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public matters newsletter - August 2015

12 August 2015

In this month's edition the team look at:

  • a case of evaluation gone wrong – lessons learned from assessment of tenders
  • devolution - the game changer? A look at the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill 2015
  • the cost case to end all cost cases - or was it! Coventry and other v Lawrence and others
  • new procurement guidance for EU grant recipients
  • changing a cost budget: it's not that easy!
  • a look at the Trade Union Bill - consultation.

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training and events

22Jan

Managing procurement risks and challenges Manchester office

Have you ever received a letter challenging a regulated procurement procedure? Has your authority ever had proceedings issued against it for breach of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015?

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6Feb

Planning club Nottingham office

Our regular planning club will be covering planning enforcement POCA and enforcement notices, town and village greens after the Lancashire case, and a planning case law update.

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Legal updates

Clean air - where we are and what we may expect in the future

Air pollution and the importance of clean air are increasingly becoming recognised as issues that need to be addressed.

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Legal updates

Construction and the environment: building green contracts to meet your carbon-neutral commitments

With increasing concerns surrounding a climate crisis and the need for greater environmental sustainability, several councils across the UK recently expressed a firm commitment to become carbon neutral.

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Legal updates

State aid in loans to wholly owned subsidiaries

State aid is a key concern for public bodies establishing and funding commercial entities, whether wholly or jointly owned.

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Legal updates

FOIA and data protection: the difficult balancing exercise for public authorities when a request is made for third party personal data

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘FOIA’) allows members of the public to request information from public bodies. As guidance issued by the Information Commissioner explains, the main principle behind FOIA is that people have a right to know about the activities of public authorities, unless there is a good reason for them not to.

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