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In brief for week ending 6 August 2014

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Civil litigation:

Education and children’s services:

Employment and pensions:


  • The government has:
    • laid the draft Fuel Poverty (England) Regulations 2014; and
    • published river basin planning guidance and the response to its consultation on the draft version of the guidance.

FOI and data protection:


  • Monitor has published guidance on merger benefits and transactions.


  • The Court of Appeal has:
    • held that possession defence cases relying on the Equality Act 2010 should be assessed using the “seriously arguable” criteria required by Article 8 of the ECHR (Aster Communities Ltd v Akerman-Livingstone); and
    • confirmed that decisions concerning vulnerability under the homelessness regime are for a local housing authorities not the courts to take (Kanu v London Borough of Southwark).
  • The County Court has refused an appeal against an earlier decision allowing a counterclaim for set off to be made eleven years after judgment for possession was entered (Midland Heart v Idawah).

Local government:

Property and planning:

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