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CTSI and OPSS Webinars for PPE

CTSI and OPSS Webinars for PPE

CTSI, in partnership with the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), are running a series of 1 1/2 hour webinars for businesses focusing on the identification, classification and the current easements for placing PPE on the market. This training will also be run alongside webinars for businesses that are importing, manufacturing or retailing hand cleansing products.

To book a place onto one of the next CTSI Business Training Webinars please follow the links below:

22 June Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Product Requirements for Importers

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/personal-protective-equipment-ppe-product-requirements-for-importers-tickets-108449226556

22 June 14.00 – 15.30 

Business Training Webinar – Hand Cleansing & Sanitising Product Requirements for Importers

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hand-cleansing-sanitising-product-requirements-for-importers-tickets-108732467738

24 June Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Product Requirements for Manufacturers

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/personal-protective-equipment-ppe-product-requirements-for-manufacturers-tickets-108450430156

24 June 14.00 – 15.30

Business Training Webinar – Hand Cleansing & Sanitising Product Requirements for Manufacturers

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hand-cleansing-sanitising-product-requirements-for-manufacturers-tickets-108837529982

26 June PPE Product Requirements for Retailers/Distributors

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ppe-product-requirements-for-retailersdistributors-tickets-108454309760

26 June 14.00 – 15.30

Business Training Webinar – Hand Cleansing & Sanitising Product Requirements for Retailers/Distributors

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hand-cleansing-sanitising-product-requirements-for-retailersdistributors-tickets-108841897044

Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI)

CTSI is a training and membership organisation that has represented the interests of the Trading Standards profession since 1881 nationally and internationally. We aim to raise the profile of the profession while working towards fairer, better informed and safer consumer and business communities.

CTSI’s members are engaged in delivering frontline trading standards services in local authorities and in businesses. www.tradingstandards.uk

BHTA Members Offer Urgent Support to NHS Wheelchair Service Customers

BHTA Members Offer Urgent Support to NHS Wheelchair Service Customers

BHTA have brought together some of the major wheelchair service providers to ensure that, while the NHS is under extreme pressure,
the needs of wheelchair users are fully supported.

If you are a wheelchair service customer and having difficulties obtaining service and maintenance support for your product, BHTA
members will bring their combined resources together to respond urgently and help.

Many of the challenges wheelchair services and wheelchair users are experiencing are replicated across the country. Where there may
be hot spots or shortfalls in services the group will look to see how they can support any specific areas that need their assistance.

The BHTA group will be liaising with other Wheelchair Groups and regional in-house services to try to mitigate wheelchair user’s
problems with ongoing assessments, deliveries, service and maintenance.

The BHTA group are keen to support users that are just being issued with products for hospital discharge and for others, whose
conditions are changing and need to be assessed as part of their ongoing clinical needs.

If you require assistance, please click on the link below and scroll over the map to find the nearest provider to you. Please do not
hesitate to contact the nearest one, who may appear to be some distance from you, as many BHTA providers cover wide areas for
wheelchair services.

Retailers who may be able to assist are shown in light green – their services will not be free of charge unless they are able to provide warranty cover – check when contacting them”

Find your nearest provider by Clicking Here

Don’t Forget to Return Your On-Loan Community Equipment – Help the NHS and Social Services

Don’t Forget to Return Your On-Loan Community Equipment – Help the NHS and Social Services

Community Bed and Equipment Collections Request

The provision of community equipment is a vital part of the process that allows patients to be discharged from hospital to be cared for
safely in their own homes. Community Equipment Providers are continuing to support the NHS and Social Services at this difficult time,
using infection control procedures and enhanced PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) to protect those whose homes they visit as well
as their employees.

All Providers need your assistance to help facilitate more NHS patient discharges and free up more vital bed spaces. We are actively
requesting those who no longer need loaned beds and Equipment to contact their equipment provider so that they can collect and
re-cycle them. If you have a bed, or equipment, in your home that was supplied by the Community Equipment Service that you no
longer need, please call your local Equipment Provider and they will arrange the safe collection and urgent recycling, so that the
equipment may be used to help others now in need.

Contact details will be found on any documentation that has been left with you, or on a label on the equipment. If you do not have
access to this please search on your local council website for “how to return equipment” or for “Occupational therapy”.

You can find your local council via the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council


Published: 17th April 2020

Shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June 2020,

Shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June 2020,

High street retailers and department stores, including book shops, electronics retailers, tailors, auction houses, photography studios, indoor markets, and shops selling clothes, shoes and toys, will be allowed to open their doors again provided they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines set out by the government in May.

Retailers will need to take certain steps to protect customers and staff, including limiting the number of customers allowed inside at one time, placing protective coverings on large items such as sofas which may be touched by passing shoppers, and frequently checking and cleaning objects and surfaces.

Employers should also display a notice visibly in their shop windows or outside their store to show their employees, customers and other visitors that they have followed this guidance.

For further information follow the link below

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/shops-and-branches

Face Coverings to Become Mandatory on Public Transport

Face Coverings to Become Mandatory on Public Transport

From 15 June, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England.

  • government asks transport operators in England to make wearing face coverings a requirement of using public transport from 15 June to coincide with the
    next stage of carefully easing restrictions
  • bus, coach, train, tram, ferry and aircraft passengers must wear a face covering on their journey to help reduce the risk of transmission when social
    distancing is not always possible – with government also working with operators to ensure staff are provided with face coverings where appropriate
  • guidance remains to work from home if you can and avoid public transport where possible

The government will work with operators to make it mandatory for passengers to wear face coverings when using public transport in England,
the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced today (4 June 2020).

Wherever possible people should continue to avoid public transport and walk, cycle or drive, but for some people this may not be an option.
Transport usage has been slowly increasing, including on the tube which has seen around a 20% rise this week compared to last week.

When necessary to use public transport people may be more likely to be in enclosed spaces for longer periods of time where we know there is
a greater risk of the spread of the virus and social distancing is likely to be difficult to follow consistently. This differs from enclosed spaces
like shops, for example, where people can more easily go outside if social distancing is not possible and where shop owners can place limits
on the number of customers allowed inside at any one time. The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has set out that using face
coverings in this setting can provide some small additional protection to fellow passengers and can help people to avoid unknowingly
spreading the virus if they are suffering from coronavirus, but not showing symptoms.

Speaking at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing, Grant Shapps confirmed the government is asking operators to introduce face coverings
as a requirement for travel from 15 June 2020. The government will also work closely with the transport industry to help them implement the
plans.

The changes will be made under legislation such as the National Rail Conditions of Travel and Public Service Vehicle Regulations for buses.
While the government expects the vast majority of people to comply with the changes, operators will be able to refuse travel or issue penalty
fines for those who fail to wear a face covering, in a similar way to the rules on having a ticket for travel. British Transport Police will also
support the implementation of these changes.

Social distancing and hand washing remain by far the most important disease prevention measures but it is also vital all passengers travelling
on buses, coaches, trains, trams, ferries and aircraft should wear a face covering and the government will also work with operators to ensure
staff are provided with, and wear face coverings, where appropriate for their role.

People should wash their hands or use hand sanitiser before putting their face covering on and after taking it off and it is important that people
don’t touch their face covering when wearing it, where possible, to avoid hand to mask transmission of the virus.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

People should continue to avoid public transport wherever possible. But, as restrictions are carefully eased when it is safe to do so, it’s likely
that we will see more people needing to use public transport.

So, while respecting social distancing and maintaining good hand hygiene remain the most important steps we can all take to stay safe,
wearing a face covering can play a role in helping us to protect each other.

This is about the small changes we can take to help control the virus, which is why I urge everyone using transport to wear a face covering, to
help keep us all safer.

Face coverings are not the same as face masks. It is important that people do not use medical grade PPE masks to ensure these remain
available for frontline staff. Last month, the government set out advice for people on how to make their own face coverings easily at home,
using scarves or other textile items. These face coverings should cover the mouth and nose while allowing the wearer to breathe comfortably
and can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head to give a snug fit.

Paul Plummer, Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group, said:

Wearing face coverings on trains will help to ensure that those who need to travel by rail can do so with confidence. Greater use of face
coverings will boost the other measures we are putting in place to keep people safe, like more thorough cleaning, improved information on
potential crowding and one-way systems at busier stations.

See the safer travel guidance for passengers.

To ease pressure on public transport, the government has announced measures to encourage people to choose other forms of transport,
including £2 billion for cycling, and the acceleration of e-scooter trials across the country. To capitalise on the increase in cycling uptake in
recent months, the government is also working hard on measures to get more people commuting by bike with initiatives such as the Cycle to
Work scheme to help with the cost of bikes, including e-bikes.


Published: 4th June 2020

Source: Department for Transport and The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, GOV UK

Page URL: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/face-coverings-to-become-mandatory-on-public-transport

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Bulletins from Business Companion

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Bulletins from Business Companion

Travel:
Guidance for travel industry businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Food:
Guidance for food industry businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Housing and home improvements:
Guidance for housing and trade industry businesses during the
coronavirus pandemic.



Published: 2nd June 2020

Source: Business Companion

Page URL: https://www.businesscompanion.info/focus/coronavirus-covid-19#utm_source=CCAS&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Covid-19%20buisness%20guidance

Crest Medical Continue to Deliver Vital PPE to the NHS

Crest Medical Continue to Deliver Vital PPE to the NHS

Refresh Your Trusted Assessor Accreditation Online

Refresh Your Trusted Assessor Accreditation Online

The Disabled Living Foundation are seeing fantastic demand for their new online Trusted Assessor course:
Trusted Assessor: Assessing for Minor Adaptations with the first few classes debuting this week.

Last week’s news bulletin from Housing LIN announced the new course explaining that the formerly two-day face-to-face delivery is now available online including assignments, classrooms and workbooks. The first learners have been watching the presentations and videos and working their way through the modules; we are delighted with the early feedback.

The Trusted Assessor: Assessing for Minor Adaptations course is accredited at level three and is a suitable foundation for further trusted assessor courses such as the popular major adaptations course accredited at level four. The DLF are looking forward to the next enrolment of learners.

To find out more about this and other equipment-related courses call 0207 289 6111 for more details.


Published: 29th May 2020

Source: DLF Training Newsletter (May 2020)

Office for Life Sciences Bulletin – 29th May 2020

Office for Life Sciences Bulletin – 29th May 2020

The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) is a joint unit between the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
This bulletin aims to keep the life sciences sector up to date on the latest guidance whilst the UK is in the transition period and during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, providing you with information from Government to help your members and networks prepare.


Published: 29th May 2020

Source: Office for Life Sciences, GOV UK

Guinness Asset Management Invests £2.5 Million in Suntech UK, the Company Behind the Award Winning eFOLDI Mobility Scooter

Guinness Asset Management Invests £2.5 Million in Suntech UK, the Company Behind the Award Winning eFOLDI Mobility Scooter

Guinness Asset Management (“Guinness”) has invested in Suntech UK (trading as “eFOLDi”). eFOLDi is a design, inventions and manufacturing company specialising in innovative and lightweight mobility devices created to transform lives. Winner of The British Invention of the Year Award, the Surrey based business has been built off the back of the industry-changing eFOLDi Folding Mobility Scooter (the lightest in it’s class) leading to two years of rapid sales growth. There are plans to launch an even lighter model this year. It is eFOLDi’s mission to build an iconic brand for people with reduced mobility symbolising freedom, friendship and fun! As part of the investment, Guinness Fund Manager, Ashley Abrahams, will join the board of directors alongside experienced Non-Exec Chairman, Kevin Ronaldson, who has over 40 years’ experience advising growing companies.

eFOLDi is led by its ambitious and driven CEO, Sumi Wang, who helped design the original folding mobility scooter with her father, Jianmin Wang. Together, they have designed a product that is the best in class for lightweight mobility scooters. They serve the rapidly expanding market of people with reduced mobility, whether through age or illness, who wish to maintain as much independence and flexibility as possible. The eFOLDi folds to the size of a suitcase, ideal for transport and storage, and provides customers of all ages with a new lease of life.

Ashley Abrahams, Fund Manager at Guinness, said: “Guinness is delighted to be supporting Sumi Wang and her team during this exciting time of growth, expansion, and new product development. eFOLDi has a unique proposition that can make a real improvement to customers’ lives with innovation at the core. Sumi and her team have been very successful in driving the company forward and we very much look forward to working with them as they embark on
the next stage of growth.”

Sumi Wang, CEO of eFOLDi, said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Guinness onboard our exciting eFOLDi journey. Guinness is one of very few investors who has combined expertises in hardware manufacturing and personal mobility industries, and therefore will add tremendous value in the next stage of eFOLDi success. Personally I very much look forward to working with Ashley and the wider Guinness team – Together, we will take eFOLDi to a new horizon and beyond.”

Glen Waters, Head of Raise at PWC who advised on the investment, said: “We are pleased to have been able to support eFOLDi and Sumi Wang throughout this process. It is fantastic to see Guinness partner with the eFOLDi management team to support the next stage of the company’s development. We look forward to seeing the business realise its growth ambitions with Guinness’ support.”

Guinness was supported by Taylor Vinters LLP, Wilson Partners, and Glenesk Group.

eFOLDi was advised by PWC’s specialist SME Raise Team, supported by DWF LLP.


Published: 27th May 2020

The UK-EU Future Relationship Negotiations: Summary of Positions

The UK-EU Future Relationship Negotiations: Summary of Positions

The EU and UK agreed a Political Declaration (PD) setting out the framework for the future EU-UK relationship, alongside the 
Withdrawal Agreement (WA), on 17 October 2019. The October PD and WA revised the earlier PD and WA texts agreed by
Theresa May’s Government and the EU in November 2018.

Unlike the WA, the PD is a non-binding document and did not require ratification by either party. It set out parameters for the
negotiations, based on a set of joint commitments covering both an economic and security partnership and accompanying
governance arrangements. See the Commons Library Briefing Paper on the PD.   

