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As announced in the Queen's Speech in May 2012, the government has confirmed its intention to reform the UK's adult care and support system by publishing a draft Care and Support Bill). Also published alongside the Bill are the Care and Support White Paper and a Progress Funding Report.
The Health and Social Care Bill introduces the legal provisions that will underpin the implementation of the most radical structural changes the NHS has seen since its establishment in 1948. On 11 October, the Bill will have its second reading in the House of Lords.
In two recent judicial reviews brought against the same local authority, the Administrative Court has considered the application of the public sector equality duties against a backdrop of substantial cuts in public expenditure.
The Administrative Court has declared unlawful the decision by the Secretary of State for Education to freeze funding for the rebuilding and refurbishment of schools in six local authority areas.
On Wednesday 19 January 2011 the Coalition Government published its long-awaited Health & Social Care Bill.
The Supreme Court has clarified the application of human rights law to possession proceedings in light of the recent European Court of Human Rights case of Kay v United Kingdom.
The first National Infrastructure Plan for the UK has been published by the Coalition Government.
The Government has laid before Parliament a bill to implement its proposals for the reform of public bodies. The Public Bodies Bill had its first reading in the House of Lords at the end of last week.
The Court of Appeal has reversed the decision of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) which quashed, on the ground of apparent bias, the decisions, findings and reasoning contained in the Competition Commission's report into the common ownership of airports by BAA.
Welcome to this special edition of the Public Law & Regulation team's Coalition Watch alert series.
In this edition we also bring all the other news of the major government policy developments of the last fortnight, which include the publication of the first parliamentary Bill of the autumn - the Postal Services Bill. It is the herald of much more legislation to come.
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has ruled that, by failing to allow litigants to put forward a case based on human rights law in proceedings brought by a local authority, the UK has breached the European Convention.
A previous alert discussed the new competition powers of Monitor that are proposed in the Department of Health consultation paper "Liberating the NHS: Regulating healthcare providers". This analysis looks more generally at the proposals to change the regulatory framework for NHS services in England
As we move into autumn and the Coalition gears up for the hard business of government, everyone with an interest in the future of the public sector might well want to brace themselves for an interesting ride.
A key principle of English democracy is that the courts do not interfere with the will of parliament.
Welcome to the second edition of the Public Law & Regulation team's Coalition Watch alert series.
Welcome to the first of the Public Law & Regulation team's Coalition Watch alert series.
Obtaining financial compensation in public law cases has always been difficult.
On Monday 12 July 2010 the new Coalition Government published its first White Paper on Health.
Picture the scenario. A company is adversely affected by the implementation of government policy, but it is not possible in law to challenge the policy decision. And, it would not be helpful in practice to reverse it. What happens? Can an alternative case for financial compensation be created?
With Britain waking up to the reality of a hung parliament, Wragge & Co's public law experts consider the legal implications and likely outcomes of the election result.
Sharon Shoesmith was Director of Children and Young People's Services (the DCS) for Haringey Borough Council during the short life of Peter Connelly (Baby P). The judgement concerning her termination of employment contains important legal analysis of the concept of "fairness".
The Government has met its ambitious legislative timetable, as one of the final actions taken by the current Parliament during the "wash-up" period was to pass the Energy Bill, which received Royal Assent on 8 April 2010.
The announcement of the general election on 6th April 2010 marked the start of the purdah period and the publication of the new Cabinet Office General Election 2010 Guidance.
On 26 March the High Court gave judgment in the case of R (on the application of Hillingdon Borough and others v Secretary of State for Transport) - a judicial review of the Government's decision to continue its support for the construction of a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
With the next general election looming, Wragge & Co's Public Law and Regulation team considers the implications for decision-making by central and local government and other public authorities.
The judgment of the Administrative Court in R (Unison) v Monitor addresses the question of how much income NHS Foundation Trusts are able to generate from non-NHS activities, where that income is ultimately derived from charges paid by private patients.
In August 2009 we reported on Ofgem's Working Group paper, published as part of its RPI-X@20 Review is a two-year project to evaluate the current approach to regulating Great Britain's energy networks and to develop future policy recommendations.
The Department of Health has taken further steps in assessing whether to extend regulation to a broader range of professional and occupational groups working in the healthcare sector.
The Court of Appeal has recently given judgment in the case of R (Friends of the Earth and others) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change  EWCA Civ 810 - a judicial review of the Government's failure to hit targets for fuel poverty.
Ofgem has recently published the third Working Paper in its RPI-X@20 review. RPI-X@20 is a two-year project to evaluate the current approach to regulating Great Britain's energy networks.
On 27 July 2009, the Department of Health launched a consultation on introducing new legislation allowing for the de-authorisation of a NHS Foundation Trust.
In February 2007 the Government published a White Paper entitled "Trust, Assurance and Safety - The Regulation of Health Professionals in the 21st Century."
From 1 October 2009 more regulators will be under duties to have regard to the principles of good regulation and the Regulators' Compliance Code.
In March 2009, Wragge & Co's Public Law & Regulation team reported that the High Court had, in ruling on judicial reviews involving the Boundary Committee for England, provided helpful guidance on the consultation duties of public bodies.
Two decisions of the High Court in judicial reviews involving the Boundary Committee for England provide helpful guidance to public bodies operating under a statutory duty to consult.
On 3 November 2008 the key provisions of Part 1 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 came into force, quietly revolutionising the administrative justice system.
Ofgem, the energy regulator for Great Britain, has announced its findings after a seven-month investigation into the energy supply markets.
Monitor's consultation on the application of the private charges cap to NHS foundation trusts (FTs) closed at the beginning of this week.
Historically, the majority of those involved in developing renewables projects have not needed to be licensed, as the capacity of renewables projects tended to fall within the generic class exemptions.
The severe storms of October 2002, which swept across a large swathe of Wales and central and southern England, left around two million electricity customers without power.
The first of these briefing notes looked at the background and scope of the Energy Act 2004 (the Act). The second was a brief review of the legislation relating to offshore energy production.
In the first of this series of short briefing notes we looked at the background and scope of the Energy Act 2004 (the Act).
The Government's Energy White Paper, published in February 2003, recognised not only the challenges faced by all industrialised countries in the world, climate change and dependence on imported gas and oil
Wragge & Co's energy and public law and regulation specialists have combined to help longstanding client Infinis secure an important Court of Appeal decision in its favour.
Experts from the Public Law and Regulation Team at Wragge & Co have advised the Local Government Association (the LGA) in resisting a judicial review challenge.
Wragge & Co's Public Law and Regulation team has helped regulator Ofqual rebuff an attempt to overturn GCSE grades awarded in summer 2012. The case was heard by a Divisional Court, comprising two judges.
Wragge & Co's Public Law & Regulation team has launched a new series of fortnightly legal alerts to offer clarity on the Coalition Government's raft of eye-catching reforms.
Wragge & Co LLP has demonstrated its regulatory credentials with an appointment to Ofwat's first legal panel. It will advise the regulator of the water and sewerage sectors in England and Wales on regulatory and competition issues over a period of four years.
Wragge & Co LLP Public Law and Regulation team has helped the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation to secure victory in a landmark judicial review case.
John Cooper & Chris Warburton reflect on the future of the Human Rights Act.
For those of a certain age, the idea of regulating the gas and electricity industry by reference to a national development plan might seem an unattractive throwback to the 1960s.