Corona Virus

COVID-19 Support

The latest industry updates and guidance during the Covid-19 crisis.

This page will continue to be updated as news becomes available.

07/04/2020 - 02:03pm - The Department for Work and Pensions has provided us with an update. COVID-19 Update from the Department for Work and Pensions

07/04/2020 - 11:26am - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides information for employers and businesses on Coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 6 April 2020

06/04/2020 - 08:55am - DWP has experienced a huge increase in claims and our phone lines have been extremely busy as a result. We’re taking urgent action to boost capacity, we’ve moved 10,000 existing staff to help on the front line and we’re recruiting more. Roundup of Recent DWP Announcements

03/04/2020 - 04:18pm - This is an extremely worrying time for firms and workers. We know many workers, union reps and employers have questions and concerns about safe working – especially for those continuing to work away from home. Coronavirus: A joint statement between HSE, the TUC and the CBI

03/04/2020 - 03:02pm - A statement from the board of directors and senior management, outlining a number of new initiatives put in place to further support members during the coronavirus crisis. Coronavirus - Further Measures to Support Members

01/04/2020 - 05:08pm - The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. Staying at home and away from others (social distancing)

01/04/2020 - 05:08pm - Landlords and employers not required to see original documents during coronavirus outbreak. Temporary changes to right to rent and right to work checks

31/03/2020 - 05:08pm - The coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak is going to have an impact on everyone’s daily lives, as the government and the NHS take necessary steps to manage the outbreak, reduce transmission and treat those who need medical attention. Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)

30/03/2020 - 08:18pm - On Thursday 26 March the Chancellor announced a new Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) to support those whose income has been negatively impacted by coronavirus. COVID-19 and Self Employment

27/03/2020 - 03:42pm - The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has taken steps to support hand sanitiser manufacturers as UK production is increasing to tackle Coronavirus. HSE issues exemption for the manufacture and supply of biocidal hand sanitiser products in the UK

27/03/2020 - 12:30pm - During the current public health concerns, asbestos training providers have stopped providing face-to-face training. Refresher Training for Licensed Asbestos Contractors During the Current Public Health (COVID-19) Outbreak

25/03/2020 - 03:46pm - The Department for Education has released a lot of guidance for training/apprenticeship providers. Letter from Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills

25/03/2020 - 11:49am - Scam text messages have been reported which make claims that UKGOV has issued a payment of £458 to all residents as part of its promise to battle COVID-19. Coronavirus Text Messages

25/03/2020 - 08:14am - Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has confirmed the government’s £500 million Hardship Fund will provide council tax relief to vulnerable people and households to help those affected most by coronavirus. Government confirms £500 million hardship fund will provide council tax relief for vulnerable households

24/03/2020 - 12:01pm - This bulletin provides information for employers and businesses on Coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin

23/03/2020 - 05:18pm - Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces package to support workers as government confirms further measures to keep people safe. Chancellor announces workers’ support package

23/03/2020 - 09:17am - This business readiness bulletin for trade associations, released by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy provides important information for our members on Coronavirus (Covid-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Readiness Bulletin Issue 4

23/03/2020 - 09:03am - People unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can obtain an isolation note through a new online service. Online isolation notes launched – providing proof of coronavirus absence from work

20/03/2020 - 02:31pm - In the light of advice from Public Health England on COVID-19, HSE has set out in guidance (attached), a proportionate and flexible approach to enable health/medical surveillance to continue. It applies where workers are undergoing periodic review under several sets of health and safety regulations. Guidance for occupational health providers, appointed doctors and employers on performing health/medical surveillance

20/03/2020 - 09:58am - In response to queries from licensed asbestos removal contractors about supply issues with personal protective equipment (PPE), HSE is putting the attached statement on its Asbestos Communities site. The statement is in relation to the asbestos industry specifically and they are placing the information on the community so that it is focused on that industry, given that there is a lot of information on different topics being shared at present.

PPE Supply Issues - HSE Statement

19/03/2020 - 11:51am - As the country deals with the ongoing coronavirus crisis, we are urging workers in construction-related industries and trades to make use of the time to upskill or refresh training.

In line with this, we have approved our 200-member companies and individuals to deliver a number of our approved courses by video conferencing software, including Skype, Microsoft Teams and Zoom.

UKATA announces temporary video conference asbestos training during Coronavirus crisis

18/03/2020 - 12:29pm - The board of directors have been working closely with senior management, reviewing the rules of membership, exploring new system ideas and most essentially, continuing to monitor and follow the advice coming out of government and Public Health England.

As a Country, we are entering into unknown territory. Each day is going to bring different challenges to both personal and business life. The industry is going to have some difficult times ahead, from training/projects being cancelled to a shortage of supplies, inevitably meaning works cannot be carried out.

First and foremost, as a membership association, we want to support our members as much as we possibly can. We appreciate that there needs to be an element of flexibility around our rules and standards, without affecting the high quality of training standards we are recognised for.

The board of directors and senior management have therefore developed an interim policy which deals with several key areas of our operations.

Coronavirus: How UKATA is supporting members