The EU’s negotiating position was set out in the directives adopted by the Council of the EU on the 25 February. This was
based largely on the proposed directives presented by the European Commission on 3 February, although there were some
amendments following consideration by the Member States. The EU’s position on certain key principles for the negotiations
was also clear from earlier statements by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and chief
negotiator Michel Barnier. Slides published by the Commission in January 2020, and materials published by the Commission 
to accompany the draft directives on 3 February, also provided more detail.

The UK Government published a command paper setting out its approach on 27 February. This elaborated on positions
previously set out in a House of Commons written statement by the Prime Minister on 3 February. Speeches by the 
Prime Minister on 3 February and the UK chief negotiator David Frost on 17 February, and the statement by the Chancellor of
the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove following the publication of the command paper on 27 February also provided more
context and detail on the Government’s position.

The UK and EU positions going into the negotiations were summarised in the House of Commons Library briefing paper 8834, 
The UK-EU future relationship negotiations: process and issues.

The European Commission published a draft future relationship treaty on 18 March which provides more clarity and detail on
its position. The UK has also tabled treaty texts covering the suite of agreements it is proposing. These were published on 19 May.

The positions of the UK and EU in the negotiations, based on the publicly available documents and statements prior to publication
of the UK texts on 19 May, are summarised in the attached tables.

The tables in the attached paper provide a summary of the UK and EU positions in the future relationship negotiations, based on
publicly available documents and statements.

Published: 20th May 2020

Source: House of Commons Library

Page URL: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8920/?utm_source=HOC+Library+-+Research+alerts&utm_campaign=c689cecc9d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_05_21_08_00&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a9da1c9b17-c689cecc9d-102521013&mc_cid=c689cecc9d&mc_eid=4ef2f533a7

Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy

Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy

The Government’s roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis.


Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy


Large print version:


Welsh language version:


This document describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and sets out the plans for moving to the next phase of its response to the virus.

The strategy sets out a cautious roadmap to easing existing measures in a safe and measured way, subject to successfully controlling the virus and being able to monitor and react to its spread. The roadmap will be kept constantly under review as the epidemic, and the world’s understanding of it, develops.


Published: 26th May 2020

Source: Cabinet Office, GOV UK

Page URL: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/our-plan-to-rebuild-the-uk-governments-covid-19-recovery-strategy

All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People

All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People

The APPG on Housing and Care for Older People organises an Inquiry every two years. These have often taken forward the work begun
by the Housing for an Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI); the last two inquiries have covered Rural Housing for an Ageing
Population (HAPPI 4) and Rental Housing for an Ageing Population (HAPPI 5) – All the recent APPG Inquiry reports can be found at: www.housinglin.org.uk/HAPPI

APPG Inquiry: Housing for those living with Dementia

There are currently around 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. This is projected to rise to
1.6 million by 2040. Two thirds of these are not living in residential care but in their own accommodation, and our study will consider
the policies and practices that can enhance independence and quality of life. 

For 2020, the Officers of the APPG have decided to establish an Inquiry on “Housing for those living with Dementia”.

Launched on 13 May 2020, there will be four Inquiry sessions over the course of this year. Expert ‘witnesses’ will present at each session.
These will cover dementia-friendly design/development of new homes, changes and adaptations to existing properties, ongoing input of
care and support, including consideration of innovations in technological support. We intend to produce a report in March 2021 which:

  • makes recommendations to central and local government and other key players
  • provides guidance and stimulates interest for housing providers with an interest in older people


Published: 22nd May 2020

Source: Housing LIN

Page URL: https://www.housinglin.org.uk/Topics/browse/HousingandDementia/appg-inquiry-housing-and-dementia/

First Aid Medical Equipment Section – 22nd May 2020

First Aid Medical Equipment Section – 22nd May 2020

First Aid Cover and Qualifications During the Coronavirus Outbreak

If first aid cover for your business is reduced because of coronavirus or you can’t get the first aid training you need, there are some things you can do so that you still comply with the law.

You should review your first aid needs assessment and decide if you can still provide the cover needed for the workers that are present and the activities that they are doing.

Keep enough first aid cover

If fewer people are coming into your workplace it may still be safe to operate with reduced first aid cover. You could also stop higher-risk activities.

Share first aid cover with another business

You could share the first aiders of another business, but be sure that they have the knowledge, experience and availability to cover the first aid needs of your business. 

Shared first aiders must:

  • be aware of the type of injuries or illnesses that you identified in your first aid needs assessment and have the training and skills to address them
  • know enough about your work environment and its first aid facilities
  • be able to get to the workplace in good time if needed

Whoever provides the temporary cover must make sure they do not adversely affect their own first aid cover. 

First aid certificate extensions

If you hold a first aid certificate that expires on or after 16 March 2020 and cannot access requalification training because of coronavirus, you may qualify for an extension. This applies to:

  • Offshore Medic (OM)
  • Offshore First Aid (OFA)
  • First Aid at Work (FAW)
  • Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)
How you qualify for the extension

To qualify for the extension, you must be able to:

  • explain why you haven’t been able to requalify
  • demonstrate what steps you have taken to access the training, if asked to do so
Requalification training in England

The first aid training industry in England is confident that enough courses will now be available for all required requalification training to take place. HSE has therefore agreed a final deadline for requalification for these qualifications of 30 September 2020.

Requalification training in Scotland and Wales

It is accepted that training capacity in Scotland and Wales, and for some parts of the emergency services across Great Britain, might take longer to build.

The deadline for completing requalification training in Scotland and Wales (and in relevant GB emergency services), will therefore be reviewed by HSE over the coming months. Employers or certificate holders should still try to arrange requalification training at the earliest opportunity.

Annual refresher training

If first aiders are unable to access annual refresher training face to face during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, HSE supports the use of online refresher training to keep their skills up to date.  

HSE still strongly recommends that the practical elements of actual FAW, EFAW and requalification courses are delivered face to face, so that competency of the student can be properly assessed.

Interrupted first aid training

If because of coronavirus you cannot complete training for your first aid qualification within the usual timeframe, training can restart at a later date as long as:

  • a full recap of training delivered before the interruption is done before moving onto undelivered modules
  • the awarding body is content that you can show:
    • a full understanding of all aspects of the course content
    • the knowledge required and competencies at the end of the training


Published: 22nd May 2020

Source: Health and Safety Executive

Page URL: https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/first-aid-certificate-coronavirus.htm?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_term=other-1&utm_content=sme-0505

Return to Workplace Advice – Webinar

Return to Workplace Advice – Webinar


Date:

Friday 22 May 2020


Presenters:

Dr Simon Joyston-Bechal, Turnstone Law


Overview:

There are many areas to consider in the workplace and this presentation covers
the government guidance’s as well as the liabilities that may be imposed upon
us as we return with many areas to consider.


The key points of this Webinar are:

Health & Safety Law Conundrums during the Pandemic

  • Could we be prosecuted for COVID-19 exposures?
  • Managing difficult decisions relating to COVID-19
  • Can we keep operating if we are struggling with social distancing?
  • Working from home – how far do our duties extend?
  • Returning to work
  • Reporting under RIDDOR
  • Q&A


About the speaker:

Dr Simon Joyston-Bechal

Dr Simon Joyston-Bechal is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading health
and safety lawyers. He is a director at Turnstone Law and previously qualified
as a doctor, putting him in a unique position to deal with technical, safety and
health-related legal issues. In addition to defending health and safety enforcement,
he focuses on training senior management and advising organisations on legal
preventive measures to reduce the likelihood of prosecution in the event of an incident.


Published: 22nd May 2020

Larger Businesses to Benefit from Loans of up to £200 Million

Larger Businesses to Benefit from Loans of up to £200 Million

Government extends maximum loan size available through the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme
from £50 million to £200 million.

  • loans under the expanded scheme will be made available to large businesses affected by coronavirus from next week
  • changes also mean companies receiving help through CLBILS and the Bank of England’s Coronavirus Corporate Financing Fund
    will be asked to agree to not pay dividends and to exercise restraint on senior pay

Businesses will be able to benefit from larger loans under the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme
(CLBILS), the government announced today.

The maximum loan size available under the scheme will be increased from £50 million to £200 million to help ensure
those large firms which do not qualify for the Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) have enough
finance to meet cashflow needs during the outbreak.

The expanded loans, which have been introduced following discussions with lenders and business groups, will be
available from 26 May.

John Glen, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, said:

We’re determined to support businesses of all sizes throughout this crisis and our loans and guarantees have already
provided over £32 billion to thousands of firms.

Today we’re increasing the maximum loan to £200 million to make sure companies get the help they need.

Businesses have benefitted from over £32 billion in loans and guarantees to support their cashflow during the crisis.
This includes 268,000 Bounce Back Loans worth £8.3 billion, 36,000 loans worth over £6 billion through the Coronavirus
Business Interruption Loan Scheme, and £359 million through the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme,
alongside £18.7 billion through the CCFF.

Companies borrowing more than £50 million through CLBILS will be subject to restrictions on dividend payments, senior
pay and share buy-backs during the period of the loan, including a ban on dividend payments and cash bonuses, except
where they were previously agreed.

These restrictions will also apply to CCFF participants that wish to borrow money beyond 12 months from today. This will
ensure that the money is used to keep the company going through the crisis. The Bank will also publish a list of companies
who are benefitting under CCFF on 4 June.

Further Information
  • borrowers under CLBILS will be able to borrow up to 25% of turnover, up to a maximum of £200 million
  • lenders who wish to offer larger loans will need to undergo further accreditation checks

The restrictions in place will include:

  • Dividends: Borrowers cannot make any dividend payments other than those that have already been declared
  • Share buyback: Borrowers agree not to make any share buybacks
  • Executive pay: Borrowers cannot pay any cash bonuses, or award any pay rises to senior management (including the board) except
    where they were a) declared before the CLBILS loan was taken out, b) is in keeping with similar payments made in the preceding 12
    months, and c) does not have a material negative impact on the borrower’s ability to repay the loan.

Further information on CLBILS can be found: https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-schemes/clbils/

Further information on CCFF can be found: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/markets/covid-corporate-financing-facility


Published: 19th May 2020

Source: HM Treasury, GOV UK

Page URL: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/larger-businesses-to-benefit-from-loans-of-up-to-200-million

UK Tariffs from 1 January 2021

UK Tariffs from 1 January 2021

How to check the tariffs that will apply to goods you import when the UK Global Tariff takes effect on 1 January 2021.

From 1 January 2021, the UK will apply a UK-specific tariff to imported goods.  

This UK Global Tariff (UKGT) will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff, which applies until 31 December 2020.

The government ran a consultation to inform development of the UKGT. Read the summary of public responses and
government response for full details.

What the tariff applies to

The UKGT will apply to all goods imported into the UK unless:

It only shows the tariffs that will be applied to goods at the border when they’re imported into the UK.

It does not cover:

Goods covered by a tariff-rate quota

Some products are covered by a tariff-rate quota. This allows a limited amount of a product to be imported at a zero
or lower tariff rate. 

The limit may be expressed in units of:

  • weight
  • volume
  • quantity
  • value   

If this limit is exceeded, a higher tariff rate applies.

If there is a tariff-rate quota on your product, you can apply to import a limited amount at a reduced rate of customs
duty.  Some tariff-rate quotas are only applicable to products imported from a specified country.

The government will publish further advice on tariff-rate quotas later in 2020. This will be based on the quotas in the 
UK goods schedule at the World Trade Organization, published in draft in 2018.

How to check the tariff

Use the UK Global Tariff tool to check the tariffs that will apply to goods you import from 1 January 2021

You can search using:

  • an 8 digit commodity code
  • a product description
  • a combination of these

You can download the full UKGT (csv: 2.5mb).

We have simplified and liberalised many tariffs on goods imported into the UK. Government amendments are
highlighted in the ‘change’ column in the UK Global Tariff tool.

‘Liberalised’ means the tariff has been reduced to zero.

‘Simplified’ means the tariff has been rounded down or ‘banded’. For some complex tariffs this means the tariff is now
expressed as a single percentage.

‘Reduced’ means the tariff has been lowered beyond the simplification measure.

‘Currency conversion’ means that tariffs have been converted at an exchange rate of €1 = 0.83687 GBP. After this
conversion, rates equal to or over £10 have been rounded down to the nearest whole pound. Rates under £10 have been
rounded down to the nearest 10 pence.

For more details on the exact changes and amendments read the government response to the consultation.

Tariff relief on some goods for tackling coronavirus (COVID-19)

The tariff and VAT have been removed on some goods.

This will be reviewed throughout 2020 and will continue to apply in 2021 if necessary.

Find the tariffs which are subject to relief measures because of COVID-19.


Published: 19th May 2020

Source: GOV UK

Page URL: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-tariffs-from-1-january-2021?utm_source=3efc1970-1abf-4ee6-9643-02d25af1c7c2&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

Emerging from Lockdown

Emerging from Lockdown

Safely re-occupying buildings

As businesses start to consider bringing staff back into work premises, a number of issues need to be considered for the safety
of everyone entering the building. Government guidelines should be followed.

This brief document is intended to give business owners, managers and employers an outline of the main areas that need to be
considered concerning both safe working practices and the assessment of building services. It includes links to a new Health
and Safety Executive (HSE) website on minimising the risk of legionella.


Ventilation Guidance

The advice in this document is for building owners/managers and operators when reopening buildings following a period of
inactivity and considering the requirements for the ventilation system. 


Recommissioning of Lifts and Escalators Post Lockdown

Many lifts and escalators will have been switched off for lockdown. Whilst most will go back into service without any
glitches there are some precautionary steps that should be taken before returning them to regular service. 


Please check the following link for updated versions of the information on this page:

https://www.cibse.org/coronavirus-covid-19/emerging-from-lockdown


Published: 19th May 2020

Source: CIBSE

Page URL: https://www.cibse.org/coronavirus-covid-19/emerging-from-lockdown

Office for Life Sciences Bulletin – 15th May 2020

Office for Life Sciences Bulletin – 15th May 2020

The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) is a joint unit between the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
This bulletin aims to keep the life sciences sector up to date on the latest guidance whilst the UK is in the transition period and during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, providing you with information from Government to help your members and networks prepare.


