The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
The National Minimum Wage
New national minimum wage (NMW) rates came into force on 1 October 2015:
- Standard adult rate - £6.70
- Development rate - £5.30
- Young workers rate - £3.87
- Apprenticeship rate - £3.30
- Accommodation offset limit - £5.35
As part of the July 2015 Budget, the Government announced that it would introduce a premium, over and above the NMW, for workers aged 25 and over. This will be known as the National Living Wage (NLW). The Government will set the first premium in April 2016 at 50p, which will increase the total NLW to £7.20. We understand that the NLW will be implemented through the NMW Regulations, in the same manner as the NMW uprating in October 2015.
Modern Slavery Act 2015
The requirement for large businesses (who supply goods or services and have a minimum total turnover of £36 million per year) to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement each year, setting out the action they have taken to ensure their supply chains are slavery free, is in force.
The Deregulation Act 2015
The Deregulation Act 2015 will introduce the following changes:
- The power of employment tribunals to make wider recommendations in successful discrimination cases is now removed.
- The right for Sikhs to wear a turban instead of a safety helmet is expanded to almost all workplaces in Great Britain. There is however still limited exceptions for specific roles in the military and emergency services.
For further information
Please contact the Employment team on 0121 200 3242.
Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK means new measures are being put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of a second wave. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, it is important to remain focused on the sector’s road to recovery.
Sometimes half an hour at a conference gives you the reality that has been staring you in the face all along. That was my experience watching “Change is on the Horizon”
Following our recent e-briefing on Possession Notices, Helen Tucker and Emilie Pownall from our housing litigation team discuss the impact of the changes on social landlords.
Not only has the possession stay been extended until 20 September, the notice periods to be given to tenants has been extended in certain circumstances with some important exceptions.
The Court has confirmed that a party cannot withhold its consent in order to re-write the original bargain.
Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, building safety continues to be a key concern for social housing providers and their residents.
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