August 9th, 2021 by James Goudie KC

The General Power of Competence under the Localism Act 2011 enable a local authority to grant an indemnity to both officers and members. If the authority has adopted a Policy, as to the circumstances in which an indemnity would be granted, and the terms of such indemnity, then that Policy provides the framework for a decision as to whether a particular indemnity should be granted. In R (Anderson) v Liverpool City Council (2021) EWHC 2205 (Admin) Yip J considered the application of such a Policy in its application to the facts relating to an indemnity for legal costs incurred in relation to the defence of criminal allegations against a former Mayor.

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