So here it is, Merry Christmas

25 November 2020

When Boris Johnson spoke to MPs about his plans for what would happen after the current nation-wide lockdown in England ends on 2 December (see Prime Minister unveils his Covid Winter Plan), he said that the Government was still examining the possibility of a temporary Christmas “break”.

EU aims to strengthen enforcement of its trade rules

25 November 2020

The European Commission has launched a new complaints system for reporting market access barriers and breaches of Trade and Sustainable Development commitments in the EU's trade agreements.

Chancellor spells out the UK’s problems in his Spending Review

25 November 2020

After several emergency speeches to Parliament during the first stages of the pandemic, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has returned to the House of Commons for a scheduled event — the Spending Review — which is nevertheless heavily influenced by Covid-19.

The HSE and political independence

24 November 2020

The Chair of a House of Commons Select Committee has written to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), highlighting the need for the body to remain impartial and independent during the coronavirus pandemic despite any “political” pressure from the Government.

Advice on ensuring that buildings are safe

24 November 2020

The expert panel appointed to advise on immediate safety action following the Grenfell Tower fire has issued a number of advice notes for building owners on the measures they should take to ensure their buildings are safe.

As EU workers leave, employers urged to fill skills gap

24 November 2020

With the Immigration Bill receiving Royal Assent this week, freedom of movement will come to an end on 31 December to be replaced by the Government’s new points-based system (see Recruiting people from outside the UK after Brexit).

Guidance for GPs on extending flu vaccination to patients aged 50 to 64 in England

24 November 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that free flu vaccination for 11.5 million patients aged 50 to 64 in England will be rolled out from 1 December as part of the flu vaccination programme delivered in GP practices, and community pharmacies, providing cover beyond the usual at-risk groups.

Over 40 NHS long-Covid clinics soon to open across England

24 November 2020

NHS England announced on 15 November that a network of more than 40 "long-Covid" specialist clinics will be opened within weeks to help patients suffering debilitating effects of Covid-19 months after being infected.