Budget points the way to a new post-Covid economy

27 October 2021

What follows may not come as a total surprise, given that the Government has leaked most of its good news about transport, health and education in advance. This is why Chancellor Rishi Sunak was sharply reminded by the Deputy Speaker, Dame Eleanor Laing, that MPs expect to hear the news from him, not the media.

Government U-turn on discharging raw sewage

27 October 2021

The Government will place legal duties on water companies to control sewage discharges into English rivers, reversing an earlier decision not to clamp down on the practice.

Disruption to supply chains hits export recovery

27 October 2021

According to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), the proportion of UK exporters reporting decreased sales in the third quarter of the year (Q3) remained stubbornly and historically high at 26%.

COP26 delegates will travel in British-built electric buses

27 October 2021

As preparations near completion for November’s COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, it has been announced that First Bus will operate the delegate shuttle service with a fleet of 22 BYD ADL Enviro200EV zero emission buses.

NLW will rise to £9.50 in April 2022

26 October 2021

The Treasury has announced that the National Living Wage will increase next April to £9.50 per hour. This represents a 6.6% increase. These new rates will be effective from 1 April 2022.

Government gives £162.5 million to attract care workers

26 October 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced a new workforce retention and recruitment fund of £162.5 million, available until the end of March 2022, to help hire tens of thousands of care workers.

Consultations ending on VCOD and free PPE extension for health and care

26 October 2021

Following the Government’s decision that Covid-19 vaccination is required of people entering a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered adult care home unless exempt, the consultation on whether such vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) should be extended to other health and care settings for Covid-19 and flu came to an end on 22 October.