Sarah Newton Appointed as New Chair of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

Sarah Newton Appointed as New Chair of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

The Department for Work and Pensions has appointed Sarah Newton as Chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Board. The appointment commenced on 1 August 2020 and is a five year posting. She will replace Martin Temple at the conclusion of his term.

Sarah Louise Newton (59), FRSA is a former British Conservative Party politician. She was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Truro and Falmouth in 2010 and re-elected in 2015 and 2017. In November 2017, she became the Minister of State for Disabled People. Prior to that, Newton was a Minister in the Home Office and a Minister at the Department of Work and Pensions, where she worked with the HSE and led the Health and Work Unit. Amongst other responsibilities while at the Home Office she was involved in work on tackling modern slavery, human trafficking and human exploitation. Newton stood down as an MP in November 2019.

Before entering the House of Commons, she was Director of the International Longevity Centre (UK), Age Concern England and American Express Europe. She also served as a Councillor in the London Borough of Merton. She was educated at Falmouth Comprehensive School and Kings College London. She won a Rotary International postgraduate scholarship in the USA. She is married with 3 children.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

20LTB415 Sarah Newton Appointed as New Chair of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

Re: Royal Mail Group – 2020 Free Flu Voucher Offer

Re: Royal Mail Group – 2020 Free Flu Voucher Offer

Initial discussions have taken place on this subject and Royal Mail Group has agreed that there will be a 2020 ‘Free Flu Voucher Offer’ this year to all employees.

This year, redeemable Lloyds Pharmacy Flu Vouchers together with a covering letter sent directly to all employees’ homes will be issued, along with guidance which will be backed up by re-printable vouchers available in the workplace if needed.

Agency staff will again be included this year.

The Flu Vouchers will be redeemable from 1stOctober 2020 to 31st December 2020 and a Lloyds Pharmacy appointment booking portal will be available (details to be confirmed).

There will be a multi-media communication and promotion campaign launched promoting the ‘Free Flu Voucher’ scheme through Royal Mail and the Trade Unions raising awareness of the scheme and encouraging take-up.

The communications campaign is planned to begin in early September with the Flu Vouchers arriving around the 1st October.

Communications will be aligned to the Government Flu Jab scheme for this year and include information for additional ‘at risk’ members of the population and age groups who will receive the vaccination free via the NHS.

So a further improvement has been made in the scheme this year and hopefully this will encourage a greater take-up especially following the Coronavirus pandemic.

Further details will be issued in due course.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

20LTB414 Royal Mail Group – 2020 Free Flu Voucher Offer

Planning a UK break? CWU Member Benefits is here to help you save money

Planning a UK break? CWU Member Benefits is here to help you save money

Dear Terence,

Whether you’re going on a long weekend or simply taking a trip to the countryside, you can save with CWU Member Benefits. Take a look at these offers to help you prepare for your next adventure.

Plan your next adventure and save with TOTUM Pro

Looking for your next adventure? TOTUM Pro has a range of deals to make sure that you’ve got everything you need. From hotels and car rentals to holidays clothes and tech accessories. Get discounts on brands such as Go City and Travelodge.

Plus, as a TOTUM Pro member, you can get an exclusive 45 Day Kids Pass Trial for just £1 and access discounts on all sorts of family days out and holidays*.

Get your card today

25% off English Heritage annual memberships

Enjoy unlimited entry to many historic places across England with 25% off English Heritage annual memberships. From legendary and iconic sites such as Stonehenge to the country’s most beautiful historic castles, there’s so much to explore, and what’s more, up to 6 children can go for free with every adult member*.

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Exclusive savings at the UK’s top attractions

With 30 venues to choose from, there’s plenty of fun to be had at a Merlin Entertainments attraction this year.

Attractions include –  Alton Towers Resort, LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, THORPE PARK Resort, Madame Tussauds London, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester, the Dungeons, SEA LIFE and many more*.

