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Statistical data set: Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in the UK27 Mar

FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS

An update on plans following the suspension of the 2020 competition for new and renewed national Clinical Excellence Awards.

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COVID-19: update on 2020 Clinical Excellence Awards competition

An update on plans following the suspension of the 2020 competition for new and renewed national Clinical Excellence Awards.

Coronavirus

Due to government focus being on tackling COVID-19, Department of Health and Social Care ministers have not yet considered the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards’ (ACCEA) plans following suspension of the 2020 round.

In the meantime, ACCEA has decided:

  • applications for the 2020 national Clinical Excellence Awards competition will remain suspended. The online application form, employer sign-off and ranking and nomination functionality are no longer available on the online portal

  • consultants and academic GPs whose awards expire in April 2021 should not be disadvantaged by being unable to submit a renewal application. It will contact those affected over the coming months regarding their circumstances

  • to keep plans for new applications under review based on the ongoing impact of COVID-19. Any applications already drafted have been saved

  • to further update award-holders and stakeholders on its plans for the 2020 and 2021 national Clinical Excellence Awards competitions after the pandemic has subsided

ACCEA has listened to advice from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  ANIMAL PLANT HEALTH AGENCY

Advice for pet owners and livestock keepers on maintaining the welfare of their animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people with animals

Advice for pet owners and livestock keepers on maintaining the welfare of their animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The single most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

You should follow the current guidance and must stay at home, except for very limited purposes.

The following advice provides further detail for pet owners and livestock keepers on maintaining the welfare of their animals during the coronavirus pandemic.

There is no evidence of coronavirus circulating in pets or other animals in the UK and there is nothing to suggest animals may transmit the disease to humans. In line with the general advice on fighting coronavirus, you should wash your hands regularly, including before and after contact with animals.

Dogs

Advice if you have symptoms of coronavirus and must remain at home for 7 days, or 14 days as a household

If your dog cannot exercise at home, you should ask someone outside of your household to walk your dog for you.

All non-essential trips to vets should be avoided. If your pet needs urgent treatment, you must phone the vet to arrange the best approach to meet your pets’ needs.

Advice if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus

You may leave your house to exercise once a day and you should combine this with walking your dog. In doing so, it is important that you minimise the time spent outside of the home and remain 2 metres away from anyone outside of your household.

All non-essential trips to vets should be avoided. If your pet needs urgent treatment, you may take them, but must remember to wash your hands and remain 2 metres away from anyone outside your household. You must call the vet before going to see them.

Advice for those walking dogs on behalf of someone not able to

You may also leave your house to provide care or help a vulnerable person. This includes walking a dog for someone who is unable to leave their house because they are self isolating or being shielded.You should remember to wash your hands before and after handling the dog and keep 2 metres away from other people and animals, including when handing over the dog to the owner.

General advice for all cat owners

You should wash your hands before and after any contact with your cat.

Horses, livestock and other animals

Advice if you have symptoms of coronavirus and must remain at home for 7 days, or 14 as a household

If you have a horse in livery, you must not visit them whilst you are self-isolating. You should contact your yard manager or vet to make suitable welfare arrangements.

If you have livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, or any other types of livestock you should arrange for someone else who is not self-isolating to care for your animal

FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  ANIMAL PLANT HEALTH AGENCY

Descriptive reports on the epidemiology of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in the low risk area (LRA) of England.

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Research and analysis

Bovine TB: epidemiology reports, 2019

Descriptive reports on the epidemiology of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in the low risk area (LRA) of England.

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FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  BONA VACANTIA

A list of unclaimed estates held by the Treasury Solicitor. Last updated 27th March 2020.

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Unclaimed estates list

A list of unclaimed estates held by the Treasury Solicitor. Last updated 27th March 2020.

The Division publishes a list of unclaimed estates which have been recently referred, but not yet administered, and historic cases which have been administered but not yet been claimed within the time limits for doing so.

The list

Unclaimed estates list (CSV, 1.22MB)

Some people have experienced an intermittent problem downloading the Unclaimed estates list. We are investigating the cause of the issue.

The list is published in a Comma Separated Values (CSV) file format. This acts like a spreadsheet and although it can be opened in any text editor it is is best viewed in a spreadsheet application, such as Microsoft Excel, Google Docs or OpenOffice Calc.

If you are looking for a particular estate you can search by using Ctrl-F in your browser, text editor or spreadsheet application.

The list is updated every working day and newly advertised estates appear at the top of the list. After one day of publication, new estates drop into the rest of the list in alphabetical order.

Any estates where the Bona Vacantia division (BVD) no longer has an interest, for example, when a claim to an estate has been admitted, will be removed daily. Estates where the 30 year time limit from the date of death has expired are also removed.

BVD provides as much genealogical information as it holds on its files, subject to its obligations under the Data Protection Act and any other legal requirements. If a field is blank then BVD either do not hold the information or it may only be held in paper files stored off-site.

