Surge testing in response to new variants

2 February 2021

From 2 February, in order to combat the spread of a new variant of the coronavirus, which looks to have originated in South Africa, the Government started implementing surge testing in the areas where the variant has been detected.

Views sought on changes to the NHS Pension Scheme regulations

1 February 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is consulting on proposals to change NHS Pension Scheme regulations. Full details of the consultation, together with a copy of the draft National Health Service Pension Schemes and Injury Benefits (Amendment) Regulations 2021, can be found at

Tough penalties for health and safety breaches are having impact

1 February 2021

Five years on from the implementation of new court guidelines for sentencing those who put workers at risk of accidents, injuries and ill health, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has praised their positive impact.

Cash boost to help young people get into work

29 January 2021

From 27 January, employers can apply for a £1000 traineeship incentive grant under a new scheme set up to support young people in gaining the skills and experience they need to get a job, an apprenticeship or pursue further study.

School return in March could be start of easing lockdown

28 January 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given a statement to Parliament in which he suggested that the reopening of schools may be possible from Monday 8 March, with other economic and social restrictions being removed thereafter “as and when the data permits”.