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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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Regeneration review - where are we now? Online

We are delighted to invite you to our regeneration webinar, where we will be looking at four keys areas of regeneration; public law, planning, construction and real estate.

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UK Community Renewal Fund: prospectus 2021-2022

We explain the UK Community Renewal Fund priorities, submission and assessment of proposals and points to note for authorities.

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Carbon neutrality - air quality

Catch up on our on-demand video where we discuss the current statutory framework for the regulation of air quality and how this is likely to evolve.

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Legal updates

The countdown to private finance initiative (PFI) handover – what’s your seven-year plan?

We consider key actions for public authorities in managing the PFI handover process.

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Legal updates

Covid-19 and dilapidations: a change to the working world

A reduction in demand for office space would in turn lead to an increase in dilapidations and repair claims - what is the possible impact?

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