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Vaccinations for children

When it comes to vaccinations for children, what happens when there is disagreement either between parents or between parents and the local authority? Sophia Stapleton looks at the legal background. Read more
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  NEWS

November 27, 2020

Council wins appeal over award of damages to woman hit by cricket ball in park

The London Borough of Wandsworth has won an appeal over an order requiring it to pay nearly £35,000 in damages and costs to a woman seriously injured by a cricket ball in Battersea park.
November 27, 2020

Ombudsman finds county council failed to meet needs of man with dementia, leaving him to pay for some of his own care

Hampshire County Council has been criticised by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman after it failed to meet an elderly man’s needs when his finances ran short.
November 26, 2020

Council defeats High Court claim from waste company over alleged unlawful state aid

The High Court has thrown out a claim by a recycling company that Durham County Council priced it out of business through unlawful state aid.
November 26, 2020

Ombudsman criticises council after telling family of woman with dementia to change care home when her money ran out

Brighton and Hove City Council told a woman's family she would have to move to a cheaper care home when her money ran out, without assessing whether moving would harm her, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.

  FEATURES AND ANALYSIS

November 27, 2020

Robust decision-making

Matthew Alderton examines how public bodies reduce the scope for an irrationality challenge.
November 27, 2020

The Divisional Court on new permitted development rights

The Divisional Court recently rejected a challenge to radical new permitted development. Gary A Grant summarises the judgment.
November 27, 2020

On good terms? Part 2

In the second of a two-part series, Kieran McGaughey completes his 10 top tips for contracting via the procurement process.
November 27, 2020

Can foster carers be employees?

Mark Radford looks at the question of whether or not foster carers can be employees following a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal case.
November 26, 2020

HMO licensing, the ‘fit and proper’ test and spent convictions

The Court of Appeal has provided clarity for the test of a ‘fit and proper’ licence holder for houses in multiple occupancy (HMOs), write Simon Kiely and Christian Grierson.
November 26, 2020

Who is going to win the race to the bottom? Make sure it's not you

Rebecca Rees and Scott Dorling look at potential solutions to some of the significant issues facing the social and affordable housing sector.
November 26, 2020

Housing case law update - November 2020

The last month has seen the Court of Appeal and the High Court hand down a number of key rulings affecting the housing sector. Paul Lloyd, Charlotte Rawson and Jatinder Bhamber analyse the judgments.
November 26, 2020

An end to the water re-seller saga?

The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling leaving social landlords facing significant compensation bills for water overcharging. Does your water arrangement expose you to compensation claims? Virginia Cooper and Jason Tandy analyse the impact of the judgment.

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  MORE FEATURES

November 26, 2020

Empty home strategies and homelessness

Lyndon Campbell examines why local authorities are using enforced sales to tackle homelessness.
November 25, 2020

Exit pay cap regulations

What do the Exit Pay Cap Regulations do and what challenges might they present? Allison Cook and Mark Heath discuss the regulations.
November 24, 2020

November 2020 Mental Capacity Report walkthrough

Alex Ruck-Keene provides an overview of 39 Essex Chamber's November update on mental capacity issues in the courts this month.
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

Collective Consultation: Redundancies

Many employers are contemplating multiple redundancies that trigger collective consultation obligations. Mugni Islam-Choudhury and Anthony Korn provide a comprehensive overview of what employers need to do to ensure they have complied with their obligations in any collective consultation process.
November 20, 2020

Local authority powers to obtain injunctions

The Court of Appeal has upheld the right of local authorities to obtain injunctions using their broad, general power to issue legal proceedings under section 222 of the Local Government Act 1972. Alexander Campbell looks at the lessons to be learned.
November 20, 2020

On good terms?

In the first in a two-part series, Kieran McGaughey provides top tips for contracting via the procurement process.
November 20, 2020

Whistleblowing: Employment tribunal time limits and the application of the ACAS code of practice

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures may apply to whistleblowing allegations. It has also held that the imposition of a new contract was a one-off act with continuing consequences, not an act extending over a period, write Zoë Wigan, Ceri Fuller and Hilary Larter.
November 20, 2020

Prospective adopters and return of the child to the local authority

Francesca Massarella examines a recent mandatory injunction application by prospective adopters for the return of one sibling back to their care pursuant to the Human Rights Act 1998.
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 19, 2020

Licensing v.2.0 – a system reboot post-Covid

Philip Kolvin QC considers possible reforms to the licensing system that he says, if made in the wake of the pandemic, might determine the future of our towns and cities over the next 25 years.
November 18, 2020

Section 73 permissions, planning conditions and planning obligations

Four recent decisions have not only decided important points regarding planning conditions, section 73 permissions and section 106 planning obligations but have also provided helpfully a more general consideration of the operation of these two statutory provisions which provided the building blocks leading to the decisions reached, writes Christopher Cant.