May 18, 2021
A new Core Code of Ethics for fire and rescue services (FRS) has been launched by the Local Government Association, the National Fire Chiefs Council and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.
May 12, 2021
There are grounds to suspect that, in a significant number of applications by local authorities for interim injunctions against “Persons Unknown” targeting unauthorised encampments on land, there were material and serious breaches of the procedural requirements and the procedures of the Court – and the Interim Applications Court of the Queen’s Bench Division (Court 37) in particular – have been…
Apr 30, 2021
Councils will from this summer have a legal duty to provide support such as therapy, advocacy and counselling in safe accommodation, including refuges, to victims of domestic abuse and their children, after the Domestic Abuse Bill this week (29 April) received Royal Assent.
Apr 14, 2021
A prosecution brought by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has seen a landlord and his management company ordered to pay more than £90,000 in fines and legal costs over safety failings.
Mar 24, 2021
The Ministry of Justice "faces significant risks across the full range of its services, without a clear sense of prioritisation" and huge backlogs that have built up are causing "unacceptably long waiting times for people to access justice", the Public Accounts Committee has said.
Mar 17, 2021
The Government is to change the voting system for all Combined Authority Mayors, the Mayor of London and Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to ‘First Past the Post’, the Home Secretary has announced this week.
Mar 15, 2021
Local authorities have powers during the Covid pandemic to provide accommodation for rough sleepers with no recourse to public funds (NRPF), a High Court judge has ruled.
Mar 11, 2021
A London borough has settled a legal challenge over the placing of homeless women fleeing domestic abuse in accommodation shared with men.
Mar 11, 2021
A new legal duty is to be imposed on local authorities, the police, criminal justice agencies, health and fire and rescue services to share data and intelligence in cases concerning serious violence.
Mar 09, 2021
The Housing Ombudsman has started publishing all decisions on cases investigated, which it described as “a major step in increasing its transparency”.
Mar 05, 2021
Lambeth Council is taking legal action against three housing associations after an internal report claimed they had failed to keep homes up to standard.
Feb 25, 2021
Three private landlords have won appeals at the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) over whether the criminal standard of proof was met in rent disputes at the First Tier Tribunal (FTT).
Feb 24, 2021
The number of court fines issued for fly-tipping in England increased 30% in 2019/20 from 2,056 to 2,671, the Government’s annual statistics have revealed.
Feb 24, 2021
A fly-tipper prosecuted by Birmingham City Council has been jailed for 13 months after pleading guilty to waste offences and breaches of consumer protection legislation.
Feb 24, 2021
The Administrative Court has ruled that a man was entitled to refuse to give his name and address to a police officer who wanted to issue a fixed penalty notice for breach of lockdown regulations.
Feb 22, 2021
West Berkshire Council has defeated a judicial review challenge brought by developers in relation to the designation of a 'detailed emergency planning zone' around an atomic weapons establishment.
Feb 16, 2021
West Midlands Police raided a workshop in Birmingham in the early hours of Sunday that had been turned into a nightclub complete with a sign on the wall saying ‘The Covid Arms’.
Feb 09, 2021
The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea has issued its summary decision that saw a six-week suspension of the premises licence for the restaurant in Notting Hill where Rita Ora held a birthday party for 17 persons during the second national lockdown and in breach of Coronavirus regulations.
Feb 03, 2021
Bromley County Court has released a tenant of social landlord Peabody Trust who served six days in prison for breaching a civil injunction imposed after breaches of Covid regulations on gatherings.
Jan 28, 2021
Two men involved in organising a mass snowball fight in Leeds in breach of coronavirus restrictions have each been given £10,000 fines.
Jan 27, 2021
A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £9,400 after he continued to let a flat – a former bank vault – which inspectors had classed as illegal and dangerous.
Jan 26, 2021
A group of 31 Metropolitan Police officers are facing a £200 fixed penalty notice after breaching Covid-19 regulations while on duty, the police force has revealed.
Jan 22, 2021
The organiser of a wedding in north London is facing a £10,000 fine after police found hundreds of people packed together in breach of Covid regulations.
Jan 21, 2021
A teenager has failed in a judicial review of how information on her was shared between Sussex Police and the Brighton & Hove Business Crime Reduction Partnership.
Jan 13, 2021
The Court of Appeal has rejected a company director's appeal over penalties amounting to £99,000 imposed by the Upper Tribunal for breaches of regulations covering houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), and non-compliance with enforcement notices.