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You can never plan for a vehicle breakdown; you can only be prepared. See if you could benefit from being prepared by taking a look at this breakdown cover offer from Award-winning and reliable breakdown cover can also be low cost and with this discount, you can save yourself even more. Just select the cover that suits you and enter your discount code. There’s no need to risk being stranded at the roadside*!

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Whether you’re looking for a holiday for all the family or a long weekend in the capital, make sure you save with SVM.

CWU members can purchase Discounted Gift Cards and eGifts on a variety of different brands to save money on travel essentials such booking tours with Original Tours, family holidays with Butlins and holiday clothes from ASOS, Marks and Spencer and H&M*.

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To take advantage of these and other fantastic deals visit the CWU Member Benefits Special Offers page today!

*Terms and conditions apply to all benefits. See website for details. Offers subject to change without notice. English Heritage – Offers not in conjunction with any other offer. Only valid on new memberships. Merlin Entertainments – © 2020 DreamWorks Animation LLC. LEGO, the LEGO logo, DUPLO and LEGOLAND are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2020 The LEGO Group. Start Rescue – Insurance is subject to underwriting. Your vehicle must be registered to and ordinarily kept at an address within the territorial limits (UK). Personal breakdown cover allows the policy holder to be covered in any vehicle (some exclusions may apply). A vehicle breakdown cover policy only covers the vehicle specified in the policy. CWU Member Benefits is managed and run on behalf of CWU by Parliament Hill Ltd. CWU are an Introducer Appointed Representative of Parliament Hill Ltd of 40 Gracechurch Street, London, England, EC3V 0BT who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for non-investment insurance mediation under registration number 308448. Details can be checked on the Financial Services register by visiting the FCA’s web site at Neither CWU nor Parliament Hill are part of the same group as the providers.

Reporting Workplace Safety Concerns Related to Coronavirus/COVID-19 to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Reporting Workplace Safety Concerns Related to Coronavirus/COVID-19 to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Following an outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) identified in parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire, and West Yorkshire, the government and relevant local authorities are acting together to control the spread of the virus. Social distancing is a key public health measure introduced by Public Health England to reduce the spread of infection. Most employers and managers are following the guidance to ensure social distancing wherever possible.

The HSE has reiterated the message that if it comes to the HSE’s attention that employers/managers are not complying with the relevant Public Health England guidance (including enabling social distancing), the HSE will consider a range of actions ranging from providing specific advice to employers through to issuing enforcement notices, including prohibition notices.

Where workers or trade union safety reps have genuine concerns about health and safety which cannot be resolved through speaking with their employer/manager or trade union, using established escalation processes, they can contact the relevant enforcement agency – either their local authority, or the HSE through this link:

The HSE advises concerned workers and safety reps to report using an online form at the above link. It also says that they don’t have to fill in their name and contact details. Alternatively, they can call 0300 003 1647 and a HSE officer will take them through the form over the phone – but again they do not have to disclose their name and contact details. Lines are open Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm.

The HSE has said it will respect the anonymity of those reporting issues.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

LTB 411/20 – Reporting Workplace Safety Concerns Related to Coronavirus COVID-19 to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Latest Royal Mail Group Coronavirus Covid-19 Guidance/Q&A Document (Version 53)

Latest Royal Mail Group Coronavirus Covid-19 Guidance/Q&A Document (Version 53)

I attach for your information Version 53 of the Royal Mail Group Coronavirus Covid-19 Guidance – Frequently Asked Questions and Answers document, issued by the business on Thursday 30 July 2020.

Please note that additions are in ‘Green’ and Changes highlighted in ‘Yellow’.

The Health, Safety & Environment Department continues in dialogue with the Royal Mail Group Safety Health & Environment Team to raise additions and amendments to the Q&A document.

Any enquiries to this LTB should be directed to Dave Joyce National Health, Safety & Environment Officer.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

LTB 409/20 – Latest Royal Mail Group Coronavirus Covid-19 Guidance Q&A Document (Version 53)

Coronavirus Guidance Questions and Answers v53

Tories’ TV licence betrayal of over-75s could backfire in bill for £855million.

