Voter ID legal challenge launched
A legal challenge has been mounted against the Government over voter ID requirements for elections.
County and districts fight over housing support axe
A bitter row has broken out between Suffolk CC and its districts over proposals to axe the county’s funding for housing-related support (HRS).
Former social care chief sentenced for drug offences
An ex-deputy director of social care at Bradford MDC has been sentenced after pleading guilty to offering to supply and possessing a class A drug.
In praise of a useful financial firebreak
A section s114 notice does not provide a ready-made solution to councils’ funding problems, but it is an important first step on the long and difficult road to redemption, says Iain Murray.
Section 114: Is it really worth all the drama?
Former leader of Nottingham City Council Cllr Graham Chapman looks at the process of serving a section 114 and asks if the benefit is worth the drama and disruption for staff and residents.
Get ready for the Procurement Act
The Procurement Act will bring both risks and opportunities for councils but they should consider how to take advantage of the increased flexibility it brings, says Steven Brunning.
Restrictive covenants: Look before you leap
Local authorities dealing with development land must carry out thorough title due diligence and factor in enough time to resolve any development constraints, says Ayesha Khalique.
Call to end £250m business rate loophole
A campaign to end a loophole which is estimated could cost councils a massive £250m in lost business rates revenue has been backed by senior politicians.
Finance watchdog launches Thurrock investigation
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has launched an investigation into the conduct of an unnamed accountant at Thurrock Council before it declared effective bankruptcy.
Croydon cleared of discrimination claims
Croydon LBC and its chief executive Katherine Kerswell have been cleared of allegations of racial discrimination by an employment tribunal, brought by a former council director.
Wrexham members avoid development plan ‘jail threat’
Councillors in Wrexham have avoided the threat of jail by approving a development plan – but some claimed that the legal warning made a mockery of local democracy.
Council: Gove’s ‘super prison’ decision will stand
Harborough DC has said it will not challenge local government secretary Michael Gove’s decision to grant planning permission for a controversial local ‘super prison’
Council confirms asylum centre appeal
West Lindsey DC is to appeal against the dismissal of its judicial review over the Home Office’s asylum centre plans.
Coroner issues warning over mould
A coroner has warned Mansfield DC that mould in a tenant’s flat may have contributed to her death.
Future Forum North: Monitoring officers need ‘seat at top table’
More work is needed to bolster the role of the monitoring officer in councils, the MJ Future Forum North has heard.
Lincs district considers asylum ruling appeal
West Lindsey DC is likely to appeal a High Court decision to allow the Home Office to place an asylum centre on a former military base earmarked for a £300m regeneration project.
Council victory in landmark legal case
Anyone wishing to launch a legal challenge against a council may have go through its complaints procedure first, following a judgement by the Court of Appeal.
Can outsourced leisure centres benefit from the VAT ruling?
HMRC has revised its treatment of VAT on in house leisure services. Scott Dorling and Julian Jarrett consider if agency arrangements can retain this benefit for outsourced leisure services.
Current climate making it ‘impossible’ for councils to carry on
Soaring demand, rising pay bills and inflationary costs are making it ‘virtually impossible’ to keep councils going, a senior chief executive has said.
Councils brace as Supreme Court outlaws Rwanda asylum plan
The Supreme Court has ruled the UK’s controversial proposal to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda is unlawful – a decision likely to impact local government.