Powers and duties

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This Practice Note explains the powers available to deal with anti-social behaviour in an environmental context, in particular those introduced by the Anti-social...

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Any consultation exercise carried out by a public authority in relation to a proposed decision must be conducted at a time when proposals are at a sufficiently formative...

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This tracker is intended to be used to track key developments, legislation, guidance, parliamentary briefing notes and other sources of interest relating to coronavirus...

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ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note provides information on the data protection regime before 25 May 2018 and reflects the position under the Data Protection Act 1998...

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The fluency duty With effect from 21 November 2016 there is a statutory requirement for workers in customer-facing roles in public authorities to be fluent in the English...

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ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note provides information on the data protection regime before 25 May 2018 and reflects the position under the Data Protection Act 1998...

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The freedom of information regime in the UK came fully into force in 2005, and is governed by the following key pieces of legislation: • Freedom of Information Act 2000...

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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FIA 2000) confers a general right of access to information that is held by a public authority. By virtue of this right, any person...

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The freedom of information regime in the United Kingdom is governed by the following key pieces of legislation: • Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FIA 2000) • Freedom of...

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Local authority is a creature of statute As Lord Templeman famously indicated in Hazell v Hammersmith and Fulham LBC [1991] 1 All ER 545, a ‘local authority, although...

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What does effective governance mean in the public sector? The function of governance is to ensure that an organisation or partnership fulfils its overall purpose,...

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The freedom of information regime in the UK came fully into force in 2005, and is governed by the following key pieces of legislation: • Freedom of Information Act 2000...

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FORTHCOMING CHANGE: in January 2020, the government carried out a review into the implementation of the proposed changes to the off-payroll IR35 rules (as are set out in...

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FORTHCOMING CHANGE: With effect from 6 April 2020, the special rules applying IR35 to off-payroll workers in the public sector are being extended to such workers when...

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Legal status of local authorities Superficially, those elected to run a local authority will take decisions as they see fit, according to their electoral mandate, and...

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ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note provides information on the data protection regime before 25 May 2018 and reflects the position under the Data Protection Act 1998...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on matters that have temporarily been altered to assist in the management of the coronavirus (COVID-19)...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on matters that have temporarily been altered to assist in the management of the coronavirus (COVID-19)...

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This Practice Note states the law as understood in England. Local authorities and other public bodies have a general duty to act fairly. This applies both to procedure...

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Since the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR 2004), SI 2004/3391, there have been arguments that...

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The public sector equality duty (PSED) as defined and set out in Part 11 of the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010) comprises: • a general equality duty—the over-arching...

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The public sector equality duty (PSED) as defined and set out in Part 11 of the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010) comprises: • a general equality duty—the over-arching...

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The public sector equality duty (PSED) as defined and set out in Part 11 of the Equality Act 2010 (sections 149–159) (EqA 2010) is made up of a ‘general equality duty’...

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Statutory user rights—background Statutory user rights arose to assist local councils after the 1974 reorganisation of local government. Before the reorganisation, there...

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The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016) overhauls the legal framework governing the use of covert surveillance by public bodies, a framework which was largely, but...

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Background to the Future Generations Act When first introduced in 2012, the Bill which became the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (WFG(W) 2015) was...

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What is the community right to bid? The community right to bid was introduced by sections 87–108 of the Localism Act 2011 (LA 2011) to enable local community groups to...

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Since 2015, certain ‘specified authorities’ have been under a statutory duty, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from...

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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FIA 2000) grants a right of access to information held by public authorities. Under this right, any person making a valid request for...

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