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The end for Gatekeepers of homelessness applications

by Trevor Watt

Steadily increasing levels of homelessness combined with a steady reduction in social housing and temporary accommodation have led local authorities to find more creative ways of preventing homelessness and exploring housing options other than through the formal route of a homelessness application.

Children and Vulnerable Individuals - Information Sharing

by Jane Bennett

Guidance from HM Government document: Information Sharing – Advice for Practitioners providing Safeguarding Services to Children, Young People, Parents & Carers: March 2015.

Female Genital Mutilation and Children

by Deborah Jeremiah

In the UK female genital mutilation (FGM) has been illegal since 1985. Since 31 October 2015 health and social care professionals and teachers have a legal obligation to report any cases of FGM of children to the police. FGM is a serious crime and a child protection issue.

National Framework for Children and Young People's Continuing Care (January 2016)

by Emma Timmons

The Department of Health has published a revised Framework to help clinical commissioning groups and other professionals to assess the care required for children and young people (0 – 17 years) whose complex health needs cannot be met by universal or specialist health services.

Commissioning Byte 2

by Emily Heard

Complying with two regimes

Ordinary Residence in R v Cornwall: what can be salvaged?

by David Owens

The issue of ordinary residence is both a complex and confusing area of law. David Owens and Ruth Atkinson-Wilks examine the recent case.

Substantial Increase in Health & Safety Fines

by Melissa Stanford

From 1 February 2016, new sentencing guidelines are in place for use by Courts in England & Wales.

R (QSRC Limited) v National Health Service Commissioning Board (NHS England) and another [2015] EWHC 3752 (Admin)

by Emily Heard

Emily Heard, David Owens and Kate Davies provide their analysis of the case.

Homelessness (again) in the Supreme Court

by Trevor Watt

Eligibility, proportionality and discrimination

Devolution Act gets Royal Assent

by Judith Barnes

The Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016 has now received Royal Assent. The Bill has been much amended and extended during its controversial passage through Parliament, and amendments were still being moved in the Bill's final throes. In addition, many of the provisions amend other primary legislation so the Act cannot be read on its own.

Authority Update 29/01/2016

by Claire Booth

Brief details of recent Government publications, legislation, cases and other developments relevant to those involved in local government work, which have been published in the previous three weeks.

Acquittal in first NHS Trust Corporate Manslaughter case

by Melissa Stanford

Landmark mansaughter case against NHS Trust collapsing