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
PUBLISHED: 15:01 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:01 13 April 2018 Emma Bartholomew Hackney Town Hall, of Mare Street. Archant The Government has ordered Hackney Council to stop such frequent publishing of its free newspaper Hackney Today by September. In November the council was told it would face court action if it did not cease fortnightly publication of the free sheet within two weeks. It was the fifth warning in the space of nearly four years. After receiving legal representations from the council’s lawyers, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid, has now given the council three months leeway after May’s local government elections to bring in changes to publish every three months - as dictated by the Publicity Code. Javid claims the free sheet - which is delivered to 108,000 homes every fortnight - is harming local democracy by competing for advertising revenue with papers like the Gazette. But the council has argued that to … [Read more...] about Fortnightly publication of town hall freesheet Hackney Today must cease by September, orders Government
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
The High Court is to rule on whether Government plans to tackle air pollution are “unlawful”. Environmental lawyers from ClientEarth launched a third legal challenge last month against proposals for reducing illegal levels of harmful nitrogen dioxide. Mr Justice Garnham will deliver his ruling on the case in London on Wednesday. The charity’s legal team previously told the court that, eight years after the UK was found to be in breach of European Union limits on the pollutant, levels were still too high in 37 out of 43 zones across the country. Nathalie Lieven QC said: “On Defra’s (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) own assessment, there continues to be a very significant impact on human health for many years into the future.” The charity won two previous rulings against ministers over failures to meet legal limits for the pollutant. Its latest case was brought against the Environment Secretary and the Transport … [Read more...] about High Court to decide whether Government air pollution measures are ‘unlawful’