Day: September 23, 2020

Chancellor requests OBR forecasts without setting Budget date, raising the prospect of delay

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has taken the unusual step of requesting economic forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) without setting a date for the next Budget. In a Written Statement to Parliament, the Chancellor said that he had asked the OBR to provide the forecasts in “mid to late November” – a move…

Government introduces legal duty to self-isolate, with big penalties for employers that prevent staff from following the rules

Speaking in the House of Commons, the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has announced a legal duty to self-isolate for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace. People who fail to comply with this requirement will risk fines of up to £10,000 in cases of…

Hospitality industry faces new restrictions to curb second wave

In recent weeks, many businesses within the hospitality sector have been enjoying a relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions. However, from 24 September 2020 pubs, bars and restaurants will have to close at 10pm, as part of the Government’s attempts to limit a second wave of Coronavirus infection. The same measures apply to takeaways, however, deliveries will…

Government to reinforce COVID Secure guidance with new direct legal obligations

To ensure workplaces that remain open prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the Government will introduce a direct legal obligation for businesses in England that requires them to follow the latest guidance to the letter. During his speech to Parliament on the new measures, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said that businesses could face fines and…