Hybrid working opportunities dominate market forecast

The IWFM has provided a snapshot of the market’s experiences of the past year and the facilities management profession’s expectations for the future

Vaccine passports could create 'two-tier society'

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has warned that introducing Covid status certificates risks discriminating against some groups.

Consultation launched on staff vaccines in care homes

A consultation is underway on making coronavirus vaccination a condition of work for people who are deployed in care homes with older adult residents.

Birmingham launches Lateral Flow testing survey

Birmingham City Council has launched a research project to improve people’s experiences of Lateral Flow Testing for coronavirus in Birmingham.

Children at centre of country’s mental health crisis

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has found that young people are bearing the brunt of the mental health crisis caused by the pandemic.

Postal vote ‘inaction’ risks disenfranchising young voters

Labour has warned the government that it risks disenfranchising millions of younger voters because of ‘inaction’ over postal votes.

£18 million announced for Bikeability cycle training

£18 million has been set aside for cycle training across the country to ensure children and their families have the confidence to choose active travel.

Everyone will now have to check in on Test and Trace app

Changes have been made to the way that the public check in to venues and shops on the NHS Test and Trace app, ahead of the reopening of hospitality and retail.

Liverpool to pilot safe reopening of events

The government has announced details of the pilot events to be held in Liverpool, as the city prepares to reopen its cultural and business sectors.

Care homes to allow two visitors from 12 April

Care home residents will be able to receive two visitors indoors from Monday 12 April as Covid restrictions continue to be cautiously eased.

Twice weekly rapid testing to be available across England

The government has announced that everyone in England will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing from 9 April.

Ambulance workers' mental health hit hardest

A survey of 4,000 staff across police, fire and ambulance services has laid bare the scale of poor mental health among emergency responders.

£500m confirmed for mental health recovery plan

Patients will benefit from expanded mental health services backed by £500 million, as part of the government’s Mental Health Recovery Action Plan.

£43m of investment needed for youth addiction services

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is calling for £43 million of investment into youth addiction services to prevent lifelong addiction.

Social care needs a ‘1948 moment’, says LGA

The LGA has said that immediate action is needed on social care as part of a new long-term plan in the spirit of the post-war reforms.

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