REUTERS | Gleb Garanich

This is the latest in our series of quarterly local government update blogs, which will enable readers to catch up on the most important cases, issues or developments in local government from February to June 2017.

Please feel free to submit a comment below or send us an Ask query if you have any views on the cases, issues, or legal developments covered or if you think we have missed something that should be brought to the attention of local government practitioners.

In this post we look at:

  • Legislative developments.
  • Cases of interest to local authorities.
  • Government guidance and publications of interest to local authority lawyers.
  • Other publications of interest.
  • Local Government Association publications.
  • House of Commons Library briefing papers.
  • Blogs of interest to local authority lawyers.
  • Featured Ask queries.

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REUTERS | Mick Tsikas

So many questions have been raised by the horrifying and heart-breaking events at Grenfell Tower.  In addition to the questions that have been raised in the public sphere it seems to me that there may be core questions that should be obvious to those of us that have been involved in public procurement but may not yet be obvious to the press and other commentators.  As someone who has been involved in construction law and public procurement for over 30 years these events raise some serious questions about the systems that we have come to regard as normal. Continue reading

REUTERS | Ali Jarekji

During May 2016, the House of Lords began the first reading of the Children and Social Work Bill (see Legal update, Children and Social Work Bill first reading in House of Lords). The Bill was introduced following a programme of suggested reforms set out in the government’s July 2016 policy paper Putting children first: our vision for children’s social care and the government’s policy to promote the safeguarding of children through the provision of relationships and relationships and sex education. Continue reading

REUTERS | Dani Cardona

May’s case digest includes a preliminary ruling of the ECJ on the principle of equality of treatment between tenderers, and an ECJ judgment considering the test for serious misrepresentation of tender information under Article 45(2)(g) of Directive 2004/18.

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REUTERS | Vasily Fedosenko

This post sets out the key developments in public procurement legislation and policy that lawyers need to be aware of and covers the period from March to May 2017. The post does not consider case law as this is covered in our monthly public case digest. For a summary of the latest cases, see Public Procurement case digest (April 2017). A new case digest covering cases from May 2017 will be published in mid-June 2017.

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