So what happens next….contractual arrangements post “lockdown” – Part 2

As the country takes its first tentative steps towards the new “normal” it is essential for contracting authorities to review the viability of their contractual arrangements and, most importantly, the interim provisions introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Consequently, now is the time to build upon the considerations contained in my previous blog on…

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Household Waste Recycling Centres: Updated Guidance

Defra has recently updated its ‘Managing HWRCs in England during the coronavirus pandemic’ guidance to clarify its position on the reopening of HWRCs. The guidance highlights an amendment to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, which expressly allows the public to visit waste and recycling centres. On that basis, there is no legal…

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Covid-19 and a new ICO enforcement approach?

EasyJet announced yesterday a recent cyber attack on its systems which enabled hackers to access the emails and travel information of around 9 million customers, including credit card details in some 2,200 cases.  The ICO is currently investigating the breach and it remains to be seen whether any enforcement action will be taken. The incident…

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COVID-19: Solving CIL Difficulties

New Community Infrastructure Levy Guidance and Section 106 Agreements The Difficulties The Community Infrastructure Levy (‘CIL’) is usually payable when development of a CIL-liable planning permission commences. The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (‘CIL Regs 2010’) require that standard payments are made within 60 days of the intended commencement date (regulation 70) and while the…

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Staying Alert – Contract Management post-lockdown

In a continuation of our blog series, Raechel Slattery explores the Crown Commercial Service’s “Guidance on responsible contractual behaviour in the performance and enforcement of contracts impacted by the Covid-19 emergency”. Public sector authorities will have considered the guidance issued by the CCS in PPN 02/20 which set out the ways in which they could…

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