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public matters - March 2020

20 March 2020

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Public decision-taking during coronavirus restrictions

Richard Barlow reviews what organisations can do to meet the guidance and to maintain functioning democratic decision-taking.

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Coronavirus Bill – impact on local authorities

Stephanie McGarry outlines what it means for local authorites.

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Local business support announced, Local Governments’ key role

Peter Ware outlines the government's measures to provide support to businesses during this unprecedented time.

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Procurement and Coronavirus

Jennifer Grigg looks at how potential high rates of absence and government measures will impact current procurement schedules and requirements.

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Coronavirus - contracts, force majeure and frustration

Paula Dumbill summarises what organisations can do if they are no longer able to perform their contract obligations with customers.

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Coronavirus in the Health and Social Care Workplace – FAQs

Jacqui Atkinson sets out below some answers to some of the most commonly asked workplace queries.

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Coronavirus hub: COVID-19 legal implications

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Procurement and freedom of information

Anja Beriro shares a reminder of the importance of procurement and freedom of information officers in an organisation working together.

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Can a Welsh registered social landlord who is not a public body for Office National Statistics be the subject of a judicial review when it delivers a public function?

Tim Edds looks at the Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Act 2018, how it amends powers in the Housing Act 1996 and its impact on Registered Social Landlords.

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Use of restraints in school: EHRC inquiry

Leah Jones outlines the Equality and Human Rights Commission recently launched inquiry into the monitoring and recording of the use of restraints and restrictive interventions within schools in England and Wales.

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Historical child abuse and limitation – check your public liability policies

Sarah Erwin-Jones summarises the recent Court of Appeal decision in London Borough of Haringey v FZO and its significant implications for organisations that may face historical abuse claims.

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State aid - getting the basics right webinar

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Legal updates

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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Brexit resources

UK shared prosperity fund

The UKSPF has been proposed to replace the EU ESI funding for less developed regions, however a number of issues require resolution before the fund can be set up.

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Legal updates

Modern Slavery Act 2015 - updated statutory guidance for public authorities in England and Wales

This is timely guidance given that modern slavery will not be exempt from the health, social and economic challenges brought about by Covid-19.

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Managing PFI assets and services as contracts end

Browne Jacobson and Agilia are delighted to invite you to our on-demand webinar in which we will be looking at the key issues and best practice, which every affected authority needs to know, to assist them in the management of this challenge and the development of a strategy for preservation or replacement of assets and the re-procurement of key services.

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Peter Ware

Partner and Head of Government Sector

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