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PLC Public Sector talks to Clare Reddy, partner at Lewis Silkin LLP:
When, late in 2008, the Commission announced the public procurement regime’s contribution to resolving the impact of the credit crunch would be to relax the rules on using the accelerated restricted procedure for major public projects, we warned that following this route may not be the most sensible course of action.
Two years on and the Commission has given contracting authorities the go ahead to continue to use this procedure until the end of 2011. Has anything changed? Clare Reddy, a partner at Lewis Silkin LLP, tells us that anyone reading the OGC’s information note on the subject and considering their options should still exercise caution.
Although shadow housing minister, Grant Shapps, had previously announced that local authority powers in relation to Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOs) contained in Chapter 2 of Part 4 of the Housing Act 2004, (see Legal update, Statutory instruments are laid in Parliament to introduce Housing Act 2004 reforms) would be scrapped, Eric Pickles has now confirmed that these will be retained.
The government’s plans to reform the NHS have far-reaching implications for many public and private sector organisations. For joint commissioners of health and social care services, the reforms raise concerns as to how to “future proof” current arrangements and anticipate the effects of a potential fragmentation of the purchasing role.