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public matters - December 2019

17 December 2019

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

So what will the Conservative majority mean for local government?

With the Conservatives in power (presumably for a full, five year term), Peter Ware looks at what this might mean for the future of local government?

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Bridging the local government gap: five years on for devolution

Public bodies are continuing to seek creative ways of improving efficiency and finding savings for the public purse. Rebecca Hawes considers whether additional devolution powers could further aid efficiency and public spending.

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Local government relationship with central government

Natasha Stay looks at the Chancellor’s announcement of plans to publish a devolution white paper.

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Clarification from the Supreme Court on statutory incompatibility in village green registrations

Ben Collins reviews two recent appeals relating to decisions to register land held by public authorities as village green land under the Commons Act 2006, and their controvercial consequences.

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Privilege under attack – the Law Society fights back

Emma Marshall looks at the background behind the Law Society’s practice note on legal privilege, and considerations for in-house lawyers.

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Poole Borough Council v GN [2019] UKSC 25 – what does this mean for my organisation?

Six months on from the Supreme Court decision in the Poole Borough Council v GN case this webinar recording looks at emerging behaviours in response to this key decision, and its impact on agencies involved in child protection, including health, police, social care and education.

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Legal updates

Covid-19 and local authority enforcement

On the 26 March 2020, the Health Secretary made and brought into force The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, which on their face impose quite extraordinary restrictions on freedom of movement backed by increased powers of arrest and prosecution.

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The impact of the Covid-19 distancing measures on right to work checks

In unprecedented times of self-isolation and social distancing, the Home Office has now published new UK immigration guidance on right to work checks to adjust the rules on manual checking of original documentation and adapt to the new situation.

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Health and safety in the workplace

The Government guidance is clear that as a result of the coronavirus, anyone who can work from home should do so, but there are plenty of jobs that cannot be undertaken from home raising concerns over the enforcement of the 2-meter distance rule in some workplaces, or the availability of items such as hand sanitiser or protective equipment.

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Vicarious liability for employers: mere opportunity does not in itself confer liability

On 1 April 2020 the Supreme Court gave judgment in WM Morrison Supermarkets v Various Claimants.

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