Covid-19 Bulletin 19 – 11 May 2020

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No changes to EDMs

As we reported to members in last Thursday’s all members mail out, Napo are insisting that no changes are made by employers to the Exceptional Delivery Models (EDMs) that have been implemented in response to the C-19 Pandemic.

Discussions have taken place with senior HMPPS leaders following the announcement by the Prime Minister yesterday. HMPPS have confirmed that nothing will change with the EDMs at this point. They will also resist any moves by CRCs to change their EDMs (which have to be signed off by HMPPS) unless there are guarantees about safety. The intention is to use the risk scale that was explained yesterday to frame the Department's recovery plan so that an incremental approach will be taken to any proposed changes and that these will be the subject of consultation with the trades unions. Until then, Napo’s clear advice to members is to continue operating the current duties that you have been undertaking and advise us if you are being pressurised to make changes to these arrangements
 
We have also discussed proposed further guidance on the HMPPS special payments scheme, and have again insisted that the scope of this should be widened to include all staff who are undertaking vital work to protect our communities and to assist and advise service users. We expect that revised guidance may be published around the middle of this week.

 TUC offer online courses

Following unionlearn’s successful launch in early April of the Learning@Home campaign, the initiative has now added additional pages of support and advice for reps and learners. The campaign landing page now includes ideas from union learning reps for supporting learners online and links to resources for parents to help children learn at home. There have been over 5,000 visits to the campaign page and many have gone on to take up new learning opportunities. Further new developments are planned in the coming days, these include more new learning and skills webinar sessions, skills assessment tools and bite size learning modules. More details on Learning@Home campaign activities can be found at https://www.unionlearn.org.uk/learning-home