Published: 15th May 2020

Source: Office for Life Sciences

Government to Support Businesses through Trade Credit Insurance Guarantee

Government to Support Businesses through Trade Credit Insurance Guarantee

Businesses with supply chains which rely on Trade Credit Insurance and who are experiencing difficulties maintaining cover due
to Coronavirus will get support from the government, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen has announced.

Trade Credit Insurance provides cover to hundreds of thousands of business to business transactions, particularly in non-service
sectors, such as manufacturing and construction. It insures suppliers selling goods against the company they are selling to
defaulting on payment, giving businesses the confidence to trade with one another. But due to Coronavirus and businesses
struggling to pay bills, they risk having credit insurance withdrawn, or premiums increasing to unaffordable levels.

To prevent this from happening, the government will temporarily guarantee business-to-business transactions currently supported
by Trade Credit Insurance, ensuring the majority of insurance coverage will be maintained across the market. This will support
supply chains and help businesses to trade with confidence as they can trust that they will be protected if a customer defaults on
payment.


The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen said:

This country’s businesses are crucial in helping us to kick start the economy as we get back to work, and I will do everything I can
to help support them through this difficult time. By guaranteeing business-to-business transactions currently supported by Trade
Credit Insurance, we will help to maintain a vital cog in our economy.

This is on top of an unprecedented package of support we have put in place to help protect individuals, businesses and the economy.


Business Minister, Paul Scully, said:

Giving businesses the confidence to continue trading is vital to seeing us through this crisis. This guarantee will be essential as we
seek to reopen new sectors of the economy and get the UK back to work in a way that is safe for everyone.

The guarantee will be delivered through a temporary reinsurance agreement with insurers currently operating in the market.

The government will work with businesses and the industry on the full details of the scheme to ensure firms are supported and risk is
appropriately shared between the government and insurers.

The guarantees will cover trading by domestic firms and exporting firms and the intent is for agreements to be in place with insurers
by end of this month.

The guarantee will be temporary and targeted to cover CV-19 economic challenges, and will provisionally last until the end of the year.
It will be followed by a review of the TCI market to ensure it can continue to support businesses in future. Further details will be
announced in due course.


Further information


BCC Director General Adam Marshall said:

The government has demonstrated once again that it is listening to the concerns of our business communities.

The launch of a government-backed guarantee to support the provision of trade credit insurance will help ensure that this vital lifeline
remains available to businesses during and after this crisis, helping to maintain supply chains and trade.

CBI Chief Economist Rain Newton-Smith, said:

The government’s decision to backstop trade credit insurance will protect thousands of jobs and allow many businesses across the
UK to restart operations.

This intervention will keep cash flowing within critical supply chains and more importantly, it will help lower risk for our exporters and
ensure that UK firms can continue to trade with other countries.

Getting this scheme up and running is crucial as the UK economy gradually restarts, while keeping public health as the first priority.


FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry, said:

As the pandemic continues to bite, small firms need all the help they can get to continue to trade domestically and internationally.
This temporary reinsurance scheme should mean that small businesses don’t have their trade credit insurance withdrawn and should
be able to continue to access affordable insurance to support trading with other businesses.

The intervention provides much needed confidence for small businesses to get back on their feet and start trading again as we enter
recovery. This protection will be particularly helpful for small businesses operating in the supply chains of sectors like construction
and manufacturing. We look forward to working with the government and insurance industry to get this scheme live as quickly as
possible and to ensure that it helps small businesses to trade with confidence.

  • in whole of 2018 £450 million was paid in TCI premiums to cover over £350 billion in business activity
  • as of April 2020 there was over £171 billion business activity insured, covering transactions between
    around 13000 suppliers and 650,000 buyers


Published: 13th May 2020

Source: HM Treasury, GOV UK

Page URL: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-support-businesses-through-trade-credit-insurance-guarantee

Transport for London Update 13 May 2020

Transport for London Update 13 May 2020

Transport for London Update delivered by –
Vernon Everitt
Managing Director, Customers, Communication & Technology


“We have a plan to help London re-open carefully, safely and sustainably.

This follows the advice and messages published by the Government yesterday.

In line with Government plans to increase national rail services, we are working hard to return Tube and bus services to normal levels
under extraordinarily difficult circumstances, with many staff ill, shielding or self-isolating.  

By next week, over 70 per cent of Tube services (in line with national rail services) and 85 per cent of bus services will be running.

However, given the national requirement to maintain 2 metres distance between passengers wherever possible, the capacity on the
Tube and buses will be reduced to around 13-15 per cent, even once services are back to full strength.

This means transport must operate very differently.

In line with new Government advice, everyone who can work from home should continue to do so. Public transport should be avoided
wherever possible to free up the limited space available to those who have no alternative way to travel.

If you must travel, please plan ahead and travel outside of the busiest times, particularly first thing in the morning.  Please try to take
the most direct route and avoid busy interchanges. To help you plan your journey we will be publishing details of the busiest stations
and lines in the next few days and will write to you again with that information.

If you can, please walk or cycle for all or part of your journey, including to complete your journey if travelling into central London.
We have been introducing local improvements in partnership with boroughs to widen footpaths and provide more cycle lanes.
You can find out more here.

This is also to help support you in making the most of your local shops and outdoor spaces.

We are taking measures across our network to enable social distancing of 2 metres where possible. Please wear a face covering.
Do not travel if you have any symptoms of the virus.

You may be asked to wait to enter a station. Some stations will have one-way systems, or you may be asked to walk on the left.
We are also asking people to maintain social distancing throughout stations, for example on stairs, escalators and in lifts.

If travelling by bus, please maintain social distancing at stops and bus stations wherever possible. Currently you will also need to
board the bus using the middle doors and you do not need to tap in. When in the bus please use all available space, including the upper
deck, if possible, to maintain social distancing.

We are doing everything we can to maintain the cleanliness of our network with regular cleaning using hospital grade antiviral disinfectant.

It is also important that you continue to follow the Government advice on hygiene. Please wash your hands before and after travel and carry
hand sanitiser with you. We are also putting hand sanitiser dispensers in our stations in the coming weeks.

Please be considerate to our staff and follow their instructions. Everyone is doing their best in these difficult times.

Thank you for your help.

I will write to you again with further information in the coming days.

Yours sincerely

Vernon Everitt
Managing Director, Customers, Communication & Technology”


Source: Transport for London Newsletter

Published: 13th May 2020

Remotely-Delivered Trusted Assessor Course

Remotely-Delivered Trusted Assessor Course

The DLF has responded to the pandemic with the introduction of a range of services in support of housing, health and social care
professionals involved in enabling independent living. 

One of these is the availability of their normally 2-day accredited Trusted Assessor face-to-face course as a fully online option.
The course enables professionals to be accredited to assess for minor adaptations – increasing the pool of assessors can be an
important factor in reducing time to discharge as well as improving the suitability of homes and supporting daily activities during
lockdown.

This new version of the course uses a variety of learning methods – videos, class webinars, video-recorded assignments and an
online leaning management system to cover the normally 2 day course via a suite of modules. The use of modules enables
learners to fit them around their personal commitments and workloads with one module being a class-based Trainer-led
interactive class.

The DLF is recognised by RCOT, Foundations and BHTA and trains hundreds of learners UK-wide annually through a mixture of
open and commissioned courses at a variety of levels in equipment-related skills.


Trusted Assessor – Assessing for Minor Adaptations online

This course is available now and throughout the pandemic, call or email the DLF to find out more:


Published: 12th May 2020

Source: Housing LIN Newsletter

Chancellor Extends Furlough Scheme Until October

Chancellor Extends Furlough Scheme Until October
The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October,
the Chancellor announced today (Tuesday 12 May 2020).

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until end of October
  • furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500
  • new flexibility will be introduced from August to get employees back to work and boost economy


In a boost to millions of jobs and businesses, Rishi Sunak said the furlough scheme would be extended by a further four months
with workers continuing to receive 80% of their current salary.

As we reopen the economy, we need to support people to get back to work. From the start of August, furloughed workers will be
able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.

The employer payments will substitute the contribution the government is currently making, ensuring that staff continue to
receive 80% of their salary, up to £2,500 a month.


Chancellor Rishi Sunak said:

Our Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has protected millions of jobs and businesses across the UK during the outbreak – and
I’ve been clear that I want to avoid a cliff edge and get people back to work in a measured way.

This extension and the changes we are making to the scheme will give flexibility to businesses while protecting the livelihoods
of the British people and our future economic prospects.

New statistics published today revealed the job retention scheme has protected 7.5 million workers and almost 1 million
businesses.

The scheme will continue in its current form until the end of July and the changes to allow more flexibility will come in from the
start of August. More specific details and information around its implementation will be made available by the end of this month.

The government will explore ways through which furloughed workers who wish to do additional training or learn new skills are
supported during this period. It will also continue to work closely with the Devolved Administrations to ensure the scheme
supports people across the Union.

The Chancellor’s decision to extend the scheme, which will continue to apply across all regions and sectors in the UK economy,
comes after the government outlined its plan for the next phase of its response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The scheme is just one part of the government’s world-leading economic response to coronavirus, including an unprecedented
package for the self-employed, loans and guarantees that have so far provided billions of pounds in support, tax deferrals and
grants for small businesses.

Today the government is also publishing new statistics that show businesses have benefitted from over £14 billion in loans and
guarantees to support their cashflow during the crisis. This includes 268,000 Bounce Back Loans worth £8.3 billion, 36,000
loans worth over £6 billion through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, and £359 million through the
Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme.


Mike Cherry, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said:

The Job Retention Scheme is a lifeline which has been hugely beneficial in helping small employers keep their staff in work, and
it’s extension is
welcome. Small employers have told us that part-time furloughing will help them recover from this crisis and it is welcome that
new flexibility is announced today.


BCC Director General Adam Marshall said:

The extension of the Job Retention Scheme will come as a huge help and a huge relief for businesses across the UK.

The Chancellor is once again listening to what we’ve been saying, and the changes planned will help businesses bring their
people back to work through the introduction of a part-time furlough scheme. We will engage with the Treasury and HMRC on
the detail to ensure that this gives companies the flexibility they need to reopen safely.

Over the coming months, the government should continue to listen to business and evolve the scheme in line with what’s
happening on the ground. Further support may yet be needed for companies who are unable to operate for an extended period, or
those who face reduced capacity or demand due to ongoing restrictions.


Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said:

The Chancellor is confronting a challenging balancing act deftly. As economic activity slowly speeds up, it’s essential that support
schemes adapt in parallel.

Extending the furlough to avoid a June cliff-edge continues the significant efforts made already and will protect millions of jobs.

Introducing much needed flexibility is extremely welcome. It will prepare the ground for firms that are reawakening, while helping
those who remain in hibernation. That’s essential as the UK economy revives step-by-step, while supporting livelihoods.

Firms will, of course, want more detail on how they will contribute to the scheme in the future and will work with government to get
this right.

Above all, the path of the virus is unpredictable, and much change still lies ahead. The government must continue to keep a watchful
eye on those industries and employees that remain at risk. All schemes will need to be kept under review to help minimise impacts
on people’s livelihoods and keep businesses thriving.

The greater the number of good businesses saved now, the easier it will be for the economy to recover.


Further information

Cumulative number of
approved facilities
Cumulative value of
approved facilities
Cumulative number
of applications

Bounce Back Loan Scheme

268,173

£8.378 billion

363,646

Coronavirus Business
Interruption Loans Scheme
35,919£6.094 billion71,316

Coronavirus Large Business
Interruption Loans Scheme
59£359 million358

  • the applications figure includes approved applications, those applications that are still to be processed, applications that have been declined and
    those applications that may turn out not to be eligible or cases where customers will decide not to proceed
  • figures show cumulative applications and approvals up to close of business on 10 May 2020
  • these figures include data from BBB accredited lenders shared directly with HMT by close of business on 11 May 2020
Number of Jobs Furloughed7.5 million
Number of Employers Furloughing935,000
Total £ claimed£10.1 billion

These figures are up until 9am today


Published: 12th May 2020

Source: HM Treasury, GOV UK

Page URL: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-extends-furlough-scheme-until-october

Working Safely During Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Working Safely During Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during
the coronavirus pandemic.

Applies to: England (see guidance for WalesScotland, and Northern Ireland)

These 8 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an
office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do
to keep people safe. Further guidance will be published as more businesses are able to reopen.

There is different guidance for educational and childcare settings and public transport operators.

You must not reopen if your business is closed under current government rules. Check if your business or venue can open.

  1. 5 steps to working safely
    Practical actions for businesses to take based on 5 main steps.
  2. Construction and other outdoor work
    Guidance for people who work in or run outdoor working environments.
  3. Factories, plants and warehouses
    Guidance for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses.
  4. Labs and research facilities
    Guidance for people who work in or run indoor labs and research facilities and similar environments.
  5. Offices and contact centres
    Guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments.
  6. Other people’s homes
    Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people’s homes.
  7. Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery
    Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants offering takeaway or delivery services.
  8. Shops and branches
    Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments.
  9. Vehicles
    Guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles,
    field forces and similar.


Published: 11th May 2020

Source: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, GOV UK

Page URL: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=coronavirus-hse&utm_term=beis-1&utm_content=general-15-may-20

Office for Life Sciences Bulletin – 7th May 2020

Office for Life Sciences Bulletin – 7th May 2020

The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) is a joint unit between the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
This bulletin aims to keep the life sciences sector up to date on the latest guidance whilst the UK is in the transition period and during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, providing you with information from Government to help your members and networks prepare.

Published: 7th May 2020

Source: Office for Life Sciences

BHTA Members Help the Call for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

BHTA Members Help the Call for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

BHTA members have been supporting the NHS and healthcare Services with supplies of PPE.

If you are experiencing shortages of equipment please contact our members to see if they can help you.


Published: 6th May 2020

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) – Current Accredited Lenders and Partners

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) – Current Accredited Lenders and Partners

Goody Bags from Healthcare Service (HCSUK)

Goody Bags from Healthcare Service (HCSUK)

BHTA member Jo Bonser of Health Care Services (HCSUK) decided to cheer up some Care Home Managers with some goody bags during Covid-19.

The goody bags included some branded merchandise, nail kits and wax melts. Sometimes the small thing in life can make a big difference to front line staff who are under extreme pressure at the moment.

