It was announced by the prime minister, following pressure from some of his MPs and the hospitality industry, that with effect from 4 July the rules for social distancing could be relaxed from two metres to one metre provided “mitigation” was in place.
PCS is disappointed to hear reports that the new 1600 capacity HMP Wellingborough has been awarded to G4S on a 10-year contract.
PCS has continued to meet employer representatives on a regular basis to progress issues that you are facing during the Covid-19 pandemic.
We have concerns about the employer’s approach to air handling and ventilation in HMCTS courts and tribunal buildings. The employer has repeatedly advised that it was satisfied that the measures that it has in place are safe and that it is following the recommended science.
There is a lot of concern from our members regarding attending courts as more open around the country and the types of hearings being heard are extended. We have members who have been attending court throughout the lockdown period, some of whom are members of the group executive committee, and they have done an invaluable job of ensuring that essential cases were heard in a timely manner.