Public matters - September 2020
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.
On-demand webinar with Landmark Chambers: Dealing with net zero biodiversity and air quality issues in planning
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?
VAT reform proposals for the public sector - government departments, NHS and some other public bodies
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.
Local government reorganisation: between a rock and a hard place or the biggest opportunity in a lifetime?
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.