NHS figures recommend taking Covid-19 vaccine during Ramadan

13 April 2021

The British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) has issued specific advice recommending the Covid-19 vaccine and saying it is fine to have during the holy month of Ramadan, which started on the evening of 12 April 2021, as it is not nutritional and does not contain any animal or foetal products.

Employers react favourably to roadmap out of lockdown

13 April 2021

Supported by vaccine progress, the UK Government’s plan to ease lockdown measures and return to more normal business operations in the months ahead led to a marked improvement in recruitment activity in March.

World trade primed for strong but uneven recovery

13 April 2021

Prospects for a quick recovery in world trade have improved as merchandise trade expanded more rapidly than expected in the second half of last year, according to new estimates from the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Guidance updated on Covid-19 testing for adult day care centre workers and for PAs

13 April 2021

Updated guidance has been published that sets out how open day care centres providing essential care in England can order weekly polymarase chain reaction (PCR) testing for their staff. There is also separate guidance that sets out how personal assistants (PAs) working in adult social care in England can access twice-weekly Covid-19 lateral flow tests (LFTs).

Calls for bus franchising in Yorkshire intensify

12 April 2021

Responding to the news that Greater Manchester will take its buses back into public control, the TUC’s Better Buses for Yorkshire campaigner, Gareth Forest, has suggested that this should be the signal for similar moves on the other side of the Pennines.

Ofsted to review sexual abuse in schools and colleges

12 April 2021

After anonymous testimonials were published on the website ‘Everyone’s Invited’, Ofsted has announced a review into safeguarding policies and practices relating to sexual abuse in state and independent schools and colleges.