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State Aid and subsidy control post-Brexit: an update

What is the current position on State Aid and subsidy control in the UK, and what does the future hold for these areas of law following the consultations on the proposals in the two UK Green Papers? Tim Buley QC, Luke Wilcox and James Neill discuss. Read more
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  NEWS

Jul 22, 2021

Secretary of State sets out favoured proposals for local government reorganisation in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, has chosen his preferred proposals for local government reorganisation in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset.
Jul 21, 2021

High Court quashes decision by deputy monitoring officer that parish councillor had breached code of conduct

A parish councillor has won a High Court challenge over a decision by a Deputy Monitoring Officer (DMO) to uphold a complaint that he had breached its Code of Conduct for Members (PC Code).
Jul 21, 2021

Powers for judges to modify quashing orders among key measures as Judicial Review and Courts Bill introduced

The Judicial Review and Courts Bill has been introduced to Parliament today (21 July), with the Government claiming it would “equip judges with the tools to give more tailored solutions in judicial review cases”.
Jul 19, 2021

MPs demand reforms to ensure sustainability of local government finances

The time is right to consider a more radical review of local government finances, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has said.
Jul 16, 2021

Local Government Association issues supporting guidance for Model Code of Conduct

The Local Government Association has published supporting guidance which is aimed to help understanding and consistency of approach towards the Model Councillor Code of Conduct.
Jul 16, 2021

Standards watchdog calls on Government to respond to recommendations in 2019 local government ethical standards report “as a matter of urgency”

The chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life has said the watchdog remains concerned that the Government has not formally responded to its local government ethical standards report, some two and a half years after it was published.
Jul 14, 2021

Public Accounts Committee demands urgent action to improve system of local government audit in England

Without urgent action from government, the audit system for local authorities in England may soon reach breaking point, an influential committee of MPs has warned.
Jul 06, 2021

Welsh Government legislative programme to contain consolidation Bill in bid to create single and fully bilingual law

The Welsh Government has confirmed that its next legislative programme will include the introduction of its first consolidation Bill, which is aimed at making the law in Wales more accessible.
Jul 02, 2021

Council issues Section 114 notice due to "range of challenging financial issues"

Slough Borough Council has issued a Section 114 notice and will be pausing non-essential spending in response to a report by the Director of Finance into the state of the council's finances.
Jul 02, 2021

George Galloway instructs firm to begin legal action after campaign advertising dispute during Batley and Spen by-election

George Galloway has threatened to take legal action against Kirklees Council after the local authority took down the politician's campaign material in the run-up to the by-election held on Thursday (1st July).

  FEATURES AND ANALYSIS

June 24, 2021

General Power of Competence: what does this mean for Wales?

Neil Kates looks at the prospective introduction of the general power of competence for Welsh local authorities and community councils.
May 13, 2021

Lessons on governance and finance from recent public interest reports

Dr Paul Feild looks at what can be learned from the recent Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Schedule 7 Public Interest Reports relating to Croydon LBC and City of York.
April 29, 2021

Council meetings beyond 7 May 2021

What does the Divisional Court's ruling mean for local government? David Kitson, Victoria Barman and Mark Robinson look at what happens next.
April 22, 2021

Elections in the time of Covid-19

Rupert Beloff sets out some important considerations for Returning Officers and other election administrators as they look ahead to May's elections.
April 14, 2021

Remote meetings and the importance of ‘local choice’

The imminent High Court hearing over the ability of councils in England to continue to hold remote meetings after 6 May is about ensuring local choice, the leaders of the two organisations behind the legal proceedings tell Local Government Lawyer.
April 08, 2021

Deja Value all over again [i] – The Best Value Report on Liverpool City Council

Dr Paul Feild looks at some of the lessons to be learned - including in relation to the legal team - from the best value report into at Liverpool City Council.
March 29, 2021

The Independent Review of Administrative Law: Much ado about nothing or rewriting the rules of public law?

Richard Drabble QC, Jenny Wigley QC, David Elvin QC and Tim Buley QC consider what the Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL) report recommended and analyse the government's response.
March 29, 2021

From virtual to hybrid? The future of Council meetings

Richard Harwood QC OBE looks at the potential consequences of the government's decison not to extend the use of virtual meetings beyond 7th May.