Tories’ TV licence betrayal of over-75s could backfire in bill for £855million.

Pension Credit costs will hit the Treasury but the Government thought that forcing the BBC to fund the lifeline would save them £745m a year – Age UK are encouraging an estimated 590,000 eligible over-75s to claim the benefit.


Oliver Milne

1ST AUGUST 2020.

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The Tories’ free TV licence betrayal of over-75s could backfire and cost the Treasury £855million more every year as campaigners encourage OAPs to sign up for Pension Credits.

From today only those over 75 and receiving the credit will get the benefit, which will leave an
estimated 3.7 million OAPs £157.50 out of pocket every year.

The Government thought that forcing the BBC to fund the lifeline would save them £745m a year, but Office for Budget Responsibility figures show the amount of unclaimed pension credits stands at £1.6billion annually.

The increased costs from more claims could mean the Government pays out an extra £855m every year.

National Pensioners Convention General Secretary Jan Shortt with a ripped up TV licence during a protest outside BBC Newcastle.

Age UK are encouraging an estimated 590,000 eligible over-75s to claim the Pension Credit, which is means-tested, they are due.

The BBC says keeping licences free for all over-75s would mean closing BBC2, BBC4, the BBC News Channel, BBC Scotland and Radio 5 Live.

Caroline Abrahams, of charity Age UK said successful claimants “could find themselves £2,000 better off a year”.

National Pensioners’ Convention carried out a series of protests.

Jonathan Ashworth: Public deserves better than Government’s haphazard approach

Over-75s have been entitled to a free TV licence since 2000.

The BBC is being forced to restrict the benefit to people on Pension Credit after the Tories broke a 2017 manifesto promise to keep licences free.

We reported how pensioners took to the streets yesterday to protest the move.

A Downing Street spokesman said the BBC “must now look at how it can use its income to deliver for all ages by making efficiencies.”

BBC chairman David Clementi on how organisation will still help pensioners in need.

Sir David Clementi, Chairman of the BBC, writes for the Mirror and breaks down the ‘myths’ around the new TV license scheme and promises the organisation will still help pensioners in need.


Sir David Clementi, Chairman of the BBC


Emergency services rescuing woman after 60ftunsubscribe at any time.

So much of what has been said about the BBC’s new TV licence scheme for over 75s is either misleading or wrong.

I want to break down some of the myths, because it’s important that pensioners in particular really understand what’s changed.

First, the BBC has not decided to take free licences away from over 75s. It was the Government who funded free licences in the past; it was the Government who decided to stop paying for them.

The BBC thought long and hard about what we could do to create and fund a new scheme to help those who need it most.

The result is that any household with someone aged over 75 who receives pension credit is now entitled to a free TV licence, paid for by the BBC.

In other words, we’re providing extra help to those older pensioners who, according to the Government, need it most.

Sir David Clementi was the Government’s preferred candidate to be the BBC’s new chairman.

Tories’ TV licence betrayal of over-75s could backfire in bill for £855million.

Jo Stevens: Tories have let down older people and shown again they cannot be trusted.

These are people who have worked hard all their lives. They are among the most likely to feel lonely or isolated. Some are vulnerable. The coronavirus crisis has highlighted just how much many rely on TV and radio for day-to-day companionship.

Some say that the BBC has somehow gone back on what was agreed. But there was never any agreement that the BBC would keep the Government scheme going. Both Government ministers and the BBC recognised at the time that change was likely.

Partly that’s because copying the Government’s scheme would have cost us £745 million a year. That’s equivalent to the combined budget of BBC Two, BBC Four, the BBC News Channel, the BBC Scotland channel, Radio 5live, plus some of our local radio stations and more. And the cost would rise to £1 billion a year by the end of the decade.

That would mean substantial cuts to our services. It would mean a BBC very different from the one we know our oldest audiences in particular depend on.

