This month includes The Internal Market Bill, A Plan for Jobs 2020, 'build back better' and procurement, VAT reform for 'section 41' organisations, local government reorganisation, independent review of administrative law, outsourcing and planning.
Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.
This month we have:
The Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 09 September 2020, attracting much debate and criticism. But what exactly is contained within the Bill?
We summarise its key elements and explain the controversy.
The Government released the policy paper ‘A Plan for Jobs 2020’ in July which outlined the new measures and schemes that will be put in place to help retain, support and create jobs.
This article considers some of the Government’s main proposals which are still to come.
In the course of dealing with Covid-19 many leaders have talked about ‘build back better’ and inclusivity should be at the heart of it.
It’s of rising concern that behaviours and environments needed to curtail the spread of COVID-19 are known risk factors for mental health difficulties. So what can you do to help yourself and your team?
The Treasury is looking to simplify and extend VAT recovery for ‘section 41’ organisations.
The consultation remains open until 18 November 2020, and this article summarises the key points.
Organisational change or restructure is inevitable, the biggest challenge this decade will be getting it right.
Here are a few thoughts on what council’s in both tiers could be starting to plan for.
We have been invited to submit evidence to assist the panel in considering options for reform of judicial review principles and procedures.
If you would like to contribute to the development of our response then please share your thoughts and experiences with us.
This article summarises the key elements of the Institute for Government’s report, which discusses when public services should be brought back in-house, and how these should be brought back in, or whether outsourcing is the correct option.
The High Court case of Norfolk Homes Ltd v North Norfolk DC is a useful reminder of the importance of ensuring that when granting a section 73 application, previous section 106 agreements are not forgotten.
Law firm Browne Jacobson has collaborated with Wiltshire Council and Christ Church Business School on the launch event of The Council Company Best Practice and Innovation Network, a platform which brings together academic experts and senior local authority leaders, allowing them to share best practice in relation to council companies.
In the Autumn Statement delivered on 17 November, rises to the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates were announced, to take effect from 1 April 2023.
Announced in September but scrapped on 17 November the investment zone proposals were very short lived. The proposal has now morphed into the proposal for a smaller number of clustered zones earmarked for investment.
Settlement agreements are commonplace in an employment context and are ordinarily used to provide the parties to the agreement with certainty following the conclusion of an employment relationship.
On 2 November 2022, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the much awaiting case of Hillside Parks Ltd v Snowdonia National Park Authority  UKSC 30. The Court’s judgment suggests that the long established practice of using drop-in applications is in fact much more restricted than previously thought. This judgment therefore has significant implications for both the developers and local planning authorities.
In ‘failure to remove’ claims, the claimant alleges abuse in the family home and asserts that the local authority should have known about the abuse and/or that they should have removed the claimant from the family home and into care earlier.
Across the UK, homelessness is an urgent crisis, and one that is set to grow amid the rising cost of living. Local authorities are at the forefront of responding to this crisis, but with a lack of properties that are suitable for social housing across the UK, vulnerable individuals and families are often housed in temporary accommodation.
Settlement agreements in an employment context are ordinarily used to provide both parties with certainty following the conclusion of an employment relationship – but what happens when there is alleged discrimination after entering into a settlement agreement?
Updates include UK Shared Prosperity Fund, contracts, Subsidy Control Bill, data controller liability, Government Covid-19 procurement and Highway Code revisions.
The complex and rather nebulous transitional subsidy control regime set out in the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement and the UK’s wider international commitments has made it difficult for public authorities and those working with them to proceed with certainty where subsidies are involved.
Investment zones have been introduced by the Conservative party to get the United Kingdom (UK) ‘working, building and growing’. They are to be designated sites which provide time-limited tax incentives, streamlined planning rules and wider support for local growth to encourage investment and accelerate the development of housing and infrastructure that the UK needs to drive economic growth. Processes and requirements that slow down development will be stripped back with the intention of attracting new investment.
Created at the end of the Brexit transition period, Retained EU Law is a category of domestic law that consists of EU-derived legislation retained in our domestic legal framework by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. This was never intended to be a permanent arrangement as parliament promised to deal with retained EU law through the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (the “Bill”).