If you have a claim

Further information can be found in the guide on how to Make a claim to a deceased person’s estate

Disclaimer

Please note: The list cannot be guaranteed to be complete and correct and no warranties are given or implied to that effect. Copies of the list held on other sources or provided by third parties other than the Treasury Solicitor cannot be guaranteed to be accurate or up-to-date. The Treasury Solicitor does not accept any responsibility for any loss whatsoever which might result from reliance thereon.

Published 6 December 2013
Last updated 27 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Daily update of the unclaimed estates list

  2. Daily update of the unclaimed estates list

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Guidance

Closing certain businesses and venues

This document provides guidance on the closure of certain businesses and venues as part of further social distancing measures.

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Closing certain businesses and venues

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Designation letter

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This document supports the government’s guidance on staying at home. It provides full guidance on the government’s announcement made on 23 March 2020 and the list of businesses and premises expected to close.

FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  CABINET OFFICE

Information about the open standards chosen for use in government technology.

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Open standards for government

Information about the open standards chosen for use in government technology.

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Competition and Markets Authority: Civil Service people survey

Survey reports of employee engagement for all years to present date, showing engagement index result.

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CMA Civil Service people survey 2019

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Circle Health/BMI Healthcare merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition by Circle Health Holdings Limited (and indirectly by Centene Corporation via a minority interest in Circle Health Holdings Limited) of GHG Healthcare Holdings Limited (a parent company of BMI Healthcare Limited).

Statutory timetable

Date Action
8 April 2020 Deadline for phase 1 decision*
12 to 26 February 2020 Invitation to comment
12 February 2020 Launch of merger inquiry
20 December 2019 Initial enforcement order

*This date is the current statutory deadline by when the decision will be announced. If any change occurs, the information is refreshed as soon as practicable. However, the CMA cannot guarantee that the decision will be announced on or before this current deadline, as the deadline of a given case may change during the merger assessment process due to different reasons.

Phase 1

Re-issue of initial enforcement order

11 March 2020: The CMA has served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002, in relation to the completed acquisition by Circle Health Holdings Limited (and indirectly by Centene Corporation via a minority interest in Circle Health Holdings Limited) of GHG Healthcare Holdings Limited (a parent company of BMI Healthcare Limited).

Amendments/consents granted:

Revocation order

11 March 2020: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has made a Revocation Order under section 72(4) of the Enterprise Act 2002 in relation to the completed acquisition by Circle Health Holdings Limited (and indirectly by Centene Corporation via a minority interest in Circle Health Holdings Limited) of GHG Healthcare Holdings Limited (a parent company of BMI Healthcare Limited). This Order revokes the initial enforcement order that the CMA imposed on 20 December 2019 and is without prejudice to the CMA’s ongoing investigation into the acquisition.

Invitation to comment: now closed

12 February 2020: The CMA is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction has resulted in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation has resulted, or may be expected to result, in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or ma

FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  COMPETITION MARKETS AUTHORITY

The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition by DMG Media Limited of JPIMedia Publications Limited.

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DMG Media Limited / JPIMedia Publications Limited merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition by DMG Media Limited of JPIMedia Publications Limited.

Statutory timetable

27 March 2020 CMA decision announced
26 March 2020 Merger inquiry upon remittal
25 March 2020 Secretary of State decision published
13 March 2020 CMA report delivered to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (*)
22 January 2020 to 5 February 2020 Invitation to comment CMA – competition assessment and Ofcom – public interest assessment
21 January 2020 Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport issued a public interest intervention notice
5 December 2019 Initial enforcement order

(*) Following the public interest intervention notice issued by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the CMA has been directed to provide its report to the Secretary of State by 13 March 2020.

CMA clearance decision

27 March 2020: As a result of the PIIN issued by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 21 January 2020, the CMA issued an invitation to comment on 22 January 2020 and investigated this merger. The CMA has cleared the completed acquisition by DMG Media Limited of JPIMedia Publications Limited. The full text of the decision will be published shortly.

Merger inquiry for purposes of remittal

26 March 2020: Following remittal of the merger back to the CMA under section 56(1) of the Enterprise Act 2002 (the Act), the CMA announced its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Secretary of State announcement

25 March 2020: The Secretary of State has announced the decision not to refer the Merger to a Phase 2 investigation on the ground that no media public interest consideration cited in the PIIN is relevant to a consideration of the Merger. As part of this decision, the CMA’s report has been published.

CMA reports to the Secretary of State

13 March 2020: The CMA delivered its report on jurisdictional and competition matters to the Secretary of State.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Public Interest Intervention Notice

21 January 2020: The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (the Secretary of State) issued a Public Interest Intervention Notice (PIIN) on the public interest ground of sufficient plurality of views in newspapers in accordance with section 42(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 (the Act) in relation to the completed acquisition by DMG Media Limited of JPIMedia Publications Limited (the Transaction).

