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In brief for week ending 4 January 2017

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Adult social services:

Central government:

  • HM Treasury has announced that the Chancellor of the Exchequer will deliver the spring 2017 Budget on Wednesday 8 March 2017.
  • Following consideration of the August 2016 report on electoral fraud ‘Securing the Ballot’, the government has announced a number of measures to combat electoral fraud, including trialing the use of ID in polling stations across England and Wales.
  • HM Treasury and the Welsh government have published the agreement between the governments of Wales and the United Kingdom on the Welsh government’s fiscal framework.
  • The House of Commons Justice Committee has heard from experts in commercial law on the effect of Brexit for civil justice.
  • The House of Commons Treasury Committee has released an external review led by Andrew Green QC relating to Maxwellisation.
  • The National Infrastructure Commission has published a discussion paper, ‘The impact of population change and demography on future infrastructure demand’, which will be used to inform its National Infrastructure Assessment.

Children’s services:

  • The Scottish Ministers have issued two sets of guidance advising Scottish public authorities on the exercise of certain functions under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

Civil litigation:

  • On appeal the High Court has held that the judge below had been correct not to recuse himself, despite having used colourful language to describe the appellant and betraying irritation with the appellant (Al Zawawi v Newson-Smith).
  • TheCityUK has published a report, ‘The Impact of Brexit on the UK-based legal services sector’, highlighting the importance of ensuring the competitiveness of UK legal services following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Employment and pensions:


FOI and data protection:


Local government law:

  • The High Court has quashed a decision of a parish council to impose sanctions on a claimant councillor, and outlined the respective roles of parish councils and their principal authorities under the Localism Act 2011 standards and conduct regime (John Taylor v Honiton Town Council).
  • The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper on local road maintenance, repairs and street works in England, including analysis of the framework in which local authorities maintain and repair the road network.

Property and planning:

  • The High Court has held that the grant of a right of way was effective where the owners of the land sold it to a buyer and then accidentally granted a right of way over it in favour of a third party (Baker v Craggs).

Public procurement:


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