Local Government in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Anns v Merton London Borough Council
    • House of Lords
    • 12 Mayo 1977

    First one has to ask whether, as between the alleged wrongdoer and the person who has suffered damage there is a sufficient relationship of proximity or neighbourhood such that, in the reasonable contemplation of the former, carelessness on his part may be likely to cause damage to the latter—in which case a prima facie duty of care arises.

  • Bushell v Secretary of State for the Environment
    • House of Lords
    • 07 Febrero 1980

    Discretion in making administrative decisions is conferred upon a Minister not as an individual but as the holder of an office in which he will have available to him in arriving at his decision the collective knowledge, experience and expertise of all those who serve the Crown in the department of which, for the time being, he is the political head.

  • Save Britain's Heritage v Number 1 Poultry Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 28 Febrero 1991

    The single indivisible question, in my opinion, which the court must ask itself whenever a planning decision is challenged on the ground of a failure to give reasons is whether the interests of the applicant have been substantially prejudiced by the deficiency of the reasons given.

  • Pyx Grainite Company Ltd v Ministry of Housing and Local Government
    • House of Lords
    • 06 Julio 1959

    It is a principle not by any means to be whittled down that the subject's recourse to Her Majesty's courts for the determination of his rights is not to be excluded except by clear words. That is, as Mr. Justice McNair called it in Francis v. Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District Council [1957] 2 Q.B. 136, a "fundamental rule" from which I would not for my part sanction any departure.

  • Wandsworth London Borough Council v Winder
    • House of Lords
    • 29 Noviembre 1984

    He is merely seeking to defend proceedings brought against him by the appellants. In so doing he is seeking only to exercise the ordinary right of any individual to defend an action against him on the ground that he is not liable for the whole sum claimed by the plaintiff. Moreover he puts forward his defence as a matter of right, whereas in an application for judicial review, success would require an exercise of the court's discretion in his favour.

  • Edinburgh Council (City of) v Secretary of State for Scotland
    • House of Lords
    • 16 Octubre 1997

    In the practical application of section 18A it will obviously be necessary for the decision-maker to consider the development plan, identify any provisions in it which are relevant to the question before him and make a proper interpretation of them. His decision will be open to challenge if he fails to have regard to a policy in the development plan which is relevant to the application or fails properly to interpret it.

  • Lloyd (A.P.) and Others (A.P.) v McMahon
    • House of Lords
    • 12 Marzo 1987

    In particular, it is well-established that when a statute has conferred on any body the power to make decisions affecting individuals, the courts will not only require the procedure prescribed by the statute to be followed, but will readily imply so much and no more to be introduced by way of additional procedural safeguards as will ensure the attainment of fairness.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • Open Government - Local Government Style
    • No. 3-1-2, January 1988
    • Public Policy and Administration
    Central Government refuses to accept the need for freedom of information or open government laws affecting its administration. In 1985, however, the Local Government (Access to Information) Act was...
  • Bourgeois Theories of Local Government
    • No. 34-1, March 1986
    • Political Studies
    This paper offers an historical analysis of the principles of local government organization that have been accepted in Britain and the United States. The central thesis is that these principles exp...
  • Industrial Relations in Local Government
    • No. 6-1, January 1984
    • Employee Relations
    • 28-32
    The popular image of industrial relations in local government is one in which negotiations consist of genteel tête‐à‐têtes over coffee and (if the meetings spill over into the afternoon) tea. Thoug...
  • Local government in Kyrghyzstan
    • No. 15-5, November 2006
    • Public Administration and Development
    The Kyrghyzstan government is making the difficult transition from a command economy under Communist Party control to a market economy within a pluralist political framework. For the time being, ho...
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