Some say we could afford to do more if we stopped employing our biggest stars. In fact, even if we employed no presenters paid over £150,000, we would only save £10 million per year. The figures simply don’t add up. And 4 out of 5 members of the public tell us they want the BBC to feature the highest quality presenters, actors and reporters.

So this was a tough decision for us to have to take. But we believe it’s the fairest possible.
Our focus now is on two priorities.

First, safety. In this health crisis, we have spent the past few months making sure no one will need to leave their home to claim for a free TV licence or to pay for one.

Second, care. We’ve set up special contact centres to help people during this time. We know many will need specific support, so we’ve been working with organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society and RNIB to make sure the needs of vulnerable people are taken into account.

Already we’ve received over 450,000 applications for a free licence. Around 1 million more are eligible.

No one needs to do anything immediately. Everyone will receive guidance in the weeks ahead. Everyone will have the time and support they need to make the transition to the new scheme.

Free TV licences end on Saturday – what that means for the over 75s.

Free TV licences end on Saturday – what that means for the over 75s.

The controversial decision to axe the free licence fee for pensioners will come into effect on August 1 – after it was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Lizzy Buchan Political Correspondent.

30TH JULY 2020

Over-75s will no longer be entitled to free TV licences from August 1.

What is really going on in po

Millions of pensioners will have to start paying the BBC licence fee for the first time from the beginning of August.

People over 75 have been entitled to a free TV licence since 2000, allowing them to watch TV and listen to BBC radio without paying the annual charge.

This exemption was due to end in June but the controversial move was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

An estimated 3.7million pensioners currently receive the benefit but will now have to pay £157.50 per year to use their TV.

Here’s what the changes mean for you.

What are the current rules?

Millions of pensioners will be affected by the changes.

Anyone who watches live TV or uses BBC I-player must pay £157.50 per year for a TV licence for their household.

If you do not use a TV then you do not have to pay.

The licence free can be paid in installments or as a lump sum – and people who fail to pay can be prosecuted.

Over-75s have been exempt from paying the fee since 2000, with the shortfall paid by the Government.

What will happen on August 1?

More than three million households will be lose their entitlement to a free licence fee.

TV licensing will write to all licence holders over 75 to explain how to pay the fee.

Specialist call centres have been set up to help people deal with the change, and it can also be done online, so no one has to leave their homes to pay during the pandemic.

Does this affect everyone over 75?

No. Anyone who receives pension credit can still claim a free TV licence, which will be funded by the BBC.

Households where someone claims this benefit – which is available for the poorest pensioners – are able to apply for a free licence.

More than 1.5million people claim pension credit, according to Government figures.

The BBC said it had received more than 450,000 applications already.

Why are these changes happening?

The BBC said funding the exemption would cost £745million annually by 2021/22.

The BBC took the decision to axe the free licence fee amid a major squeeze on its budgets.

The corporation said funding the exemption for pensioners would cost it some £745million annually by 2021-22.

It had been handed responsibility for paying for the free licence fee for the elderly in 2015 by the Government, which previously footed the bill.

It is a source of tension between the Government and the BBC – with each side criticising the other for the controversial move.

The Tories previously pledged to protect the benefit in their 2017 manifesto.

And Boris Johnson’s spokesman said scrapping the free licence fee for pensioners was “the wrong decision”.

But critics say the principle responsibility lies with the Government.

What has the reaction been?

Age UK said it was “bitterly disappointed’ by the decision and said many elderly people may be forced to give up their TVs, which have been a “lifeline” during the pandemic.

The Mirror has been campaigning to save the benefit, with support from well-known faces such as former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, ex-Strictly judge Len Goodman and actor Ricky Tomlinson.

Labour leader Keir Starmer slammed the move, saying many people would be forced to choose between paying the licence fee and their heating bills this winter.

“The idea that you could take away so many people’s connection to the outside world is cruel,” he said.

“It’s simply not good enough for the Government to pass the buck and blame the BBC.”

BBC backlash: Thousands hit streets in anger – just 24 hours to save over-75s TV licences.

