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).
Beulah Allaway and Martin Brown, solicitors in our construction team, have contributed the legal chapter to a new book entitled 'Social Value in Construction', published by Routledge and available to purchase from 17 December 2018.
The book has been produced through a collaboration of individuals with an international reach and headed up by academics at Nottingham Trent University; drawing on experience of academics and construction industry professionals, with Beulah and Martin providing insight into how to maximise social value through public sector contracts whilst maintaining compliance with UK public tendering law.
The conversation between many of the book’s collaborators began at a round table discussion on the subject, supported by the Association of Researchers in Construction Management and held at Nottingham Business School (part of Nottingham Trent University). Beulah was one of a small group of participants invited to take part in the discussion, which also included private and public sector contractors and clients, social enterprises and researchers and academics. Discussions on the day helped to crystallise the need for a text that is accessible for both researchers and practitioners.
The book is cited as the first book dedicated to the subject of social value in construction; setting the agenda by exploring important questions through real-life case studies and examples of best practice, to demonstrate how innovative companies can utilise contemporary research to create social value. Further details on the book can be found here.
Beulah Allaway has, for many years, supported public sector and social housing clients navigate public procurement regulations to achieve social value through works contracts, with Social Value in Construction being her latest publication on the subject. Together with Martin Brown, they offer a mixed disciplinary approach; being able to advise clients in the round on construction, public procurement and State aid issues. Their experiences working with clients on development projects and the public procurement rules fed into this project and helped inform their insights.
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.
The Court has confirmed that a party cannot withhold its consent in order to re-write the original bargain.
Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, building safety continues to be a key concern for social housing providers and their residents.
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