The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has approved the home of a pregnant woman in England who is undergoing treatment for termination of pregnancy as a class of place where the second stage of treatment for early medical abortion may be carried out. This must be carried out in line with the criteria set out in the attached document.The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has published the following guidance: Clinical guidelines for early medical abortion at home – England: guidance for healthcare professionals in England who provide care for women considering early medical abortion at home up to and including 9 weeks 6 days gestation when the first medication is administered Information about abortion care: advice for women who are considering having an abortion
Dame Martina Milburn, Chair Alastair da Costa, Chair of Capital City College Group Farrah Storr, Editor-in-chief, Elle Harvey Matthewson, Aviation Activity Officer, Aerobility Jessica Oghenegweke, Project co-ordinator at the Diana Award Jody Walker, Senior Vice President at TJX Europe (TK Maxx and Home Sense in the UK) Liz Williams, Group Director of Digital Society at BT Pippa Dunn, Founder of Broody, helping entrepreneurs and start ups Saeed Atcha, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Xplode magazine Sam Friedman, Associate Professor in Sociology at London School of Economics Sammy Wright, Vice Principal of Southmoor Academy, Sunderland Sandra Wallace, Joint Managing Director Europe at DLA Piper Steven Cooper, Chief Executive Officer C.Hoare & Co Our research suggests that being able to move regions is a key factor in being able to access professional jobs. Clearly moving out is too often necessary to move up. At a time when our country needs to be highly productive and able to carve out a new role in a shifting political and economic landscape, we must find a way to maximise the talent of all our citizens, especially those that start the furthest behind. Notes to editorsThe Social Mobility Commission is an advisory, non-departmental public body established under the Life Chances Act 2010, as modified by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016.It has a duty to assess progress in improving social mobility in the UK and to promote social mobility in England.The Commission board includes: Skills and living wage (chapter 6)49% of the poorest adults have received no training since leaving school, compared to 20% of the richest.Automation is also predicted to disproportionately impact low-skilled workers, whose jobs are most at risk of being automated.People from working class backgrounds are more likely to be paid below the voluntary living wage than those from more advantaged backgrounds (27% versus 17%).We recommend that government departments should become accredited voluntary living wage employers to include contracted staff.Katherine Chapman, director of the Living Wage Foundation, says: Further education provides alternative life chances for all 16 plus age groups. Consistent budget cuts have made it more difficult to provide opportunities for everyone. But as 75% of disadvantaged 16 to 19 year olds choose vocational education, the cuts represent a class-based segregation of the school system. Inequality is now entrenched in Britain from birth to work, and the government needs to take urgent action to help close the privilege gap, the Social Mobility Commission says today (Tuesday 30 April).The commission’s sixth comprehensive State of the Nation report looking at early childhood, schools, universities, further education and work reveals that social mobility has been stagnant for the last 4 years.Extensive analysis of new Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows the wide gap in school attainment and income between the rich and the poor has barely shifted. Being born privileged still means you usually remain privileged.The better off are nearly 80% more likely to end up in professional jobs than those from a working-class background.Even when people from disadvantaged backgrounds land a professional job, they earn 17% less than their privileged colleagues.Dame Martina Milburn, chair of the commission, says: Dame Martina says: Chapter findingsEarly years (chapter 2)The research shows that the most disadvantaged families are least likely to be aware of or benefit from the offer of 30 hours free childcare.At present the offer is only given for 3 and 4 year olds when one parent works for 16 hours or more a week, but the middle classes benefit most.The commission calls on the government to extend the offer to all those parents working 8 hours per week as a first step to giving it to more low income families.The research also reveals that much of the childcare workforce is poorly paid and underskilled. A shocking 45% of child care workers are on benefits or tax credits.Farrah Storr, commissioner and editor-in-chief of Elle magazine, says: Key recommendations Schools, further education and universities (chapters 3, 4 and 5)Disadvantaged pupils start school years behind their peers in terms of attainment, but they can catch up with good schooling.However, the latest figures show a 14 percentage point gap at aged 11, rising to a 22.5 percentage point