On 9 January 2020, the Secretary of State wrote to Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT), owner of DMG Media Limited and JPIMedia Publications Limited, to inform them that the Secretary of State was minded to issue a PIIN on the basis that she had concerns that there may be public interest considerations - as set out in the Act.

Having considered the representations provided in response to her “minded to” letter, the Secretary of State announced on 21 January 2020 her decision to issue a PIIN under section 58(2B) of the Act: the need for a sufficient plurality of views in newspapers.

This PIIN triggers the requirement for the CMA to report to the Secretary of State on jurisdictional and competition matters, and for the Office of Communications (Ofcom) to report on the media public interest considerations specified in section 58(2B) of the Enterprise Act 2002: the need for, to the extent that it is reasonable and practicable, a sufficient plurality of views in newspapers in each market for newspapers in the United Kingdom or part of the United Kingdom.

Both the CMA and Ofcom are to report back to the Secretary of State by 13 March 2020.

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Guidance

Buying and selling on the Digital Marketplace

Guidance for buyers and suppliers of cloud technology, digital outcomes, digital specialists, user research participants and labs.

The Digital Marketplace is an online service for public sector organisations to find people and technology for digital projects.

Suppliers must apply to sell services. Any public sector organisation, including agencies and arm’s length bodies, can buy using the Digital Marketplace.

Services and frameworks on the Digital Marketplace

Frameworks are agreements between the government and suppliers to supply certain types of services under specific terms.

Buyers and suppliers still need to sign a contract (a ‘Call-Off Contract’) for each service bought through a framework.

These services are on the Digital Marketplace:

  • cloud software and services ( the ‘G-Cloud’ framework)
  • digital outcomes, digital specialists and user research services (the ‘Digital Outcomes and Specialists’ framework)
  • physical data centre space (the ‘Crown Hosting Data Centres’ framework)

Suppliers cannot apply to join the Crown Hosting Data Centres framework

Sell services on the Digital Marketplace

The process is different for each framework.

To find out more, read the:

You can only apply when an Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) contract notice has been issued. At this point, suppliers will have 4 to 6 weeks to apply to the framework.

On average, a contract notice will be issued every:

  • 9 to 18 months for Digital Outcomes and Specialists
  • 12 months for G-Cloud

The G-Cloud 12 framework is open. Applications will close at 5pm on Monday 20 July 2020.

Buy services through the Digital Marketplace

Any public sector organisation, including agencies and arm’s length bodies, can buy using the Digital Marketplace.

You can create an account and buy at any time.

The buying process is different depending on what services you’re buying.

Read the guidance for more information:

Working out what services you need

Working with both procurement and technical professionals can help you decide on the high-level requirements and how long your project will take.

You should consider:

  • the funds you have available to buy the services
  • the technical and procurement requirements of the project
  • the selection criteria on which your choice will be based

Identify what the ‘must-have’ requirements are and what the ‘wants’ are. Read the government’s Service Design Manual to help you describe your needs.

Getting funding approval

The Government Digital Service (GDS) manages central government’s digital and IT spend controls.

This means that all funding requests for new or redesigned digital services need formal approval by GDS before they can go ahead. You’ll also need to have approval from within your organisation.

You must make your de

FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  CROWN COMMERCIAL SERVICE

Applications to the G-Cloud 12 framework open on 3 March 2020. How to apply and the timetable.

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What to do and when for G-Cloud 12

Applications to the G-Cloud 12 framework open on 3 March 2020. How to apply and the timetable.

G-Cloud 12 timetable

You can use the timetable to plan your application. These dates are approximate and might change.

Date Activity
Tuesday 3 March 2020, 3pm G-Cloud 12 opens for applications and you can start asking clarification questions
Wednesday 1 July 2020, 5pm Deadline for asking clarification questions
Monday 13 July 2020 Answers to clarification questions will be published on the Digital Marketplace
Monday 20 July 2020, 5pm Applications for G-Cloud 12 close
Sunday 1 September 2020 You’ll be told if your application to G-Cloud 12 was successful
Monday 2 September to Sunday 14 September 2020 Standstill period
Monday 28 September 2020 Expected start day for framework agreement

If you’re already on G-Cloud 11

You’ll still need to apply to G-Cloud 12. All G-Cloud 11 services will be removed when G-Cloud 12 services are live.

You can reuse your G-Cloud 11 declaration and services. You should double-check your responses before submitting your application. You’ll have to upload new service documents.

If you have never applied to sell on the Digital Marketplace

Create a supplier account to apply to G-Cloud 12.

Published 3 February 2020
Last updated 27 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Change of dates for G-Cloud 12 application and award period

  2. Added clarification that new services documents will have to be provided.

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Guidance

Applying to the G-Cloud framework

How to sell cloud hosting, software and support on the Digital Marketplace.

