Statutory maternity, etc pay rates for 2021/22

9 December 2020

The Government has announced its proposed rates for statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, parental bereavement and shared parental payments from April 2021 (policy paper is here).

Updated advice on ventilation during the pandemic

7 December 2020

Government scientists have repeatedly stressed the importance of ventilation in reducing the spread of coronavirus infection during the winter months when more people are likely to be meeting or working in enclosed spaces.

More nurseries judged good or outstanding

4 December 2020

More nurseries and pre-schools than ever before have been judged as good or outstanding, according to Ofsted’s new Annual Report for 2019-2020.

Treasury announces additional early years funding

27 November 2020

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an additional £44 million of early years funding to increase the hourly rate paid to childcare providers for the Government’s funded childcare offers.

Return to tiers as England’s lockdown ends

26 November 2020

With the current national lockdown in England set to end on 2 December, the Prime Minister has already confirmed a return to the three tier system (see Prime Minister unveils his Covid Winter Plan).

NLW will rise to £8.91 in April 2021

25 November 2020

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.

Prime Minister unveils his Covid Winter Plan

24 November 2020

With the lockdown in England due to end on 2 December 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has addressed the House of Commons to set out his plan for the next stage in the battle against coronavirus.