Local authorities should be wary of reserving contracts for local suppliers, as recommended by Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 11/20. Other contracting authorities may want to maximise their use of this
Whilst we all wait in limbo for the UK’s future in Europe, it is still worth noting some basics...
- The settled status scheme is still in place for EU nationals currently living and working in the UK – if the UK leaves without a deal, the deadline for applying for settled status is 31 December 2020, and if a deal is struck it will be 30 June 2021. It is estimated that only 1 million EU nationals have applied under the scheme and 2.6 million have still to do to so.
- Given those figures, employers should continue to encourage employed EU nationals to apply under the settlement scheme and provide, where possible, the electronic means for them to do so and agree to reasonable requests for time off to get documents verified etc.
- Employers will need to address what their recruitment strategy will be going forward if their previous one has depended on the free movement of EU nationals – whilst those workers who are already employed may stay (subject to them applying for settled status) it is likely, whatever the deal, that there will be some restrictions going forward.
If you have any questions about these issues please contact Hazel Findlay, our immigration specialist in the employment and pensions team.
Most housing practitioners have perhaps been waiting for this news since the latest lockdown was announced by the Prime Minister on 4 January 2021.
Climate change and biodiversity is an area where significantly faster changes are needed on a global and local basis.
Chris Lloyd Smith, Adrian Leonard and Lisa Whitehouse discuss the planning opportunities available to owners of businesses and how to prepare for unforeseen events.
In their 3rd podcast of the series, Chris Lloyd-Smith and Maria Ramon discuss a number of problems with and difficulties that can arise in mediation and the mechanisms they use to overcome them.
Our previous round-up began by sharing the news that two vaccines had shown very promising test results. Here we are, not even a month later, and the first vaccines have already been administered!
The Covid-19 crisis has demonstrated that there is great resilience and innovation in the housing sector across Greater Manchester, it has also brought shortfalls and other priorities sharply into foc
For part 5 in this series of short podcasts, Chris Lloyd-Smith interviews associate Kadie Bennett on how she has been coping during these unprecedented times.
The first report of Donna Ockenden and her team into the review of maternity services at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has been published today.
The Family Solutions Group (FSG) recommends a shift away from adversarial family proceedings, to a child-centred, holistic approach to family separation.
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