Guidance

British Forces Post Office locations

A list of British Forces Post Office (BFPO) locations, numbers and postcodes for Ministry of Defence (MOD).

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This document lists British Forces Post Office (BFPO) locations, together with their respective numbers and their postcodes for MOD personnel and their families.

For information on how to use the British Forces Post Office, claim compensation and use the Enduring Families Free Mail Service (EFFMS) please read our BFPO services guide.

A list of all companies that are able to send items using the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) mail system is available in the BFPO commercial contracts list

There is a separate list of BFPO locations for Foreign & Commonwealth Office personnel.

Published 26 April 2012
Last updated 27 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Removed items 530 and 536.

  2. Added British Forces Post Office locations (updated 4 March 2020).

  3. Addition of, BFPO 530 and 536, removal of 552 Op Master and amendments made to isolated box numbers: 2024, 2025 and 2035.

  4. Addition of HMS Tamar and removal of Ex Cetus Enabler.

  5. Updated the BFPO location list with the latest information.

  6. Updated the list with 4 new additions: 510, 521, 527 in the exercise section and 552 in the Operations section.

  7. Updated the list with the latest amendments from the British Forces Post office team.

  8. Updated the location lists with the latest amendments.

FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  DEFENCE EQUIPMENT SUPPORT

How to use the British Forces Post Office, claim compensation and use the Enduring families free mail service (EFFMS).

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BFPO services guide

How to use the British Forces Post Office, claim compensation and use the Enduring families free mail service (EFFMS).

Follow our short guide to find out how to send mail with the British Forces Post Office (BFPO).

Announcements

BFPO Service Update as at 27 March 2020

The current situation across the BFPO world-wide mail distribution network is that all mail routes to Afghanistan, Balkans (Bosnia/Kosovo), Belgium, Belize, Brunei, Cape Verde, Columbia, Estonia, Italy, Kenya, Jordan, Mali, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Pakistan, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Somalia, South Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey(Hirfanli), Ukraine are suspended and the restrictions on routes to Kuwait remain in place.

BFPO are also monitoring and anticipating disruption to services to Bahrain, Germany, Holland, Poland, and USA in the coming days/weeks as the service provision picture continues to change. The situation within the EU continues to change daily and BFPO mail delivery companies have suspend

FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  DEFENCE INFRASTRUCTURE ORGANISATION

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Lulworth firing times

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Do not enter the danger area when ranges are in use, this is a danger to life.

The firing times above also include information on road closures in the surrounding areas.

Grange Hill road closure 2020

From February 2020 military training will take place in the Creech Car Park area 4 times over the year. This means that Grange Hill, the road between Creech and Steeple, will be closed to the public when ranges are active. Exact dates will be published in the monthly firing times programme.

Published 4 July 2013
Last updated 27 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated Lulworth range firing times 6 April to 3 May 2020.

  2. Updated Lulworth firing times for 6 April to 3 May.

  3. Addition of Lulworth firing times between 6 April to 3 May.

  4. Added Lulworth range firing times 2 March to 5 April 2020.

  5. FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  DEFENCE INFRASTRUCTURE ORGANISATION

    A guide for service families about applying for, maintaining, moving in and out of and living in UK service family accommodation (SFA).

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Service family accommodation

A guide for service families about applying for, maintaining, moving in and out of and living in UK service family accommodation (SFA).

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DfE: special advisers' gifts, hospitality and meetings, 2019

Data on gifts and hospitality received by Department for Education special advisers, and meetings they attended with senior media figures.

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Special advisers' gifts, October to December 2019

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Special advisers' hospitality, October to December 2019

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FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION

Mandatory guidance on the criteria that organisations must meet to provide initial teacher training (ITT).

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Initial teacher training (ITT): criteria and supporting advice

Mandatory guidance on the criteria that organisations must meet to provide initial teacher training (ITT).

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Temporary version amended in light of Covid-19. This document temporarily replaces the previous version published 10 March 2020.

This guidance is for:

  • accredited ITT providers and their partner schools
  • organisations seeking ITT accreditation
  • Ofsted

This guidance sets out what accredited ITT providers must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.

Published 15 March 2012
Last updated 27 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. We have added temporary changes to this guidance due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

  2. Updated information about the withdrawal of accreditation criteria.

  3. Edits to reflect the new ITT core content framework.

  4. Edits to reflect the changes to skills tests.

  5. Updated the criteria and supporting advice.

  6. Updated to add information on fee charging and student support for part-time courses.

  7. FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT

    Notice allowing tank vehicles, with extended roadworthiness test certificates, to remain in service and on our roads without a valid ADR 1(C) certificate.

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Annual inspection waiver for tank vehicles

Notice allowing tank vehicles, with extended roadworthiness test certificates, to remain in service and on our roads without a valid ADR 1(C) certificate.

