Countrywide issues ‘key worker’ letter to help gain place for branch manager’s child

first_imgCountrywide’s head office HR function has issued a letter ‘to whom it may concern’ confirming that a branch manager is a ‘key worker’, a letter that was intended to secure a place for the employee’s child at a school during the Covid lockdown.The letter was sent this week and confirms the branch manager’s dates of employment, going on to say that “according to the Government published Coronavirus key workers [sic] list we can conform this role has been identified and that this individual is essential in the running of branches and providing essential customer services”.It then invites the intended recipient of the letter to contact Countrywide’s head office (pictured) via email if they had any further queries, signing off as ‘HR Department, Countrywide PLC’.The Negotiator has been shown the letter, which is printed on the company’s headed paper and, we have been assured, is genuine.Not key workersIn April housing minister Christopher Pincher confirmed in Parliament that estate agents were not to be considered key workers.But despite this the letter appears to getting around the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4th January that only children of critical workers and vulnerable children and young people should attend school or college, and that all other pupils and students ‘will receive remote education’.Our source says the letter is a ‘clear abuse of the critical keyworker list’ and that if agents can claim to be keyworkers, any industry’s employees could claim the status.A company spokesperson says: “Countrywide can confirm the issuance of an open letter written to support all colleagues working and travelling through lockdown. This is to be presented to the authorities should they be stopped and questioned.  This confirms the purpose of their journey and that the housing market remains open. We will be investigating the use of a second letter as a matter of urgency and will respond in due course.”are estate agents key workers key workers list christopher pincher Countrywide January 8, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Countrywide issues ‘key worker’ letter to help gain place for branch manager’s child previous nextCOVID-19 newsCountrywide issues ‘key worker’ letter to help gain place for branch manager’s childLetter from agency claims inaccurately that employee’s role has been confirmed to be on Government’s ‘key workers list’.Nigel Lewis8th January 202103,644 Viewslast_img read more

Animal Importation bill passes committee

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — A bill authored by Republican state senator from Oldenburg Jean Leising that would help address an animal importation issue facing Indiana passed the Senate Committee on Agriculture unanimously.Senate Bill 533 would require a person who transfers a domestic dog or cat from a foreign country to Indiana to provide a copy of the animal’s veterinary inspection or official health certificate to the recipient of the animal.According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), globally, dogs remain the principal source of human rabies infections. While the U.S. eliminated the canine rabies virus variant in 2007, since then, three cases of canine rabies were reported in dogs imported to the United States. Additionally, the CDC estimates that more than 1 million dogs are imported to the United States each year.“We do not know if most of the animals coming into the United States are even vaccinated,” Leising said. “This issue could lead to a serious public health crisis, as regulations are not strong enough to prevent dogs and cats with rabies from coming into our country. This legislation, if passed, would help keep Indiana residents safe by requiring those who import dogs and cats to our state to have paperwork proving their good health.”The bill would also require the person who receives the animal to submit a copy of the veterinary inspection or official health certificate to the State Board of Animal Health within 30 days of receiving the animal.SB 533 will now move to the full Senate for consideration.last_img read more

Wenger defends Gunners commitment

first_img The Gunners boss insisted he is not bothered about the criticism after Saturday’s 1-0 win at West Brom. A banner was unfurled in the away end at the Hawthorns which read ‘Arsene, thanks for the memories but it’s time to say goodbye’. Danny Welbeck’s winner failed to appease some supporters despite the Gunners sitting two points off the top four in the Barclays Premier League. “There are, it’s well known it took Sir Alex Ferguson a long time to have the success he had,” he said. “In today’s climate he wouldn’t have got anywhere and people wouldn’t have seen the most successful manager in British football because he would have lost his job. “That’s where we are, it’s an instant society. Everything is expected in a hurry.” And Irvine feels the wider audience do not understand what it takes to be a top-flight manager. “Probably not,” he said. “I had a very long apprenticeship before I became a manager. I thought I knew what becoming one would be having spent five-and-a-half years as an assistant manager and having done just about every coaching role. “But I found out when I sat in the chair I didn’t know. “It’s like people will think they know (a journalist’s) job and, when they have done it, that’s when they realise they don’t know (what it involves). That’s the way it is.” Arsene Wenger insists his 24/7 approach to managing Arsenal will deliver results as he again defended his position. But, after 18 years in charge of Arsenal, Wenger said he will ignore the jibes and will not waver. He said: “I don’t mind. I do what I love and I think I do it with honesty and total commitment. I invite you to live with me and see in seven days what kind of work we produce and you will see it’s with total commitment. “I think we have shown extreme consistency and that’s all you can do. We’ve had ups and downs in the league, that’s true, but you only come back again when the spirit is strong and united inside the club. “If we have shown consistency it’s because we have that, we have values and respect them.” Welbeck netted on the hour, his 11th goal for club and country this season, after a switch saw him move out to the right and Wenger joked about his tactics. He said: “I never know what a Plan B is. I started to manage a team at the top level in 1983 so, if I am completely useless tactically, I am a genius.” The defeat condemned Albion to a third straight loss without scoring and Baggies fans rounded on head coach Alan Irvine. They host West Ham on Tuesday having won just once in their last eight games in all competitions and Irvine insisted there are too many outside pressures on managers. Press Associationlast_img read more