Update to the Border Operating Model

The UK Government has published an updated Border Operating Model - the guide to how the border works with the European Union

This new version of the model reflects the revised timetable for the introduction of UK border import controls, as announced on 14 September. 

Business Ventilation Fund

 A £25 million fund to improve ventilation in business premises and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission is now open for applications.

Small and medium-sized will be able to claim back costs of up to £2,500 to undertake work such as the installation of carbon dioxide monitors and remedial improvement work to windows and vents.

Support will initially target high-risk settings where people come into close contact, such as restaurants, bars and gyms.

Scottish Government update their COVID-19 Strategic Framework

The Scottish Government have published an updated Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scotland's Strategic Framework.

The update to the Strategic Framework (last updated in June 2021) sets out progress against the range of strategies being deployed across government and the broader public sector in Scotland in response to the coronavirus pandemic and explains the Scottish Government’s approach to the future management of the pandemic.

HSE launch Working Minds campaign

The Health and Safety Executive are calling for a culture change across Britain’s workplaces where recognising and responding to the signs of stress becomes as routine as managing workplace safety. 

Work-related stress is now the number one cause of employee sickness absence, with major factors causing work-related stress including workload pressures - tight deadlines, too much responsibility and a lack of managerial support. Our insight also tells us that employers, particularly smaller ones, are not aware of their legal duties or how to spot the signs of stress.

Consultation on Guiding principles on the environment: draft statutory guidance

The UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021 (“the Continuity Act”) introduces new duties on Ministers and other public authorities to have due regard to five guiding principles on the environment. The guiding principles sit alongside Scotland’s arrangements for environmental governance, including the establishment of Environmental Standards Scotland and the publication of the Scottish Government’s Environment Strategy.

Avian influenza prevention

The Chief Veterinary Officers for Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland have agreed to bring in new measures to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza, following a number of confirmed cases across Great Britain in recent weeks.

The new housing measures will come into force at 00:01 (am) on 29 November 2021, and mean that it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers across the UK to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease.

Scotland to ban single-use plastic items from June 2022

Legislation has been laid that will see Scotland ban some of the most environmentally damaging single-use plastic items, with the ban coming into effect on 1 June 2022. 

Draft National Planning Framework 4 (Draft NPF4) Published

Alongside the publication of the Draft National Planning Framework 4 (Draft NPF4), a public consultation has been launched.

The National Planning Framework (NPF) is a long term plan for Scotland that sets out where development and infrastructure is needed.

Scotland’s fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4) will be a long term plan looking to 2045 that will guide spatial development, set out national planning policies, designate national developments and highlight regional spatial priorities.

Onshore wind - policy statement refresh 2021: consultative draft

Onshore wind is a proven cheap and reliable source of electricity generation and Scotland’s resource and commitment have seen us lead the way in onshore wind deployment and support across the UK.

It is clear that onshore wind will be vital in our progress towards Scotland's legally-binding net zero targets. We believe that Scotland's net zero commitment presents the perfect opportunity to revisit and reassess our original Onshore Wind Policy Statement that was published in 2017.

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