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.
It’s crunch time on 29 January, as Parliament prepares to vote on Plan B of Theresa May’s Brexit deal. If unsuccessful, the UK could be leaving the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019!
Inevitably, a no-deal outcome will have a significant impact on a number of our sectors, but what does this actually mean for public procurement?
Currently, the UK operates under the Public Procurement Directives set out under the EU Legal Framework. Therefore, most procurement by local authorities, housing associations and care providers is governed by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
If it’s a (Plan B) deal…
Nothing changes! The UK will continue to operate as it presently does under the Regulations, with full access to be able to publish notices in the Official Journal of the EU (OJEU).
If it’s a no deal…
The Regulations will largely remain the same, although they will be amended slightly to ensure that they remain operable and functional after Brexit. There will be no ‘UK versions’ of procurement documents; it is intended that the existing procedures and processes will continue as they are, but with one key difference – the UK will no longer have access to OJEU!
The impact of the loss of OJEU is more administrative than anything else. In simple terms, a new UK e-notification service, which is being set up by the Government, will replace OJEU. This new service will be up and running, ready for use on Brexit day, so notices that are legally required to be published on OJEU will be replaced with notices on the UK e-notification service.
However, the requirements to publish other opportunities on the UK domestic portals (such as Contracts Finder and Sell2Wales) will still apply; i.e. notices will still need to be sent to both the domestic portals and the UK e-notification service.
What to do next?
UK contracting authorities and entities currently using e-Senders (i.e. third parties) to submit OJEU notices will need to ensure that their e-Sender has successfully integrated the new UK e-notification service.
For contracting authorities who submit notices directly to OJEU, they will need to register notices directly with the new UK e-notification service instead of OJEU (the Government will provide further information on this in due course).
Suppliers looking for UK contract opportunities will need to access the UK e-notification service instead of Tenders Electronic Daily (TED).
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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