Aug 09, 2021
Local authorities have urged the Sentencing Council to increase fines for fly-tipping significantly, so they act as a suitable deterrent, and for repeat offenders to be given suspended custodial sentences.
Aug 06, 2021
A landlord who has been operating without a HMO licence and failing to maintain safety standards for his tenants has been fined over £14,000 at a prosecution brought by Reading Borough Council.
Aug 05, 2021
A Technology and Construction Court judge has ordered an expedited trial in a dispute over the procurement of respiratory protective equipment ("RPE") for the London Fire Brigade.
Aug 04, 2021
A local housing authority has no power or discretion to accept a request for a review of their proposal not to grant another tenancy on the expiry of the fixed-term of the tenant's existing flexible tenancy, if that request is made more than 21 days after the service of a notice pursuant to s.107D(3) Housing Act 1985, a High Court judge has ruled.
Aug 02, 2021
The London Borough of Waltham Forest was in breach of its duty to have a reasonable system in place to respond to requests by the police for secure accommodation for juveniles at risk of being detained in police cells overnight, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Jul 22, 2021
Leeds District Magistrates Court erred by deeming an application frivolous and refusing to state a case for the opinion of the High Court, a judge has ruled.
Jul 07, 2021
Private landlords have complained that there will be 168 pieces of legislation governing their relations with tenants once the new Building Safety Bill passes through Parliament.
Jun 21, 2021
Local authorities have issued 1,201 penalties to businesses for violating Covid business restrictions, to a value of £1,076,820, research has revealed.
Jun 21, 2021
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has launched a consultation on the draft statutory guidance and two sets of regulations on the new duty for tier 1 local authorities in England relating to the provision of support in safe accommodation for victims of domestic abuse and their children.
Jun 18, 2021
An investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) published today (17 June) found that out of a group of organisations using live facial recognition (LFR) technology in public spaces, none were fully compliant with data protection law requirements.
Jun 14, 2021
The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) has appointed nine law firms to a national framework for legal services worth up to £65m over four years.
May 27, 2021
West Midlands Police has secured gang injunctions banning two brothers from Birmingham from appearing in drill music videos glorifying gun and drug crime.
May 26, 2021
Local landlords have threatened legal action over City of York Council’s proposals for an extended licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation (HMO).
May 19, 2021
The Good Law Project and Sister Supporter have threatened Camden Council with legal action over the local authority’s alleged ongoing failure to deal with the intimidation and harassment of women outside the Marie Stopes Clinic in the borough.
May 18, 2021
Thurrock Council has been granted an interim injunction by the High Court to prevent two residents living in an unsafe House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
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”.