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Public matters - August 2020

24 August 2020

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

The Environment Bill - submission of evidence, can we help?

Don’t miss the opportunity to shape the future of this key piece of environmental legislation - if you are thinking of making a submission to the Committee, we can assist you.

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Procurement law reforms

We already know that there are key criticisers of the law, but whether or not we remain bound by the EU law will depend on the terms of the Brexit deal.

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European Commission amends the Temporary Framework and prolongs existing state aid rules due to impact of Covid-19

The latest amendment covering micro and small undertakings is a welcome development.

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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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The Planning White Paper – what does it mean?

What are the key changes and will it really lead to increased housing numbers?

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Governance of wholly owned companies - where to start?

When advising on and helping set up trading companies, it is governance that frequently causes a measure of uncertainty - there is no one size fits all solution.

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New Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance comes into force

In this article Senior HR Consultant Gill Martindale outlines the key changes to the 2020 guidance and puts forward five actions that you should take to help keep your pupils safe.

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Staffing matters – the full opening of schools

September is going to be a time for creative thinking and flexibility for school and academy trust leaders and staff.

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Extreme urgency? The judicial spotlight is now trained on Regulation 32(2)(c)

The news that the Good Law Project has brought judicial review proceedings against the Department for Health and Social Care in respect of its direct award of a £108m contract for PPE raises a number of issues for contracting authorities.

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Training and events

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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13Jul

ICS Forum webinar series: New rules for service reconfiguration Microsoft Teams

Chaired by Sir Neil McKay, this 1 hour webinar, presented by Gerard Hanratty will look at the Secretary of State’s new powers under the Health & Care Act 2022 over service reconfiguration and how that will impact on the current approach. The session will look at working with your local authority and the NHS England assurance process.

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Blogs

Homes England partners with local authorities to boost the levelling up agenda

Homes England, the government’s housing accelerator, has partnered with two local authorities, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Association of South Essex Local Authorities, in a new Strategic Place Partnership (SPP) which is designed to align with the government’s levelling up agenda by delivering new homes in the regions.

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What’s the right level of risk?

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

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Legal updates

Public Matters - June 2022

Updates include Acclimatise! You can’t afford to cop-out, Responding to Grenfell – Slow progress is better than none and more.

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Published articles

Levelling up – the role of public and private partnerships

With aims to level up the UK, and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to flourish, public and private partnerships will be critical success factor. In this article, we look at the role that private finance can play in the performance of a local area and how it might link to regeneration. We also consider the role of central government and regional mayors.

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