Supporting mental health in a post-Covid world

21 April 2021

Supporting the mental wellbeing of your staff pays real dividends – both for your people and your business, says former health minister and mental health campaigner Sir Norman Lamb.

Tower scaffold webinars organised by PASMA

21 April 2021

Free webinar recordings and guidance on safe use of mobile access towers, often called tower scaffolds, have been produced by the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA).

Bank holidays — are they a legal requirement?

21 April 2021

Should employers give staff days off on bank holidays? Do employers have to pay staff extra if they want to work? And should Christian workers or staff with kids be prioritised when approving annual leave for public holidays with religious festivals? See our article below for some facts you need to know about bank holidays.

Coronavirus in care settings

20 April 2021

What is coronavirus and what can care providers do to keep their service users and staff safe? This article provides a round-up of essential information for care settings, including PPE, testing, high-risk individuals, visiting and social distancing.

Trade and Agriculture Commission sets out its recommendations

20 April 2021

The Trade and Agriculture Commission, a new independent body set up in July 2020 to advise the Government on how best to advance the interests of British farmers, food producers and consumers in future trade agreements has published its report.

Time to tackle the driver shortage problem

19 April 2021

It goes without saying that this has been a difficult time for the haulage industry, with the difficulties caused by Brexit exacerbated by the unprecedented demands placed on operators and drivers by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, behind the media stories of long queues into Dover, drivers delayed for days at the border and the rapidly changing demands for Covid tests and new paperwork, there is a longer-term problem — there are simply not enough drivers. Here we take a look at the problem and assess what can be done.

COP26 — travelling towards net-zero carbon

19 April 2021

The world is on course to cut carbon emissions by less than 1% before 2030. Keeping temperature rises down to a “safe” 1.5°C needs a 45% fall, a February 2021 UN Climate Change report warns. Jon Herbert asks if November’s global COP26 climate summit in Scotland can close the gap.

Developing Special Educational Needs Coordinator role

16 April 2021

Rebecca Fisk, an experienced Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) outlines some of the issues to consider and national training opportunities when becoming a SENCO in early years provision. A SENCO is pivotal in good inclusive practice, which can make all the difference to children and their families.

Toilet provision: same sex or gender neutral?

16 April 2021

The Government has noted a trend towards the removal of sex-specific toilet provision over the past few years. Can gender-neutral facilities meet everyone’s needs? Laura King considers the expectations and requirements for toilet provision.