Well done Jo!


















Published: 5th May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business and Employers in Northern Ireland

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business and Employers in Northern Ireland

Advice and guidance for business and employers in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19).Jump to table of contents

Financial support for businesses in Northern Ireland

Nibusinessinfo.co.uk(external link opens in a new window / tab) has information on financial support for businesses, including:

  • how to access the support that has been made available
  • who is eligible
  • when the schemes open
  • how to apply

Small Business Grant Scheme

Registration is now open for for businesses to apply for the £10,000 Small Business Grant Scheme(external link opens in a new window / tab).

The scheme will be extended to include small industrial businesses that qualify for industrial de-rating.

Small businesses that occupy a rental property can also apply at:

The deadline to register for this grant scheme is Wednesday 20 May 2020.

Hospitality, Tourism and Retail Sectors Grant Scheme

Businesses in the hospitality, retail and tourism sectors can apply for grants of £25,000. Registration to the scheme is open.

Non-domestic rates

A number of rating measures have been introduced to help businesses, including a rates holiday for businesses and the continuation of the Small Businesses Rate Relief scheme. For more information, see:

Water bills

Water and sewerage bills for businesses and non-domestic customers will not be issued until July. 

A planned annual increase in the non-domestic water and sewerage tariff will be deferred and reviewed in the Autumn.

Financial support for the fishing industry

A new £1.5 million support package for Northern Ireland’s fishing industry has been announced. It is expected the first payments will be made early in May 2020.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) will contact vessel owners in due course about how to apply for the scheme. For more information and the conditions of the scheme visit the nibusinessinfo website.(external link opens in a new window / tab)

UK wide government schemes

There are also a number of UK wide government schemes that businesses in Northern Ireland can access. To see what support is available for you and your business a coronavirus business support finder tool is available at:

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

All UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of your employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis.

Other schemes include:

For more information visit the nibusinessinfo.co.uk website(external link opens in a new window / tab)

Guidance from nibusinessinfo.co.uk

nibusinessinfo has advice for businesses on common questions including:

For more information visit the nibusinessinfo.co.uk website(external link opens in a new window / tab) 

Business support helplines

HMRC tax helpline

HMRC has set up a helpline for businesses and self-employed people who are concerned about paying their tax(external link opens in a new window / tab) due to  coronavirus (COVID-19). Call 0800 0159 559 for help and advice.

Invest NI helpline

Get help with your business online, or by calling the Invest NI Helpline(external link opens in a new window / tab). Telephone: 0800 181 4422

Emergency Volunteering Leave

A new, temporary, statutory right is available for eligible workers to take Emergency Volunteering Leave to help the Health and Social Care system in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

How you can help

If your business wishes to to supply or donate PPE supplies and/ or services to help in the response to COVID-19, use the form at the link below.

Useful links


Published: 5th May 2020

Source: nidirect government services

Page URL: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-business-and-employers

Coronavirus Advice for Businesses in Scotland

Coronavirus Advice for Businesses in Scotland

Coronavirus funds, latest updates and your most answered questions.

Fit Testing Face Masks to Avoid Transmission During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Fit Testing Face Masks to Avoid Transmission During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Respiratory protective equipment

Tight-fitting respirators (such as disposable FFP3 masks and reusable half masks) rely on having a good seal with the wearer’s face. A face fit test should be carried out to ensure the respiratory protective equipment (RPE) can protect the wearer.

To ensure you put on tight-fitting RPE correctly, use a mirror or ask a colleague. Fit-testers should follow government advice on social distancing, as they can make observations from this distance and deliver any instructions verbally.

The user should then carry out a pre-use seal check or fit check. The following poster and video give guidance on how to put on disposable respirators and how to do a pre-use seal check or fit check.

Minimise the risk of transmission

People who have symptoms of COVID-19 or are isolating in accordance with government guidance should not attend a face fit test.

To minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 during face-fit testing the following additional measures should be taken:

  • fit-testers should follow government advice on social distancing, as they can make observations from this distance and deliver any instructions verbally
  • those being fitted should keep their respirators on if closer observation is required to minimise risk to testers
  • both the fit tester and those being fit tested should wash their hands before and after the test in accordance with NHS guidelines
  • those being fit tested with non-disposable masks should clean the mask themselves before and immediately after the test using a suitable disinfectant cleaning wipe (check with manufacturer to avoid damaging the mask)
  • test facepieces that cannot be adequately disinfected (e.g. disposable half masks) should not be used by more than one individual. 
  • fit testers should wear disposable gloves when undertaking cleaning of the tubes, hoods etc and ensure they remove gloves
  • immediately dispose of used gloves, disposable masks, cleaning wipes etc in a waste bin

Fit testers should familiarise themselves with the following potential contact points and actions to minimise transmission:

Contact pointsAction to minimise transmission
Inside and outside of respirator (mask)The wearer should clean the inside and outside of the mask using a suitable disinfectant cleaning wipe under the fit tester’s instruction and supervision.
Inside and outside (where held) of hood used for qualitative fit testsThe fit tester should clean the inside and outside (where held) of the hood between each test using a suitable disinfectant wipe that won’t damage the visor and wearing disposable gloves.
Moisture from the wearer’s breath collected inside the ambient particle counting device tubing (i.e. for quantitative testing)Only touch used tubing when wearing gloves. Clean the mask end of the tube with a suitable disinfectant wipe after use.Have a stock of spare tubes (to allow used tubes to dry); or ensure the end of used tubing is placed in a wad of tissue if removing the condensate between tests by blowing out with compressed/canned air.
Fit testing adaptors and sampling probeClean at the same time as cleaning the mask following the fit test using a suitable disinfectant cleaning wipe, under the instruction and supervision of the fit tester.
Specific inner mask supplied by fit tester when fit testing powered RPE and the existing inner mask is replacedThis should be cleaned by the wearer at the same time as they clean the inside of the mask using a suitable disinfectant cleaning wipe following their fit test, under the instruction and supervision of the fit tester.
FiltersAlthough, the wearers exhaled air does not pass through the filters used when testing half and full facemasks, they may be re-used and handled between tests and so should be wiped using a suitable disinfectant cleaning wipe.

Further advice on fit testing

A fit test should be carried out before people wear RPE for the first time. Inadequate fit can reduce the protection provided and lead to immediate or long-term ill-health or can even put the RPE wearer’s life in danger. A fit test should be repeated whenever there is a change to the RPE type, size, model or material or whenever there is a change to the circumstances of the wearer that could alter the fit of the RPE; for example:

  • weight loss or gain
  • substantial dental work
  • any facial changes (scars, moles, effects of ageing etc) around the face seal area
  • facial piercings
  • introduction or change in other head-worn personal protective equipment (PPE)

There is no stipulated frequency for re-testing, and you don’t need one if there are no changes in these circumstances.

More detailed guidance is available on the respiratory protective equipment section of our website.


Published: 4th May 2020

Source: HSE Health and Safety Executive

Page URL: https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/face-mask-ppe-rpe-coronavirus.htm?utm_source=hse.gov.uk&utm_medium=refferal&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_term=rpe&utm_content=news-page

Scottish Stoma Forum Background and Activities

Scottish Stoma Forum Background and Activities

The Scottish Stoma Forum (SSF), which was formed in 2007 has a broad membership made up of patients, patient groups, Healthcare Professionals, Industry bodies, NSS NHS National Procurement and the Scottish Government. It has worked tirelessly over many years to ensure the services provided to Scottish Stoma patients are maintained at the highest possible level. Over the last two years the membership was expanded to include representatives from NSS NHS National Procurement and the Pharmacy Division within the Scottish Government to ensure we work cohesively with all relevant stakeholders.

The members of the Scottish Forum are:

• Mark Potter: Chairman and Colorectal Surgeon at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
• Param Mariappan: Consultant Urological Surgeon, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
• Brian Roach: NHS NSS National Procurement Category Manager
• Alison Crawshaw: Association of Stoma care Nurses and Ileostomy & Internal Pouch Association
• Brian Fretwell: Representing the Urostomy Association
• Libby Herbert: Representing Colostomy UK
• Jacqui Sibbald: Representing the Ileostomy & Internal Pouch Association
• Anne Haston: Advanced Nurse Practitioner
• Tracey McMeekin: Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Lead of Scottish Stoma Nurse Group
• Tony Sinclair: Advanced Nurse Practitioner NHS Highlands
• Alasdair Macintyre: Community Pharmacy Scotland
• Amanda Rae: Community Pharmacy Scotland
• Mike Sawers: British Healthcare Trades Association Stoma Manufacturers Section
• Jeremy Stokes: British Healthcare Trades Association Dispensing Appliance Contractors Section Chair
• Margaret Smith: BHTA Public Affairs

• Bryan Lamb : Pharmacy Division, Scottish Government
• Maria Mcilgorm MM Nursing Directorate: Scottish Government

The Scottish Stoma Forum can be contacted via:
• Kevin Hodges: British Healthcare Trades Association Section Support Lead

To be kept informed Email: ssf@bhta.com

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Latest Information and Advice from HSE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Latest Information and Advice from HSE

Scottish Stoma Nurses Community

Scottish Stoma Nurses Community

Welcome to the Scottish Stoma Nurses community.

From their link below you will find useful links to relevant stoma care web pages as well as the contact information for all NHS stoma care services within Scotland.

Stoma Nurse Specialists are pathfinders who help guide patients to obtain an optimum quality of life. However, adapting to life with a stoma involves a number of physical and psychological challenges, and the partnership formed between a patient and a stoma nurse specialist is central to making this transition a successful one. The stoma nurse specialist therefore plays a key role in the rehabilitation process, by providing information, education, as well as encouragement and counselling for patients and their carers, all of whom have a diverse range of fears, needs and aspirations. The comprehensive holistic care provided by stoma care nurse specialists has become central to enabling stoma patients achieve their optimum quality of life.

There is a separate tab for Scottish Stoma Care Nurse Specialists where they can join as a member. This will be a place to find and share useful links or articles. You will find instructions on this page how to join (how to join this community).

*Internet users will not be able to see all areas of our community website unless they apply for first; an NHS Scotland Athens username and password and second; membership of our community. Similarly, those possessing an NHS Scotland Athens username and password will not be able to see any areas of our community unless they first apply for membership.

**Disclaimer: External websites; we are not responsible for the contents.

http://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/stoma.aspx

Specification of Requirements for Dispensing and Supply of Stoma Appliances to Patients in the Community for NHS Scotland

Specification of Requirements for Dispensing and Supply of Stoma Appliances to Patients in the Community for NHS Scotland

This document sets out the service standards to be met by all Dispensing Appliance Suppliers and Community Pharmacy Contractors for the purposes of being placed on a list of approved suppliers authorised to dispense and supply Stoma Appliances and associated services to patients in the community. This document also sets out the ongoing standards to be met by Dispensing Appliance Suppliers and Community Pharmacists for the purposes of remaining on that approved supplier list. Failure to continue to meet the standards set out in this service standards document, as assessed on behalf of Scottish Government by National Procurement, a division of the Common Services Agency, a statutory body constituted pursuant to the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 and having its headquarters at Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9EB (“Common Services Agency”) may result in such parties being removed from the list of approved suppliers.
This is a continuation of the arrangements previously sent out in 2016.

Housing LIN Coronavirus Info Hub

Housing LIN Coronavirus Info Hub

With the escalating incidence of coronavirus in the UK, it is essential that those working in our sector are fully aware of the seriousness of COVID-19 and the risk to both our own lives and the public at large.

Theraposture Video Assessments and Virtual Product Demonstrations Deliver Positive Outcomes

Theraposture Video Assessments and Virtual Product Demonstrations Deliver Positive Outcomes

Theraposture, a specialist supplier of adjustable beds, chairs and care cots, has rolled out its new video assessment and demonstration
service with positive results for clients and Occupational Therapists (OTs).

Theraposture continues to provide essential assistive equipment to keep vulnerable individuals and those with restricted mobility,
independent and safe at home. As suppliers of medical devices, Theraposture provide an essential service in supporting private clients,
the NHS and Social Care OTs. Trusted and proven products, such as the award-winning Rotoflex Turning Bed, have been designed to
enable independent and safe bed transfers and as a result, can help individuals benefit from reduced carer contact. In many cases, the
Rotoflex can ensure independence for those who would otherwise struggle, thus avoiding residential care settings and hospitals –
essential for significantly reducing the risk of Covid-19 infection.

Theraposture are still firm believers in assessment-based provision hence have embraced technology to help with establishing
suitability of a product. This results in less risk of infection to our clients and colleagues.

As an alternative to home visits, assessments and product demonstrations are being provided remotely by experienced equipment
experts using video conferencing platforms such as Zoom and WhatsApp. This means that Theraposture experts can see the
environment where equipment will be used and personally discuss and understand an individual’s situation. Products are demonstrated
via video link from our demonstration room and in context to each person’s needs. Occupational Therapists also benefit from this
service as they can join the platform – ensuring all stakeholders are included, whilst remaining safe.

WhatsApp is proving to be the most popular tool for delivering video assessments.
Liam Braddell, Theraposture Sales Director, explains:
“As an ethical business we are focused on providing a solution that meets the needs, wants and risks for each customer. To understand
these, we need to assess each client however with many vulnerable people shielding, we have turned to technology to maintain this vital
part of the process. Our live video assessments protect clients and give greater peace of mind during these challenging times. In our
experience, most of our clients are delighted to have this option. If potential clients struggle with video calls, then supporting relatives or
healthcare professionals assist, plus we always set up meetings so attendees just need to join.”

Liam continues: “Assessments are centrally booked by calling the Theraposture offices on 0800 834654. Detailed questions are initially
asked regarding the user’s situation and we discuss which equipment might be considered. The equipment itself can be prepared in our
showroom so that it is possible to view more than one product in an assessment. Once delivered, our 14-Day Suitability Guarantee
begins. This ensures that should a product prove to be unsuitable, it can be returned for a refund, modified, or exchanged.”

Theraposture deliveries and service calls are carefully managed and comply fully with its COVID-19 safety policy. All customer-facing
staff wear fully protective PPE and social distancing is strictly adhered to during home installations. Each situation is discussed in detail
and is individually managed to ensure the upmost safety at all times.  

