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Public matters - December 2020

17 December 2020

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Public procurement law reform: highlights of the Government’s proposals

Peter provides you with the key highlights, which indicate a significant move away from some aspects of the current regime with the Government proposals seeking to introduce greater flexibility for contracting authorities.

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What next for local government reorganisation?

Anja looks at whether it was right to delay the White Paper, and if Covid has just delayed the inevitable?

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Contracting with government - the 'playbook' and direction of travel

Alex summarise the key principles, and will be of interest to public bodies contracting with external partners to deliver services or organisations which supply government.

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Court of Appeal confirms correct tests to apply to determine whether: (1) a public body has consulted fairly; and (2) is under a legitimate expectation to consult

Matthew looks at whether the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care acted unlawfully when introducing certain changes to the Regulations providing for overseas visitors to be charged for NHS treatment?

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State aid - De Minimis Regulation - Article 3 and 6

Whilst the case of Istituto nazionale per l’assicurazione contro gli infortuni sul lavoro (INAIL) v Zennaro Giuseppe Legnami Sas di Zennaro Mauro & C is a welcome decision providing clarification, Angelica explains that the long-term applicability of EU state aid rules are in doubt.

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Procurement Policy Note 10/20: key changes and considerations for contracting authorities post the UK-EU transition period

Sam looks at the current and potential impact for contracting authorities.

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Engaging as a creditor in insolvency processes

Emma explains how a creditor who has a genuine interest in the outcome of a case would be wise to find the time to register on the insolvency practitioners online portal.

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Covid’s costly impact on school attendance

Despite attendance numbers suffering during the pandemic, Laura explains the important of getting a full picture of attendance.

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Training and events

17May

Grievances, complaints and whistleblowing. Managing the impact of difficult behaviour ON24 webinar

In the first of our two-part webinar series on ‘managing the impact of difficult employee behaviour’ regulatory and employment experts Ros Foster and James Tait will be looking at what is, and what isn’t, whistleblowing in the context of grievance and complaints procedures.

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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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Focus on...

Legal updates

Integrated Care Systems: practical steps for 1 July 2022

ICSs have been introduced with the intention of uniting the operations of hospitals, community-based services, and health and social care bodies across their respective places.

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Legal updates

Subsidy Control Act 2022 – Royal Assent received

After months of debate, agreement has been reached by both Houses on the Subsidy Control Act 2022 c.23 (Act) which received Royal Assent on the 28 April 2022.

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Published articles

Queen’s speech: planning reforms to be tackled via Levelling up Bill

This year’s Queen’s Speech has outlined several legislative changes and the overhauling of laws around levelling up, planning and economic crime that could affect conveyancers.

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Legal updates

Is this the end of Section 106?

The Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill was introduced to Parliament on 11 May 2022. In this Bill, and in accordance with earlier reports, the government intends to replace section 106 agreements and the existing Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) with a new Infrastructure Levy.

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