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Assets of Community Value

The Localism Act 2011 introduced Assets of Community Value (formerly the community right to bid) with the idea behind it to give communities more involvement in the way local services are delivered. In essence, it gives community interest groups an opportunity to purchase local land that has been registered as having a community purpose. This […]

Departure from statutory consultee responses

The Secretary of State has recently dismissed an appeal against a refusal of planning permission for a site at Land at Ware Park, Wadesmill Road, Hertford, Hertfordshire (APP/M1900/W/17/3178839) on the basis that the proposed development would result in an unacceptable risk to a public drinking water supply, amongst other reasons. The appeal was made against […]

Three ways through the labyrinth of functions and responsibilities

By Louis Sebastian, Team Manager, NWL Legal Changes brought in by the Local Government Act 2000  and the Local Authorities (Functions and Responsibilities) (England) Regulations 2000 were designed to streamline local authority decision-making by mimicking central government, but they created a labyrinth of responsibilities that Councils are still struggling to negotiate. By putting the power […]

Penalty Clauses in Employment Agency Contracts

Councils that recruit interim staff through employment agencies need to be aware of possible penalties payable if staff are taken on permanently.

Commercial Contracts for Apprenticeship Training Providers

From May 2017 the way apprenticeships in England are funded and structured will change. Government reforms mean that employers will be able to access funding from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to place their apprentices with training providers such as Further Education Colleges. This is a reversal of the current system where the training providers […]