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Provisional parliamentary business has now been announced for this period, including the following that may be of relevance to you. Please note, the following may change at short notice. 

Enclosed for your information is the latest guidance from HMPPS that clarifies the procedures to be taken when dealing with staff absences due to Covid 19 and the effects of Long Covid.

There are further discussions ongoing in Cabinet Office, but it is planned that this year’s Annual Benefit Statements will not be printed and sent out by post to individual’s home addresses.

You may be aware of SPS NTS 17/21 which was issued by SPS outlining the provision for staff who have been required to shield through various points throughout the COVID pandemic, to have any leave lost during those periods reinstated.

Please find enclosed for your information the latest Gold briefing that has been forwarded to Governors.

Please see letter from the Staff Side Secretariat to the Prime Minister regarding the NHS pay award following yesterday’s announcement from the Scottish Government.  Below is the accompanying press release.

Over the past week Scotland’s health trade unions been in formal pay negotiations for Agenda for Change staff with the Scottish Government and NHS employers.


Please find enclosed the process and timeline for the election of 1 post to the SNC. The vacancy is an interim post, which will run until May 2023.

Please find attached NEC minutes for 10th March 2021 for your information.

We just want to take the opportunity to mark today, the 1st anniversary of when the whole country went into lockdown following the outbreak of COVID. 

Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.