Working from home: guidance ends in England but remains in Scotland

Written by Sam Trendall on 20 January 2022 in News
News

Government called time on policy yesterday, but advice is set to remain in place north of the border until next month

Credit: rawpixel.com/Pxhere

Government guidance to for employees across England to work from home where possible ended yesterday, but similar advice is set to remain in place in Scotland at least until next month.

Ministers yesterday announced the phased end of the plan B measures that, since 13 December, included official advice for workers in England to perform their duties from home, if possible. That guidance was brought to an immediate end yesterday.

“People should speak to their employers about arrangements for returning to the office, and should follow the working safely guidance,” the government said.

The removal of other plan B measures will follow in stages, with face coverings no longer required in schools from today, and in all other settings from 27 January – at which point large events and nightclubs will also no longer be legally required to ask attendees to provide an NHS Covid Pass.


Related content


Scotland is also in the process of removing restrictions introduced following the outbreak of the omicron variant; from Monday, all nightclubs will be allowed to reopen, indoor contact sports can resume, the limit of three households on indoor gatherings will be lifted, and the requirement for table service in pubs and restaurants will end.

But the guidance to work from home remains in place for the time being. The Scottish Government intends to engage with business representatives in the coming days, with a plan to update advice next month to reflect a widespread switch to a hybrid working model.

The use of vaccine passports – delivered via the NHS Scotland Covid Status app – will continue to be required at nightclubs and large events, but the scheme will not be extended to other hospitality venues.

In Wales, meanwhile, guidance to work from home is due to end on 28 January, as part of a planned phased approach to the removal of restrictions. 

The country will keep the requirement for the use of the NHS Covid pass at theatres, cinemas, concerts, nightclubs, and large events.

Northern Ireland introduced guidance asking employees to work from home where possible two months ago. That advice remains in place.

 

About the author

Sam Trendall is editor of PublicTechnology. He can be reached on sam.trendall@dodsgroup.com.

Share this page

Tags

Categories

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM READERS

Please login to post a comment or register for a free account.

Related Articles

Ofcom to probe dominance of big three public-cloud players
26 September 2022

Communications regulator will examine whether the current market conditions stymie innovation and opportunities for smaller players

HMRC using ‘digital prompts’ to ensure wealthy people pay enough tax
22 September 2022

Departmental report reveals use of technology and data to help identify possible shortfalls

ONS signs £15m partner for consumer price index
14 September 2022

Data analytics firm will help statisticians select products for ‘basket’ of goods

PM must address UK’s poor energy efficiency, report finds
14 September 2022

Think tank the Institute for Government claims that country cannot properly deal with spiralling prices without addressing underlying issues