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Small business banking guide

27th August 2019 have put together a selection of useful articles about business banking for small businesses. It includes information about for new start ups and growing businesses. Small business banking guide Do you need a business bank account? Setting up a business bank account: What small companies should know   Read more

GDPR toolkit for small and medium sized organisations now available from the ICO

12th August 2019

If you are a sole trader, small organisation or business owner, the toolkit from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will help you to assess your compliance with different aspects of data protection law. The toolkit includes advice to ensure your customers can exercise their rights under the GDPR. Find out more and start your self-assessment … Read more

“Prioritise me” – priority service with energy companies for people with long term conditions

20th May 2019

“Prioritise Me” is a project by Speakup about helping people with long term conditions get extra support from their energy supplier. It’s all about spreading the word about the ‘Priority Services Registers’ as people may not know about these. Lots of the big energy companies have them and people with long term conditions are eligible … Read more

Upcoming changes to the DBS application process

15th May 2019

Within the next few months, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will be implementing a change to the enhanced disclosure process. This change will mean that DBS is no longer able to amend enhanced applications that have been submitted with missing or incorrect information regarding the following sections. The changes will affect both applicants and … Read more

Guidance for charities with a connection to a non-charity

15th April 2019

A new guidance document has been published by the Government specifically for charities with a connection to a non-charity and applies to both trustees of charities connected to a non-charity and for organisations setting up as a charity that have this type of connection. The document details how to manage and review your charity’s connection … Read more

Skills for Care survey research: Individual employers and the personal assistant workforce, 2019

9th April 2019

Skills for Care have published their latest findings from their survey research into individual employers and their personal assistants. The report focuses on individuals who employ their own staff (also known as individual employers) and their personal assistants (PAs). There was previously limited knowledge about this part of the adult social care sector, so Skills … Read more

Do I need to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office?

5th April 2019

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Under the Data Protection (Charges and Information) Regulations 2018, individuals and organisations that process personal data need to … Read more

Care Quality Commission fees for 2019/20 confirmed

1st April 2019

Changes to the fees that CQC will charge providers of health and adult social care in England for the year 2019/20 have now been confirmed and will take effect from today (1 April 2019). The increase follows a public consultation on proposals for the fees, which took place between 25 October 2018 and 17 January … Read more

Community health service funding bids open to VCSE organisations in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

30th January 2019

£3 million of CCG Community Health Commissioning in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will be allocated to the voluntary and community sector, under changes to how services are commissioned. The new commissioning model is expected to increase the choice of support on offer in local communities and take pressure off GPs and frontline services. Sandra Meadows, … Read more

Publication of NHS Long Term Plan

8th January 2019

The NHS have just published a new long term plan which was developed by health and care leaders. The plan aims to make the NHS fit for the future, and get the most value for patients out of every pound of taxpayers’ investment. The plan has been drawn up by those who know the NHS best, … Read more