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public matters - June 2020

17 June 2020

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

A mandate to go green?

Despite the Covid 19 headlines, one consistent opinion being voiced by government, public bodies, NGOs, members of the public and the private sector is that the rebuilding after the Covid-19 pandemic needs to be green and sustainable.

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PPN 04/20 – recovery and transition from Covid 19

PPN 04/20 has been issued in recognition of the likelihood that the pandemic will cause continued disruption for the foreseeable future, so what does this mean for contracting authorities?

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Taking a pragmatic and common sense approach to Housing Disrepair during COVID-19

This note focuses on the disrepair element of the guidance with particular reference to points for consideration by local authorities and Arms Length Managing Organisations when resuming routine maintenance works.

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Could the coronavirus crisis reinvigorate English devolution?

Some have suggested that now is the time for greater devolution to enable the loca governments to manage the current crisis, rebuild local economies and build capacity in order to deal with future crises.

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Deborah Barlow v Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council [2020] EWCA Civ 696 – a double-edged sword for highway authorities?

The Court of Appeal has again found for the claimant albeit for different reasons.

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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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Legal updates

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

Gavin Williamson provides clear indication of the Government’s vision for a fully academised state school system

Gavin Williamson has a clear vision for the future of the state-funded school system and that is for every school to be part of a family of schools in a strong multi-academy trust.

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Peter Ware

Peter Ware

Partner and Head of Government Sector

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