gap at 19.Twice the number of disadvantaged 16 to 18 year olds are in further education than in school sixth forms, but funding has fallen by 12% since 2011 to 2012.The commission calls for a significant increase in funding for all 16 to 19 year olds, and a special student premium for the disadvantaged.Increasing numbers of students from disadvantaged families are entering university, but they are more likely to drop out before they graduate.Five years after graduating, students who were eligible for free school meals were paid 11.5% less than their peers.Alastair da Costa, commissioner and chair of Capital City Group, says: social mobility has remained virtually stagnant since 2014. Four years ago, 59% of those from professional backgrounds were in professional jobs, rising to 60% last year in 2014 only 32% of those from working class backgrounds got professional jobs, rising marginally to 34% last year those from working class backgrounds earn 24% less a year than those from professional backgrounds, even if they get a professional job they earn 17% less than more privileged peers by age 6 there is a 14% gap in phonics attainment between children entitled to free school meals and those more advantaged by age 7 the gap has widened to 18% in reading, 20% in writing and 18% in mathematics only 16% of pupils on free school meals attain at least 2 A levels by age 19, compared to 39% of all other pupils twice the number of disadvantaged 16 to 18 year olds are at further education colleges compared to sixth-forms, and this segregation within the education system has risen by 1.2% since 2013 student funding for 16 to 19 year olds has fallen 12% since 2011 to 2012, and is now 8% lower than for secondary schools (11 to 15 year olds), leading to cuts to the curriculum and student support services that harm disadvantaged students graduates who were on free school meals earn 11.5% less than others 5 years after graduating It is vital that young people have more choice to shape their own lives. This means not only ensuring that they get better qualifications, but making sure they have an informed choice to take up an apprenticeship rather than taking a degree, to find a job which is fulfilling and the choice to stay where they grew up rather than moving away. Email [email protected] We know there is cross-party and widespread public support for the real (voluntary) living wage, but there are still cleaners, caterers and security staff, working in vital public sector jobs, who are struggling to get by. It’s time for our major public institutions to lead by example. the government should extend the eligibility of the 30 hour childcare offer by lowering the lower income limit of eligibility to those earning the equivalent of 8 hours per week, as a first step towards making it available to more parents the government should consider whether pupil premium funding is effectively targeted at supporting disadvantaged students, and whether differential levels of funding might benefit those with long-term disadvantage the government should increase per student spending in the 16 to 19 education budget by a significant amount within the upcoming spending review the government should introduce a student premium for disadvantaged students aged 16 to 19 that models the pupil premium in schools, with a goal of targeting funding and focus on raising attainment for disadvantaged students the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), working closely with the Office for Students (OfS), universities and others, should develop a system which displays all financial support (bursaries, scholarships and ad-hoc funds) available to undergraduates alongside their eligibility criteria universities should only make pre-qualification unconditional offers where it is clearly in the interests of the individual students to do so. In terms of widening access, universities should make more use of contextualised offers government departments should lead the way by becoming accredited voluntary living wage employers. monitoring progress on improving social mobility providing published advice to ministers on matters relating to social mobility undertaking social mobility advocacy Mobile 073848 70965 Other key findings To help address this inequality, the commission calls on the government to: extend eligibility and uptake of the 30 hour childcare offer to those only working 8 hours a week, as a first step to make it available to more low-income families raise per pupil funding by a significant amount for those aged 16 to 19, and introduce a new pupil premium for disadvantaged students in that age group become an accredited voluntary living wage employer so that government departments pay the voluntary living wage to civil servants and all contracted workers including cleaning and catering staff Social Mobility Commission Communications Team Extending the current 30 hours of free childcare to those who earn the equivalent of 8 hours rather than 16 hours per week will help those who need it most. 