30 Jul 2022
by Policy, Practice and Innovation Team

New guidance on employment status

New BEIS guidance has been published on employment status, to help businesses and people, including those working in the gig economy, understand which employment rights apply to them.  The guidance follows the Uber Supreme Court judgement which held that individuals in the gig economy can qualify as ‘workers’, entitled to core employment protections. 

The guidance is accompanied by Employment status consultation: government response which concludes that the benefits of creating a new framework for employment status are currently outweighed by the potential disruption associated with legislative reform. 

Help to Grow: Digital Scheme eligibility expanded to businesses with at least one employee

The government’s Help to Grow: Digital scheme is expanding to support up to 1.2 million UK businesses adopt digital technology.  Businesses with 1 to 249 employees can access discounts worth up to £5,000 on approved software. eCommerce software is now included and a one-to-one advice for SMEs is due to start later this year on how best to adopt digital technology. 

More than a million businesses now eligible for Help to Grow as software scheme receives a boost

Plan for the Best - emergency care planning initiative in Haringey

Charity Carers First has launched a campaign in Haringey to encourage unpaid carers to make an emergency plan for the person they care for. ‘Plan for the Best’ gives unpaid carers in the borough access to free emergency plan packs to ensure the person they care receives vital support if they are suddenly unavailable.  More information.

New guidance for unpaid carers on sharing information

New guidance has been published by the Health and Social Care Information Governance Board on information sharing issues as they affect unpaid carers, including sharing confidential information about the individual they care for to support their care.

New monkeypox vaccination video

DHSC has produced a new video to encourage eligible people to come forward for monkeypox vaccination which features Dr Rachael Jones, a sexual health consultant at Chelsea and Westminster hospital, explaining who will be offered the vaccine, how people will be contacted and why it’s important to get vaccinated.



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