Procurement Policy Note 01/21: Procurement in an emergency
PPN 01/21 reiterates the PPN issued at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic setting out the procurement options available to Contracting Authorities during an emergency—further highlighting the commercial risks inherent in direct awards without competition.
Build, Build, Build!
As a result of COVID-19, Boris Johnson has put forward his ‘New Deal’ to boost the struggling UK economy and to address the ongoing issue of the UK’s housing shortage. We set out the new measures and investments of the deal and what they mean for RPs.
Anti-social behaviour (ASB) after lockdown
This short video highlights a number of key areas for social housing providers to consider after the ease of the COVID-19 lockdown—exploring case management principles, discussions around risk assessments, tools and powers and preparing for change.
PPN 04/20: Recovery and transition from COVID-19
A new PPN issued by the Cabinet Office provides further guidance on working in partnership with suppliers to deliver contracts during COVID-19, and also looks forward to transition planning in order to exit from relief in the period July to October.
COVID-19: Permitted development rights and unlawful development
Due diligence on the planning history of the development site is essential. We explore the appeal to the Planning Inspectorate for the refusal of a Lawful Development Certificate by Mole Valley District Council and what it means for registered providers.
Return to work and risk assessments during COVID-19
For a successful return to work during COVID-19, employers have a duty to carry out a risk assessment, implement safe systems of work and to keep these under review. Our risk assessment flowchart sets out the key issues for employers to consider.
Risks of abandoning a procurement
Most procurement teams will have needed to consider abandoning a procurement process at some point and perhaps particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.