Last week, the NHF published its final version of its new Code of Governance and made some important changes from the previous draft that will impact on those housing associations looking to adopt it.
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 the end of 2020 beckons, we take a look at what progress the Sterling market has made in its preparations for the end of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) on 31 December 2021.
Finally, there is a glimmer of hope that perhaps the Covid-19 pandemic could be reaching its end.
For part 2 in this series of short podcasts, Chris Lloyd-Smith interviews senior associate Lisa Whitehouse on how she has been coping during these unprecedented times.
Delayed since Spring 2020 as the Government tackled the Covid-19 crisis, Tuesday 17 November saw the publication of the Social Housing White Paper, setting out the future regulation of the sector
In this ebriefing, we examine how the duty holder regime will apply to social housing providers with existing HRRBs in their housing stock.
Following Katherine's "heads up" last week, the Government has now confirmed that for claim periods post 1 December, employers will not be able to claim for employees who are serving their notice
For part 1 in this series of short podcasts, Chris Lloyd-Smith interviews solicitor Puja Desai on how she has been coping during these unprecedented times.
Over 100 trainees and future trainees from Birmingham joined the BTSS for a webinar to address concerns around training remotely and qualifying during a possible recession.
Anthony Collins Solicitors has supported Birmingham-based Complete Care Holdings in its acquisition of Amegreen Complex Homecare Ltd.
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