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 new joint venture company will support Staffordshire’s young people to have the best education possible by safeguarding Staffordshire’s school support services and 1000’s of jobs for the future. Based in Staffordshire the company will provide an extensive package of services, including school improvement, catering, grounds maintenance, outdoor education and performing arts. Taking the county’s expertise and combining it with the private sector’s commercial acumen, the deal will see over £50 million of investment brought to Staffordshire in the first three years.
The legal work behind this new partnership was led by Jean Evans, Head of Legal Services, Staffordshire County Council, in collaboration with a team from Anthony Collins Solicitors comprising Sarah Lines, Gayle Monk, Natalie Singh, Doug Mullen and Mark Cook. Gary Delderfield of Eversheds advised the superannuation authority. Capita’s legal work was led by Hamil Stevenson. KPMG were the council’s financial advisers.
Anthony Collins Solcitors' partner Mark Cook said: “We are delighted to have worked throughout the procurement process with so many skilled officers in the council and with KPMG. Together we were able to deliver the resources and expertise needed to find and then strike the deal with an investment partner for the council.”
Jean Evans said:
This was truly a team effort. Every one pulled together to deliver a project that had multiple legal agreements and many layers of complexity.
Project sponsor John Tradewell said: “I am absolutely delighted that the council has been able to achieve contract signature less than a year from when the procurement was commenced. We can now focus on getting the project delivered and the joint venture up and running.”
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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