Housing
Spring Budget 2021 in brief: Key highlights for the housing sector
03/03/21
Chancellor Rishi Sunak today used his 2021 Budget to announce a series of initiatives, including an extension of the SDLT holiday and a new scheme to support lenders in providing mortgages with 5% deposits for potential buyers.
Housing
The Budget 2021: a first look at the expected changes for housing providers
01/03/21
The budget announcement will provide good news for housing associations. The Chancellor needs to evaluate the time frame of current measures to support housing providers and tenants, and implement solutions to economic challenges caused by Covid-19.
Emergency services
NHS healthcare
Private health and social care
COVID-19: Workforce FAQs
01/03/21
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose significant workforce issues for healthcare organisations regarding the services they provide and the risks to staff. Here we share our FAQs in relation to these policies and communications with staff generally.
Housing
‘Ban on eviction’ extended (again) in England until 31 March 2021
19/02/21
Last week, the government announced that the ‘ban on evictions’ in England—which was set to end on 21 February 2021—was to be extended until 31 March 2021.
Housing
Housing case law - February 2021
17/02/21
Read our monthly housing case law update, which includes recent cases from courts in England and Wales that are relevant to the #ukhousing sector.
NHS healthcare
Primary care
Private health and social care
Deploying staff: how to adopt a flexible approach and manage risks
12/02/21
Deploying staff flexibly between NHS Trusts, GP practices and other organisations is key to enabling new models of care, improving service resilience and ensuring continuity of care. We explore how the system-wide approach works and how to manage risks.
Housing
Multi-billion pound intervention to remove unsafe cladding
11/02/21
The Housing Secretary has unveiled an unsafe cladding removal scheme which will add £3.5bn on top of the existing £1.6bn set aside—providing reassurance to leaseholders, allowing homeowners to once again buy and sell these properties freely.
Emergency services
Housing
NHS healthcare
Procurement Policy Note 01/21: Procurement in an emergency
11/02/21
PPN 01/21 reiterates the PPN issued at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic setting out the procurement options available to Contracting Authorities during an emergency—further highlighting the commercial risks inherent in direct awards without competition.
All
EAT provides guidance for employers seeking to rely on the “reasonable steps” defence in harassment claims
09/02/21
In a recent case, the EAT rejected an employer’s appeal against a finding of harassment and held that simply providing training will not always be enough for an employer to defend such a claim if that training is not effective.
Primary care
Elevating practice managers to partnership: considerations for practice owners
05/02/21
There is an increase in the number of GP partnerships who have offered their Practice Managers a partnership role or alternatively where a PM has wished to be promoted to partner level. We set out the benefits and legal considerations you need to take.
Insurance
NHS healthcare
Private health and social care
Clinical Law Insight: Winter 2020/2021
04/02/21
Welcome to the latest edition of our Clinical Law Insight, in which we report on the latest appeal decisions, medico-legal and ethical issues arising from Covid-19, as well as new reports on safety and learning.
Housing
Phosphate mitigation and the impact on new developments
03/02/21
Last year, Natural England wrote to Local Planning Authorities setting out concerns over the increase of phosphates into the eco system due to new developments. We set out how this will impact any proposed development and what this means for RPs.