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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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In brief: Women solicitors' seminar for success

The Association of Women Solicitors is holding a one-day conference on strategies for career success at the London Guildhall University on 29 April. The conference will include a panel discussion and question and answer session, a workshop on career management and advice and practical information on career planning. For further information on the event, which […]

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Clamp-down on Soho clip joints

Westminster City Council is calling on MPs to approve its legal bid to curb the growth of “clip joints” on the streets of Soho. The authority made a fresh plea for support after three policemen were stabbed following a row which broke out when a customer objected to a £190 bar bill last month. Licensing […]

Pension rights cloud CCT issue

Cyril Dixon reports LOCAL authorities are facing a legal dilemma over the awarding of competitive contracts in the wake of controversial new thinking on the issue of staff pension rights. They have been left confused about whether they can choose a contractor on the basis of its pension scheme. Previously, councils accepted Whitehall’s advice that […]

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