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public matters - November 2019

27 November 2019

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Purdah: publicity considerations for public bodies, including the health service in the pre-election period

Victoria Searle looks at who is caught by it, what can and can’t happen in purdah, and what does it mean for the wider public sector?

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ECJ guidance on applying exclusions to potential problem bidders

Rebecca McLean reviews the case of Delta Antrepriză de Construcţii şi Montaj 93 SA v Compania Naţională de Administrare a Infrastructurii Rutiere SA, which provides useful clarification over when contracting authorities can apply exclusions grounds where an economic operator has been in default under a prior public contract.

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Devolution deal for Metro Mayors

Nat Avdiu provides an update on the devolution deal achieved by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and other Metro Mayors.

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Rise in the cost of borrowing from the Public Works Loan Board - to harm project viability?

Deveshi Patel looks at the impact of the Treasury’s recent decision to raise the borrowing rate from the Public Works Loan Board, opposition to the deicsion and alternative soucres of funding.

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training and events

16Jan

Maximising Public Sector Opportunities Workshop London office

Suppliers often comment that the public procurement regime does not provide a great deal of detail around the role of challenge during a tender process. When taking part in a public sector tender process do you really want to challenge what the contracting authority is doing as it may disadvantage your submission?

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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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Legal updates

Local government relationship with central government

Since the enactment of the Local Government Devolution Bill in January 2016, the Brexit vote and subsequent deal negotiations has dominated the attention of central government and as a result, devolution and departmental restructure has invariably taken a back seat.

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Legal updates

Horizon scanning

In the first of what we hope will become a regular feature in Be Connected, Nick MacKenzie reviews what’s on the horizon for the education sector and briefly shares with you a number of themes.

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Legal updates

Rise in the cost of borrowing from the Public Works Loan Board - to harm project viability?

The Treasury’s recent decision to raise the borrowing rate from the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) (from 1.8% to 2.8%) will inevitably increase the cost of infrastructure projects as councils face higher interest rates.

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Employment law updates - hear from Harry Taylor

As part of our regular updates for in-house lawyers, Harry looks at some topics that frequently arise in Employment Tribunal claims.

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