REUTERS | Vasily Fedosenko
REUTERS | Vasily Fedosenko

July’s case digest includes an ECJ judgment regarding the assessment of selection criteria relating to economic and financial standing, and two High Court judgments in the same procurement dispute, relating to disclosure of documents and the lifting of an automatic suspension respectively.

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REUTERS | Sharif Karim

This is the latest in our series of quarterly adult social care update blogs giving readers a snapshot of the most important cases, issues or developments in adult social care. This post looks at developments from May 2017 to July 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 that are covered or if you think we have missed something that should be brought to the attention of adult social care practitioners.

In this post we look at:

  • Recent case law.
  • Guidance and policy statements.
  • House of Commons Library briefing papers.

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REUTERS | Gary Hershorn

Whether we like it or not Brexit is a reality we must all prepare for. While there are many who are unhappy with the outcome of the referendum and subsequent actions such as the Article 50 notice, the facts are that the notice to exit the EU has been served and negotiations around the terms of the exit have commenced. The Queen’s speech contained eight proposed Brexit ‘enabling’ Acts. Further, the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill has now been published. Against this background we need to understand what this means for business at a practical level which is a key area for consideration.

The focus of this article is public procurement. According to “Government at a Glance (2015 edition) OECD Statistics”, more than 31% of public procurement in the UK is outsourced and public procurement accounts for more than 14% of GDP. That means circa 4.5% of GDP could be used differently as a valid policy tool by a combination of the UK government and its public bodies, devolved government and local authorities.

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REUTERS | David Bebber

For what is inevitably a framework document, to be followed by a promised tranche of sectoral Bills and a wide and long-term run of statutory instruments, the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is at first sight surprisingly lengthy. Its complexity and specificity will have given immediate reassurance to some in industry and elsewhere who voiced pre-publication concerns that the Bill would simply grant the Executive open and wide-ranging powers and would provide very little of the detail itself.

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