Government makes progress with its plans to improve fire safety

25 May 2022

We reported recently on Government proposals to shake up fire services in England (see White Paper sets out plans to reform England’s Fire and Rescue Service) and to take forward certain Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 recommendations (see Home Office invites comments on revised proposals for Emergency Evacuation Plans).

UK opens talks for a Mexico 2.0 trade deal

25 May 2022

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has launched negotiations on a new UK–Mexico Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which would, she said, transform the UK’s relationship with the world’s 16th biggest economy.

Reforms to statutory sick pay recommended to parliament

25 May 2022

The UK system for statutory sick pay (SSP) has been in place for 40 years, so is it still fit for the purpose it is intended to serve? Perhaps not, says employee benefits provider Unum UK, who, along with research by WPI Economics, have put forwards proposals for significant changes to the system.

White Paper sets out plans to reform England’s Fire and Rescue Service

24 May 2022

The Home Office has published a White Paper, Reforming our Fire and Rescue Service: Building Professionalism, Boosting Performance and Strengthening Governance, and launched a consultation seeking views on these proposals to introduce system-wide reform of services in England.