Looking to the Future: Holding Your Nerve and Delivering Services after Lockdown

The lockdown that was implemented on 23 March 2020 as a measure to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic radically changed the infrastructure which public bodies relied upon to deliver vital services.  Overnight, teams working in non-key worker services were required to re-provide the services they deliver remotely, often taking IT resources to its limits. Suppliers…

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COVID-19: Permitted development to go

Pubs and restaurants are now able to operate as hot food takeaways under changes to permitted development rules brought into force on 24 March 2020. The Town and Country Planning Act (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2020 follows a series of announcements by the Government to support businesses forced to close amid the current…

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Coronavirus Act 2020 – Moratorium on Forfeiture for Commercial Leases

What is Forfeiture? Forfeiture is a means for a landlord to determine a commercial lease upon the occurrence of specific events resulting from the actions/inactions of the tenant. In standard leases, forfeiture is engaged when (after the period of 21 days has expired from the start of the specific event): the tenant does not comply…

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PROCUREMENT POLICY NOTICE 02/20 AND COVID-19

On 20th March the government released the second Procurement Policy Notice (PPN) of the year in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. PPN 02/20 provides guidance to contracting authorities to review their contracts and ensure service continuity by financially supporting those suppliers that are struggling to remain financially stable due to the outbreak of COVID-19….

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