Liam concludes: “We are finding that video assessments still provide us with a same level of detail as a home visit and more family
members can join the conversation. Commonly relatives live too far away to join us for home visits whereas now they can get involved.
It is key that video assessments are treated like home appointments with a specific date and time agreed in advance. Overall, it is more
of an inclusive experience for clients, carers and supporting OTs.”

Walter, Occupational Therapist, Inclusion.me, added:
“In the complex new world where we find ourselves working to support high needs in the community, I was really pleased to be able to
move forwards on assessing needs and agreeing a safe product for my client who is being shielded at present. This was achieved by us
agreeing a basic specification of need, a video call from a Theraposture equipment expert to the client’s mother/home and then by
means of us tying up the details of the brief in a follow-up call. I welcome Theraposture’s willingness to find innovative ways of offering
continuity of service at this complicated time and look forward to future virtual visits as a safe way of offering input to the most
vulnerable of clients by removing avoidable delays through the use of remote technology to maintain distance.”


Published: 1st May 2020

COVID-19 Guidance: Information for NI Businesses & Employers

COVID-19 Guidance: Information for NI Businesses & Employers

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland.

To help businesses and employers understand what the measures announced by the Chancellor mean for you, please use this page
to navigate the latest guidance for people in Northern Ireland.

Guidance for employees

Read all the latest guidance and frequently asked questions for employees including details about statutory sick pay and Universal Credit.

Guidance for self-employed workers

The UK Government has launched a Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) which will support self-employed individuals
(including members of partnerships) who have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Details on how to apply can be found here.

Sickness and disability benefits

Face-to-face assessments for all sickness and disability benefits will be temporarily suspended for the next 3 months from Tuesday 17
March. No further action is required by any claimant as a result of this change. They will be contacted with advice on next steps.

Travel

Find out all the latest travel advice and sign up for travel alerts via the Foreign and Commonwealth (FCO) website.


Businesses


General guidance for employers

The UK Government has published extensive guidance for employers, including details on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19
and what to do if someone is suspected or confirmed to have the virus.

UK Government support for businesses

The UK Government has set out a package of measures to protect public services, people and businesses through this period of
disruption caused by COVID-19. Businesses in Northern Ireland can access the following schemes and announcements:

Northern Ireland Executive support for businesses

As some aspects of business support are devolved in Northern Ireland, Invest NI has provided practical advice for business online here.

Businesses in Northern Ireland can access the following schemes:

  • COVID Small Business Grant – A small business grant of £10,000 for all businesses with a rateable value up to £15,000. This will be automatically paid
    into the accounts of eligible direct debit ratepayers. Registration is now open for other eligible businesses to apply.
  • Hospitality, Tourism and Retail Sectors Grant Scheme – A grant of £25,000 will be provided to companies in these sectors with a rateable value from
    £15,001 up to £51,000. This scheme went live on 20 April.

Information on these schemes is available at NI Business Info

In his Budget Statement of 31 March, the Finance Minister confirmed a £100m package allocated to providing a three months rates holiday
to all businesses in Northern Ireland. No application is required to avail of this. It will be shown as a 25% discount on the annual rate bill for
business ratepayers.

The Budget Statement also provided for:

  • an effective 18% reduction in the Stormont determined portion of business rates (i.e. the non-domestic regional rate) compared to the 2019-20 figure;
  • an extension of the existing Small Business Rate Relief scheme for one year;
  • a deferral in the issuing of rates bills until June.

Business support helplines

HMRC tax helpline

HMRC has set up a helpline for businesses and self-employed people who are concerned about paying their tax due to COVID-19. The updated helpline number to support customers impacted by coronavirus is 0800 024 1222 and is open from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday. HMRC have introduced this number to ensure extra capacity on their network so customers can get through to us more quickly. Calls to the old helpline number will be redirected.

Invest NI helpline

Get help with your business online, or by calling the Invest NI helpline. Telephone: 0800 181 4422


Published: 22nd April 2020

Source: GOV UK, Northern Ireland OfficeHM Treasury, and Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street

Page URL: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-guidance-information-for-ni-businesses-employers?utm_source=36d4cb47-5b88-43d2-909d-2a0f84e13e5d&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

Examination Gloves Suspension

Examination Gloves Suspension

The demand for examination gloves has significantly increased above our predicted uplift under the current COVID-19 response.
To protect stockholding and ensure stock is delivered where it is needed most, Examination Gloves have moved into the
Daily PPE Stock Push model.

This includes NCP 6n Nitrile Examination Gloves. All other gloves remain available to order through NHS Supply Chain and
demand for these products will be closely monitored.

Change:

  • Examination Glove demand has significantly increased above our predicted uplift under the current COVID-19 response.
  • NHS England and NHS Improvement have taken the decision to move Examination Gloves into the Daily PPE Stock Push model.
  • This includes NCP 6n Nitrile Examination Gloves. All other gloves remain available to order through NHS Supply Chain and demand for
    these products will be closely monitored.
  • This is to protect stockholding and push out volumes in line with the NHS England consumption model.
  • There are 24 product codes affected.

Impact:

  • All 24 affected product codes will be suspended from the online catalogue on 14 April 2020.
  • A daily push of gloves stock will be in place for the first deliveries from Clipper on Thursday 16 April 2020.
  • Current orders placed for 15 April 2020 delivery will go ahead.
  • See our Downloads ▼ section to view the product listing for further information on the affected product codes.

Next Steps:

  • Customers can no longer order the 24 affected Examination Gloves NPCs, including all NCP 6n Nitrile Examination Gloves, as they will be
    moved into the Daily PPE Stock Push.
  • Under this model, the gloves will be delivered to a single trust location.
  • See our Useful Links  section for a full PPE Product Listing on the Dedicated PPE Channel website.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Account Manager or review the details provided in the 14 April 2020
    NHS Supply Chain Customer Update: COVID-19 Response webinar.


Published: 14th April 2020

Source: NHS Supply Chain

Page URL’s:
(1): https://www.supplychain.nhs.uk/covid19/?utm_source=LinkedIn26032020&utm_medium=SocialMedia&utm_campaign=Coronavirus
(2): https://www.supplychain.nhs.uk/icn/examination-gloves-suspension/?utm_source=C19Home14042020&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=Coronavirus

Coronavirus Info Hub

Coronavirus Info Hub

With the escalating incidence of coronavirus in the UK, it is essential that those working in our sector are fully aware
of the seriousness of COVID-19 and the risk to both our own lives and the public at large.

Whether operating or commissioning specialist or supported housing for older and vulnerable adults, ‘Info Hub’ is
split into three sections that signpost to relevant Housing LIN practice briefings, national government guidelines and
other useful information for our sector so you can be kept up-to-date of this rapidly evolving situation, access
support and take appropriate measures.

Visit other Health Intel topic pages for further resources on health and housing. There is also a simple-to-use online 
Health Exchange functionality on this site where you can give a brief description of and post other documents you
have come across that you consider have aided your learning and are vital reading, both on coronavirus and health
and housing generally.

And with coronavirus putting incredible pressure on the way person-centred and/or property services are delivered
safely into the homes of people who have a care and support need, contact us to discuss how we may help you in
these uncertain times.


Click Here to visit the page for Housing LIN resources, Government guidelines and advice, and other useful links.


Published: 14th April 2020

Source: Housing LIN

Page URL: https://www.housinglin.org.uk/Topics/browse/HealthandHousing/coronavirus-info-hub/

COVID-19: Guidance for Employees

COVID-19: Guidance for Employees

Going to work

You should work from home unless it is impossible for you to do so.

Sometimes this will not be possible, as not everyone can work from home. Certain jobs require people to travel to their place of work – for instance if you operate machinery, work in construction or manufacturing, or are delivering front line services.

See the full guidance on going to work.

Staying at home

If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

See the stay at home guidance for more information.

Sick pay

You can get £94.25 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work. It’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks.

If you are staying at home because of COVID-19 you can now claim SSP. This includes individuals who are caring for people in the same household and therefore have been advised to do a household quarantine.

To check your sick pay entitlement, you should talk to your employer, and visit the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) page for more information.

SSP start date

We are legislating for SSP to be paid from day 1, rather than day 4, of your absence from work if you are absent from work due to sickness or need to stay at home due to COVID-19. Once the legislation has been passed, this will apply retrospectively from 13 March. You should talk to your employer if you are eligible for SSP and need to claim.

Proof of sickness

If you have COVID-19 or are advised to stay at home, you can get an ‘isolation note’ by visiting NHS 111 online, rather than visiting a doctor. For COVID-19 cases this replaces the usual need to provide a ‘fit note’ (sometimes called a ‘sick note’) after 7 days of sickness absence.

If you’re self-employed or not eligible for SSP

If you are not eligible for SSP – for example if you are self-employed or earning below the Lower Earnings Limit of £118 per week – and you have COVID-19 or are advised to stay at home, you can now more easily make a claim for Universal Credit or new style Employment and Support Allowance.

If you are eligible for new style Employment and Support Allowance, it will now be payable from day 1 of sickness, rather than day 8, if you have COVID-19 or are advised to stay at home.

Furloughed workers

If you and your employer both agree, your employer might be able to keep you on the payroll if they’re unable to operate or have no work for you to do because of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is known as being ‘on furlough’.

You could get paid 80% of your wages, up to a monthly cap of £2,500.

If your salary is reduced as a result of these changes, you may be eligible for support through the welfare system, including Universal Credit.

Check if you could be covered by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Claiming benefits

Whether you are currently in or out of work, if you are on a low income and affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, you will be able to access the full range of the welfare system, including Universal Credit.

From 6 April we are increasing the standard allowance in Universal Credit and the basic element in Working Tax Credit for 1 year. Both will increase by £20 per week on top of planned annual uprating. This will apply to all new and existing Universal Credit claimants and to existing Working Tax Credit claimants.

If you have COVID-19 or are staying at home

You are now able to claim Universal Credit, and if required can access advance payments upfront without needing to attend a jobcentre.

If you are self-employed

You are able to claim Universal Credit, providing you meet the usual eligibility criteria.

To support you with the economic impact of the outbreak, and allow you to follow government guidance on self-isolation and social distancing, from 6 April the requirements of the Minimum Income Floor will be temporarily relaxed. This change will apply to all Universal Credit claimants and will last for the duration of the outbreak.

New claimants will not need to attend the jobcentre to demonstrate gainful self-employment.

Support for rent costs

You should check your eligibility for Universal Credit, which is available for people in and out of work. Support for rental costs will be paid through Universal Credit.

From April, we are increasing Local Housing Allowance rates to the 30th percentile of market rents. This applies to all private renters who are new or existing Universal Credit housing element claimants and to existing Housing Benefit claimants.


Published: 7th April 2020

Source: GOV UK, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Public Health England

Page URL: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees

COVID-19: Support for Businesses

COVID-19: Support for Businesses

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and
businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:

  • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • deferring VAT and Self-Assessment payments
  • a Self-employment Income Support Scheme
  • a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank
  • a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption
    to their cash flows through loans
  • the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

Check the business support website for answers to frequently asked questions.

Support for businesses through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is a temporary scheme open to all UK employers for at least 3 months starting from
1 March 2020. It is designed to support employers whose operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Employers can claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ (employees on a leave of absence) usual monthly wage costs, up to
£2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer
pension contributions on that wage. Employers can use this scheme anytime during this period.

The scheme is open to all UK employers that had created and started a PAYE payroll scheme on 28 February 2020.

Claim for wage costs through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

If your business needs short term cash flow support, you may be eligible for a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan.

Support for businesses through deferring VAT payments

We will support businesses by deferring Valued Added Tax (VAT) payments for 3 months.

If you’re a UK VAT registered business and have a VAT payment due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020,
you have the option to:

  • defer the payment until a later date
  • pay the VAT due as normal

Find out how to defer your VAT payment.

If you’re in temporary financial distress because of COVID-19 more help is available from HMRC’s Time to Pay scheme.

Support for businesses through deferring Self-Assessment payments on account

If you’re due to pay a self-assessment payment on account by 31 July 2020 but the impact of the coronavirus causes you
difficulty in making payment by that date, then you may defer payment until January 2021.

Eligibility

You are eligible if you are due to pay your second self-assessment payment on account on 31 July. You do not need to be
self-employed to be eligible for the deferment.

The deferment is optional. If you are still able to pay your second payment on account on 31 July you should do so.

How to access the scheme

This is an automatic offer with no applications required. No penalties or interest for late payment will be charged if you defer
payment until 31 January 2021.

During the deferral period you can set up a budget payment plan to help you pay the deferred payment on account when it
comes due.

If you’re in temporary financial distress because of COVID-19 more help is available from HMRC’s Time to Pay scheme.

Support for self-employed through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of
partnerships) who have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month
for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed.

Claim a grant through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

Support for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees

We will bring forward legislation to allow small-and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19. The eligibility criteria for the scheme will be as follows:

  • this refund will cover up to 2 weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID-19
  • employers with fewer than 250 employees will be eligible – the size of an employer will be determined by the number of people they employed as of 28 February 2020
  • employers will be able to reclaim expenditure for any employee who has claimed SSP (according to the new eligibility criteria) as a result of COVID-19
  • employers should maintain records of staff absences and payments of SSP, but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note. If evidence is required by an employer, those with symptoms of coronavirus can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online and those who live with someone that has symptoms can get a note from the NHS website
  • eligible period for the scheme will commence the day after the regulations on the extension of SSP to those staying at home comes into force
  • the government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible
Eligibility

You are eligible for the scheme if:

  • your business is UK based
  • your business is a small or medium-sized and employs fewer than 250 employees as of 28 February 2020
How to access the scheme

A rebate scheme is being developed. Further details will be provided in due course once the legalisation has passed.

Support for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses that pay business rates

Business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

We will introduce a business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

Eligibility

You are eligible for the business rates holiday if:

  • your business is based in England
  • your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied properties that are wholly or mainly being used:

  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • for assembly and leisure
  • for hospitality, as hotels, guest & boarding premises or self-catering accommodation

More information on eligibility is set out in the expanded retail discount guidance.

