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19 June 2017 Amazon sets the supermarkets in its sights!

Well, I think we all knew this was coming. It felt like only a matter of time before Amazon decided to focus its sights on the grocery business.

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3 April 2017 Procurement challenges - what constitutes confidential information?

Guidance has been given as to when information relating to a procurement challenge ought to be regarded as confidential and cannot be shared with third parties.

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3 April 2017 Private Members' Modern Slavery Bill dropped but the Modern Slavery Act 2015 remains fully in force

The Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) Bill has effectively been dropped by its sponsoring MP and will not progress any further.

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27 April 2016 NAO gives view on the government’s progress on devolution

The momentum of the devolution revolution seems to have slowed. Local authorities have been left hanging on, tantalisingly close to a deal…

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26 April 2016 Relationships key to devolution success

With the majority of central government sitting behind the Treasury when it comes to buying into the devolution agenda, what will the long term relationship between central and local government look like?

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25 April 2016 Devolution revolution - is central government ready?

One of the key themes explored in our report ‘Our changing state: the realities of austerity and devolution’ is the preparedness of central government

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1 July 2015 Good news for public cooperation

The decision of the Supreme Court published today in the Edenred case will be music to public bodies’ ears. For a lot of practitioners it is a slightly surprising decision but the fact that it has been made by the highest court in England gives it significant weight. It relates to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) arrangement between HM Treasury and National Savings and Investments to support the new Tax-free Childcare (TFC) scheme. NS&I have a contract with Atos for many of the back office services required. For the TFC scheme, the Atos contract had to be varied. In summary the Supreme Court held:

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29 June 2015 Deadline for annual return of procurement statistics approaches

The Cabinet Office has published a Procurement Policy Note (10/15) on the requirement for contracting authorities to provide annual statistics for the year 2013 and 2014 on all procured contracts by 10 July 2015.

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29 May 2015 Compulsory purchase reform on the way - but is it enough?

Whilst the Government’s proposed compulsory purchase reforms are welcome, they appear narrow and politically motivated, relating to perceived problems relating particularly to HS2 rather than taking the opportunity to simplify one of the most complex areas of law with statute dating back to 1845 still being operative.

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26 March 2015 Local government devolution and powers to charge and trade

Councils have a wide number of powers which allow them to trade and to charge for services which are often underused.

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