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Public matters - November 2020

24 November 2020

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Conservation newsletter - November 2020

Ben Standing provides an update on the latest in conservation law, including legislation and case law.

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Robust decision-making - how to reduce the scope for an irrationality challenge

Matthew Alderton looks at how public bodies must understand the scope of ‘irrational’ or ‘unreasonable’ challenges so that proactive steps can be taken to reduce the likelihood of successful judicial intervention.

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What does re-organisation mean within a local authority?

Anja Beriro shares some of the matters we’ve been discussing with clients and in our team to help you move decisions on more quickly.

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Does judicial review strike the right balance between enabling citizens to challenge the lawfulness of government action and allowing public bodies to carry on the business of effective government?

Victoria Searle summarises the key points in our response to the Government’s Independent Review of Administrative Law and next steps.

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Procurement Policy Note 07/20: key changes and considerations for contracting authorities

Sam Trevorrow explains when PPN 07/20 will apply and what action contracting authorities need to take when it does.

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Considering social value in the award of central government contracts

Athina Agrafioti considers the current social value requirement under the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 and the new social value measures the government launched in September this year.

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Read our guide to local government re-organisation

This guide provides information and guidance for local authorities considering a move to a unitary form of local government in their area.

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In conversation with John Simons

This month we speak to John Simons, Head of Procurement & Audit at Scape. John shares a bit about himself and his sector insights.

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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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