Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out plans which he said will transform the training and skills system, making it fit for the 21st century economy and helping the country recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
While she made it clear that the country is not going back into lockdown — and is certainly not closing schools, colleges or universities — First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told the Scottish Parliament that additional measures are needed now to avoid “tougher action in future”.
We reported in January on a consultation taking place after concerns were raised that the exemption from routine Ofsted inspection granted to outstanding schools was leaving some uninspected for several years (see “Government to call time on outstanding exemption”).
A health and safety professional body has urged businesses to invest in mental health programmes for staff, arguing that this is more important than ever in a world where working lives have changed due to Covid-19.
When the Chancellor announced his package of measures in July, he included a Job Retention Bonus. This is a £1000 one-off taxable payment to employers for each eligible employee that they furlough and keep continuously employed until 31 January 2021.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reminded employers about their legal duty to protect workers from harm and, specifically, the importance of considering the risks to workers who are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has highlighted the current potential for workers to develop allergic reactions to items containing latex, with the increased use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bike to School Week (28 September to 2 October) has been given extra emphasis this year as the Government has announced a new million-pound programme to get more students and their families physically active.