AGM plans gone awry with re-introduced lockdown measures? Good news: saving provisions are now in place until 30 December 2020
Tracy Giles joined us in August. Most recently, Tracy was part of the team working on social enterprise “spin outs” in the health sector at Capsticks, before developing her own consultancy. She has also worked in house in at a number of local authorities, and brings a range and depth of public sector experience to our local government and social enterprise teams. Tracy will be helping to develop our social enterprise practice, and supporting our own spin out work – she is already a key part of the team working with the adult social care service in a major local authority as they look to form a staff led mutual.
Cliff Mills joined Anthony Collins Solicitors as a consultant from 8th September. Cliff is nationally regarded for his work with the co-operative movement, formerly as a partner with Cobbetts and as part of think tank Mutuo. He has worked with Co-operatives UK and many of the leading consumer societies, and was part (with David Alcock) of the team responsible for the newly updated Handbook of Co-operative and Community Benefit Society Law. Cliff has already worked with us alongside a major Probation Trust, who were developing a multi stakeholder mutual to bid into the Transforming Rehabilitation contracts issued by the Ministry of Justice.
Both of these appointments have real significance to us as we look to take forward our work supporting co-operatives and mutuals, and the increasing importance of social enterprises in public service delivery. Cliff and Tracy are both respected practitioners who contribute to the real strength in depth of our team, as we come alongside mutuals and social enterprises and support the development of the sector.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, much of the focus has been on shoring up existing delivery and, where possible, extending arrangements if it is not possible to re-procure.
The Prime Minister announced on Tuesday 22 September a new range of restrictions to protect us from the Covid crisis, some of which will apply to charities.
Following the end of the possession stay on 21 September, Helen Tucker & Rebecca Sembuuze from our housing litigation team discuss the most recent guidance, priority cases and what to expect in court.
Covid-19 has resulted, on the whole, in a marked co-operation between contracting authorities and their suppliers as everybody focuses on maintaining delivery as far as possible.
Employment Tribunal rules in favour of claimants in minimum wage case – has the interpretation of “working time” changed?
As we enter a recession, we have been here before, and a key question is what did we learn and how can we benefit from that learning?
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.
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).
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