It is anticipated that as lockdown restrictions ease, and particularly with children and young adults returning to education, cases of meningitis will start to rise.
Having received the approval of both the European Commission and Parliament in January, and promises of swift implementation by the Cabinet Office, we have had a wait to see the Directives published. But now, following their publication in the Official Journal of the EU (“OJEU”) today, we can at last say that the expected new EU procurement regime will come into force on Thursday 17th April.
The new regime includes three Directives:
- Directive 2014/23/EU on the award of concession contracts
- Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement (and repealing Directive 2004/18/EC)
- Directive 2014/25/EU on procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors (and repealing Directive 2004/17/EC).
Cabinet Office has two years from 17th April but, even with the delays in Europe, we still expect their timetable to be much shorter. They will keep us abreast of their developments here: https://www.gov.uk/transposing-eu-procurement-directives and will be continuing the discussion and consultation process they have already begun (and in which we are participating).
There are some significant changes introduced by the new public sector Directive, not least a new “light touch” regime for some “social” services, which replaces the current Part B, an increased focus on social and environmental matters in procurement; and codification of key pieces of case law from recent years - including a detailed test for a 'Teckal' company, and rules governing when a material change to a contract requires a new procurement exercise.
We will be providing training on the new public sector Directive (Directive 2014/24) during the course of this year. Click here for more information on our procurement and other training sessions, offered free for clients.
For more information
For more information on the new Directives, the Cabinet Office’s discussion, consultation and implementation programme, or any other aspect of public procurement, please contact Gayle Monk on email@example.com, Mark Cook on firstname.lastname@example.org, Andrew Millross on email@example.com or your usual contact within Anthony Collins Solicitors.
As we continue to emerge from lockdown measures and deal with local measures and the short and long term economic impact of Covid-19, local authorities will need to re-assess how services will be delivered for years to come.
The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK means new measures are being put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of a second wave. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, it is important to remain focused on the sector’s road to recovery.
Sometimes half an hour at a conference gives you the reality that has been staring you in the face all along. That was my experience watching “Change is on the Horizon”
Following our recent e-briefing on Possession Notices, Helen Tucker and Emilie Pownall from our housing litigation team discuss the impact of the changes on social landlords.
Not only has the possession stay been extended until 20 September, the notice periods to be given to tenants has been extended in certain circumstances with some important exceptions.
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