We have been working with care homes to update their contracts and advise on the risks of charging the resident a regular “top-up” or additional fee where a resident is funded through NHS CHC
The ACS trainees have spearheaded the £2018 for 2018 campaign to raise money for St Basils. St Basils are a West-Midlands-based charity who help young people, aged 16-25, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
They provide accommodation alongside mental health, education and family support services to try and help young people rebuild their lives. St Basils are the firm’s nominated charity for 2018.
In March, the trainees organised an all-you-can-eat (and drink) pizza and prosecco night, which was a huge success. Approximately 50 ACS staff and family members attended the event on the 9th floor of our offices. As well as the pizza and prosecco on offer, there was a cake sale and raffle with prizes donated by the trainees. The event raised £418.56 for St Basils making a significant dent in our target.
On 20 May, six brave trainees took part in the Rough Runner; a 5-kilometre scramble over ‘it’s-a-knockout’ style obstacles for a race to the finish. The obstacles included climbing walls, trapeze swings over pools of freezing water, a pit of giant inflatable balls, and, finally, overcoming the ‘travellator’, which is based on the TV show Gladiators. All sponsorships are contributing to our target.
We have also scheduled two more events for ACS employees to attend; an England Football World Cup match TV screening with a BBQ in June, and a Pub Quiz night in October. After the roaring success of the pizza and prosecco night, we hope these events will be just as fun and smash our target of £2018 for 2018.
The parliamentary processes are complete and the Restriction of Public Exit Payments Regulations 2020 (“the Regulations”) which cap exit payments in the public sector at £95,000 will be in force from 4 November.
As the UK’s social housing sector recovers from the initial Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown, now is the time to focus on the challenges that may emerge next.
There is no universal approach to regenerating town centres. However, housing must be considered a key part of any regeneration project – providing well-needed new homes and economic growth.
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Alongside the Building Safety Bill published in July 2020, the Fire Safety Bill is a key step in the Government’s strategy to improve building and fire safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy
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As employers face the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 31 October 2020, Katherine Sinclair and Libby Hubbard discuss the intricacies of the redundancy process for furloughed employees.
We have learned many things over the last six months; the latest lesson is that there is no new normal. The Government initiatives and guidance may have slowed down a pace, but the challenges for employers and their employees remain.
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