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Three ways through the labyrinth of functions and responsibilities

By Louis Sebastian, Team Manager, NWL Legal Changes brought in by the Local Government Act 2000  and the Local Authorities (Functions and Responsibilities) (England) Regulations 2000 were designed to streamline local authority decision-making by mimicking central government, but they created a labyrinth of responsibilities that Councils are still struggling to negotiate. By putting the power […]

Penalty Clauses in Employment Agency Contracts

Councils that recruit interim staff through employment agencies need to be aware of possible penalties payable if staff are taken on permanently.

Commercial Contracts for Apprenticeship Training Providers

From May 2017 the way apprenticeships in England are funded and structured will change. Government reforms mean that employers will be able to access funding from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to place their apprentices with training providers such as Further Education Colleges. This is a reversal of the current system where the training providers […]

New IR35 Rules and Public Sector Duty to Enforce

In 2017, the government implemented new rules that apply to public bodies who use consultants to fulfil internal roles. The purpose of the new rules is to ensure that consultants pay the correct income tax and National Insurance Contributions and do not avoid paying them by contracting through a limited company and paying themselves in […]