  MORE NEWS

Jul 01, 2021

Poor complaint response from London borough prompts further Ombudsman investigation

London Borough of Camden failed to carry out a recommendation to apologise to a man for its poor handling of a complaint until the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman chased it for a response, an investigation by the watchdog has found.
Jul 01, 2021

Council to hold virtual full meeting due to Covid rise

Cheshire West & Chester Council is to hold its next full meeting virtually with decisions later ratified under urgency procedures, in defiance of the Government’s policy that councils must revert to physical meetings.
Jul 01, 2021

Former council leader suspended after code of conduct breach

The former leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council has been suspended for five months for using confidential information to buy shares.
Jun 30, 2021

Councils to have power to award subsidies under new state aid plans

English councils of all kinds will be able to award subsidies to businesses as part of growing local economies, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has said.
Jun 29, 2021

Court of Appeal grants judicial review application from Welsh Government of the Internal Market Act

The Court of Appeal has granted the Welsh Government permission to appeal the Divisional Court's decision to refuse a judicial review application over the impact of provisions of the United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 on the power of the Welsh Senedd.
Jun 25, 2021

Tribunal upholds decision by council to refuse to disclose views of independent persons on complaint about councillor

The First-Tier Tribunal has dismissed a legal challenge to a district council’s decision to refuse, in response to a freedom of information request, to provide the views of two independent persons on a complaint about the conduct of a councillor.
Jun 25, 2021

Strengthened local government Prudential Code to be published by end 2021: CIPFA

A strengthened Prudential Code, which aims to ensure local authorities’ financial plans are affordable, prudent and sustainable, will be published by the end of 2021, CIPFA has announced.
Jun 23, 2021

Government needs to better understand risks carried by arm’s length bodies, says spending watchdog

The centre of government needs to make considerably more progress in understanding the risks carried by arm’s length bodies (ALBs), and work with Government departments and ALBs to ensure that guidance and good practice are followed, the head of the National Audit Office has warned.
Jun 18, 2021

Seven people charged with electoral offences as part of police investigation into missing £10.25m council loan to football club

Seven individuals will appear in court next month in connection with a long-running Northamptonshire Police investigation into the disappearance of a £10.25m football club loan made by Northampton Borough Council.
Jun 18, 2021

LLG calls for ability of local authorities to hold virtual meetings to be made permanent

LLG (Lawyers in Local Government) has called for the ability of local authorities in England to hold meetings virtually to be put on a permanent footing, “to be used flexibility by each individual local authority when it so determines”.
Jun 16, 2021

High Court hears judicial review over voting provisions for blind and partially sighted people

The High Court is this week (15-16 June) hearing a second judicial review challenge in respect of the voting provisions for blind and partially sighted people.
Jun 15, 2021

Standards watchdog identifies four areas of regulation needing reform in interim report

The Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) has issued an interim report identifying four areas of standards regulation that require “significant reform”.
Jun 14, 2021

Councils want to retain benefits of virtual meetings but call on Government to avoid “overly prescriptive” approach to formats: Local Government Association

Councils in England have noted a range of benefits of virtual meetings, “which they hope to retain going forward through the option to continue virtual and hybrid meetings as and when it is deemed locally appropriate”, the Local Government Association has said in its submission to the Government’s call for evidence.
Jun 10, 2021

UK Government “misrepresented” the law and eluded parliamentary oversight when implementing legislation during pandemic, House of Lords Select Committee finds

The UK Government "misrepresented" the law on a number of occasions when communicating new public health guidance and restrictions during the pandemic, according to a report published today by the House of Lords' Select Committee on the Constitution.
Jun 02, 2021

Claimants fail in legal challenge over whether now-defunct council had lawful authority to issue enforcement notice

The former Kettering Borough Council had the power to issue an enforcement notice even though some of the matters involved concerned the powers of the former Northamptonshire County Council, the High Court has found.
May 28, 2021

Welsh council agrees to accept Ombudsman recommendations in full despite Monitoring Officer report advising payment of £15k less in proposed compensation to complainant

Councillors at Flintshire County Council came close to rejecting a recommendation from the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales after the local authority's monitoring officer advised councillors to pay a complainant £5,000 instead of the proposed £20,000.
May 26, 2021

Dispute between county and districts over local government reorganisation in Somerset heats up as voters directed to spoof website

Somerset County Council has urged residents to ignore a poll organised by district councils as part of a bitter dispute over local government reorganisation.
May 26, 2021

City council censured by Ombudsman for failing to show it implemented recommendations

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) has heavily criticised Bristol City Council for failing to provide evidence it had completed recommendations in two separate complaints.
May 24, 2021

LLG, ADSO and Bevan Brittan issue guidance for local authorities on remote meetings following High Court judgment

LLG (Lawyers in Local Government), the Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO) and David Kitson of Bevan Brittan have issued a 12-page guidance document for local authorities on remote meetings in light of recent High Court judgments.
May 20, 2021

Town council to pay £70k+ over defamatory statements about two councillors

Attleborough Town Council has agreed to pay more than £70,000 in costs and damages after it issued a “profound and unreserved apology” to two councillors who it said it had defamed.
May 20, 2021

The Accessibility Regulations for Public Sector Body Websites and Mobile Apps

Rebecca Hull looks at the Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations, what they mean for public sector websites and apps and the approaching app deadline of 23 June 2021.
May 18, 2021

Ombudsman criticises council for way it allocated Covid grants to businesses

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised the way a North Yorkshire district council administered a discretionary grant scheme which was designed to help businesses impacted by Covid-19.
May 18, 2021

New 'Core Code of Ethics' launched for fire and rescue services

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 13, 2021

District says it would not contest election petition after ineligible voters took part in parish by-election

An error that allowed ineligible voters to vote in a parish council election in North Yorkshire cannot be undone without a court order, the returning officer has said.
May 11, 2021

Planning, procurement and judicial review legislation to the fore in Queen's Speech

Bills covering planning, procurement, subsidy control, judicial review and electoral integrity are among the key pieces of legislation outlined in today’s Queen’s Speech.

