Issue 31

Key points: Withdrawal of VAT exemption on research; Volunteers and discrimination law; Internships (Advertising and Regulation) Bill 2012-2013; FAQ: the Access to Medical Reports Act 1988

In public procurement, what is a ‘VEAT’ notice?

Under the Public Contract Regulations 2006, as amended, (the ‘Regulations’) there are certain pre-contractual and post-contractual remedies available to suppliers where the public procurement rules are breached. ‘Ineffectiveness’ is a mandatory, post-contractual remedy introduced by the Public Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009 for procurement exercises commenced on or after 20 December 2009.

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Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2013

On 16 March 2013, the Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2013 (the ‘Regulations’) came into force. The Regulations follow on from a consultation by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), issued jointly with the Scottish Government, which ran from 20 September to 19 October 2012, and to which a response was issued by the Government in February 2013.

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