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Retirement age is increasing – but our new study reveals most only work ten years in good health after 50

Healthy working life expectancy is the average number of years people in a population are likely to be healthy and in paid work from age 50. ALPA PROD/ Shutterstock Marty Parker, Keele University; Carol Jagger, Newcastle University; Milica Blagojevic-Bucknall, Keele University, and Ross Wilkie, Keele University In 1800, the global […]

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Flexible furlough scheme starts today

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has so far helped protect more than 9.3 million jobs through the pandemic, with employers claiming more than £25.5 billion to support wages. The scheme will remain open until the end of October and will continue to support jobs and business in a […]

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The government should be up front about the trade-offs behind its new social distancing measures

Graham Loomes, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick When the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced the reduction of social distancing from two metres to “one-metre plus”, he reassured the public that the decision was based on expert advice. He claimed that by adhering to a raft of “mitigating” measures […]

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Outdoor eating and drinking guidelines re pubs, cafes, etc

From the Government:   More pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to serve customers outdoors in plans announced by the government today (25 June 2020). The government will simplify and reduce the costs of the licensing process for outdoor seating and stalls, making it easier for people to safely […]

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Employment advice from Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice has seen demand for employment advice more than double during the coronavirus pandemic, and redundancy was one of the most searched-for terms on its website in May. Ahead of the latest ONS employment release, Citizens Advice is warning of a surge in demand for redundancy advice. Between 8-12 […]

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ONS says 20% of usual household spending not possible during lockdown

More than one-fifth of usual household spending has not been possible during the lockdown, Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis reveals. On the plus side, this may mean some people are saving, or may be able to spend more after lockdown, but it means not so much discretionary spending has […]

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Dairy farmers can now apply for Covid-19 help

From the Government: A new dairy response fund will open for applications on 18 June, Farming Minister Victoria Prentis confirmed today. With some dairy farmers facing financial difficulties and excess milk due to the coronavirus outbreak, the new fund will provide up to £10,000 each to help those dairy farmers most in […]

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Working from home: Twitter reveals why we’re embracing it

Mixing worlds. unsplash.com/@charlesdeluvio Fiona Carroll, Cardiff Metropolitan University; Mohamed Mostafa, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and Simon Thorne, Cardiff Metropolitan University The effects of coronavirus on the economy already appear bleak. Unemployment and government borrowing are soaring and a recession seems inevitable. Yet amid these worrying developments there are positive elements to […]

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Coronavirus sick pay scheme opens today

In a further boost to employers affected by the outbreak, The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme – which was announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak at the Budget -opened for applications this morning. The scheme allows small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 members of staff, to apply to […]

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Citizens Advice on returning to work

With government guidance now stating that, for some sectors, those who cannot work from home should return to work, Citizens Advice has outlined the top six need-to-knows when it comes to your employment rights. The charity’s webpage Coronavirus – if you’re worried about working offers further information and advice to people who […]

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