Yet another tier of administration recently hove into view on the social housing horizon. On 6 December 2017 the Scottish Government opened its consultation on a draft order that from April 2019 will designate Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and RSL subsidiaries as “public authorities” for the purposes of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
The Scottish Government has published their Consultation on proposals for regulations and policy supporting the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 (“the Act”). The Act is set to replace the current regime of assured and short assured tenancies with a New Private Residential Tenancy from 1 December 2017. Any tenancies created prior to that date will remain unchanged.
In previous eUpdates: Price Scoring - Getting it wrong? / Price Scoring, Fair Work Practices...and the Living Wage, I discuss relative and absolute price scoring formulas – the disadvantages of the former and the potential advantages of the latter. I also cover a price scoring formula that may assist in promoting fair working practices.
In a previous eUpdate Price scoring - Getting it wrong? I discuss the anomalies thrown up by the use of “relative price scoring formulas”. I show that the use of such formulas may not only lead to potential breaches of public procurement laws, but that they also encourage a “race to the bottom” as tenderers “naturally” wish to obtain the highest score – and they can only do so by pricing as low as they can.