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Care Quality Commission | 30 April 2020
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic our regulatory role and core purpose to keep people safe has been at the heart of all decisions we have made. Our regulatory role has not changed, and we continue to ensure that health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care.
The Charity Commission | 29 April 2020 (update)
Sets out our regulatory approach and how we assess risk when deciding how to deal with individual cases.
The Charity Commission | 23 April 2020
The Charity Commission has published guidance for charity trustees, especially of smaller charities, on managing financial difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
DCMS | 21 April 2020
The government has published a webpage directing voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to information and advice on how they can provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
HM Treasury | 8 April 2020
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced £750 million of funding to support charities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov.uk | 23 April 2020
On 21 April 2020, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/447) (Amendment Regulations) were made to clarify and expand on the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/350) (Regulations) which impose restrictions on most businesses and organisations that deal with the general public and on individuals' rights of movement and assembly in England.
TLT Insight | 17 April 2020
The immediate impact of Covid-19 and the Government’s response to it is already having a profound effect on businesses ability to deliver goods and services. In some cases, this has seen flights cancelled and entire fleets grounded, businesses unable to fulfil and/or deliver orders for goods and ultimately, a number of businesses entering insolvency.
TLT Insight | 21 April 2020
The government has updated its Frequently Asked Questions relating to the scope and application of Procurement Policy Note 02/20 on supplier relief due to COVID-19 (PPN 02/20).
PPN 02/20 was first published on 20 March 2020 and throughout April further guidance, FAQs and model terms have been added.
TLT Insight | 20 April 2020
The UK Government has established the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS), to provide a liquidity lifeline for mid-sized corporates in the UK which are either too large to access the smaller Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) (through which loans of up to £5m are made available for companies with turnovers of up to £45m) or who have not been able to access the Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Finance Facility (CCFF) which is open to only the largest corporates.
TLT Insight | 9 April 2020
In response to the profound market disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic and to stave off a predicted “tsunami” of corporate insolvencies, the UK Government has announced its plans to enact a series of urgent law reforms, aimed at keeping as many of the affected businesses as possible intact and trading.
Information Commissioner’s Office | 17 April 2020
The Information Commissioner’s Office has published an Opinion (2020/01) on Apple and Google's joint initiative to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and public health authorities reduce the spread of COVID-19 (the Contact Tracing Framework).
HMRC | 30 April 2020
On 30 April 2020, HMRC published updated versions of its guidance documents Check if you can claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (employers' CJRS guidance), Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (employees' CJRS guidance) and Work out 80% of your employees' wages to claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (80% guidance).
hrreview.co.uk | 22 April 2020
The House of Lords has written to the Treasury, with a list of concerns it has regarding the roll-out of IR35, which it hopes the Government will address before the roll-out of IR35 in 2021.
TLT Insight | 20 April 2020
Following the announcement of the government’s Job Retention Scheme (‘the Scheme’) on 20 March 2020, the Scheme has now been extended to 30 June 2020, in order to take account of continuing social distancing measures. In addition, updates to the guidance regulating the Scheme now been published, including – amongst other changes – some clarification of the position on holiday and furlough. The government has also issued a Treasury Direction setting out the legal basis for the Scheme.
The Pensions Regulator | 17 April 2020
On 17 April 2020 the Regulator published DC pension contributions: COVID-19 technical guidance for large employers.
TLT Insight | 6 April 2020
The impact of COVID-19 (C19) on employers has become increasingly prevalent as the pandemic has developed, with the UK government taking unprecedented steps to limit job losses and support employers. The situation is especially challenging for organisations who are licenced to sponsor non-EEA migrant workers and could face a number of additional challenges as a result. In this Insight, we consider the Home Office’s recently-issued guidance and what this means for organisations who employ migrant workers.
TLT Insight | 6 April 2020
For some time, the government has considered that Entrepreneurs’ Relief is expensive, ineffective and unfair.
