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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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Brexit resources

The Internal Market Bill – an overview

The United Kingdom Internal Market Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 09 September 2020 (the Bill), provoking much debate and attracting criticism from many. But what exactly is contained within the Bill?

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Legal updates

Government plans to rejuvenate the UK labour market

This article considers some of the Government’s main proposals which are still to come.

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Dealing with net zero biodiversity and air quality issues in planning

The Secretary of State has a duty under the Climate Change Act 2008 to ensure that the net UK carbon account for the year 2050 is at least 100% lower than the 1990 baseline. View our video, discussing the legal obligations of net zero and the practical options and techniques that are required.

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Brexit resources

Departing from EU case law - our opinion

Our response to the consultation on extending powers to depart from retained EU case law to additional lower courts and tribunals.

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