COVID-19 FAQs: The extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and furlough leave
09/03/21
The Government announced the launch of the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), where employers can “furlough” staff and HMRC will reimburse up to 80% of the employee’s wages, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.
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.
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.
Key considerations for stock transfer deals during the COVID-19 pandemic
07/10/20
With large numbers of homes expected to change hands over the coming 12–18 months, we consider what housing providers need to do to factor the current COVID-19 pandemic into their planning process.
Build, Build, Build!
13/07/20
As a result of COVID-19, Boris Johnson has put forward his ‘New Deal’ to boost the struggling UK economy and to address the ongoing issue of the UK’s housing shortage. We set out the new measures and investments of the deal and what they mean for RPs.
The Code of Practice for commercial property relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic and the extension on forfeiture
01/07/20
The government has extended the regulations protecting commercial tenants from eviction to 30 September, and also produced the Code of Practice for commercial property relationships during COVID-19. We set out what the extension and code mean for RPs.
COVID-19: A review of the sector’s response by the Regulator of Social Housing
25/06/20
In its latest monthly Coronavirus Operational Survey Reports (COSR), the RSH has been reviewing how well registered providers are coping with challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and looking forwards to what the future may look like for our sector.
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Anti-social behaviour (ASB) after lockdown
25/06/20
This short video highlights a number of key areas for social housing providers to consider after the ease of the COVID-19 lockdown—exploring case management principles, discussions around risk assessments, tools and powers and preparing for change.
PPN 04/20: Recovery and transition from COVID-19
17/06/20
A new PPN issued by the Cabinet Office provides further guidance on working in partnership with suppliers to deliver contracts during COVID-19, and also looks forward to transition planning in order to exit from relief in the period July to October.
COVID-19: Permitted development rights and unlawful development
12/06/20
Due diligence on the planning history of the development site is essential. We explore the appeal to the Planning Inspectorate for the refusal of a Lawful Development Certificate by Mole Valley District Council and what it means for registered providers.
Return to work and risk assessments during COVID-19
04/06/20
For a successful return to work during COVID-19, employers have a duty to carry out a risk assessment, implement safe systems of work and to keep these under review. Our risk assessment flowchart sets out the key issues for employers to consider.
Risks of abandoning a procurement
28/05/20
Most procurement teams will have needed to consider abandoning a procurement process at some point and perhaps particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.