Treasury announces additional early years funding

27 November 2020

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an additional £44 million of early years funding to increase the hourly rate paid to childcare providers for the Government’s funded childcare offers.

42% of all fire incidents are false alarms

27 November 2020

The Home Office has published the latest fire statistics for England for the year ending June 2020, which show that false alarms accounted for 42% of all incidents attended by the Fire and Rescue Services (FRSs) during the year.

Government acts on EWS1 form cladding crisis

27 November 2020

Thanks to an agreement reached between the Government and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), UK Finance and the Building Societies Association (BSA), flat owners in buildings without cladding will no longer need an EWS1 form to sell or remortgage their property.

Highways Agency required to confront sexual harassment

27 November 2020

We reported in August that Sainsbury’s had signed a legally binding document with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) after being found liable for sexual harassment against a member of staff (see Sainsbury’s signs harassment agreement with equality watchdog).

Plastic packaging tax confirmed for 2022

26 November 2020

The government is moving forward with a new tax targeting virgin plastic. Taking effect in April 2022, the tax will apply to the production and import of all predominantly plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled plastic.

UKEF signs export partnership with the UAE

26 November 2020

In a bid to strengthen trade cooperation and boost investment, UK Export Finance (UKEF) has signed a cooperation agreement with its counterpart in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Etihad Credit Agency (ECI).

Return to tiers as England’s lockdown ends

26 November 2020

With the current national lockdown in England set to end on 2 December, the Prime Minister has already confirmed a return to the three tier system (see Prime Minister unveils his Covid Winter Plan).