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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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Training and events

30Jun

What’s the right level of risk? ON24 webinar platform

In this webinar our procurement, health and social care and risk experts will discuss ‘what’s the right level of risk’. They will also discuss what can be done to mitigate risk.

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6Jul

New guidance on exclusions - what you need to know ON24 webinar platform

The department for Education is releasing new guidance on exclusions and suspensions, making changes to the behaviour, suspension and exclusion framework and guidance. Join us on 6 July as we explain the proposed changes and help you understand how they will affect you and your school.

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Legal updates

The Procurement Bill - selection, exclusion, conflict of interests and debarment

On 11 May 2022, the UK Government introduced the Procurement Bill which seeks to reform the existing rules on public procurement. The Bill underwent its second reading on 25 May 2022 and we can expect the Act to come into force some time next year. This article will take you through some of the proposed changes on selection, exclusion, conflict of interests and debarment in the procurement process.

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Legal updates

Welsh Human Rights Bill: A parting of the ways?

The Welsh Government has published a report setting out a blueprint for devolution of justice and policing in Wales that pulls no punches in making the case for taking greater control from Westminster.

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Legal updates

The Introduction of the Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Bill by the Welsh Government

The Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Bill (the Bill) was introduced by the Welsh Government on 7 June 2022. The Bill is intended to complement other legislation, specifically the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (WFGA 2015) and provides a framework for enhancing the well-being of the Welsh people.

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Legal updates

Acclimatise! You can’t afford to cop out!

Climate change could result in local authorities seeing an increase in claims from the employees and the public. In this article, we share our top 10 tips for mitigating the risk of claims.

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