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Although many of the provisions in the Health and Social Care Bill 2010-12 were the subject of great controversy as the Bill made its way onto the statute book, the proposals for the creation of health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) have been universally welcomed by local government (demonstrated by the fact that 90% of affected local authorities signed up to pilot HWBs ahead of the April 2012 statutory deadline). Although the purpose of HWBs is to encourage local authorities to take a more strategic approach to providing integrated health and local government services by bringing together those involved across the NHS, public health, adult social care and children’s services, concerns have been raised as to how effective the boards will be, see Article, Health and wellbeing boards and public health. (more…)
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Howard Price, Principal Policy Officer, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (representing local authority officers responsible for the regulation of contaminated land):
New guidance containing rules on dealing with contaminated land will shortly be brought into effect by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The rules replace statutory guidance from 2006 made under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Importantly, they will bind local authority regulators who, unusually, must ‘act in accordance with’ them.
Martin Vincent, Partner, Weightmans LLP:
On 8 March 2012, the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 was passed with the headline being that when conducting a procurement for services that is subject to the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) contracting authorities must consider:
“how what is proposed to be procured might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the relevant area, and how, in conducting the process of procurement, it might act with a view to securing that improvement.”
We’ve seen a recent surge in demand for advice on “policy by procurement”, but what are the implications of the new Act?