The Government has announced that more than 2.5 million vulnerable people across England will be offered a free four-month supply of vitamin D supplements for the winter, including automatic deliveries to care homes.
New guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) from Covid-19, which comes into effect on 2 December 2020, has been issued by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
Information about the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) system, which will be replacing the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), has been published by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
Guidance for care staff who are supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the Covid-19 outbreak has been updated to include relevant links to guidance on the local restriction tier system that will be in place in England from 2 December.
With news reports recently confirming the forthcoming availability of the Covid-19 vaccines, lawyers have advised that the UK Government has no legal power to compel vaccinations and similarly employers in the UK have no statutory right to insist an employee be vaccinated for health and safety reasons.
The Government has, in its response to the Low Pay Commission’s recommendations, confirmed the new increased rates of National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW). The NLW will increase by 2.2% from £8.72 to £8.91 and will be extended to 23 and 24-year-olds for the first time. These new rates will be effective from 1 April 2021.