BBC backlash: Thousands hit streets in anger – just 24 hours to save over-75s TV licences.

FURIOUS pensioners will stage demonstrations across the country tomorrow  (30th July) in a last ditch attempt to save free TV licences.


PUBLISHED:  Wednesday, 29th July 2020.

Thousands of senior citizens have also vowed to press ahead with a campaign of direct action against bill collectors. Leading campaigner Lord Foulkes warned there is just 24 hours to save the perk for the over-75s and called on the government to stage a last-minute intervention. BBC bosses are imposing the £157.50 on the over-75s from Saturday for the first time in 20 years.

Members of the National Pensioners’ Convention will take to the streets in London, Newcastle, Oxford, Norwich, Liverpool, Irvine and Belfast in protest.

General Secretary Jan Shortt said: “The free TV licence for all over 75s is a universal entitlement to supplement our poor state pension.

“To force people to find the money to pay for it now, particularly during the pandemic when they rely on their TV’s for information, is just cruel.

“That is why the fittest and healthiest of our older members will put on their masks and gloves – and pop sanitiser in their pockets – to join static, and socially distanced demonstrations around the country.”

BBC TV licence fee protest: Thousands will protest on Thursday (30th July).

BBC headquarters in London.

Older people’s group Silver Voices said its members will begin their plan to “gum up the works” of TV Licensing.

The group is urging everyone over 60 to cancel direct debits and pay by cheque instead to cause chaos for the organisation that will collect the bill.

Director Dennis Reed said the BBC willingly took over responsibility for the free TV licence and had five years to plan and budget for it.

He accused the corporation of being “lazy and cynical” in agreeing to exemptions for people on pension credit knowing that many eligible pensioners do not realise they are entitled to it.

BBC protest: Angry scenes over alleged Brexit bias in 2017.

Mr Reed said: “The BBC has had years to budget so that it could continue to provide free licences for the over 75s but now it is pleading poverty. 

“The only real poverty from this decision is for millions of older people who will struggle to pay the licence fee of £157-50, which is approximately equivalent to one week’s state pension. 

“Scrapping the free licence during a pandemic which has hammered the physical and mental health of the over 75s is beyond belief.

“From Saturday our direct action against TV Licensing will reflect the fury of older people about this decision”.

Early this month the BBC announced it will impose the annual fee on most over-75s from August 1 despite campaigners warning it will leave some pensioners choosing between food and heating or television.

Lord Foulkes, who chairs the All-Party Group for Ageing and Older People, said there was just 24 hours to save the licence and called on the government to take urgent action.

“The clock is ticking down to midnight on Friday when hundreds of thousands of older people will be faced with the possibility of increasing loneliness or increasing poverty,” he said.

British pensioners have every right to be angry at TV licence betrayal.

A lifeline not a perk.

On Saturday the much-loved benefit of the free TV licence comes to an end for over 75s despite the Conservatives pledging that they would be retained. They are not a perk. They are a lifeline.


31ST JULY 2020

Ricky Tomlinson joins protesters outside BBC Media City in Salford, Greater Manchester, at the broadcaster’s decision to axe free TV licences for 3.7 million pensioners.

If Britain’s pensioners are angry it is with good reason.

In their 2017 manifesto the Conservatives pledged that free TV licences for the over 75s would be retained. But on Saturday this much-loved benefit comes to an end.

The Tories are trying to pin the blame on the BBC but the responsibility lies entirely with them. They made a promise and now they are refusing to abide by their word.

No wonder so many people feel betrayed.

Free TV licences are not a perk.

They are a lifeline for millions of pensioners for whom the telly is a source of companionship and a window into the outside world.

National Pensioners’ Convention doing a series of protests about the reimposition of the TV licence fee on the over 75s.

   Free TV licences end on Saturday – what that means for the over 75s

The decision is especially cruel when so many older people are having to shield because of coronavirus.

A government with a conscience would find the money to enable the BBC to maintain the benefit. In failing to do so this Tory administration has shown it is shameless and heartless.

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