Issue 69

Governance: Revised HEI specific Prevent duty guidance; Consumer Rights Act 2015: draft Statutory Instruments published

Procurement:Variation of contract awarded under PCR 2006

Employment: Comparators and discrimination; Trade Union Bill 2015-2016 consultations; Unfair dismissal – band of reasonable responses; New Acas guides; Consultation on the Gender Pay Gap

Charity: Gift Aid donor benefit rules: call for evidence; Charities SORP consultation

Property: The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

FAQ: Procurement: What is a substantial modification within the meaning of regulation 72(8) of PCR 2015?

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What is a substantial modification within the meaning of regulation 72(8) of PCR 2015?

In accordance with regulation 72 of the PCR 2015, modifications to contracts during their term without a new procurement procedure are expressly permitted in prescribed circumstances, one of which is where the modifications, irrespective of their value, are not substantial within the meaning of regulation 72(8). The Crown Commercial Service has also published ‘Guidance on amendments to contracts during their term’ which sets out information on what grounds contract amendments are permissible.

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The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 (‘the Regulations’) have been published in draft form and are due to become effective on 1 October 2015. The Schedule to the Regulations lists ‘excluded tenancies’ which include student halls of residence. It appears, however, that houses of multiple occupation (HMOs) owned by HEIs would still fall within the scope of the Regulations.

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Charities SORP consultation

On 18 June 2015, the Charity Commission for England and Wales and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, launched a consultation on proposed changes to the two current charity Statements of Recommended Practice (SORPs), which contain approved recommendations on accounting practice. The SORPs will require updating as a consequence of changes to UK-Irish accounting practice, which are due to take effect in 2016.

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Gift Aid donor benefit rules: call for evidence

HM Treasury has issued a call for evidence on the current Gift Aid donor benefit rules. The deadline for responses is 9 October 2015, and guidelines for submissions can be found here. The call for evidence will be followed by a formal consultation document, which will be published later this year and will set out detailed proposals for reform of the current Gift Aid donor benefit rules.

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