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Government departments tasked with ensuring targeted, rapid testing is set up in all key workplaces to ensure vital public and economic services can continue Criteria for joining the workplace testing programme is reduced to businesses with more than 50 employees, boosting the availability of rapid testing further New government drive to increase workplace testing in sectors open during lockdown, to detect coronavirus (COVID-19) in people who are not showing symptoms Cabinet ministers have been tasked to encourage their sectors to take up the offer of rapid workplace testing, marking efforts to normalise testing in the workplace across both public and private sectors.The government is working closely with organisations across different sectors that are vital to the running of our country and where employees cannot work from home during lockdown, from transport networks to food manufacturers, to sign up to rapid testing programmes that identify cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in employees who are not showing symptoms. This will help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and ensure vital public and economic services can continue.Many employers have already taken up the offer of rapid, regular workforce testing, with 112 UK organisations across almost 500 sites joining government backed rapid testing. Today, the government can confirm that it has widened the criteria for joining the workplace rapid testing programme from businesses with more than 250 employees, to businesses with more than 50 employees.This hugely increases the number of different businesses that are able to sign up, so that small and medium size companies can benefit from rapid testing as we work to Build Back Better.Testing is key to breaking the chains of transmission. More than 2.5 million tests have been distributed across the public and private sectors so far, and an online portal has been launched to make it even easier for business in the private sector to get involved and find out more about offering rapid testing in the workplace. All those who can work from home should continue to do so.Around one in three people who have coronavirus (COVID-19) have no symptoms and may be unknowingly spreading the virus. This expansion of testing will find more positive cases, keeping workers who cannot work from home unknowingly passing on the virus and protecting vital public services. It’s essential we still continue to use tests to safeguard the population and prevent the spread of the virus.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:“To save lives and protect the NHS, we have again asked for everyone to work from home. But we know that for some this is not possible, which is why the workplace rapid testing programme is so important.“Employers should regularly test their staff, and this drive across government to raise awareness and encourage more businesses to introduce rapid testing for employees is incredibly important. When you consider that around one in three people have the virus without symptoms and could potentially infect people without even knowing it, it becomes clear why focusing testing on those without symptoms is so essential.“We are already working with many employers to scale up workforce testing, spanning the food industry, retail sector, transport network, and across the public sector too. I strongly urge businesses and employees across the country to take up this offer of rapid testing to help stop this virus spreading further.”Case studiesThe Department for Transport is working with organisations including Transport for London (TfL), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and Network Rail on rapid testing to help keep the transport network safer. TfL opened 4 asymptomatic test sites across London, and have been offering testing to frontline operational employees in London Underground and surface transport, including station staff, train operators and revenue inspectors. The rapid testing programme has been protecting teams working on the frontline, operating the railway so that key workers can continue to travel to work. As of 29 January, NHS Test and Trace had provided TfL staff with 2,173 tests, identifying 28 positive cases that would have otherwise continued working alongside colleagues.The Home Office has worked with police and fire services throughout the pandemic to ensure emergency workers have access to testing. This has included working with the National Police Coordination Centre to identify appropriate locations for asymptomatic testing sites. The Metropolitan Police is rolling out asymptomatic testing across 7 sites from 25 January. Other forces are due to get asymptomatic testing running in the coming weeks, including Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, and Dorset. 