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Reform of the Community Infrastructure Levy

By Katherine Evans In March we reported on the government’s consultation on the reform of the current system of developer contributions. The government’s response to the consultation, released at the end of October, confirms that change is on the horizon. The key themes of the consultation were centred around a desire to make the system simpler and more […]

Court of Appeal rules on ATM rates

By Şenay Nihat Since 2013, retailers have had to pay non-domestic rates (‘Business Rates’) for automated teller machines (ATMs) built into the front of stores, rather than treating the ATMs as part of the store’s overall rating for valuation purposes. The Business Rates bill for the ATM was backdated to 2010, hitting retailers with significant […]

Proposed ban on flammable cladding – An update

By Adrian Mansbridge Following Dame Hackitt’s Review of the Building Regulations and Fire Safety the government announced that it would consult on banning flammable cladding. The consultation closed on 14 August 2018 and the housing secretary announced at the Conservative Party Conference that the ban would be brought forward.

Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport improves contracting process for healthcare

By Frank John Vrolijk, Aurélie Mingels On 9 November 2018, the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) informed the House of Representatives about the developments regarding the contracting process for care provision. The minister expresses his displeasure at the growth in the supply of non-contracted care in GGZ care and district nursing where this is […]

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Unions take next step over LCD tenders

The Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has failed to allay trade union concerns over plans to privatise the department’s computing and administrative functions and now faces the likelihood of industrial action. The row is over the Government’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI) requirement to tender out all big capital investment projects to the private sector. The two […]

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Put quality before price

Compared to buying a house, taking out a pension or entering the National Lottery, making a will ranks a poor last on the list of priorities for most people. More than half the population has not made a will and will therefore die intestate. Their property will be administered under the so-called intestacy rules which […]

Local AWB group

John Malpas reports Women barristers on the western circuit are being invited to join a branch group of the Association of Women Barristers. The new Western Regional Group of the association is being set up by barrister Helen Fields of 18 Carlton Crescent in Southampton. “The AWB organises very interesting events but it is difficult […]

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