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Changes to Right to Buy download
On 26 May 2015 changes to the Housing Act 1985, incorporated by the Deregulation Act 2015, will reduce the qualifying period for a secure tenant’s right to buy their property from five to three years.
With local government already seeing its funding slashed by £11.3bn by 2015/16, it is understandable why many are concerned about the future of our local government system with the election of a Conservative Government.
Section 106 Agreements between developers and local planning authorities outlining obligations in relation to new developments are currently subject to statutory time limits at the negotiation stage.
New regulations coming into force on 26 February replace public contracts regulations of 2006.
The issue was who should bear the cost of rates liabilities where a lease has been disclaimed and the landlord has not re-entered the property.
Public sector exit payments download
As part of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014-2015, Regulations will be introduced in April 2016 to require public sector employees or office holders earning more than £100,000 p.a. to repay exit payments on a pro rata basis if they return to the same part of the public sector within 12 months.
The Local Planning and Housing Bill 2014–15 is currently being debated in Parliament, with its second reading in the House of Commons scheduled for mid-January 2015.
An updated version of the School Admissions Code came into force in England on 19 December 2014, under the School Admissions Code (Appointed Day) Order 2014 (SI/2014/3321).
Bid rigging and the public sector download
The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has published a list of warning signs to encourage the public sector to be alert to bid rigging when buying in works, goods and services.
Under section 38 of the Highways Act 1980, the local highway authority can agree to adopt roads that have been constructed to a specified standard.
The Competition & Markets Authority has published a consultation paper on draft consumer protection law advice for the UK higher education sector in relation to its dealings with undergraduates.
This consultation needs to be read in conjunction with the draft Procurement Regulations to get the full picture of how the reforms will benefit small businesses.
In July 2013, the DCLG launched its consultation on an updated national waste planning policy.
Pickles pushes publicity code download
Eric Pickles seems to have a bee in his bonnet about councils that are issuing news sheets to their residents more frequently than quarterly.
Healthcare at Home Ltd v Common Services Agency (Scotland) concerns the interpretation of the ‘reasonably well-informed and normally diligent’ tenderer.
GAD — changes to the passport system download
The Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) has confirmed substantial changes to its processes for issuing ‘passport’ certificates to firms involved in public sector outsourcing projects.
The Department of Energy & Climate Change has published the final allocation framework for the October 2014 contracts-for-difference allocation round.
Developing allotments download
The term ‘allotment’ usually refers to land held by a local authority under the Allotment Acts 1908–1950, but it is also possible for allotments to be privately owned.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a technical consultation on further proposals for reform of the planning process.
Mansfield District Council received grant money from the European Regional Development Fund for two development projects relating to town-centre improvements.