n this update, we have focussed on the headline governance and regulatory issues that are facing RPs at this time. as we all deal with the Covid-19 crisis.
The national launch event was chaired by Chris White MP, the author of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. Mark Cook, partner at Anthony Collins and author of the Guide sat on the panel at the event, which also consisted of Shilpi Akbar of Birmingham City Council and Simon Dingle from Carillion who discussed positive experiences of improving youth employability during the build of the new Birmingham Library, as well as Richard Macfarlane who gave a presentation on the report.
The Report and its accompanying Legal Guide were well received by those attending, not least by Chris White who described the Report as "revolutionary in its ideas" and said that the approach championed by Mark Cook and Richard Macfarlane represented "a culture shift in the way we do business".
It was agreed by delegates that there was a growing commitment in the public sector to ensuring social value through procurement, but that still more could be achieved. Addressing this issue, Mark Cook referred to the law in this area saying he was “not sure enough people know they have permission to require social value through the use of public contracts." He explained that the firm's new guide should reassure any contracting authorities still in doubt that not only do domestic and European procurement laws enable them to insist on social value from contractors, but in some cases require it of them.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is committed to use the Report as the starting point for on-going discussions with politicians and civil servants with the aim of effecting change in central and local government.
Anthony Collins Solicitors is similarly committed to helping to maximise the potential for social value through their contracts, which is why it has made its Legal Guide freely available for download here.
For more information
If you would like to discuss any of the issues set out in this briefing and the attached guide, please email Mark Cook (email@example.com) or Gayle Monk (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone them on 0121 212 7472.
For further discussion of this report and its launch event, can be found by following the below external links:
The law surrounding organ donation has changed. The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill came into effect on 20 May 2020 and has implemented an opt-out system for organ donation.
Commercial and local authority landlords could benefit from urgently reviewing their legal options.
The Cabinet Office has published guidance asking for people to act responsibly, fairly and “in the national interest”.
To help our charity clients look to the future, we summarise key guidance and updates over the last week.
On 18 May 2020, the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) wrote to all social housing residents in England (residents).
For anyone who is currently restrained from holding their General Meeting or have held such in breach of their governing documents, help is on the way!
Social landlords may be surprised to learn that “landlords should be able to carry out routine as well as essential repairs for most households”.
Many housing providers are now re-thinking about gathering information to complete their data return to the Regulator of Social Housing, with the initial exercise having been delayed by Covid-19.
With many premises being left unoccupied (or minimally occupied) during the lockdown, both Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive have warned of the increased risks of Legionella.
To receive invitations to our events, as well as information and articles on legal issues and sector developments that are of interest to you, please sign up to Newsroom.