  MORE FEATURES

March 19, 2021

Brexit - key legislation explained

The following Public Law practice note produced in partnership with Dr. Kieran Laird of Gowling WLG provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering the key legislation governing Brexit.
March 15, 2021

The LLG Grapevine 15th March

Deborah Evans, Dennis Hall and Helen McGrath from LLG discuss devolution, Judicial Review, GDPR, The CfGS's Governance Risk & Resilience Framework, gender equality, flexible working, Rule of Law and Test and Trace.
March 01, 2021

The LLG Grapevine 1st March

This week Deborah Evans, Dennis Hall and Helen McGrath discuss Covid Procurement Transparency, Local Authority Pension Investment, Emergency Legislation during Covid, Working Time and being 'On Call', News from Wales, Schools, Fly-tipping and Dismissal for Not Wearing a Face Mask.
February 26, 2021

New powers for local authorities in Wales

Clare Hardy sets out some of the opportunities presented by the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021.
February 18, 2021

Brexit Timeline Tracker

This Practice Note sets out a timeline of key events and updates in the post-transition period, focussing in particular on the implementation of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement and associated agreements.
February 05, 2021

Whistleblowing during COVID: Blowing the whistle on whistle blowing claims

Gillian Crew examines the applicable law of whistleblowing claims, and how to deal with such claims that may arise during the COVID-19 pandemic.
January 29, 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Governance Tracker

This tracker from LexisNexis Local Government intended to be used to track the most recent key developments, legislation, guidance, parliamentary briefing notes and other sources of interest relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) local authority governance, where relevant to local government lawyers.
January 29, 2021

Ceasing discretionary functions and powers

Matthew Alderton sets out some key issues for public bodies to consider when they are contemplating ceasing discretionary functions.
January 27, 2021

The LLG Grapevine 18th January

Deborah Evans, Dennis Hall and Helen McGrath from LLG welcome Peter Stanyon, CEO of the Association of Electoral Administrators, to discuss the upcoming elections, the position at present, the volume of elections, postal voting and the practical challenges of holding covid-19 secure elections and counts.
January 08, 2021

Remote meetings: planning for permanence

Ed Hammond looks at the benefits of remote meetings and the likelihood the arrangements facilitating them will be put on a permanent footing.
December 23, 2020

Max Power

Paul Feild looks at the key points arising out of the non-statutory review into Nottingham City Council and Robin Hood Energy.
December 23, 2020

What next for local government re-organisation?

Anja Beriro examines whether the momentum towards significant reorganisation of local government in England has stalled.
December 22, 2020

Consulting on new policies

The Court of Appeal has confirmed the correct tests to apply to determine whether: (1) a public body has consulted fairly; and (2) is under a legitimate expectation to consult. Matthew Alderton analyses the ruling.
December 18, 2020

Running elections in 2021 - What's changing?

Elections are now likely to take place in May 2021. What are the challenges facing returning officers and their staff, running elections in a coronavirus (COVID-19) environment and what is being done to address them? Mark Heath explains.
December 01, 2020

The LLG Grapevine 1st December

Deborah Evans, Dennis Hall and Helen McGrath from LLG, discuss Devolution, All Party Parliamentary Groups. the Environment Bill, the Joint Committee on Human Rights, the Draft Building Safety Bill, the Spending Review and more.
November 27, 2020

Local Government Brexit tracker

This tracker is intended to be used to track key developments, legislation, guidance, parliamentary briefing notes and other sources of interest relating to Brexit relevant to local government lawyers. It is arranged alphabetically by topic and is designed to provide an easy reference point for relevant content for lawyers to support preparation for and implementation of the United Kingdom’s…
November 27, 2020

Robust decision-making

Matthew Alderton examines how public bodies reduce the scope for an irrationality challenge.
November 24, 2020

The LLG Grapevine 24th November

This week sees a special feature with guest contributor Ed Hammond from the Centre for Governance and Scrutiny to discuss pandemic stresses and pressures on local authorities, governance challenges, the need for safeguards, reporting of decisions and the importance of review and reflection.
November 20, 2020

Lawyers, a call to arms, you need to defend local democracy

Cllr Clive Stevens outlines the need for more transparency in local government and highlights the role monitoring officers play.
November 06, 2020

For COVID’s sake, get me to the polls on time!

Timothy Straker QC and Katharine Elliot analyse current law regarding local authority change of governance referendums, including in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.