Related insights: Local Government

Transforming Public Procurement – WBD's response to the Green Paper. Blue sky thinking or a brewing storm?

25 Mar 2021
In anticipation of the UK's exit from the European Union, the Cabinet Office published its Public Procurement Green Paper on 15 December 2020. It serves as an aspirational mission statement for the future of public procurement post-Brexit. The document reflects the overarching political climate in which it was composed, with the ministerial foreword taking aim at the EU's "outdated public procurement regime". The new proposals align themselves with the international Agreement on Government Procurement, and seem to deliberately steer away from the previous regime as a point of principle, towards one that "better meets the UK's needs".
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Consenting electricity storage

18 Nov 2020
Electricity storage is a key technology in the transition to a smarter and more flexible energy system. It will play an important role in helping to reduce emissions to Net Zero by 2050.
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Clarification on the use of planning conditions

09 Nov 2020
This case serves as a useful reminder that the power to impose conditions on the grant of planning permission is narrower than the power to enter into planning agreements or to accept planning obligations. It will be of interest to developers and authorities alike dealing with development and creation of new highway/s.