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.

New briefing on Covid-19 in educational settings published

20 November 2020

In its latest briefing on Covid-19 and educational settings, the Department for Education (DfE) highlights the benefits of education far outweigh the risks of Covid-19 for children and therefore keeping settings open is a government priority.

Post-16 study at level 2 and below

17 November 2020

Following a consultation on the principles that should guide its review of post-16 qualifications (see “Review of post-16 qualifications in England at level 3 and below”), the DfE has issued a call for evidence on study and qualifications at level 2 and below for students aged 16 and above.

UK Road Safety Week

17 November 2020

Driving for Better Business (DfBB), the Government campaign group which encourages work-related road safety, is currently marking Road Safety Week in the UK which takes place up to 22 November 2020.

Further guidance released on the extended furlough scheme

12 November 2020

This long-awaited government guidance confirms many of the details surrounding the extended furlough scheme, officially known as the Job Retention Scheme (JRS), suggesting that those who are serving a notice period from December may not be eligible.