Union leaders call for urgent action to curb rise in Covid

25 October 2021

As the Prime Minister continues to insist that while the number of Covid infections is “high”, it is in line with predictions, unions representing millions of public and customer-facing workers have come together to urge immediate action.

School-based counselling should be available to all children

25 October 2021

School-based counselling needs to be fully funded by the Government and available in all state-funded secondary schools and academies to help support rising numbers of children and young people reporting mental health issues during Covid-19.

Government sets out the regulations covering free zones

25 October 2021

The Free Zones (Customs, Excise and Value Added Tax) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/1156), coming into force on 8 November 2021, give details of the rules concerning the free zone special Customs procedure.

Flexibility not available to half working mums

25 October 2021

With almost 13,000 working mothers responding to a TUC and Mother Pukka survey on flexible work, it revealed that 50% had had their flexible working request rejected or only accepted in part.

Talks between the UK and Italy could boost exports

22 October 2021

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has announced the start of discussions on a new export and investment partnership between the UK and Italy aimed at boosting trade between the two countries.

New hybrid ways of working face new cyber threats

22 October 2021

Marking Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the British Standards Institution (BSI) has stressed the importance of having secure IT systems and effective cybersecurity practices in place for organisations developing hybrid working procedures.

Plan B is not yet needed and “there is no Plan C”

21 October 2021

In September, we gave details of the Government’s preparations for dealing with possible increases in rates of infection from the coronavirus as the winter months approach (see Winter plan for managing Covid and Government prepares for Plan B).