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public matters - February 2020

19 February 2020

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Advocate General opinion broadens scope of the public - public procurement exemption

Karl Edwards reviews the implications for contracting authorities in the Informatikgesellschaft für Software-Entwicklung (ISE) mbH v Stadt Köln judgment, which appears to widen the scenarios in which contracting authorities can look to rely on the exemption contained with Regulation 12(7) of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (PCR).

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Social value in procurement

In the context of decreasing public funds, Tara Cole provides an update on the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, and its aim to maximise the positive outcomes of the procured services beyond the financial costs of a contract.

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Local planning authorities to extend the time period for determining prior approval applications

Victoria Searle summarises the judgment in Gluck v Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government [2020] EWHC 161 Admin, which overturns the precedent previously established in R (Warren Farm (Wokingham) Limited) v Wokingham Borough Council.

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Clean Air Bill – what is its impact and will it ever become law?

Publicity surrounding clean air could be influential in shaping future government policy. Ben Standing takes a look at the The Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill [HL] 2019-2020, which had its first reading in the House of Commons on 3 January 2020.

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Rent regulation for all

Originally published in ALARM’s member journal, Victoria Curran reviews the new Rent Standard and potential impact for social housing providers.

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Should heading the ball be banned in football lessons?

Victoria Curran looks at the duty of a school to its pupils, potential risk and foreseeability of an injury.

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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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Legal updates

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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Legal updates

Electronic signatures in conveyancing

On 9 July the Land Registry published draft guidance setting out the basis on which it will accept for registration transfers (and certain other deeds) that have been signed electronically.

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