A young child and her family have successfully challenged bankrupt Northamptonshire County Council’s decision to close 21 of the county’s 36 libraries. The High Court has ruled the council’s library cuts unlawful. The judge said it failed to consider whether it would operate a comprehensive and efficient library service after the closures. This meant a failure to comply with its statutory duties as a council. After being instructed by a local young girl with the help of her mother (they remain anonymous), Irwin Mitchell solicitors issued proceedings for a judicial review of the council’s decision in March. It was the council’s effective bankruptcy – which made national headlines in February – that led to its decision to close the threatened libraries. Northamptonshire County Council failed to properly consider the outcome of a public consultation on its libraries’ future, failed to account for how much money it … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Has a little girl from Northamptonshire just ended local government cuts?
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Drink driving councillor Thomas Hogg under investigation by local government watchdog BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The Local government Standards Commissioner is investigating an Antrim & Newtownabbey councillor who was convicted of drink driving. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/drink-driving-councillor-thomas-hogg-under-investigation-by-local-government-watchdog-37063868.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article36945998.ece/d7901/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-05-14_new_40918750_I1.JPG Email The Local government Standards Commissioner is investigating an Antrim & Newtownabbey councillor who was convicted of drink driving. The BBC reports a complaint has been made about Thomas Hogg's conduct to the watchdog which oversees standards in local government. The former mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey admitted drink driving in court in Belfast on May 25. His lawyer told the court he got behind the wheel in an "act of kindness" to help a … [Read more...] about Drink driving councillor Thomas Hogg under investigation by local government watchdog
Lancashire County Council’s leader was involved in a “deliberate and concerted campaign” to intimidate a key witness in a corruption probe, according to police documents to seek authorisation for his arrest. A newly-published court judgement reveals police claims of intimidating behaviour from Coun Geoff Driver, who is currently on police bail. He was arrested along with three others – former County Hall chief executive Phil Halsall, David McElhinney, the chief executive of the now defunct One Connect and another former LCC chief executive Ged Fitzgerald – in May last year on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and witness intimidation. Mr Fitzgerald, who is currently suspended from his role as chief executive of Liverpool Council, attempted to seek a judicial review over a judge’s decision to grant permission to search his home and arrest him last May. His case has been dismissed by Lord Justice Gross and Mr Justice Nicol, sitting at the … [Read more...] about Council leader accused of deliberate campaign to intimidate witness in corruption probe
A woman from Carlisle has been told she is not British despite being born in the UK and living in the country all her life. Irene Kaali, 24, who was born in Bradford and now works in local government, had her application for British citizenship “failed” because her parents did not have indefinite leave to remain at the time of her birth. Her parents moved to the UK from Tanzania shortly before she was born. They now both have settled status, with her mother working as a nurse and her father as a lecturer. Read more Number of Britons getting EU citizenship doubles British-born man receives Home Office letter ordering him to leave UK British citizenship for children 22 times more expensive than Germany But despite this and the fact that Ms Kaari has grown up, studied and worked in Britain, the Home Office informed her she had “no automatic claim” to British citizenship, and that if she wanted to … [Read more...] about Woman told she is not British by the Home Office despite living in UK all her life
By Tina Bellon (Reuters) – A lawyer for a student wounded in February’s mass shooting at a Florida high school on Monday filed a legal notice of intent to sue the county sheriff’s office and the school district for failing to protect the students. The lawsuit would be the first for the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which a gunman killed 17 people and wounded or injured more than a dozen others. The so-called notice of intent to file a claim is required by Florida law before a lawsuit can be brought against government entities. It would be brought on behalf of 15-year-old Anthony Borges and his family. Borges was shot five times during the massacre, suffering life-threatening injuries, and remains hospitalized, according to the notice. “The failure of Broward County public schools, and of the principal and school resource officer to adequately protect students, and in particular our client, from life-threatening harm … [Read more...] about Florida school shooting victim files legal notice to sue local government