60,000 tests have been given to fire and rescue services since November to ensure their staff can carry out coronavirus (COVID-19) support roles.The Ministry of Justice is rolling out rapid workforce testing for prisons staff, as well as assessing how it could work in courts, to help ensure that the vital work of the justice system can continue.The Business Department has been engaging with a wide range of businesses across the country, with companies in the energy, manufacturing, life sciences and retail sectors, already ordering mass testing kits for their workforces.The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) continue to work closely with businesses in Defra sectors, including food, waste, water, and veterinary medicines, to support them in setting up testing for their workforces or hauliers and protecting supply chains. All major supermarkets are now planning to offer rapid testing to their workforce.Border Force has also rolled out rapid testing to ensure that staff are able to carry out their critical role of protecting the UK border. The Border Force asymptomatic testing programme currently has 3 live sites with testing available for over 900 officers. These sites have seen over 2,100 people tested so far. Border Force officers at Heathrow Airport have access to the airport’s extensive testing capacity, and more than 120 officers have already volunteered to be involved in the asymptomatic testing programme with further sites for asymptomatic testing being identified and brought online in the coming weeks.The government has opened (Monday 1 February) an asymptomatic testing facility in the Queen Elizabeth II Centre to provide rapid testing for essential civil service staff working in key departments involved in the coronavirus (COVID-19) response. The testing centre is one of several measures implemented by the government, including remote working and Covid-secure workplace measures, to help prevent the spread of the disease, keep civil servants safe and ensure the ongoing smooth running of government operations during the pandemic.Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said:“Businesses across the country have been working extremely hard to keep their workforces safe during the pandemic, with retail, manufacturing and energy companies among those already taking up the offer of workplace testing.“I urge even more employers to do the same to help stop the spread of the virus and protect our NHS. We want to be able to reopen the economy and recover our way of life as soon as it is safe to do so, and large-scale workplace testing will complement our work in getting the British people vaccinated.”Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:“Our frontline transport workers have kept the country moving, allowing key workers to get to work, and ensuring vital services remain accessible throughout this incredibly difficult time.“This is why it’s so important the government ramps up the rolling out of mass testing, providing them with an extra level of protection and confidence. We’ve already set up a number of pilots to conduct mass testing for transport workers, and I’ll continue to work with organisations to rollout similar schemes right across the transport network.”Dr Samantha Phillips, Head of Health and Wellbeing at Transport for London, said:“We have been part of a Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) pilot whereby employees can volunteer to do twice weekly rapid antigen testing.“We have had an enthusiastic response to the pilot and employees are finding it reassuring, particularly if they have vulnerable relatives at home or family members who are also key workers. Identifying asymptomatic employees has also helped us in our efforts to protect the welfare and safety of all our team members working on the frontline.”Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Robert Buckland QC MP said:“From the outset of the pandemic we have been clear that justice must continue to be delivered for the public, victims and defendants.“So I am delighted we are ramping up the provision of rapid tests for prison staff across the country while exploring how it could work in courts.“I want to thank all those working across our justice system who, in collaboration with health professionals, are making this possible.”Alex Chisholm, Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office, said:“I am delighted we have opened an asymptomatic test centre in Whitehall for those civil servants and contractors who need to go into their workplace. This test centre contributes to ensuring the safety of our staff and smooth running of our operations, while helping to break the chain of transmission.”Notes to editorsLateral flow tests used by the UK government go through a rigorous evaluation by the country’s leading scientists. Tests detect cases with high levels of virus, making them effective in finding infectious individuals who are not showing any symptoms and are the most likely to transmit the disease.See further information on rapid workplace testingSee latest testing statisticsNHS Test & Trace will support organisations to deliver scalable asymptomatic testing through provision of a digital solution, clinical protocol, supply of tests kits, guidance, training and framework for delivery.Tests are currently being provided free to both public and private sector employers until at least 31 March. The government’s support will be kept under review and we will engage with employers before any changes to the support offer are made.Extensive clinical evaluation from Public Health England and the University of Oxford research shows lateral flow tests are specific and sensitive enough to be deployed for mass testing, including for asymptomatic people. The Oxford University and Public Health evaluation is available.More information on getting tested is available.