How to access the scheme

There is no action for you. However, local authorities may have to reissue your bill to provide this support. They will do this as soon as possible.

You can estimate the business rate charge using the business rates calculator.

Guidance for local authorities

Guidance for local authorities is available in the expanded retail discount guidance.

Cash grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

The Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme provides businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property.

Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to £15,000 may be eligible for a grant of £10,000.

Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 may be eligible for a grant of £25,000.

Eligibility

You are eligible for the grant if:

  • your business is based in England
  • your business is in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector
  • your business has a rateable value of under £51,000

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied properties that are wholly or mainly being used:

  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • for assembly and leisure
  • as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation

How to access the scheme

Eligible businesses will be contacted by their local authority, though some local authorities have decided to operate an applications process.

Any enquiries on eligibility for, or provision of, the grants should be directed to the relevant local authority.

Find your local authority.

Guidance for local authorities

Guidance for local authorities is available on administering the business grant schemes.

Support for nursery businesses that pay business rates

We will introduce a business rates holiday for nurseries in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

Eligibility

You are eligible for the business rates holiday if:

  • your business is based in England

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be hereditaments:

  • occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register
  • wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage
How to access the scheme

There is no action for you. However, local authorities may have to reissue your bill to provide this support. They will do this as soon as possible.

You can estimate the business rate charge using the business rates calculator.

Further guidance for local authorities is available in the nursery discount guidance.

Support for businesses that pay little or no business rates

The government will provide additional Small Business Grant Scheme funding for local authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBRR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief. This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs.

Eligibility

You are eligible if:

  • your business is based in England
  • you are a business that occupies property
  • you are receiving small business rate relief or rural rate relief as of 11 March
How to access the scheme

Eligible businesses will be contacted by their local authority, though some local authorities have decided to operate an applications process.

Any enquiries on eligibility for, or provision of, the grants should be directed to the relevant local authority.

Find your local authority.

Guidance for local authorities

Further guidance for local authorities is available on administering the business grant schemes.

Support for businesses through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

The temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme supports SMEs with access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million and for up to 6 years.

The government will also make a Business Interruption Payment to cover the first 12 months of interest payments and any lender-levied fees, so smaller businesses will benefit from no upfront costs and lower initial repayments.

The government will provide lenders with a guarantee of 80% on each loan (subject to pre-lender cap on claims) to give lenders further confidence in continuing to provide finance to SMEs. The scheme will be delivered through commercial lenders, backed by the government-owned British Business Bank.

There are 40 accredited lenders able to offer the scheme, including all the major banks.

Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply.

Support for large businesses through the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme

The new Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) will provide a government guarantee of 80% to enable banks to make loans of up to £25 million to firms with an annual turnover of between £45 million and £500 million.

This will give banks the confidence to lend to many more businesses which are impacted by coronavirus. Facilities backed by a guarantee under CLBILS will be offered at commercial rates of interest.

We expect the scheme to be delivered through commercial lenders. The government will provide lenders with an 80% guarantee on individual loans for businesses that would be otherwise unable to access the finance they need.

Lenders will still be expected to conduct their usual credit risk checks. This scheme allows lenders to specifically support businesses that were viable before the COVID-19 outbreak but now face significant cash flow difficulties that would otherwise make their business unviable in the short term.

The new scheme will launch later this month and will support a wide range of businesses to access finance products including short term loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance.

Businesses would remain responsible for repaying any facility they may takeout.

Eligibility

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be UK-based in its business activity
  • have an annual turnover between £45 million and £500 million
  • be unable to secure regular commercial financing
  • have a borrowing proposal which the lender:
    • would consider viable, were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic
    • believes will enable you to trade out of any short-term to medium-term difficulty

Businesses from any sector can apply, except for the following:

  • banks and building societies
  • insurers and reinsurers (but not insurance brokers)
  • public-sector organisations, including state-funded primary and secondary schools

Further detail on eligibility will be confirmed later this month.

How to access the scheme

The new scheme will launch later this month. We anticipate it will be available through a range of accredited lenders.

Once the scheme has launched, there is likely to be a big demand for facilities – businesses should consider applying via the lender’s website in the first instance. Telephone lines are likely to be busy and branches may have limited capacity to handle enquiries due to social distancing.

Support for larger firms through the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility

Under the new Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility, the Bank of England will buy short term debt from larger companies.

This will support your company if it has been affected by a short-term funding squeeze, and allow you to finance your short-term liabilities.

It will also support corporate finance markets overall and ease the supply of credit to all firms.

Eligibility

All non-financial companies that meet the criteria set out on the Bank of England’s website are eligible.

How to access the scheme

The scheme is now available for applications.

More information is available from the Bank of England.

Support for businesses paying tax: Time to Pay service

All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service.

These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities.

Eligibility

You are eligible if your business:

  • pays tax to the UK government
  • has outstanding tax liabilities
How to access the scheme

If you have missed a tax payment or you might miss your next payment due to COVID-19, please call HMRC’s dedicated helpline: 0800 024 1222.

If you’re worried about a future payment, please call us nearer the time.

Commercial insurance

Most commercial insurance policies are unlikely to cover pandemics or unspecified notifiable diseases, such as COVID-19.

However, those businesses which have an insurance policy that covers government ordered closure and pandemics or government ordered closure and unspecified notifiable disease should be able to make a claim (subject to the terms and conditions of their policy).

Insurance policies differ significantly, so businesses are encouraged to check the terms and conditions of their specific policy and contact their providers.

Notifiable diseases

Notifiable diseases are certain infectious diseases that registered medical practitioners have a statutory duty to notify the ‘proper officer’ at their local council or local health protection team about when they come across a suspected case.

The government keeps an updated list of notifable diseases. On 5 March 2020, the government added COVID-19 to its list of notifiable diseases.

Many insurers use diseases on this list as triggers for the activation or exclusion of insurance cover. For example, insurers’ policies that cover notifiable diseases will typically only cover a specific subset of notifiable diseases (such as Cholera or Anthrax) that the insurer will reference in the policy documentation. These policies will exclude any notifiable disease not on the insurers list, as well as future/unknown diseases (such as COVID-19). The price that the insurer charges for the policy is modelled against the risk posed by this set list of diseases.

Unspecified notifiable diseases

Some businesses will have purchased add-ons for their insurance that cover for ‘unspecified notifiable diseases’. These policies effectively cover any disease listed as a notifiable disease, enabling the business to claim for losses for all notifiable diseases as well as from diseases that are unknown at the point the policy is written.

The effect of the government adding COVID-19 to its list of notifiable diseases is to ensure that businesses with unspecified notifiable disease cover are able to make a claim – subject to the terms and conditions in their policy. For example, someone infected with COVID-19 may need to have been on the premises.

Government ordered closure

The government asked a number of different businesses and venues to remain closed from 21 March onwards.

Insurers have agreed that this advice is sufficient for businesses covered for COVID-19 losses to make a claim (if the only barrier to them making a claim was a lack of clarity on whether the government had ordered businesses to close). As such, intervention by the police or any other statutory body is no longer required to trigger cover in the current circumstances.

However, most businesses’ commercial insurance policies (including for denial of access) are unlikely to offer cover for COVID-19. Insurance policies differ significantly, so businesses are encouraged to check the terms and conditions of their specific policy and contact their providers.

Event coverage

Businesses with event cancellation policies that include unspecified notifiable disease extensions should be able to make a claim for the necessary and unavoidable cancellation, abandonment, curtailment, postponement and disruption of their event for reasons beyond the control of organisers and participants (subject to the other terms and exclusions of their policy).

Insurance for major events is often bespoke to the specific event, so businesses are encouraged to check the terms and conditions of their specific policy and contact their insurer or broker.

Protection from eviction for commercial tenants

Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19 will be protected from eviction.

These measures will mean no business will automatically forfeit their lease and be forced out of their premises if they miss a payment up until 30 June.

There is the option for the government to extend this period if needed.

This is not a rental holiday. All commercial tenants will still be liable for the rent. Commercial tenants are protected from eviction if they are unable to pay rent.

Eligibility

All commercial tenants in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are eligible.

How to access the scheme

The change will come into force when the Coronavirus Bill receives Royal Assent. No action is required.

Extension of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) arrangements

BIDs will be able to extend the maximum duration of their BID arrangements until 31 March 2021 by delaying BID ballots due to take place this year. This enables BIDs, and the local authorities who administer the ballot process, to concentrate on responding to the current emergency.

Eligibility

The measures apply to any BID in England due to ballot between now and 31 December 2020.

How to access the scheme

The change will come into force when the Coronavirus Bill receives Royal Assent. No action is required.

Support for businesses in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Because some elements of business support are devolved, the measures you can access may differ if your business is in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Businesses in Scotland

View the latest guidance on coronavirus for businesses in Scotland.

Businesses in Wales

View the latest guidance on coronavirus for businesses in Wales.

Businesses in Northern Ireland

View the latest guidance on coronavirus for businesses in Northern Ireland.


Published: 6th April 2020

Source: GOV UK, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Public Health England

Page URL: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

Additional Government Resources to Support Your Business During Coronavirus Disruptions

Additional Government Resources to Support Your Business During Coronavirus Disruptions

Other areas of support available from the government that can help businesses, employees, and the self-employed.

GOV UK have put together this list of additional government resources to help businesses, employees and the
self-employed affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Business support helpline

Contact the government’s business support helpline for free advice
Phone: 0800 998 1098
Webchat: talk to an adviser using the webchat
Phoneline and webchat open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm

Email: enquiries@businesssupporthelpline.org

Find more details and helplines in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

HMRC Helpline

HMRC have online help set up to help businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay
their tax due to coronavirus.

The best way to get help from HMRC on any topic is to contact them online.

Alternatively, you can call them on 0800 0159 559

Webinars

Government departments are hosting a series of webinars to help businesses understand the guidance and support
available:

Growth Hubs

Find your Growth Hub for free advice and information on:

  • local and national business support
  • sources of finance
  • help to build business resilience.

The Skills Toolkit

Free online courses at all levels to build your digital and numeracy skills:

Find a Job service

If your business needs more workers as a result of COVID-19, such as those in food logistics, preparation and retail, 
post vacancies on Find a Job.


Published: 3 April 2020

Source: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, GOV UK

Page URL: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/additional-government-resources-to-support-your-business-during-coronavirus-disruptions?utm_source=5d3104f5-4f0e-45e3-87ff-5cd880b1a842&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

Office for Life Sciences Bulletin – 3rd April 2020

Office for Life Sciences Bulletin – 3rd April 2020

The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) is a joint unit between the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and Department
for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

This bulletin aims to keep the life sciences sector up to date on the latest guidance whilst the UK is in the transition period and during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, providing you with information from Government to help your members and networks prepare.


Published: 3rd April 2020

Source: Office for Life Sciences

Stairlifts & Access Section – 3rd April 2020

Stairlifts & Access Section – 3rd April 2020

Video Link – Assessments & Consultancy


Do you require a domestic lift but don’t have the time or inclination for a technical consultant to visit your home?

Anglia Stairlifts offers a ‘virtual’ preliminary visit to your home to assess your requirements and can accurately
quote you without ever initially setting foot through your door.

Anglia Stairlifts can use several different technologies to achieve this service so you can choose from the following: –

  • FaceTime
  • Facebook Messenger Video
  • WhatsApp Video
  • Skype
  • Zoom

To book your ‘virtual preliminary visit’ please use the following options to book in your time slot. 
Call on:0800 2761565 or 01733 857421
Email at: enquiries@anglia-stairlifts.co.uk

Or click here to use the form on the Anglia Stairlifts website.


Published: 3rd April 2020

Source: Anglia Stairlifts

Page URL: https://www.anglia-stairlifts.co.uk/video-consultancy

Business Support

Business Support

This website will help you to find government support which is currently available to businesses. It is split into themes which can help you find what you are looking for.

Specialist Rotoflex Turning Beds Deliver Critical Home Independence with Reduced Risk During COVID-19 Crisis

Specialist Rotoflex Turning Beds Deliver Critical Home Independence with Reduced Risk During COVID-19 Crisis
Theraposture employees dressed in PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

Theraposture, a respected supplier of specialist adjustable beds, chairs and care cots, continues to provide vital support to vulnerable individuals during the COVID-19 outbreak through its award-winning Rotoflex bed and enhanced services.

As suppliers of medical devices and assistive technology, Theraposture provides a vital and essential service and is able to continue operating safely. This market leading expert is recognised as an essential supplier and has the backing of the NHS, the BHTA and the major charities it works with.

The equipment that Theraposture provides is vital for ensuring customers remain independent at home and avoid residential care settings. For example, by using the Rotoflex Bed it is likely that less external help is needed for bed transfers and therefore the risks of spreading the Coronavirus are massively reduced.

The patented Rotoflex is a specialist bed that will safely and consistently help users get into bed, get out of bed and to stand up without the need of hoisting, stand aids or carers. The Rotoflex takes the user from a seated position to a lying position at the touch of a button. Equally the bed also helps users from a lying position to a seated position from where they can be safely helped to their feet. Vertical lift technology can then raise users, so they achieve a safer standing transfer intentionally without being tipped forward. This proven and trusted product provides independence, and as a result reduces the need for carer givers.

Liam Braddell, Theraposture Sales Director comments: “Our mission is always to provide independence, care and
comfort at home through quality and proven adjustable beds, chairs and care cots. This ethos is now more relevant
than even before with social distancing, isolation and shielding to beat the spread of Coronavirus. Our solutions are
designed to help individuals stay at home safely and with peace of mind ­– with the ability to reduce or eliminate care
costs. With the increased risk of infection between clients and carers, the need for products that facilitate mobility at
home is imperative.”

Theraposture has introduced enhanced COVID-19 focused protocols and services so that its assistive products are
still available to individuals who are at increased risk because of the need for carers coming into their homes.
Many users of Theraposture products live with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s. These progressive debilitating
conditions can make daily tasks like beds transfers difficult and sometimes dangerous. With a solution such as the
Rotoflex bed, the immediate and future needs and risks are fully met. This means that users could avoid residential
care, hospital stays and the need for care packages. In addition, without appropriate and effective assistive
equipment in the home, the risk of injury from falls is increased which can lead to undue pressure on the NHS.
This furthers the risk of infection from COVID-19 hence Theraposture is continuing to provide products and
equipment servicing if requested and where appropriate.

