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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Gayle Monk (email@example.com) or telephone them on 0121 212 7472.
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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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