Local government lawyers could face an extra workload if the Labour government gives local authorities the go-ahead to raise private sector finance for housing. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has indicated that he is keen to allow councils to borrow privately, as housing associations already do, although this has yet to emerge as official Government policy. Liverpool City Council's senior housing lawyer Jo Miller said if Prescott's plan got the green light it would have a major impact on council solicitors who will have to take on extra work and monitor financial deals between councils and the private sector.
HOME office proposals to ensure that guilty pleas are prosecuted within 24 hours are “wrong in principle” and “unworkable in practice”, according to the Legal Action Group. The attack is contained in the highly critical LAG response to the Narey Report, which was commissioned by the former Home Secretary, Michael Howard, before the General Election […]