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EU public procurement law governs the purchase of works, supplies or services by public bodies such as councils and registered social landlords (known as contracting authorities) providers. The application of public procurement law not only affects contracting authorities in their procurement activities but also affects how private businesses tender for the contracts required by contracting authorities, and their rights throughout the process. The current law has been in place since 2006 and has been expanded on throughout that time, this is now set to be replaced.

Buying into the digital revolution can ease the burden of welfare reform on social landlords and help to secure the future of the sector, according to Nick Atkin, Chief Executive of Halton Housing Trust, and a keynote speaker at the North West Housing Conference which took place in Liverpool on Friday.

Mr Atkin addressed delegates on the way Halton Housing Trust is transforming its services with a new digital strategy in a bid to make better use of its resources in the face of welfare reform.

Brabners Housing  & Regeneration Partner Ian Alderson has written the following article which was published in Volume 16 of The Charity Law & Practice Review.

R (Weaver) v London and Quadrant Housing Trust  -  Ian Alderson

North West businesses will have the opportunity to hear the expert views of some of the leading figures from the housing sector on the wide-ranging changes being faced by social housing providers when the annual North West Housing Conference returns to Liverpool this month.

Brabners and Mitchell Charlesworth, both leading advisors to the social housing sector, are once again, presenting the North West Housing Conference, which takes place on Friday 22 November 2013 at Liverpool’s BT Convention Centre.

Local charity Positive Futures North Liverpool has received a donation of £3500 from the organisers of the North West Housing Conference, law firm Brabners, accountants Mitchell Charlesworth, and registered housing provider Your Housing Group.

Catherine Moore, Solicitor at Brabners LLP:

The government has recently introduced a “surveillance code of practice” for public CCTV systems (aimed at the police and local authorities). 

Andrew Rennison (Surveillance Camera Commissioner) has hinted that guidance may be issued to regulate private CCTV in residential property because of a surge of complaints about privacy and “nosy neighbours”.

This would clearly have an impact on anti-social behaviour cases because of the increased use of CCTV evidence in these cases. 

Funding Solutions for Social Housing; the new forum set up by Brabners Chaffe Street and Brabners Stuart, kicked off in Liverpool last Thursday with a lively discussion about access to funding in the housing sector.

With traditional forms of lending harder to secure, a panel of speakers highlighted some of the practical options open to registered providers considering a real estate investment trust (REIT) or retail bond as part of their funding solution.

Encouraging collaboration and creative thinking between social housing organisations on the wide-ranging changes being faced are key to the future of the sector, according to some of the leading social housing experts.

At the Social Housing Conference, speakers Steve Rotheram MP for Liverpool Walton and Derek Long, Head of North, National Housing Federation (NHF) both spoke of the need for there to be a shared vision and commitment, with organisations engaging with each other to form partnerships and discuss ideas to protect the future of the social housing environment.

North West businesses will once again have the opportunity to hear the expert views of some of the leading figures from the housing sector on the wide-ranging changes being faced by social housing providers when the annual Social Housing Conference returns to Liverpool next month.

Brabners Chaffe Street and Mitchell Charlesworth (both leading advisors to the social housing sector), together with Your Housing Group are once again presenting the Social Housing Conference, which takes place on Friday 16 November 2012 at Liverpool’s BT Convention Centre. 

The National Housing Federation and North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street have joined forces to launch an innovative, new publication entitled Thinking Allowed! - Mapping the Future for Social Housing.

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