for service delivery to be learned from the approach adopted by an East of England council to the allocation of housing.
May 21, 2018

Disciplining councillors

The High Court has handed down an important ruling on the obligation to discipline councillors under the code of conduct procedure. Richard Clayton QC and Jonathan Goolden look at the lessons for local authorities.
May 18, 2018

Standards matter

The Committee on Standards in Public Life is carrying out a review of local government standards. Dr Jane Martin explains what this involves, and sets out some of the key lessons learned so far.
May 04, 2018

Exercising delegated authority in planning

A parish council recently enjoyed success in a legal challenge over a purported exercise of delegated authority. Meyric Lewis explains how.
May 04, 2018

The need to plead

Andrew Williams examines the tort of misfeasance in public office and why a recent claim was struck out.
Apr 27, 2018

Accessibility of law in Wales

A draft Bill published by the Welsh Government could make radical changes to the way that law is drafted in Wales, addressing concerns about the accessibility of the law in Wales, write Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy.
Apr 13, 2018

Establishing a regional adoption agency

What issues should local authorities consider when establishing a regional adoption agency? Olwen Dutton explains.
Apr 06, 2018

Best value inspections and Northants

Secretary of State Sajid Javid has said he is minded to send commissioners in to Northamptonshire County Council. Dr Paul Feild sets out the lessons from the troubles faced by the local authority.
Apr 06, 2018

Ports and good governance

Local authorities that manage municipal ports need to consider and implement the government's new Ports Good Governance Guidance, writes Lara Moore and Ione McGregor.
Feb 23, 2018

The Company Sec in local government

As commercialisation grows, Azhar Ghose outlines the increasing importance of the Company Secretary role within local authorities and offers some tips on how it can be performed.
Feb 16, 2018

Peters v Haringey and the LLP debate

The High Court's ruling on a controversial Haringey Council regeneration scheme has some important lessons for local authorities considering similar projects, write Alex Kynoch and Karl Edwards.
Feb 09, 2018

Disciplinary action against statutory officers

Sarah Lamont looks at how local authorities can get to grips with the new regime for disciplinary action against statutory officers.
Feb 02, 2018

Imprisonment for council tax arrears

The Divisional Court has ruled on a systemic public law challenge to the enforcement of council tax by committal prison. Tim Buley explains the judgment.
Jan 19, 2018

Licensing procedure and the Ombudsman

The Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman recently upheld a complaint against a council on licensing procedure. Paddy Whur examines the ruling.
Dec 15, 2017

Common assault after meeting

The High Court has rejected a claim that a defendant's conviction for common assault after she had been escorted out of a meeting of a local Police & Crime Panel was unsafe. Claire Booth explains why.
Dec 08, 2017

Running local authority trading companies

When it comes to local authority trading companies, who should be involved? Members, officers, others? Rob Hann reports.

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