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Care Act 2014 Easements in the Coronavirus Act 2020

Burges SalmonSection 15 and Schedule 12 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 sets out significant amendments to a local authority's duties under the Care Act 2014. In this free-to-view, on-demand webinar, Cornerstone Barristers discuss the implications of the Coronavirus Act 2020 for local authorities.

Garden Cities, Regeneration and Compulsory Purchase Orders

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Homes Fitness for Human Habitation Act

Burges Salmon

Alice Richardson and Tom Tyson present a free on-demand webinar looking at the practical implications of the Homes Fitness for Human Habitation Act, including in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Virtual Meetings are the new reality for local authorities

In this Burges Salmonfree-to-view on-demand webinar, Cornerstone Barristers discuss the implications of the new Regulations which empower local authorities to hold meetings remotely (including by telephone conference, video conference, or live webcast).

Council puts arms-length bus company into liquidation after financial woes

One of the few remaining local authority-owned bus operators has ceased trading and been put into liquidation.

Halton Borough Council said that the arm’s-length owned Halton Transport had taken this step “following a long period in which it has been facing significant financial problems”.

The council said the operator’s trading environment “has become more difficult” in recent years and attempts to put it on a stronger, more sustainable footing had been unsuccessful.

Halton Transport losses have been locally reported as reaching £620,000 in 2019 and it was legally required to operate on a commercial basis in competition with other operators.

A Halton statement said: “It is widely known that the council, like all other local authorities, has had significant reductions in its budget and therefore has to make difficult choices as to how best to utilise the resources it has. 

“These are, by their nature, very difficult choices. In this instance its ability to support a commercial operation like Halton Transport is limited.”

Most Halton Transport routes have been taken over by other operators, most by Arriva though some have gone to the neighbouring council-owned operator Warrington’s Own Buses.

Few municipal bus operators still exist. The largest ones are Edinburgh, Nottingham, Reading and Blackpool.

Mark Smulian