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public matters - January 2020

21 January 2020

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Construction and the environment: building green contracts to meet your carbon-neutral commitments

James Harwood provides a summary of the short and longer-term enviornmental issues in construction projects.

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Clean air - where we are and what we may expect in the future

Sophie Hoffman looks at current clean air legislation, recent developments and the role of local authorities going forwards.

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Local authority ordered to disclose legally privileged material under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004

Natasha Stay provides an update on legal privilage in light of the recent decision in Brooksbank v Information Commissioner and another.

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Dissipation of assets to avoid care home fees

We have seen an increase in local authorities contacting us for advice about dissipation of assets in the context of care homes/nursing homes fees. Amba Griffin-Booth provides an overview of the considerations that local authorities should take into account.

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State aid in loans to wholly owned subsidiaries

Alex Kynoch reviews decision 2019/1712 on a public loan granted by Slovakia to Železničná Spoločnosť Cargo Slovakia [ZSSK Cargo], and it's imapct on public bodies.

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FOIA and data protection: the difficult balancing exercise for public authorities when a request is made for third party personal data

Matthew Alderton looks at the principle behind the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and exceptions for public authorities.

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A claimant’s Part 36 offer – just beat it

Emma Marshall summarises the recent case of Hochtief (UK) Construction Limited, Volkerfitzpatrick Limited v Atkins Limited, and the effectiveness of Part 36 offers.

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Conservation newsletter - July 2020

There is a potential for significant change and public bodies are likely to be at the forefront of delivering that change.

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Annual progress report on reducing greenhouse gas emissions: the impact of Covid-19 and future challenges for the Government

For the first time, in this year’s report, tools have been provided to Parliamentarians to scrutinise the progress across Whitehall.

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Marine Conservation Zones: protecting seahorse populations in England

Sections 125 and 126 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 impose duties on public bodies in respect of marine conservation zones.

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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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