Theraposture’s key workers are operating with utmost caution and protection as per the government’s latest
guidance which is continually reviewed. New services have been introduced such as group video client
assessments which support end users and Occupational Therapists so duty of care can be maintained.

Liam concludes: “We continue to receive high numbers of calls from existing and potential new customers seeking
solutions for increased safety at home. Our Rotoflex bed is an exemplary product that delivers a proven alternative
to domiciliary care and relocation to residential or nursing care. Add to this our comprehensive OT-led advice and
partnership with Parkinson’s UK, we are helping to support the NHS and reduce unprecedented pressures on social care.”


Published: 17th April 2020

COVID-19 Delivery Schedules

COVID-19 Delivery Schedules

NHS Supply Chain have been working with you to evolve new ways to deliver urgent stock.

To ensure the fast and safe supply of critical consumables and to give you visibility of your deliveries, they have new delivery processes.

For NHS Supply Chain Customers ONLY, it is vital that the NHS Supply Chain have a 24/7 contact for your organisation – if you haven’t already provided them with this contact please complete the form on the NHS Supply Chain website.
Find the form here > https://www.supplychain.nhs.uk/covid19/delivery-schedules/?utm_source=LinkedIn01042020&utm_medium=SocialMedia&utm_campaign=Coronavirus


Source: NHS Supply Chain

Page URL: https://www.supplychain.nhs.uk/covid19/delivery-schedules/?utm_source=LinkedIn01042020&utm_medium=SocialMedia&utm_campaign=Coronavirus

MyMarathon 2020

MyMarathon 2020


MyMarathon is a challenge to complete 26.2 miles in any way that suits you. Whether these are the first
miles you’ve ever run, you’re a regular runner, or you decide you’d rather walk it, as long as you cover
26.2 miles you’ll be a MyMarathon champion.

During this time, it’s vital for your physical and mental wellbeing to keep active. Run a marathon over a period
of days or weeks, in a safe place, that suits you, and help to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation‘s life
saving research.

Click Here to find out more


Published: 1st April 2020

Source: British Heart Foundation

COVID-19 Support for Businesses

COVID-19 Support for Businesses

Business Wales
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak the Welsh Government has announced almost £2bn of support for businesses
in Wales, in addition to the support provided by the UK Government.
Due to unprecedented demand Welsh Government has released a further and final £100 million into phase 1 of the
COVID-19 Economic Resilience Fund.

There are packages of support are designed to cover as much of the Welsh Economy as possible, and are mainly
focused around providing financial support for businesses, as detailed in the links on the Business Wales website,
however business advisory support is available online through the Business Wales service to assist you with financial
planning and recovery when the outbreak ends, and businesses start to consider their recovery.

The COVID-19 Business Support Eligibility Checker will take you through what support is available for your specific type
of business, and there are useful resources available in the FAQ and Useful Resources section to simply identify what
type of support is available.

This is an incredibly difficult time for the whole of the Welsh economy, the support that Government is providing is
designed to support as many businesses as possible through the outbreak.


Provision of Critical Equipment and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
The Welsh Government is working closely with business and industry to get supplies of critical equipment including
cleaning products and PPE to front line workers facing shortages during the COVID 19 outbreak. 
If you feel you can contribute, information on how to engage is available here.

Click Here to read more

Source: Welsh Government, Business Wales

Page URL: https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/

Chancellor Waives Duties and VAT on Vital Medical Imports

Chancellor Waives Duties and VAT on Vital Medical Imports
Medical supplies

Chancellor waives import taxes on vital medical equipment including ventilators, coronavirus testing kits and protective clothing.

  • goods arriving from outside the EU will not be subject to customs duty or import VAT
  • move will reduce red tape to ensure frontline health workers get vital equipment quickly and removes barriers to those who want to donate supplies to the NHS


The Chancellor has waived import taxes on medical equipment crucial to the fight against coronavirus – reducing red tape to ensure equipment gets to frontline health workers faster.

NHS suppliers will no longer have to pay customs duty and import VAT on specific medical goods coming from outside the EU,
including ventilators, coronavirus testing kits and protective clothing.

The removal of the tariffs, which can be up to 12 per cent on the price of these goods, will mean more vital supplies are flowing
into the UK to help the brave frontline workers treating patients with coronavirus.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said:

We are taking decisive action to ensure our NHS has everything it needs to fight this outbreak.

Waiving import taxes on vital medical equipment such as ventilators will speed up and increase the supply of critical items going
to our frontline health workers.

Dealing with coronavirus is a collective national effort and I will do everything I can to help us win this battle.

The changes, which were introduced last Friday, will also make the UK more attractive to companies who want to produce or
donate supplies to fight coronavirus.

The move helps deliver on the Chancellor’s promise to do whatever extra resources the NHS needs to cope with the outbreak

The list of goods exempt from import taxes includes ventilators, COVID-19 testing kits, face masks, protective garments and eye
protectors, amongst hundreds of other vital products to tackle the outbreak of coronavirus. The types of goods covered by the
UK’s new duty-free rules was created by the Department of Health.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:

We are working around the clock to ensure that our heroic frontline NHS and social care staff have all they need to tackle coronavirus.

The removal of import taxes for these goods will help clear the way for even more equipment to reach the frontline.

International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss said:

We are removing tariffs and barriers on essential medical supplies imported into the UK to ensure our front line workers have
everything they need to treat people suffering from Covid-19.

As I agreed with my G20 trade minister counterparts this Monday, we will work together to keep trade flowing and ensure the supply
of essential goods and services.

Notes
  • Under the current rules, importers require a duty deferment account with HMRC backed by a guarantee. Importers of these critical goods would
    need to increase the level of their guarantee to cover any additional duty due.
  • This new approach, in place until 31 July 2020, will allow companies to import goods critical for our fight against coronavirus at a faster rate
    and reduce costs significantly.
  • The relief can be claimed from HMRC immediately by state organisations, including state bodies, public bodies and other bodies governed
    by public law who are supplying the NHS. Other approved organisations wanting to supply the NHS can also apply to HMRC
  • HMRC has published new guidance about the import relief on GOV.UK. Only organisations supplying the NHS can utilise this relief.
  • All imports will continue to arrive through the same channels and face the same checks as before, so there is minimal chance of fraud.
    Companies benefiting from the relief also need to first be approved by HMRC.
  • The EU’s disaster relief regulation can be used in relation to COVID-19. This allows certain items that are needed to deal with C-19 to be imported
    free of VAT and customs duties.

Published: 31st March 2020

Source: GOV UK, HM Treasury

Page URL: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-waives-duties-and-vat-on-vital-medical-imports?utm_source=dd2fac69-23b7-46fc-ae3e-8e8cd03c50a7&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

Customer Update Webinars: COVID-19

Customer Update Webinars: COVID-19

Between 16 March and 3 April 2020, NHS Supply Chain presented a daily webinar series to trusts.
These webinars will continue to run for the foreseeable future (but now every Tuesday and Thursday),
as they will continue to update on products, processes and activity to support the current COVID-19 response.

Accessing Webinar Recordings

See NHS Supply Chain’s Useful Links section to access the latest recordings or to register for webinars. 
Following NHS trust feedback, the webinars will now take place at 4pm.

Customer FAQs

A page listing the most frequently asked webinar attendees’ and customers’ questions relating to the COVID-19
response is available on the NHS Supply Chain website.


Source: NHS Supply Chain

Page URL: https://www.supplychain.nhs.uk/covid19/webinars/

Scotland Section – 31st March 2020

Scotland Section – 31st March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): School and Early Learning Closures – Guidance About Key Workers and Vulnerable Children.

Guidance setting out the childcare and learning provision is expected for key workers and vulnerable children during closures
of school and early learning and childcare (ELC) settings to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Overview

This sets out what critical childcare and learning provision we expect to be made available to the children of key workers and
vulnerable children during closures of school and day care of children services (including early learning and childcare
settings (ELC), to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Closure of school and day care of children services is an important part of the efforts to protect public health – if we all do
the right things now, we will reduce the impact of the virus and save lives.

Local authorities have been asked to keep opening of physical settings to the minimum required. If we don’t, we face many
more people than would otherwise be the case becoming ill and dying, and we risk our NHS being overwhelmed.

Click Below to read more on:


Click Here to view and download Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance documents from the Scottish Government website.


Published: 31st March 2020

Source: gov.scot

Page URL: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-guide-schools-early-learning-closures/

Guidance on Social Distancing for Everyone in the UK

Guidance on Social Distancing for Everyone in the UK

Background and scope of guidance

This guidance is for everyone, including children. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers. If you live in a residential care setting guidance is available.

We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

This group includes those who are:

Note: there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice about the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full, outlined below.

People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:

  • people who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
  • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
  • people with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
  • people with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)

What is social distancing?

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are to:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
  4. Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is practicable.

We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:

  • are over 70
  • have an underlying health condition
  • are pregnant

This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

Handwashing and respiratory hygiene

There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • washing your hands more often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home

What should you do if you develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The same guidance applies to the general population and those at increased risk of severe illness form coronavirus (COVID-19). If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature and/or new and continuous cough), self-isolate at home for 7 days. You can find the full guidance at stay at home.

Getting assistance with foods and medicines if you are reducing social contacts

Ask family, friends and neighbours to support you and use online services. If this is not possible, then the public sector, business, charities, and the general public are gearing up to help those advised to stay at home. It is important to speak to others and ask them to help you to make arrangements for the delivery of food, medicines and essential services and supplies, and look after your physical and mental health and wellbeing.

If you receive support from health and social care organisations, for example, if you have care provided for you through the local authority or health care system, this will continue as normal. Your health or social care provider will be asked to take additional precautions to make sure that you are protected. The advice for formal carers is included in the Home care provision.

What should you do if you have hospital and GP appointments during this period?

We advise everyone to access medical assistance remotely, wherever possible. However, if you have a scheduled hospital or other medical appointment during this period, talk to your GP or clinician to ensure you continue to receive the care you need and consider whether appointments can be postponed.

What is the advice for visitors including those who are providing care for you?

You should contact your regular social visitors such as friends and family to let them know that you are reducing social contacts and that they should not visit you during this time unless they are providing essential care for you. Essential care includes things like help with washing, dressing or preparing meals.

If you receive regular health or social care from an organisation, either through your local authority or paid for by yourself, inform your care providers that you are reducing social contacts and agree on a plan for continuing your care.

If you receive essential care from friends or family members, speak to your carers about extra precautions they can take to keep you safe. You may find this guidance on Home care provision useful.

It is also a good idea to speak to your carers about what happens if one of them becomes unwell. If you need help with care but you’re not sure who to contact, or if you do not have family or friends who can help you, you can contact your local council who should be able to help you.

What is the advice if I live with a vulnerable person?

If you live in a house with a vulnerable person refer to our household guidance.

Looking after your mental wellbeing

Understandably, you may find that social distancing can be boring or frustrating. You may find your mood and feelings are affected and you may feel low, worried or have problems sleeping and you might miss being outside with other people.

At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse. There are simple things you can do that may help, to stay mentally and physically active during this time such as:

  • look for ideas of exercises you can do at home on the NHS website
  • spend time doing things you enjoy – this might include reading, cooking, other indoor hobbies or listening to the radio or watching TV programmes
  • try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs
  • keep your windows open to let in fresh air, get some natural sunlight if you can, or get outside into the garden

You can also go for a walk or exercise outdoors if you stay more than 2 metres from others.

Further information on looking after your mental health during this time is available.

What steps can you take to stay connected with family and friends during this time?

Draw on support you might have through your friends, family and other networks during this time. Try to stay in touch with those around you over the phone, by post, or online. Let people know how you would like to stay in touch and build that into your routine. This is also important in looking after your mental wellbeing and you may find it helpful to talk to them about how you are feeling.

Remember it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust and in doing so you may end up providing support to them too. Or you can use a NHS recommended helpline.

Advice for informal carers

If you are caring for someone who is vulnerable, there are some simple steps that you can take to protect them and to reduce their risk at the current time.

Ensure you follow advice on good hygiene such as:

  • wash your hands on arrival and often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • do not visit if you are unwell and make alternative arrangements for their care
  • provide information on who they should call if they feel unwell, how to use NHS 111 online coronavirus service and leave the number for NHS 111 prominently displayed
  • find out about different sources of support that could be used and access further advice on creating a contingency plan is available from Carers UK
  • look after your own well-being and physical health during this time. Further information on this is available here

Summary of advice

Summary of advice on social distancing broken down into action to be taken and group of people it relates to.

* if one member of your family or household has a new continuous cough or high temperature
** if you live alone and you have a new continuous cough or high temperature
*** noting cinemas, theatres, pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs are now all required to close. If you meet others when you are outdoors (for example, on a walk) ensure that you stay at least 2 metres away
**** for example via telephone or internet
1 such as anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year


Published: 30th March 2020

Source: GOV UK, Public Health England

Page URL: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Calling All Suppliers

Calling All Suppliers

DLF is asking all suppliers offering delivery to people’s homes to ensure their product listings are up-to-date as a matter of urgency. The DLF Data Services team have stopped work on all other projects to prioritise keeping product details current. We will be contacting the largest suppliers this week to work together to keep their information fresh. 

Older and disabled people, their friends, families and the professionals and volunteers that support them are relying on Living Made Easy, AskSARA and DLF-Data to provide details of suitable solutions that can be ordered from suppliers online and delivered to their homes. With urgency around fast discharge from hospital and an imperative for residents to stay in place assistive technology has a vital enabling role.

Statistics from current online user surveys show that 76% of users of Living Made Easy are planning to purchase products and 85% of them are expecting to purchase those items privately, just under half of respondents at 49% are looking on behalf of someone else and the top-mentioned category is parent at 36%. In comparison 60% of users of AskSARA are planning to purchase and 71% are expecting to purchase using their own funds, 64% are looking on behalf of someone else and the top mentioned category is also ‘parents’ at 43%.

