Local Authority C-19 Weekly Updates - 11th February

Local Authority C-19 Weekly Updates - 11th February

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Public procurement

Procurement Policy Note provides guidance on options and risks in emergency procurement

On 4 February 2021, the Cabinet Office issued Procurement Policy Note 01/21: Procurement in an Emergency (PPN 01/20). Building on guidance published in March 2020 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, PPN 01/21 reminds contracting authorities of the options available when undertaking procurement exercises in circumstances of extreme urgency and includes further guidance on the commercial risks, particularly when making direct awards. PPN 01/21 applies to all contracting authorities in the public sector with immediate effect.

See: LNB News 04/02/2021 113.


Cabinet Office ‘still too defensive’ over coronavirus (COVID-19) PPE procurement

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has published a report on government procurement and supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The report analyses the government’s approach to procurement in this period and its supply of PPE. It provides recommendations to government on how to manage PPE and apply lessons learned for future emergencies.

See: LNB News 10/02/2021 38.


Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Governance

Local authority referendums and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (Democracy Newham Ltd v LB Newham)

In September 2020, Democracy Newham Ltd (DNL) submitted a petition calling on Newham Council (the Council) to hold a referendum on changing its model of governance from an elected mayor model to a council leader model. The Council declared the petition invalid on the basis that regulations introduced in 2020 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic rendered invalid any petition introduced within the period of 16 March 2020 to 5 May 2021. DNL disputed that interpretation, arguing that the regulations only invalidated a petition which required a referendum to take place between those dates. The High Court dismissed the claim, deciding that on a

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