Second homeowners: don’t risk a census fine

Households across the country have had some important post drop onto their doormats recently: their once-in-a-decade letter from the government, containing an online access code for the 2021 national census. The census, run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), is a nationwide survey that happens once every 10 years, and failure to complete it […]

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Budget extends support for businesses and workers

On Wednesday 3rd March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak stood up in the House of Commons to give what is probably one of the most highly anticipated Budget speeches in many years. A full year into the COVID-19 crisis, his task was not an easy one: to provide workers and businesses with the support they need as […]

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Supreme Court ruling has huge ramifications for the gig economy

On 19 February, the UK’s highest court finally handed down its ruling on a legal battle that has been raging for years between ride hailing app Uber and its drivers. In 2016, two drivers took Uber before an employment tribunal for the right to be classed as employed workers, thus granting them basic rights such […]

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DVSA updates the categorisation of defects during vehicle inspections

Revised guidance on how defects affecting a vehicle’s roadworthiness are categorised during DVSA vehicle inspections came into force on 1 February 2021. Changes include a ban on tyres over the age of 10 years on the front axles of buses, lorries, coaches and all wheel positions of minibuses (we have explored this ban and what […]

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Government bans 10-year-old tyres

On 9 December 2020, the government amended The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use Regulations), updating the rules relating to tyres over 10 years of age on certain types of vehicle. The changes came into effect on 1 February 2021, meaning tyres that are 10+ years old are now banned from use on the front axles […]

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New HSE Health and Safety app released

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have released a Health and Safety app targeted at small and medium businesses with the aim to help organisations understand the law, their health and safety rights and their responsibilities. The app includes practical advice and step-by-step guidance on a range of topics, including managing risk, work-related stress and […]

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