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Public Matters - April 2022

28 April 2022

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Local Health Systems: Relationships not structures

The Local Government Information Unit’s latest report, Local Health Systems: Relationships not structures, highlights the key role of local government within health and wellbeing systems and the strategies, skills, and toolkit for effective working within them.

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Subsidy cases – you wait 15 months and then two come along at once!

In February 2022, judgment in the first domestic case on the TCA subsidy regime was handed down and in March 2022, the first international subsidy complaint since Brexit was made.

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The role of local government and the UK EV Infrastructure Strategy

Transport is now the UK’s largest emitting domestic sector, with a staggering 91% of emissions coming from road transport. With a view to tackling this increasing threat to climate change, the Department of Transport has published the UK Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Strategy.

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Modernising the planning system

Improvement to the planning system has arrived in the form of new digital tools which will make it easier for the general public to have their say on shaping and regenerating their communities.

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Quashing orders

The Government’s 2019 manifesto included a commitment to look afresh at judicial review. In 2020, an expert panel was established to conduct an independent review and spark a debate about the purpose of judicial reviews and their purpose.

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Subsidy Control Bill: Subsidies of Interest and Particular Interest

The Subsidy Control Bill is expected to pass into law shortly. One of the new concepts public authorities will need to be aware of under the new regime brought in by the Bill is ‘Subsidies or Schemes of Interest’ and ‘Subsidies or Schemes of Particular Interest’.

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When does the treatment of residents of care homes meet the article 2 and article 3 thresholds?

Residents of care homes are particularly vulnerable members of our society, with higher risks of incidents and fatal injuries, which unfortunately can be as a result of suffering ill-treatment. Courts can be faced with the difficult task of determining whether the treatment amounts to a breach of the individual’s rights.

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Contracts with Russian and Belarusian suppliers

We are all aware of the unfolding situation in Ukraine following the invasion of Russian forces, and the support afforded to Russia by Belarus. The UK Government has, in response to the conflict, issued sanctions on companies and individuals. Standing in solidarity with Ukraine, many public bodies outside of Central Government wish to follow suit.

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SEND Review – right support, right place, right time – implications for local authorities

The Department for Education has now published its Green Paper which signals the start of another period of reform for those involved with supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

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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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13Jul

ICS Forum webinar series: New rules for service reconfiguration Microsoft Teams

Chaired by Sir Neil McKay, this 1 hour webinar, presented by Gerard Hanratty will look at the Secretary of State’s new powers under the Health & Care Act 2022 over service reconfiguration and how that will impact on the current approach. The session will look at working with your local authority and the NHS England assurance process.

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Blogs

Homes England partners with local authorities to boost the levelling up agenda

Homes England, the government’s housing accelerator, has partnered with two local authorities, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Association of South Essex Local Authorities, in a new Strategic Place Partnership (SPP) which is designed to align with the government’s levelling up agenda by delivering new homes in the regions.

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What’s the right level of risk?

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

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Legal updates

Public Matters - June 2022

Updates include Acclimatise! You can’t afford to cop-out, Responding to Grenfell – Slow progress is better than none and more.

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Published articles

Levelling up – the role of public and private partnerships

With aims to level up the UK, and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to flourish, public and private partnerships will be critical success factor. In this article, we look at the role that private finance can play in the performance of a local area and how it might link to regeneration. We also consider the role of central government and regional mayors.

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