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Authorisation number 945: annual inspection waiver

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Authorisation notice allowing tank vehicles, whose roadworthiness test certificate has been extended, to remain in service on the roads of Great Britain without a valid ADR 1(C) certificate.

Unless otherwise revoked or superseded, this authorisation shall be valid for those tank vehicles whose annual roadworthiness test certificate has been extended until such time that the extension of the annual roadworthiness test certificate is withdrawn.

The tank vehicle types affected are:

  • EX
  • FL
  • AT
  • MEMU

as defined in section 9.1.1.2 of Volume II of ADR.

See further guidance notes regarding the transportation of dangerous goods.

Published 27 March 2020
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Guidance

COVID-19: guidance for staff in the transport sector

Guidance on COVID-19, including general precautions for staff and guidance on the assessment and management of arrivals into the UK.

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FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT

Proposals on how to introduce E10 petrol for vehicle use throughout in the UK.

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Introducing E10 Petrol

Summary

Proposals on how to introduce E10 petrol for vehicle use throughout in the UK.

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Consultation description

Consultation proposing on introducing E10 petrol for UK vehicles.

Unleaded petrol currently contains up to 5% bioethanol, a grade known as E5, whereas E10 petrol contains up to 10% bioethanol and is not currently available.

This consultation is:

  • proposing introducing E10 petrol as the 95 octane “Premium” grade
  • proposing ensuring the ongoing availability of E5 petrol in the higher octane “Super” grade only
  • proposing amending the mandatory labelling of E10 petrol
  • launching a call for evidence on future transport biofuels policy

Introducing E10 petrol:

  • will reduce CO2 emissions from petrol vehicles
  • could help the UK meet emissions reductions targets

This consultation is a result of suggested actions from the E10 and consumer protection government response

This consultation follows our 2018 call for evidence into whether and how E10 could be introduced in the UK.

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Government to suspend competition law to support Isle of Wight ferry routes

Competition law to be temporarily suspended to allow ferry operators to maintain a crucial lifeline between the island and the mainland.

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  • Business Secretary to waive competition law for vital Isle of Wight crossings
  • ferry operators allowed to coordinate to keep routes open and essential goods flowing
  • part of measures to support communities and businesses impacted by coronavirus

The government is temporarily suspending competition law to allow ferry operators in the Isle of Wight to work together and maintain a crucial lifeline between the island and the mainland during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The COVID-19 outbreak has significantly reduced demand for the day-to-day services provided by the 3 operators, Hovertravel, Wightlink and Red Funnel. Possible staff absences due to self-isolation and illness are also likely to pose a challenge to keeping these essential ferry services going.

The relaxation of rules under the Competition Act 1998 will help ferry operators to continue to run essential services despite reduced usage during the virus, maintaining a vital route for those who cannot work from home and those needing medical treatment.

It will also mean the operators can work together to allow for essential food, freight and medical supplies to be transported between the Isle of Wight and the mainland.

The operators will be able to discuss and agree routes and coordinate staff resourcing to ensure that ferries will still run regularly across the Solent, delivering a critical service on which Isle of Wight residents depend.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said:

Ferry operators provide an absolutely vital service to the Isle of Wight, and it is more important now than ever that this crucial lifeline is kept open.

Our plans to temporarily suspend competition law will allow cooperation between the operators to ensure that essential food, freight and medical supplies can get to the island during these unprecedented times.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

By taking action today, we are helping ensure people, goods and services can continue to move freely between the Isle of Wight and the mainland.

These routes remain fundamental to people’s everyday lives and this action underlines the government’s commitment to support transport operators providing vital services at this difficult time.

Notes to editors

Secondary legislation temporarily suspending elements of the Competition Act 1998 for Isle of Wight ferry operators will be laid today (Friday 27 March).

The Competition Act 1998 prohibits certain types of anti-competitive behaviour, including collusion and cartels. This covers agreements between businesses that prevent, restrict or distort competition. This can, for example, include price-fixing, sharing pricing information and sharing markets.

In the Act (paragraph 7 of schedule 3) there is a mechanism to allow the Secretary of State to exclude this prohibition – the one that covers agreements between businesses that prevent, restrict or distort c

SUNDAY, 29 MARCH 2020  |  DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk level in the UK.

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SUNDAY, 29 MARCH 2020  |  DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

People struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will be offered additional online support and practical guidance to help them cope.

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SATURDAY, 28 MARCH 2020  |  DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

The letter thanks the social care workforce for their help on coronavirus (COVID-19) so far.

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SATURDAY, 28 MARCH 2020  |  DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk level in the UK.

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FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

NHS staff will be first in line for a new coronavirus (COVID-19) testing programme being developed in collaboration with government and industry.

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Government launches new drive on coronavirus tests for frontline NHS staff

NHS staff will be first in line for a new coronavirus (COVID-19) testing programme being developed in collaboration with government and industry.

