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Public Matters - June 2021

17 June 2021

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

General Power of Competence: what does this mean for Wales?

Neil Kates discusses the introduction of GPoC for Welsh local authorities, sets out its benefits, limits and how we can help.

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Early contractor involvement is growing in popularity with local authorities, but which is the best route, JCT or NEC?

Martin Cannon summarises which drafting works best and where there are traps for the unwary.

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More guidance on ‘failure to remove’ claims: what are the implications for children’s services and SAR teams?

Sarah Erwin-Jones looks at a recent flurry of judgments on the issue of the existence of a duty of care in children’s ‘failure to remove’ cases.

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Can local authorities still drive town and city centre regeneration?

It’s no secret that our towns and city centres are facing enormous challenges. Jonathan Allen looks at the shift in planning policy and what it means for local authorities.

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Regeneration review - where are we now?

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Changing the narrative about risk in health and social care

James Arrowsmith looks at how we think and talk about risk needs to change.

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Subsidy control after Brexit - a practitioner's perspective

The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement is intended to be permissive rather than restrictive. Angelica Hymers provides an update on the six principles and restrictions.

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Training and events


COP 26 - what is it and why is it important? Online

COP 26 is the global United Nations climate change Summit, which will take place in Scotland in November. It comes at a time when climate change, and how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is at the top of the political agenda.

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Legal updates

Public Matters - July 2021

Updates on leisure contracts, SSPs, children's social care, construction, subject access disclosure, Building Safety Bill and Japanese knotweed.


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.


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.


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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