British Baker is delighted to announce that Sandra Monger, last year’s Celebration Cake Maker of the Year, will be taking to the stage at next month’s Bakers’ and Butchers’ Spring Fair.The Baking Industry Awards winner will be demonstrating her technical skills on stage at the biannual event, hosted by British Baker and sister publication Meat Trades Journal, at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcestershire, on Sunday 7 April.The award-winning cake maker, who created a 1980s-themed entry for the BIA’s 25th anniversary, will be demonstrating her skills in sugarcraft, focusing on the vintage trend and creating a selection of decorative flowers in time for the wedding season.Dawn Foods will also be taking to the Bakers’ and Butchers’ Fair stage in April, with chef-patissier Graham Dunton and Tim Clarkson, UK bakery sales team leader, conducting a practical session on the flexibility of its new Scoop & Bake range of frozen batters and doughs.Martyn Leek, editor of British Baker, said: “With only one month to go until our next Bakers’ and Butchers’ Fair, I’m pleased to have both Sandra and Dawn Foods on board as part of our exciting programme of practical stage demos. Both will be passing on their professional expertise and will be on-hand to answer questions from attendees.”Christine Hamilton, star of ITV1’s I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! will be this year’s guest at the Baker’s and Butchers’ Spring Fair.To register you free place at event, visit www.bakersandbutchersfair.co.uk.
The chairman of the Federation of Bakers (FOB) has called on the Department of Health to look elsewhere when setting new salt targets.Alex Mayfield, operations director at Warburtons, was speaking at the FoB’s conference, held at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London yesterday.Commenting as part of a panel discussion, entitled ‘The important role of bread in a healthy, balanced diet’, he said: “The Federation has said quite clearly we have done as much as we can at the moment and would ask the Department of Health to look elsewhere.”FoB members have reached the 2012 target of 0.4g sodium per 100g of product, outlined by The Responsibility Deal, resulting in a total reduction of 40%, if taken in conjunction with previous reductions.In February, the government set out a further timeline for salt reduction, including a review and revision of 2012 targets that are expected to be agreed by December and implemented in 2014.Richard Ciencala, deputy director for health and well-being at the Department of Health, told attendees at the FOB conference a series of round tables would begin soon with all stakeholders. He said there would be some “opportunities” for future progress, along with some “barriers”, but the department would steer clear of “demonising” a particular food.Some FoB members called for a level playing in terms of legislation, particularly with Europe, and Alex Waugh, of the Flour Advisory Board, said the further review of salt targets gave the government the opportunity to look at the “holistic” qualities of bread.The conference, hosted by BBC newsreader Louise Minchin, also saw talks by Gavin Rothwell, retail analyst manager at IGD and nutritionist Amanda Ursell, who outlined the FoB’s new marketing campaign.
Sainsbury’s has seen a fall in like-for-like (LFL) sales, due to a “dynamic and fiercely competitive market”, according to the supermarket.The major multiple announced a drop in LFLs of-2.8% excluding fuel, according to its trading statement for the 16 weeks to 27 September 2014.Despite the challenging market conditions, Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe said he still valued its quality food and service, and pointed out the supermarket’s win at British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards, where it was crowned best in-store bakery of the year.The retailer also said its convenience businesses had reached a growth of 17%, with annualised sales of £2bn. The company opened 23 new convenience stores and refurbished 10.Coupe said: “In the second quarter, our performance has been impacted by the accelerated pace of change in the grocery market, including significant pricing activity and food price deflation in many areas.“These conditions are likely to persist for the foreseeable future and we now expect our like-for-like sales in the second half of the year to be similar to the first half. We will provide a detailed strategic update at our Interim Results on 12 November 2014.”The retailer also announced it would be changing the way it priced items in store.Coupe explained: “Customers tell us they find supermarket prices and promotions confusing. We have responded by lowering base prices on thousands of lines within the food business and simplifying Brand Match to make it clear that we match Asda’s prices on brands – even when they are on promotion.”A pledge to deliver 750,000 square feet of new space was also made by Sainsbury’s, including the opening of two new convenience stores per week.
The BBC is searching for Northern Ireland’s best bakery for its Good Food Show, part of Bread and Baking, which is part of the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink.The winner will receive a free stand at the BBC Good Food Show at Belfast Waterfront (14–16 October) to showcase their produce and the opportunity to meet local celebrity chef Paul Rankin.Publishing director at BBC Worldwide Chris Kerwin said: “With a strong emphasis on local produce, local talent and the Belfast Waterfront as its backdrop, the BBC Good Food Show Northern Ireland is set to be an unmissable event for any foodie’s diary.”Bakeries should record a short video, maximum two minutes long, capturing “a day in the life of the bakery” and highlighting the stages of a typical baking day.It should then be uploaded to social media, using @BBCGoodFoodShow, @NITouristBoard and the hashtag #GFSNIBakery.Deadline for all entries is 5 September.
