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Public matters - July 2020

15 July 2020

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Public to public cooperation revisited (again)

The European Court of Justice looks again at the Hamburg Waste Principle by which public authorities may cooperate in delivery of services without setting up a separate body or running a tender exercise.

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Covid-19 and Brexit

The economic turmoil caused by lockdown measures combined with uncertainty over Brexit has been said to create a ‘perfect storm’.

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Restarting a project with a new contractor

With an uncertain economic outlook in the post-Covid era, employers may face the prospect of having to appoint a new contractor. Public sector bodies can find restarting projects particularly challenging, so what should they consider?

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Conservation newsletter - July 2020

There is a potential for significant change and public bodies are likely to be at the forefront of delivering that change.

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

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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Treasury consults on future lending terms of the Public Works Loan Board

This 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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Covid-19 child protection practice - four months in - lessons learned so far

This University of Birmingham research briefing is relevant to local authorities and insurers because so many claims are based on alleged shortcomings in social work practice.

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On demand webinar: Covid-19 for local authorities, arms length bodies and government - 16 June 2020

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On demand webinar: Managing PFI assets and services as contracts end

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Training and events

9Jun

The use and misuse of social media. Managing the impact of difficult behaviour ON24 webinar

In this webinar, James Tait and Ros Foster come together to discuss the use of social media and difficult behaviour, the tools that the law provides to help manage such situations and provide practical hints and tips based on their experience and relevant case law.

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Press releases

Browne Jacobson’s two ‘rising stars’ announced winners at the WeAreTheCity Awards 2022

A lawyer and a HR business partner from law firm Browne Jacobson have been announced as winners of the WeAreTheCity’s Rising Stars Awards 2022.

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Guides

A Guide to the Schools Bill 2022

we have published a series of briefings which we hope will help you understand what the Bill will mean for your school or trust.

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Legal updates

Changes to the statutory framework for local government in Wales

The Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021 (“the Act”) establishes a new and reformed legislative framework for Welsh local government elections, democracy, governance and performance. Many of the most significant changes contained in the Act came into force earlier this month.

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Legal updates

The independent review of children's social care

The independent review of children’s social care published its report yesterday. The report recognises that a conventional response of ‘top down’ rules is not likely to be fruitful, but it also identifies that many local systems do not have the robustness or resource to take on the full burden of reform.

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