Businesses urged to make their work environments safe

As employees return to the workplace, the Government have urged staff to put pressure on their bosses to make sure that their workplaces are compliant with Covid-19 safety measures. No.10 said that businesses had an obligation to offer staff ‘Covid-secure workplaces’ if their staff can not work from home.  

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Number of the UK workforce on furlough drops

Encouraging data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the number of people on furlough leave in the two weeks to August 9th was 12%. This is a decrease from the previous fortnight where the figure sat at 14%. It is also a drop of 50% since two months earlier.  

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Calls to make lifejackets compulsory on UK waterways

Following the tragic death of a small child who drowned in the River Stour in Kent, there have been calls by his family, and also a Conservative MP, to make lifejackets for children compulsory in boats. Drawing a parallel with seat belts, Natalie Elphicke (Dover and Deal MP) says that they should be as commonplace […]

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Hands-free driving could be considered on UK roads

A headline which makes you think of a sci-fi film, but it’s true. The Department for Transport (DfT) are considering allowing hands-free driving on UK roads by as early as next spring. The department have begun a consultation into automated lane keeping systems (also known as ALKS). The technology could be used to help navigate […]

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Home working could be the new norm until at least 2021

A survey by YouGov of 4,000 UK workers has revealed that just under a third do not expect to return to the workplace until next year. It is thought that employees at bigger companies may never return to full-time office work. However, 55% of workers at smaller firms have said that they expect to return […]

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Be careful out there

Figures released by insurer More Than have shown an increase in the number of car insurance claims that include a collision with a cyclists, pedestrian or motorcyclist. The increase is thought to be in part to the suggestion during the pandemic that we avoid public transport, and get out and walk or cycle. As we […]

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July becomes the busiest month in ten years for the housing market

July saw the property market have its busiest month in ten years, according to figures from Rightmove. The number of properties agreed jumped up by 38% from the same period last year. This equated to £37bn with the average house price being £319, 497. The Stamp Duty Holiday has thought to have helped. To find […]

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Stamp duty holiday helps get the property market moving

According to Hamptons International, the number of house hunters who have registered an interest to buy has increased by 38% on the same period last year. This is thought to be in part due to Mr Sunak’s stamp duty holiday.      

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Plans to move probate applications online

The Ministry of Justice have announced plans to potentially move all non-contentious probate applications online. The proposal would make it mandatory for solicitors and other probate practitioners to use the online process in an effort to modernise the process and would help streamline and speed up the process.  

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More firms looking to make staff redundant

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Adecco Group have surveyed 2000 employers regarding their employment plans. Almost one in three plan to make their staff redundant. Their full report can be read here  

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