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Legal - 3 June 2010

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Legal briefing - the top local government news in one place.

Mortgage possession claims falling

The Ministry of Justice reported that 18,504 mortgage possession claims were issued in the first quarter of 2010. On a seasonally adjusted basis, this was 24% and 8% lower than in the first and fourth quarter of 2009 respectively.

Kent grandmother wins foster care case

The High Court ordered Kent CC to pay a woman the standard foster carer rate of £146 for looking after her 15-year-old granddaughter. The council had agreed to pay £63.56. The judge ruled Kent had to pay her the higher amount because social care was the only alternative.

Judicial reviews devolved to regions

Lawyers praised the success of moving judicial review cases involving public bodies from London. More than 9% of such cases have been devolved to Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff.

Allotment legal loophole criticised

The National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners claimed councils were exploiting the lack of a time limit in the 1908 Allotments and Small Holdings Act to sidestep their duty to provide allotments.

Pay claims could follow landmark case

Councils may face tens of thousands of equal pay claims following a court decision concerning 70,000 female employees classed as administrative, professional, technical and clerical. A judge in Edinburgh reversed her ruling in a case 18 months ago.

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