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Public matters - September 2020

28 September 2020

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

The Internal Market Bill – an overview

The Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 09 September 2020, attracting much debate and criticism. But what exactly is contained within the Bill?

We summarise its key elements and explain the controversy.

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Government plans to rejuvenate the UK labour market

The Government released the policy paper ‘A Plan for Jobs 2020’ in July which outlined the new measures and schemes that will be put in place to help retain, support and create jobs.

This article considers some of the Government’s main proposals which are still to come.

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Build back better and gender mainstreaming in public procurement

In the course of dealing with Covid-19 many leaders have talked about ‘build back better’ and inclusivity should be at the heart of it.

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On-demand webinar with Landmark Chambers: Dealing with net zero biodiversity and air quality issues in planning

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Out with 9 to 5, in with 24/7

It’s of rising concern that behaviours and environments needed to curtail the spread of COVID-19 are known risk factors for mental health difficulties. So what can you do to help yourself and your team?

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VAT reform proposals for the public sector - government departments, NHS and some other public bodies

The Treasury is looking to simplify and extend VAT recovery for ‘section 41’ organisations.

The consultation remains open until 18 November 2020, and this article summarises the key points.

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Local government reorganisation: between a rock and a hard place or the biggest opportunity in a lifetime?

Organisational change or restructure is inevitable, the biggest challenge this decade will be getting it right.

Here are a few thoughts on what council’s in both tiers could be starting to plan for.

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Government launches independent review of administrative law led by Lord Edward Faulks QC

We have been invited to submit evidence to assist the panel in considering options for reform of judicial review principles and procedures.

If you would like to contribute to the development of our response then please share your thoughts and experiences with us.

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Considering whether to insource or outsource services

This article summarises the key elements of the Institute for Government’s report, which discusses when public services should be brought back in-house, and how these should be brought back in, or whether outsourcing is the correct option.

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Section 73 – the end of deeds of variation?

The High Court case of Norfolk Homes Ltd v North Norfolk DC is a useful reminder of the importance of ensuring that when granting a section 73 application, previous section 106 agreements are not forgotten.

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Training and events

9Sep

In house lawyers: our sustainable future Online

This might be the greatest challenge facing C-Suite and legal teams over the next few years. What does that mean for you?

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7Oct

In house lawyers: skills and networking session Online

As the pandemic recedes, we'll be getting back together, taking a look at what it means to be a lawyer in 2021 and to have a work-life balance.

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Legal updates

The Building Safety Bill – what does it mean for you?

Earlier this month the Government published the Building Safety Bill as part of its continuing efforts to respond to the Grenfell disaster and recommendations made following the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety led by Dame Judith Hackitt.

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Legal updates

Japanese knotweed – a diminishing risk?

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (‘RICS’) is in the process of updating its guidance to surveyors on their approach to Japanese knotweed when valuing a property.

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Legal updates

Local authority leisure provision in a time of Covid

It was no surprise that the leisure sector was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, and that many local authority leisure contracts required significant intervention.

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Legal updates

Special Severance Payments

It took over 5 years for secondary legislation implementing the £95,000 cap on public sector exit payments to be brought into force; only a few months after their implementation, the Government announced in February of this year that the Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020 would be revoked, citing ‘unintended consequences’ which had been identified after ‘extensive review’.

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