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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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Treasury consults on future lending terms of the Public Works Loan Board

The consultation has been prompted by the specific issue of ‘debt for yield’ to ensure that the PWLB can continue to support local authority investment.

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Brexit resources

UK shared prosperity fund

The UKSPF has been proposed to replace the EU ESI funding for less developed regions, however a number of issues require resolution before the fund can be set up.

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Legal updates

Modern Slavery Act 2015 - updated statutory guidance for public authorities in England and Wales

This is timely guidance given that modern slavery will not be exempt from the health, social and economic challenges brought about by Covid-19.

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Managing PFI assets and services as contracts end

Browne Jacobson and Agilia are delighted to invite you to our on-demand webinar in which we will be looking at the key issues and best practice, which every affected authority needs to know, to assist them in the management of this challenge and the development of a strategy for preservation or replacement of assets and the re-procurement of key services.

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