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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

Gavin Williamson provides clear indication of the Government’s vision for a fully academised state school system

Gavin Williamson has a clear vision for the future of the state-funded school system and that is for every school to be part of a family of schools in a strong multi-academy trust.

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Legal updates

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This month includes updates on safe use of council offices, recent changes to Part 36 Offers and leading through change.

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Legal updates

Safe use of council offices

The Government’s Covid-19: Guidance for the Safe Use of Council Buildings (Safe Use Guidance) in relation to the safe use of local authority buildings during the Covid-19 pandemic, has been updated at the end of March 2021 in line with progression of the Government’s Roadmap.

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Legal updates

Leading through change, a personal perspective

As we await the publication of the Government’s White Paper on local government reorganisation (LGR) it felt timely to reflect on the experiences of the previous Managing Partner (MP) of Browne Jacobson on leading an organisation through change.

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