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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

The Building Safety Bill – what does it mean for you?

Earlier this month the Government published the Building Safety Bill as part of its continuing efforts to respond to the Grenfell disaster and recommendations made following the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety led by Dame Judith Hackitt.

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Legal updates

Japanese knotweed – a diminishing risk?

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (‘RICS’) is in the process of updating its guidance to surveyors on their approach to Japanese knotweed when valuing a property.

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Legal updates

Local authority leisure provision in a time of Covid

It was no surprise that the leisure sector was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, and that many local authority leisure contracts required significant intervention.

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Legal updates

Special Severance Payments

It took over 5 years for secondary legislation implementing the £95,000 cap on public sector exit payments to be brought into force; only a few months after their implementation, the Government announced in February of this year that the Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020 would be revoked, citing ‘unintended consequences’ which had been identified after ‘extensive review’.

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