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  • Government working with industry, philanthropy and universities to significantly scale up testing.

  • New partnership with Thermo Fisher Scientific, Amazon, Boots, Royal Mail and Randox, alongside the Wellcome Trust and top UK universities to boost testing capacity for frontline NHS staff.

Dozens of universities, research institutes and companies across Britain are lending their testing equipment to 3 new hub laboratories which will be set up for the duration of the crisis. No equipment already in use for coronavirus testing or other vital work will be taken.

All current coronavirus testing and research will continue, including at existing local NHS and Public Health England test laboratories, and this new programme will add significant new capacity.

Thermo Fisher Scientific and Randox, who make the equipment, are providing extensive logistical and technical support.

The first lab is now undergoing validation which is expected by tomorrow. Once approval is given, it is expected to enter operation over the weekend, initially on a fairly small scale, and processing around 800 samples.

It will be scaled up every week from then on, with 2 other hub laboratories being stocked with equipment and opening soon.

The first samples to be processed in the labs will be taken from frontline health workers. As the labs’ capacity increases, other frontline workers will be tested. The samples will be taken at special sites set up around the country, initially in coronavirus hotspots such as London.

Work is also underway to source more of the kits needed to take samples from people - of which there is a worldwide shortage.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:

We want to save lives, protect the most vulnerable, and relieve pressure on our NHS.

Healthcare staff are key in our fight against the virus and I want to ensure that any frontline NHS or care worker who has symptoms of coronavirus or who has a family member with symptoms can be tested quickly and reliably.

I pay tribute to the generosity and public spirit of Britain’s universities, research institutes and companies who have lent us their equipment without hesitation.

Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said:

Laboratory-based testing on this scale is a little like building the medical equivalent of a car factory. We are assembling many different parts, some of them quite specialised and hard to find, then getting them to work accurately together in a highly co-ordinated process. There are bound to be teething problems, so we cannot switch on hundreds of thousands of lab tests overnight. But we hope that soon these hub laboratories will be operating round the clock, allowing us to significantly scale up our testing.

This new service, which will be free, will help end the uncertainty of whether NHS staff need to stay at home. Those who test negative for coronavirus will be able to return to work - enhancing the capacity of the NHS and social care to treat patients and care for those in community settings, with plans for a full roll-out for health, social care and other frontline workers.

Amazon and Royal Mail will help with logistics, while Boots has been supporting initial trials by supplying volunteer healthcare clinicians as testers. It will continue this support as the testing rolls out across the UK. Testing will not be done at Boots stores and these tests will not be available over the counter or for purchase online from any retailers.

Sebastian James, Managing Director, Boots UK and ROI said:

I am extremely proud that Boots is supporting COVID-19 testing for NHS workers. Boots has been at the heart of UK healthcare for 171 years and has always come forward to support the community in times of need. We will work with the NHS to recruit trained professionals – both Boots colleagues and from the wider community.

I am sure there will be many trained healthcare clinicians and students, who will step forward to support our dedicated NHS colleagues. Drive through test locations are being defined but will be spread across the UK; they will not

FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk level in the UK.

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Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK

The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk level in the UK.

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Number of cases

As of 9am on 27 March 2020, a total of 113,777 people have been tested, of which 99,234 were confirmed negative and 14,543 were confirmed positive.

As of 5pm on 26 March 2020, 759 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.

The figures for test results and for deaths are compiled from different sources. This is why the figures for deaths are reported from an earlier point in time than the figures for test results.

Cases identified in England

Confirmed cases in each local authority and NHS region are published by Public Health England (PHE).

Risk level

The risk to the UK has been raised to high.

Recent government action

The government published its coronavirus action plan on 3 March.

On 10 February, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, announced strengthened legal powers to protect public health.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 have been put in place to reduce the risk of further human-to-human transmission in this country by keeping individuals in isolation where public health professionals believe there is a reasonable risk an individual may have the virus.

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COVID-19: Free-of-charge DBS applications and fast-track Barred List check service

Guidance around free-of-charge applications and our new fast-track Barred List check service, in response to COVID-19.

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In response to COVID-19, as of Monday 30 March 2020, the Home Office and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will be putting temporary arrangements in place, to provide DBS checks and fast-track emergency checks of the Adults’ and Children’s Barred Lists free-of-charge. This will apply to healthcare and social care workers being recruited in connection with the provision of care and treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19) in England and Wales.

A full list of eligible roles within NHS health services, social care services or social services functions in connection with the provision of care and treatment of coronavirus can be found in the ‘Fast-track service: eligible roles’ attachment above.

Please note, the roles eligible for fast-track emergency checks are different to those defined as ‘key workers’ for the purposes of childcare etc.

