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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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Sticking with the telecoms sector, telecoms companies Qualcomm and Nokia are at loggerheads again over patent issues, with the former lodging a complaint with the US International Trade Commission. If successful, Qualcomm could ban Nokia handsets from the US for infringing six of its patents, making the complaint a tricky issue for Nokia general counsel […]

Councils set to take Govt to court over estimates

Local authorities across the country are teaming up to challenge the Government’s population estimates in a row that could land the Government in court. Slough Borough Council is leading the protest from the South and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council is leading the protest from the North. Redcar’s director of finance and procurement Ray Richardson […]

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Mishcons recently emerged as proportionately one of the City’s most ecologically sound firms, with news that around 10 per cent of its partners drive electric cars. Now news reaches Tulkinghorn that the firm is also making a bid to be the City’s most ‘right on’ bunch. Recently it swapped its suppliers of bottled water for […]

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