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Public Matters - July 2021

27 July 2021

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Local authority leisure provision in a time of Covid

With restrictions easing, Craig Elder looks at how local authoriites can take stock of their contractual position with leisure providers.

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Special Severance Payments (SSPs)

Kerren Daly summarises the updated SSP, Best Value and wider public sector guidance and the impact on public sector employers.

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Children’s social care review – Case for Change – a step towards consensus?

Views on the Independent review of children’s social care in England are mixed.

James Arrowsmith explains how the Case for Change could be a starting point to build consensus for change in children's social care.

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Procurement reform: what’s in it for construction?

First published by UK Construction Online, Peter Ware and John Simons at Scape Group look at what the Transforming public procurement Green Paper might mean for the construction sector.

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Confidential information and subject access disclosure

London Borough of Lambeth v AM (No. 2) [2021] EWHC 186 (QB) is critical reading for public bodies who are required to take action to restrict the use of confidential information in circumstances where that information has been inadvertently disclosed to a third-party.

First published in the ALARM journal, Matthew Alderton summarises the High Court decision in which we acted for the council.

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

Martin Cannon considers the most significant Building Safety Bill changes and the impact they could have upon the way construction is carried out by public sector bodies.

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Japanese knotweed – a diminishing risk?

Ruth Hill reviews the draft RICS Japanese knotweed guidance, and the likely impact on public bodies and local authorities.

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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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A Guide to the Schools Bill 2022

we have published a series of briefings which we hope will help you understand what the Bill will mean for your school or trust.


Legal updates

Changes to the statutory framework for local government in Wales

The Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021 (“the Act”) establishes a new and reformed legislative framework for Welsh local government elections, democracy, governance and performance. Many of the most significant changes contained in the Act came into force earlier this month.


Legal updates

The independent review of children's social care

The independent review of children’s social care published its report yesterday. The report recognises that a conventional response of ‘top down’ rules is not likely to be fruitful, but it also identifies that many local systems do not have the robustness or resource to take on the full burden of reform.


Legal updates

Independent schools

Part 4 of the Schools Bill introduces provisions relating to independent educational institutions.


The content on this page is provided for the purposes of general interest and information. It contains only brief summaries of aspects of the subject matter and does not provide comprehensive statements of the law. It does not constitute legal advice and does not provide a substitute for it.

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Partner and Head of Government Sector

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