During the Covid-19 pandemic, much of the focus has been on shoring up existing delivery and, where possible, extending arrangements if it is not possible to re-procure.
Social distancing rules were carefully followed but didn't prevent our amazing group of 41 people from Anthony Collins Solicitors and the UK Sepsis Trust collectively covering 245 miles on Sunday (26 April) - about nine and a half marathons!
We dedicated our exercise to the charity for the day, separately walking or running 2.6 miles (or multiple loops) as part of the 2.6 Challenge. Tenacity, suncream, dogs, chocolate buttons, masses of messages of encouragement from 6.45 am and huge smiles got us all to the end and in some cases even further as the enthusiasm overcame the pain!
All of this was in aid of the UK Sepsis Trust - one of our charity partners - which does fantastic work. So far we've raised over £2,200, but we'd love any extra support to take us beyond that total. You can donate via our JustGiving page.
The Prime Minister announced on Tuesday 22 September a new range of restrictions to protect us from the Covid crisis, some of which will apply to charities.
Following the end of the possession stay on 21 September, Helen Tucker & Rebecca Sembuuze from our housing litigation team discuss the most recent guidance, priority cases and what to expect in court.
Covid-19 has resulted, on the whole, in a marked co-operation between contracting authorities and their suppliers as everybody focuses on maintaining delivery as far as possible.
Employment Tribunal rules in favour of claimants in minimum wage case – has the interpretation of “working time” changed?
As we enter a recession, we have been here before, and a key question is what did we learn and how can we benefit from that learning?
It is anticipated that as lockdown restrictions ease, and particularly with children and young adults returning to education, cases of meningitis will start to rise.
As we continue to emerge from lockdown measures and deal with local measures and the short and long term economic impact of Covid-19, local authorities will need to re-assess how services will be delivered for years to come.
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).
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.
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