These arrangements will provide employers with the option to appoint new recruits into regulated activity with adults and/or children, as long as the individuals are not barred and appropriate measures are put in place to manage the individual until the full DBS check is received.

Misuse of this emergency fast-track COVID-19 provision will delay the urgent deployment of health and social care personnel, and therefore undermine the national effort to fight coronavirus.

As advised above, this service will be available from Monday 30 March 2020. Applications received before this date will not benefit from the service.

Before accessing this new fast-track emergency DBS service, here are some key facts and prompts to inform your emergency planning risk assessment:

  • around 95% of all enhanced with barred list(s) DBS checks have no information included on them
  • only 0.02% of enhanced with barred list(s) DBS checks state that the person is on a barred list
  • if the person you’re looking to employ as part of these emergency measures has had an enhanced with barred list(s) DBS check in the last 3 years, as long as it is for the same workforce (i.e. children and/or adults), consider whether you can use the recent check to determine suitability for the ro

FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  DISCLOSURE BARRING SERVICE

A report detailing the Disclosure and Barring Service's pay gap data for 2019.

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DBS Gender Pay Gap Report 2019

A report detailing the Disclosure and Barring Service's pay gap data for 2019.

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Gender Pay Gap Report 2019

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Employers with 250 or more employees are required to report annually on their gender pay gap.This report fulfils the department’s reporting requirements, analyses the figures in more detail and sets out what we are doing to close the gender pay gap in the organisation.

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FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  DRIVER VEHICLE LICENSING AGENCY

In these unprecedented and uncertain times, we are working hard to make sure the services we provide can continue, but this is an ever-changing picture.

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DVLA Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

In these unprecedented and uncertain times, we are working hard to make sure the services we provide can continue, but this is an ever-changing picture.

Coronavirus – update on our services

You can access our online services along with information and advice at www.gov.uk/browse/driving.

Our priority is to keep our staff safe but also to help keep the country moving. Delivery drivers have an incredibly important part to play in that so we are prioritising applications from HGV drivers where we can to make sure they get the documentation they need as quickly as possible.

As you would expect with a rapidly changing situation and a reduced workforce, there will inevitably be delays in processing some applications in the days and weeks ahead.

Please return to this page for further updates on our services.

Contact Centre

Due to the reduced number of staff on-site we have temporarily reduced the opening hours of the contact centre until further notice.

The current reduced opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.

To help those in most need, please only call if your query is urgent. We are prioritising queries from HGV drivers and critical workers.

For all other enquiries go to GOV.UK or use our online services.

Taxing with an MOT exemption

DVSA has announced that from 30 March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by 6 months. This is being done to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

While the exemption is in place, vehicles can be taxed as normal.

You can tax:

Please note: if your query is about an MOT or driving test you need to contact DVSA.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): specialist vehicle approval tests

Approval tests for newly-built, rebuilt, radically-altered and imported vehicles are suspended due to coronavirus - but critical vehicles can still be tested.

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This page tells you about the suspension of vehicle approval tests due to coronavirus (COVID-19). It will be updated if anything changes.

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COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

All vehicle approval tests have been suspended to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. The suspension lasts for up to 3 months.

You need a vehicle approval test if you’ve:

  • built a vehicle
  • rebuilt a vehicle
  • radically altered a vehicle
  • imported a vehicle

The suspension applies to all types of vehicle approval tests, including:

If your approval test was cancelled

You’ll get an email to tell you that your test has been rebooked. It will tell you the new date and time of your test.

You will not get this email immediately - it should arrive around 2 weeks before your new test date.

It’s likely that your new test date will be around 3 months after your original date.

Book an emergency IVA test for vehicles critical to the COVID-19 response

You can still get an emergency test during the suspension period if your vehicle is critical to the COVID-19 response.

This includes:

  • vehicles being tested for the first time
  • vehicles being retested because they’ve failed before

Eligible vehicles

A vehicle is critical t

FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

View the application submitted by Vale Royal Fresh Foods Ltd for Vale Royal Fresh Foods Ltd, Hulme Hall Lane, Allostock, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 9JN.

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WA16 9JN, Vale Royal Fresh Foods Ltd: environmental permit application advertisement- EPR/PB3495VV/A001

View the application submitted by Vale Royal Fresh Foods Ltd for Vale Royal Fresh Foods Ltd, Hulme Hall Lane, Allostock, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 9JN.

