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Public Matters - October 2021

26 October 2021

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Will councils be forced to install EV charging?

Neil Kates reviews the current position on local authority EV charge points, and how the government is looking to solve infrastructure issues.

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Contract termination in Covid-19 times

The courts offer some guidance about the implied duty of rationality in the termination of contracts during Covid-19.

Scott Mounfield summarises the key points from Dwyer (UK Franchising) Ltd v Fredbar Ltd.

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National Disability Strategy - a comprehensive, concerted plan or a missed opportunity?

The Government’s National Disability Strategy may have completely passed you by.

Victoria Curran outlines the key points, and why housing providers are advised to contribute to the consultations.

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

Mia Plume provides an overview of the PAPDC and explains how it applies to the public sector.

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Children's social care forum, 29 September 2021

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30Jun

What’s the right level of risk? ON24 webinar platform

In this webinar our procurement, health and social care and risk experts will discuss ‘what’s the right level of risk’. They will also discuss what can be done to mitigate risk.

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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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Legal updates

Welsh Human Rights Bill: A parting of the ways?

The Welsh Government has published a report setting out a blueprint for devolution of justice and policing in Wales that pulls no punches in making the case for taking greater control from Westminster.

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Legal updates

The Procurement Bill - selection, exclusion, conflict of interests and debarment

On 11 May 2022, the UK Government introduced the Procurement Bill which seeks to reform the existing rules on public procurement. The Bill underwent its second reading on 25 May 2022 and we can expect the Act to come into force some time next year. This article will take you through some of the proposed changes on selection, exclusion, conflict of interests and debarment in the procurement process.

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Legal updates

The Introduction of the Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Bill by the Welsh Government

The Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Bill (the Bill) was introduced by the Welsh Government on 7 June 2022. The Bill is intended to complement other legislation, specifically the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (WFGA 2015) and provides a framework for enhancing the well-being of the Welsh people.

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Legal updates

Acclimatise! You can’t afford to cop out!

Climate change could result in local authorities seeing an increase in claims from the employees and the public. In this article, we share our top 10 tips for mitigating the risk of claims.

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