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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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Legal updates

Public Matters - October 2021

Updates include the EV charging, force majeure, the National Disability Strategy and Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims.

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Legal updates

Will councils be forced to install EV charging?

The central government’s Net Zero commitments will require the use of high carbon combustive fossil fuels to decline in order to meet its targets. A ban on new combustion engine vehicles from 2030 (and 2035 for certain hybrid models) is due to be imposed in order to reduce emissions, assisting with its Net Zero goals.

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Legal updates

Contract termination in Covid-19 times

The ‘new normal’ has brought with it a variety of different challenges and it has had an impact on nearly all facets of our lives, including the termination of contracts during these Covid-19 times.

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Legal updates

Recovering monies from an individual? Don’t forget about the Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims

The PAPDC does not apply to business to business debt only if the debtor is a sole trader. Much more information is required under the PAPDC within a letter of claim and debtors should be given more time to respond along with an opportunity to make payment proposals throughout the pre-action process.

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