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The Environment Agency consults the public on certain applications for:

  • waste and mining waste operations
  • installations
  • water discharge and groundwater activities
  • medium combustion plant and specified generators

The arrangements are explained in their Public Participation Statement

These notices explain:

  • what the application is about
  • which Environment Agency office you can visit to see the application documents on the public register
  • when you need to comment by

The Environment Agency will decide:

  • whether to grant or refuse the application
  • what conditions to include in the permit (if granted)
Published 27 March 2020

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EX5 2JG, Mr Martin Beaman: environmental permit application advertisement- EPR/QB3896VL/A001

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The Environment Agency consults the public on certain applications for:

  • waste and mining waste operations
  • installations
  • water discharge and groundwater activities
  • medium combustion plant and specified generators

The arrangements are explained in their Public Participation Statement

These notices explain:

  • what the application is about
  • which Environment Agency office you can visit to see the application documents on the public register
  • when you need to comment by

The Environment Agency will decide:

  • whether to grant or refuse the application
  • what conditions to include in the permit (if granted)
Published 27 March 2020

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River Thames: locks and facilities for boaters

Facilities for boaters at Environment Agency lock sites on the non-tidal River Thames and the River Kennet.

Due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, some of our services will be restricted until further notice.

You should not make any journeys on your boat other than to access essential services and facilities. We will not provide assisted passage or powered operation at locks. If you need to go through a lock, you will need to hand wind it.

More information is contained within the relevant sections of this page.

If you are planning to boat on the River Thames, you may also find our distances and measurements for boaters page useful.

Using the locks

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, we will not provide assisted passage at locks. To discourage non-essential travel, we will not be providing powered operation. If you need to go through a lock, you will need to operate it yourself and hand wind the lock.

Teddington Lock is also closed. We will consider providing a hand wind service for short periods to enable essential journeys only. Any requests which we deem to be non-essential will be declined.

If you need to go through Teddington Lock, email WaterwaysThames@environment-agency.gov.uk with your contact details. A member of our Teddington Lock team will be in touch.

Operating the lock yourself

When lock keepers are not available you may work the lock yourself, at your own risk.

Operating instructions are posted at locks. Read the operating instructions before you operate the lock.

If you are operating the lock yourself:

  • stay close to the sluice controls while the sluices are in operation
  • close the lock gates properly before slowly opening the sluices to fill or empty the lock
  • leave the lock empty and shut the gates after use - there is often a public right of way over the gates

In an emergency you should close all sluices before dealing with the situation. Emergency contact details are displayed at each lock.

Camping at lock sites

Camping at Environment Agency lock sites has been suspended until further notice.

Short stay mooring

We have lifted the time restrictions on Environment Agency short stay moorings until further notice.

Call 03708 506 506 if you have any queries and ask to speak to the lock nearest to the mooring site you are interested in.

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FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

Navigation on the River Thames may be restricted or closed in certain areas. Find out where and when these restrictions and closures are.

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River Thames: restrictions and closures

Navigation on the River Thames may be restricted or closed in certain areas. Find out where and when these restrictions and closures are.

As a result of prolonged strong stream conditions, many hazard marker buoys have been moved out of position. River and weather conditions may have also created new hazards.

Due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, we cannot currently reposition or install marker buoys, or remove hazards. Boat movements should be restricted to essential journeys only. Any such journeys must be carried out with extreme caution.

Before boating on the River Thames, you should check the current river conditions.

River closures: updated 27 March 2020

When Where What’s happening
Tuesday 18 February 2020 until further notice Marsh Lock Marsh Lock tree blockage: Marsh Lock is currently closed to all boats as a large tree has been washed downstream and is blocking the upstream entrance/exit to the lock.
Friday 6 March 2020 until further notice Sunbury Lock Sunbury Lock emergency lock closure: passage through Sunbury Lock is closed until further notice due to a sunken boat above the lock cut.

River restrictions: updated 19 February 2020

When Where What’s happening
Monday 2 March to Saturday 28 March 2020 Clifton Lock Cut Clifton Lock Cut Bridge inspection: engineers will be using a mobile pontoon to access the underneath of the bridge. This will cause periodic disruption to navigation.
Monday 2 March to Saturday 28 March 2020 Boulters Lock tail Boulters Lock Bridge inspection: engineers will be using a mobile pontoon to access the underneath of the bridge. This will cause periodic disruption to navigation.
Monday 2 March to Saturday 28 March 2020 Sunbury Lock Cut Sunbury Lock Cut Bridge inspection: engineers will be using a mobile pontoon to access the underneath of the bridge. This will cause periodic disruption to navigation.
Sunday 5 April 2020, from 8am to 1pm Henley reach

FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2020  |  ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

View the application submitted by Manns Waste Management Ltd for The Old Bus Depot, Dagenham.

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RM9 6QD, Manns Waste Management Ltd: environmental permit application advertisement - EPR/HP3098VH/V003

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The Environment Agency consults the public on certain applications for:

  • waste and mining waste operations
  • installations
  • water discharge and groundwater activities
  • medium combustion plant and specified generators

The arrangements are explained in their Public Participation Statement

These notices explain:

  • what the application is about
  • which Environment Agency office you can visit to see the application documents on the public register
  • when you need to comment byThe Environment Agency will decide:

  • whether to grant or refuse the application
  • what conditions to include in the permit (if granted)
Published 27 March 2020