Policy News Journal - 2016-17

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English Language Requirements for Public Sector Workers 22 December 2016

The Code of Practice (English Language Requirements for Public Sector Workers) Regulations 2016 come into force on 22 December 2016.

Under section 77(1) of the Immigration Act 2016 (c.19) a public authority must ensure that each person who works for the public authority in a customer-facing role speaks fluent English. Under section 77(2) of that Act in determining how to comply with this duty a public authority must have regard to the code of practice issued under section 80(1) of that Act that is for the time being applicable to that authority.

The Regulations bring into force the code of practice issued under section 80 of the Immigration Act. The purpose of the code is to set out guidance for public authorities in relation to Part 7 of that Act.

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Important changes to direct debit and Bacs direct credit scheme rules 6 January 2017

There have been recent changes to the Direct Debit and Bacs Direct Credit Scheme Rules. If you are a user of the Scheme it is important you are aware of these changes and make plans to implement them as necessary.

A list outlining the main changes that you should be aware of can be found at the beginning of each of the Guides. The key changes include:

 We have redrafted the Service User's Guide and Rules into a more logical flow to reflect the journey a service user takes when joining the Scheme. We believe this fundamental change will assist users to find necessary content more easily  We have updated the methods for signing up to paperless Direct Debit  We have made significant changes to the challenge and counter claim reasons and the procedures for providing supporting evidence. These Rules take effect from the 1 February 2017 . The existing Rules, effective up to 31 January 2017, have been removed from the updated Guide and Rules in readiness, but can be found here.

Follow the links below to access the updated Guide and Rules

Direct Debit Guide and Rules: Service User's Guide and Rules to the Direct Debit Scheme

Bacs Direct Credit Guide and Rules: Service User's Guide and Rules to the Bacs Direct Credit Scheme

PDF versions of the Guide and Rules can be found in the Information Hub which is located on the right hand side of the Bacs website .

Please note: you will only be able to access the Guide and Rules which are appropriate to your participation with Bacs. These documents are password protected. If you haven't yet applied for your password, do so now

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New drive to support mental health in the workplace 12 January 2017

The Prime Minister has announced a new partnership with employers to improve mental health support in the workplace.


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