Covid-19 Bus Service Support Grant Restart: how is it working?

7 January 2021

Following the large-scale reductions in bus services and revenue experienced during the national lockdown in March 2020, the DfT announced the Covid-19 Bus Service Support Grant to ensure bus services continued to operate. With reductions in vehicle capacities being made to keep passengers safe, in May of last year, funding of £254 million was announced in order to increase capacity on buses by returning service levels to as near 100% as possible, while preparing for an economic recovery. This funding formed the basis of the Covid-19 Bus Service Support Grant (CBSSG) Restart package, replacing the Support Grant announced last March.

Whistleblowing in a pandemic

6 January 2021

Calls to a whistleblowing helpline show that employers have been routinely ignoring employees’ reports about poor control of Covid-19 risks at work, says Andrew Pepper-Parsons.

Teaching about misinformation in schools

6 January 2021

Michael Evans looks at ways in which Government guidance can help schools to teach children and young people how to manage online safety and identify sites that promote misinformation, disinformation and hoaxes.

HSE steps up enforcement of Covid controls

6 January 2021

HSE inspectors will increasingly be focusing on checking businesses are following Covid-19 guidelines when conducting inspection and site visits, says Laura White.

Brexit implications for employment law

4 January 2021

Coronavirus news has dominated the headlines for the last few months, but as we see the end of 2020, the full implications are now becoming a clear reality for many. On 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU). Originally scheduled for 29 March 2019, the date the UK was to officially leave the EU was delayed to 31 January 2020, and on this date, the UK left the EU.

The January blues: an employers’ guide

4 January 2021

With the festive season a distant memory, employees now have to get through the infamous January blues. Recent reports have found that mental health illnesses cost the UK and Irish economy more than £41.8 billion (€49.7 billion) combined, each year.