This is the latest in our series of quarterly education update blogs which will enable readers to catch up on the most important cases, issues or developments in education law from August to October 2016. Please feel free to submit a comment below or send us an Ask query if you have any views on the cases, issues, or legal developments that are covered or if you think we have missed something that should be brought to the attention of education law practitioners.
So, what happens now? It appears from the Prime Minister’s speech at the Conservative party conference, and the responses emerging from the EU, that Brexit now means not only Brexit but Hard Brexit: no freedom of movement = no membership of the internal market (although it seems possible that negotiations, when they start, will lead to a more nuanced outcome, for example a hybrid solution where the UK remains effectively in the internal market for some goods and services and not for others). Continue reading →
Our quarterly freedom of information law update blogs focus on the latest developments in freedom of information law under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (SI 2004/3391) (EIR). The blog will enable readers advising on freedom of information law to catch up on the most important cases, issues or developments on the topic. This post looks at freedom of information law developments from July to September 2016. In this post, we look at:
Recent case law.
The latest government statistics on FOIA requests.
The Information Commissioner’s Information Governance Survey for Local Authorities.
Please feel free to submit a comment below or send us an Ask query if you have any views on the cases, issues or developments that are covered, or if you think we have missed something that should be brought to the attention of freedom of information practitioners.
August and September’s case digest includes four ECJ decisions, including a ruling that betting and gaming concessions fall outside the scope of Directive 2004/18, and a High Court judgment that strongly criticises a tender process conducted by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
Please feel free to submit a comment below or send us an Ask query if you have any views on the cases covered, or think that we have missed a case that should be brought to the attention of public procurement practitioners. Continue reading →
On 16 September 2016, Thomson Reuters was very pleased to host a meeting of the Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) London Adult Social Care and Health Group. The group provides a focus of professional knowledge and expertise aimed at contributing to the development of law and best practice in adult social care and health. The group also assists with developing training and networking opportunities for local authority lawyers specialising in this area of law.
The meeting was jointly chaired by Stephanie Broomfield, a principal lawyer at the London Borough of Islington and Pamela Clarke, a lawyer at the South London Legal Partnership (a legal service provided by the London Boroughs of Merton, Kingston upon Thames, Richmond upon Thames and Sutton).
The Cabinet Office has recently released its latest quarterly statistics on information requests that 41 central government bodies have received under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR). The report makes interesting reading covering as it does the:
Initial handling of FOI requests.
Number of requests that have been received during the quarter from April to June 2016.
Timeliness of issuing a substantive response.
Rates of disclosure of requested information.
Exemptions that are applied when withholding information.