May 12, 2021
High Court issues key ruling on "Traveller Injunctions" and "persons unknown", criticises suspected procedural breaches and abuse of court procedures in applications for interim orders
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 to be under new legal duty to provide support to victims as Domestic Abuse Bill receives Royal Assent
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
Public Accounts Committee warns of “huge backlogs” in courts, justice system under “unprecedented pressure”
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
Government to make combined authority mayors, Mayor of London and Police and Crime Commissioner elections ‘first past the post’, look to mandate transfer of fire and rescue functions to PCCs
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
High Court judge finds councils have power during pandemic to accommodate rough sleepers with no recourse to public funds
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
Council settles challenge over placing of women fleeing domestic abuse in accommodation shared with men
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
Councils and other public bodies to be put under legal duty to share data and intelligence in cases of serious violence
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.