Consequently, many expected the Chancellor to announce the abolition of the relief in the Spring Budget on 11 March 2020. Instead, the Chancellor announced an immediate reduction in the lifetime limit (from £10 million to £1 million) but with anti-forestalling measures applying to certain disposals. The government estimates that these changes will save around £6 billion over the next five years.
Health and Safety Executive | 23 April 2020
Britain’s workplace regulator has assembled a team of specialists to assist the Government’s national effort to get personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline health care workers fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
National Housing Federation | 29 April 2020
JLL and Savills have published a statement on the valuation of social housing properties during the coronavirus crisis.
The joint statement outlines the practicalities of undertaking valuations during this period, JLL and Savills' analysis of the housing market, and their view on EUV-SH and MV-T valuations.
Housing law news & policy issues
Lime legal blog | 29 April 2020
Right to rent policy lawful
On 21 April 2020 the Court of Appeal held in Secretary of State for the Home Department v The Joint Council for The Welfare of Immigrants  EWCA Civ 542 that the Government’s ‘right to rent’ policy is lawful.
MHCLG | 28 April 2020
Individual councils in England have funding allocations confirmed following Local Government Secretary’s announcement of £1.6 billion in additional funding.
National Housing Federation | 27 April 2020
At the NHF, we’re developing a significant new project with our members that will understand and shape the next few months, and years, as the country emerges from this crisis.
There will be no rapid return to ‘normal’ from this crisis. The physical restrictions needed to control the spread of coronavirus will be with us for months if not years. And the knock-on effect across society and the economy will last far longer. This crisis began just as the decade did, and will profoundly shape the 2020s.
The National Housing Federation | 24 April 2020
An update on our recent influencing work, including meeting with Labour’s new Shadow Housing Minister and speaking at the House of Lords debate on social care.
We are progressing with our political engagement to ensure that national stakeholders see the vital work housing associations are doing to ensure the safety of their residents throughout the coronavirus crisis.
With parliament back from recess, we have been engaging with ministers and MPs on a range of urgent issues related to the sector’s current priorities, from the need for PPE to the additional help supported housing providers require.
Regulator of Social Housing | 17 April 2020 (update)
Update 17 April 2020 – Coronavirus Operational Response Survey and further guidance plus the link below gives access to further updates which are being posted on a regular basis.
Homes England | 15 April 2020 (update)
This page has the latest information about Homes England’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Homes England | 14 April 2020
Homes England, the government’s housing agency, has revealed that it acquired 19 sites in the last financial year worth £180 million, with the land having the capacity for 5,000 new homes across the country.
Homes England | 7 April 2020 (update)
Information about the Housing Infrastructure Fund - now closed for bids.
Homes England | 3 April 2020
A statement from Homes England Chief Executive Nick Walkley on the end of the financial year 2019/2020.
Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy | 23 April 2020 (updated 25 April 2020)
On 23 April 2020, the government announced further emergency measures to protect commercial tenants from aggressive enforcement action. These will restrict landlords' ability to issue statutory demands and winding-up petitions and exercise commercial rent arrears recovery (CRAR).
MHCLG | 27 April 2020
TLT Insight | 16 April 2020
We have been busy advising clients on a range of commercial landlord and tenant issues prompted by the current pandemic. This insight distils a few thoughts, questions and even some answers in one place.
Housing Ombudsman Service | 8 April 2020
Guidance sets out best practice on engaging with the Ombudsman along with guidance on dealing with complaints raised by residents during this time
MHCLG | 30 April 2020 (update)
The European Structural and Investment Funds Growth programme is funding for projects that create jobs and supports local growth.
Environment Agency | 6 April 2020
The Environment Agency (EA) published several temporary regulatory position statements (RPSs) in March and April 2020 clarifying its environmental permitting (EP) enforcement approach during the COVID-19 restrictions.
This publication is intended for general guidance and represents our understanding of the relevant law and practice as at May 2020. Specific advice should be sought for specific cases. For more information see our terms & conditions.
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