The Data Services team can help with batch updating of products and most formats of data importing.

Suppliers should call 0207 289 6111 or email data.services@dlf.org.uk

Published: 30th March 2020

DLF for Professionals March 2020

Airline Cabin Crew to Join NHS Nightingale Carers

Airline Cabin Crew to Join NHS Nightingale Carers

The NHS has enlisted easyJet and Virgin Atlantic to work alongside NHS clinicians at new Nightingale hospitals as part
of the fight against coronavirus.

The airlines are asking staff who have not been working since the COVID-19 pandemic grounded some planes to consider
helping the thousands of doctors, nurses and other medics at the new hospitals being built across the country.

EasyJet has already written to all 9,000 of its UK based staff, which includes 4,000 cabin crew who are trained in CPR,
while Virgin Atlantic will write to approximately 4,000 of their employees from Monday (30 March), prioritising those with
the required skills and training.

Those who sign up will perform support roles, under the close instruction of nurses and senior clinicians on the wards at
the NHS Nightingale Hospitals across the country.

The NHS has confirmed that the new hospitals are being built in London, Birmingham and Manchester and other sites are
being considered should the need arise.

Support workers will work alongside experienced clinicians, changing beds, doing other non-clinical tasks and helping
doctors and nurses working on the wards.

Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England, said: “Nurses, doctors and other vital health and social care staff are working
day and night to provide the best possible care to patients as the NHS continues to fight this global health pandemic.

“The NHS is mobilising like never before, but the scale of this challenge has not been seen in peacetime so we need all the
support we can get.

“Thousands of nurses, medics and other expert staff are returning to work alongside us, but we need everyone to do their
bit – whether that is working in one of our current health or social care services, working in the Nightingale Hospital,
volunteering to help the NHS or following government advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

St John Ambulance are supplying hundreds of volunteers to help staff the first Nightingale hospital at the ExCeL centre in
London.

Many airline staff are first aid trained or hold other clinical qualifications as well as being security cleared, while NHS
clinicians will oversee their work – with expert training provided to all new recruits when they sign-up.

Tina Milton, Director of Cabin Services for easyJet, said: “We have all needed the NHS at some point in our lives and so
we are so proud that our crew can now help to support the NHS at this crucial time.

“The NHS is at the forefront of dealing with this health emergency but the training and skills our cabin crew have, working
closely with the medical professionals, could help make a real difference.”

Corneel Koster, Chief Customer Officer at Virgin Atlantic, said: “We are very grateful to the NHS for everything they are doing
in extremely challenging circumstances and we’re committed to doing all we can to support the national effort against the
rapid acceleration of Covid-19.”

“We are very proud of our highly skilled people at Virgin Atlantic and since the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention
Scheme was announced, we have been inundated with our employees looking to help other organisations at this time of
crisis. The NHS approached us with this unique opportunity as they recognise the value and experience our medically trained
cabin crew and trainers will bring to the incredible Nightingale Hospital initiative.”

“In addition, our cargo business is very busy with extra flights, keeping global supply chains running and transporting
essential medical supplies into the UK at this time.

Staff and volunteers working at the new hospitals will also be offered free accommodation. Those staying in the hotels will
have breakfast provided and lunch or dinner depending on the shifts that they are working.


Published: 30th March 2020

Source: NHS England

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NHS Support via Text Message for People with Symptoms of Covid-19

NHS Support via Text Message for People with Symptoms of Covid-19

People staying at home suffering with suspected coronavirus symptoms will get regular check-ins from
a new NHS messaging service launched today.

Daily texts will be sent by the NHS to new patients who register their Covid-19 symptoms and contact
details with the 111 online service.

The messages will check how people are, and ensure that those who need help to get them through the
isolation period receive it.

The text messages will be sent as a reassurance to those who contact NHS 111 online, complete the
assessment, and leave basic information such as their age, mobile number and when their symptoms started.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We are doing everything we can to protect the health
of the nation during this outbreak, including supporting our fantastic NHS and social care workforce who are
looking after people who have symptoms or are self-isolating.

“I know all too well that experiencing symptoms can be worrying, but for those living on their own it will be
even more so. Alongside other measures, this new daily text service will reassure our most vulnerable that
they are not alone, and also to help them manage their symptoms.

“Technology, combined with our heroic staff on the frontline, have played a huge role in battling this virus and
I encourage everyone to use this new service.”

Professor Jonathan Benger, Chief Medical Officer at NHS Digital, said: “Across the country, people are playing
their part in the battle to save lives and stop the spread of coronavirus by doing the right thing and staying
home if they have got symptoms.

“However we know that for many this will be difficult. This new service will help people to get the encouragement,
advice and support that they need.”

Dr Simon Eccles, Deputy Chief Executive, NHSX said: “This new service is vitally important to help the NHS to
understand the impact of the virus on patients and its progression and spread across the country.”

People who don’t want to receive text messages will be able to opt out at any time.

People should visit the NHS.UK/coronavirus page as the first and best port of call for the most up to date
information and advice.

The new text messaging service has been commissioned by NHSX and built by NHS Digital and the NHS Business
Services Authority. The text messages will come from NHS Covid-19.


Published: 28th March 2020

Source: NHS England

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NHS to Open Two More New Hospitals to Fight Coronavirus

NHS to Open Two More New Hospitals to Fight Coronavirus

Two new NHS Nightingale Hospitals will open in Birmingham and Manchester to provide care to thousands more
patients with coronavirus, chief executive Sir Simon Stevens has announced today.

The hospital based at the NEC in Birmingham will start with up to 500 beds equipped with the capacity to increase
beds up to 2,000 if needed.

The hospital based at the Manchester Central Complex will provide up to 500 beds but could expand further to 1,000
beds for coronavirus patients across the North West of England.

The new hospitals will provide support for patients from across the Midlands and the North West.

Confirmation that the two new NHS Nightingale sites are going ahead came as Sir Simon revealed that the NHS has
freed up 33,000 beds across existing NHS hospitals for coronavirus patients, the equivalent of 50 new hospitals.

The NHS chief executive, Sir Simon Stevens, said: “It will take a monumental effort from everyone across the country
to beat this epidemic, but the NHS is mobilising like never before to deliver care in new ways, to thousands more
people – starting with the opening of the first NHS Nightingale in London later next week.

“These are extraordinary steps the NHS is taking, and clinicians, managers and military planners are working day and
night to create, equip and staff these hospitals from scratch and prepare for the surge that is likely to be coming.

“While we continue to pull out all the stops, we do need the public to play their part. Every single person in this country
can make a difference by following the medical advice to the letter – stay at home, wash your hands, which will help
stop the virus letting rip and will therefore save lives.”

The new hospitals will draw from predominantly NHS doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals from across
the country. A number of military medics will be on hand to care for patients too.

The new hospitals are part of a huge NHS mobilisation plan to deal with the growing number of coronavirus patients.

More than 18,000 doctors, nurses and other former NHS staff have already volunteered to return to fight the virus.

Staff members are then being put in touch with their local NHS services where a role based on their clinical skills and
work history is found.

The opportunity to rejoin the NHS continues to be open to all former NHS staff from the last three years – even if they
haven’t been contacted by their medical regulator.

All former staff that join the ‘NHS army’ are given a full induction and online training to help them to hit the ground running.

The renewed call comes after the NHS extended its ‘Your NHS needs you’ call to the general public, with already more
than 725,000 people volunteering to help deliver medicines from pharmacies, drive patients to appointments, bringing
patients home from hospital and making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.


Published: 27th March 2020

Source: NHS England

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Exemptions from Devices Regulations During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

Exemptions from Devices Regulations During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

Fast-track approval of medical devices during COVID-19 outbreak.

In this exceptional situation, MHRA may authorise you to supply a non-CE marked device in the interest
of the protection of health.

This will be under regulations 12(5), 26(3) and 39(2) of the Medical Devices Regulations 2002.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Refer to the following OPSS coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for business and local authorities and in
particular the Q&A for manufacturers of Covid-19 PPE – meeting the requirements.

Approval from Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)

Ventilators

First check the specifications needed, then contact the DHSC for their approval on ventilation.challenge@dhsc.gov.uk.

Apply to MHRA for exemption from the regulations

If DHSC has approved your medical device

Send us your application for exemption from the regulations (derogation).

Sending your application to MHRA

If you manufacture other medical devices such as surgical (medical) face masks, examination or surgical gloves,
send your application directly to MHRA. You don’t need DHSC approval first.

Send your application to devices.exceptionaluse@mhra.gov.uk.

Include the following information in your email:

  • details of the product(s) (including model name, description and intended purpose of use)
  • reasons why the product does not have a valid CE mark
  • clinical justification for requesting an exemption from the regulations for the product
  • explanation of any alternative products on the market and reasons why using these products would not be appropriate
  • numbers of product likely to be supplied under the exemption, plus an indication of how widely used the product is
  • expected time to gain/re-gain CE certification

We might ask you for more information once we’ve received your application.

Be aware that you are expected to have evidence that the device performs as intended. For example,
performance data such as bench testing (including any that comply with a relevant standard – harmonised or
other) and any study data you have.

To create more flexibility for manufacturers and availability of medical devices, we would not expect to receive a
request for derogation of a CE-marked device where there is limited change to its intended use. For example,
changing its use from ward use to include intensive care use. However, you should perform a risk assessment and
contact your notified body for advice in the first instance.

We expect to receive a high volume of applications for derogations.

We will prioritise applications based on the needs of the healthcare providers to increase the supply of critical devices and tests.

See MHRA guidance on COVID-19.


Published: 27th March 2020

Source: GOV UK

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Rules on Carrying Over Annual Leave to be Relaxed to Support Key Industries During COVID-19

Rules on Carrying Over Annual Leave to be Relaxed to Support Key Industries During COVID-19

Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over
into the next 2 leave years.

  • Government to amend regulations to allow annual leave to be carried over into the next 2 years
  • measures will ensure workers won’t lose their leave entitlements
  • move gives flexibility to business at a time when it is needed most

Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over
into the next 2 leave years, under measures introduced by Business Secretary Alok Sharma today (Friday 27 March).

Currently, almost all workers are entitled to 28 days holiday including bank holidays each year. However, most of this
entitlement cannot be carried between leave years, meaning workers lose their holiday if they do not take it.

There is also an obligation on employers to ensure their workers take their statutory entitlement in any one year – failure to
do so could result in a financial penalty.

The regulations will allow up to 4 weeks of unused leave to be carried into the next 2 leave years, easing the requirements on
business to ensure that workers take statutory amount of annual leave in any one year.

This will mean staff can continue working in the national effort against the coronavirus without losing out on annual leave entitlement.

The changes will also ensure all employers affected by COVID-19 have the flexibility to allow workers to carry over leave at a time
when granting annual leave could leave them short-staffed in some of Britain’s key industries, such as food and healthcare.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said:

Whether it is in our hospitals, or our supermarkets, people are working around the clock to help our country deal with the coronavirus
pandemic.

Today’s changes will mean these valued employees do not lose out on the annual leave they are entitled to as a result of their efforts,
and employers are not penalised.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said:

From our fields to our supermarkets, we are hugely grateful to the many people working around the clock to keep the nation fed.

At this crucial time, relaxing laws on statutory leave will help ensure key workers can continue the important work to keep supplies
flowing, but without losing the crucial time off they are entitled to.

We welcome the measures the food industry is already taking to keep shelves stocked and supply chains resilient, and will continue
to support them with their response to coronavirus.

The changes will amend the Working Time Regulations, which apply to almost all workers, including agency workers, those who work
irregular hours, and workers on zero-hours contracts.

The change is aimed at allowing businesses under particular pressure from the impacts of COVID-19 the flexibility to better manage
their workforce, while protecting workers’ right to paid holiday.

Notes to editors

1. The Working Time Regulations 1998 convey a range of health and safety protections on workers, including daily and weekly rest
breaks and paid statutory annual leave. Annual leave is granted by regulations 13 and 13A of the Working Time Regulations 1998,
giving 4 weeks and 1.6 weeks of annual leave respectively.

2. The 4 weeks of annual leave granted by regulation 13 cannot generally be carried between leave years, with exceptions when a worker
cannot take annual leave due to sickness or maternity leave. The 1.6 weeks of annual leave granted by regulation 13A can be carried
forward one leave year (but no further) through an agreement between workers and their employers.

3. There is an obligation on an employer to ensure that their workers have an adequate opportunity to take their holiday.
This holiday cannot be replaced with a payment in lieu unless the worker is leaving employment.

4. The Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 amends the Working Time Regulations 1998 to create a further
exemption relating specifically to COVID-19. Where it is not reasonably practicable for a worker to take some, or all, of the holiday to
which they are entitled due to the coronavirus, they have a right to carry the 4 weeks under regulation 13 into the next 2 leave years.
This will not apply to the 1.6 weeks under regulation 13A leave, but this can be carried forward one year by agreement between workers
and employers.

5. For the purposes of annual leave, a year is the leave year as agreed in writing between the worker and their employer, usually stipulated
in a worker’s contract. Although for some workers this will align with the calendar year (1 January to 31 December), it can be any year long
period that is agreed upon.

6. All employers are subject to the Working Time Regulations 1998, and thus will be subject to the changes in the Working Time (Coronavirus)
(Amendment) Regulations 2020.

7. All workers are subject to the Working Time Regulations 1998 unless they are subject to a different set of regulations. The Working Time
Regulations 1998 do not apply to:

  • workers covered by the Merchant Shipping (Hours of Work) Regulations 2002
  • workers covered by the Fishing Vessels (Working Time: Sea-fishermen) Regulations 2004
  • workers covered by the Merchant Shipping (Working Time: Inland Waterways) Regulations 2003

8. Furthermore, the regulations giving a right to paid annual leave do not apply to:

  • where characteristics peculiar to certain specific services such as the armed forces, or to certain specific activities in the civil protection services conflict
    with the regulations
  • workers covered by the Civil Aviation (Working Time) Regulations 2004
  • the activities of workers who are doctors in training


Published: 27th March 2020

Source: GOV UK

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