Wenzel’s the Bakers has revealed ambitions to expand to 100 stores in the next few years.The business, which has submitted an application to open its 42nd UK store in Watford, North London, has expanded rapidly. It has almost doubled its number of outlets over the past three years, having operated 26 stores in February 2013.Wenzel’s has employed more than 500 members of staff as a result of its expansion, CEO Peter Wenzel told British Baker.He added that Wenzel’s had received requests for it to open a site in Watford high street.“We feel that it is a good site and I feel the expansion shows we are an extremely good bakery,” he said. “We would liven up the high street.”Wenzel described his business, which was established in 1975, as “the future company of the high streets”.Watford Borough Council is currently considering the application.
Pie maker Pork Farms, part of Addo Food Group, has relaunched the Board Games Championships following its success last year.Partnering with the Micropub Association, the brand has turned a traditional British hobby into a nationwide contest that will be held at micropubs around the country.Contestants will battle it out over five staple board games provided by a leading board games including Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and Jenga.Micropubs are invited to sign up and get their customers involved in the contest.Championship heats will take place at participating micropubs across the country from Sunday 26 February to Sunday 26 March 2017, culminating in the reveal of the finalists who will attend the grand final during National Board Games Week on 8-14 May.The winner will be presented with a framed certificate, pork pie trophy and a stack of board games.Last year’s final was held at the One Inn the Wood in Orpington, Kent, where Tim Bentley was crowned board games champion.
Today marks 90 years since the first sliced bread was sold by the Chillicothe Baking Company in Missouri, America. Otto Frederick Rohwedder of Davenport, Iowa, had invented the world’s first bread slicing machine – it could slice one loaf at a time. He chose 7 July as the release date for the first sliced loaf because it was his 48th birthday.The advertisement read: “The greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.”This is believed to be the origin of the far better-known saying we know today, ‘the best thing since sliced bread’, but also suggests that before sliced bread, the ‘best thing’ was in fact wrapped bread.Rohwedder had come up with a prototype for the machine 16 years earlier, but it was destroyed in a fire.The machine was bought by the Chillicothe Baking Co in 1928, and their Kleen Maid Sliced Bread proved an instant success.A second version of the machine was bought by a baker in St Louis – this included a way to keep the slices together by aligning them in a cardboard tray, which meant the bread could be wrapped as well as sliced.This machine is now preserved in the Smithsonian Museum in New York – the first one fell apart after six months of heavy use.Consumption of bread increased after the invention of the slicing machine, because slices were thinner than the hand-cut versions, so people could eat more. It was also more convenient to eat bread more frequently when it didn’t require slicing. Spreads such as jam and honey also saw a huge surge in popularity thanks to the invention.But the sliced bread boom ground to a temporary halt in 1943 when American officials placed a ban on it in order to free up steel and conserve stocks of waxed paper, for the war effort.But a letter appeared in the New York Times shortly afterwards, from a housewife who wrote: “I should like to tell you how important sliced bread is to the morale and saneness of a household.“My husband and four children are all in a rush during and after breakfast. Without ready-sliced bread, I must do the slicing for toast – two pieces for each one – that’s 10.“For their lunches, I must cut by hand at least 20 slices for two sandwiches apiece. Then I make my own toast – 22 slices cut in a hurry!”The ban lasted just over two months, after it was found the savings weren’t as much as expected.The first slicing and wrapping machine In the UK was installed in the Wonderloaf Bakery in Tottenham in 1937 – by the 1950s, the sliced loaf accounted for 80% of the British bread market.Sources: The Sunday Post, The Telegraph, Time.com