Procurement guidance: Responding to COVID-19
24/03/20
The Cabinet Office has issued a procurement policy note (PPN 01/20) setting out guidance on public procurement and responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, this details the procurement options to consider when responding to the impact of COVID-19.
Housing
The impact of COVID-19 on the use of the seal and authorised signatories
23/03/20
In the current environment, with more officers working from home, housing associations and other businesses may be having difficulties arranging for the execution of documents.
Health and social care
COVID-19: Workforce FAQs
23/03/20
The Covid-19 pandemic poses 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
COVID-19: How registered providers can meet health and safety obligations
20/03/20
As circumstances are changing rapidly, registered providers (RPs) need to adapt their policies and procedures to ensure that residents, staff and contractors are safe.
Housing
COVID-19: Safeguarding adults and children – the impact
20/03/20
The Emergency Coronavirus Bill will be easing legislative and regulatory requirements in a number of areas in order to free up resources for essential staff to deal with the pandemic.
Government delays implementation of IR35 reforms until April 2021
19/03/20
In an attempt to protect businesses who are struggling in the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has announced that it is to delay the implementation of the changes to the off-payroll working legislation commonly known as IR35.
Health and social care
Private healthcare
The coronavirus bill: a social care perspective
19/03/20
On 17 March 2020 the Government released details of emergency legislation, the coronavirus bill, which will be presented to the House of Commons imminently and become law by the end of March.
Housing
Force majeure or frustration? The implications of COVID-19 on your building contract
18/03/20
We examine the position of standard building contracts and provided guidance around the some of the implications that COVID-19 may have from a force majeure perspective.
Housing
Housing Case Law Update - March 2020
17/03/20
Read our monthly housing case law update, which includes recent cases from courts in England and Wales that are relevant to the #ukhousing sector.
Housing
Planning reforms for 2020
13/03/20
Yesterday the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, spoke to Parliament about his ambitious proposals to modernise the country’s planning system.
Emergency services
Cap on “voluntary exit scheme” payments to disabled police officers was discriminatory
12/03/20
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has provided guidance on objective justification in cases of alleged unfavourable treatment for a reason arising in consequence of disability.
Housing
The Budget in brief: Key highlights for the housing sector
11/03/20
Chancellor Rishi Sunak today used his 2020 Budget to announce a series of spending initiatives, including a £12bn five-year affordable housing programme.