Newsletter Issue 33 – December 2023 

Issue 33 – December 2023

Seasons greetings and welcome to the final edition of the Fast Forward Newsletter for the year! There have been significant developments in the programme in the past 12 months and we express our gratitude for your dedication to fostering collaborative change.

This month’s clickable highlights:

Fast Forward News

Industry and Legislative News

We want to hear from you! Share your feedback and requests for inclusions in this publication or any other part of the programme. Contact us today!

The Fast Forward Team


January webinar: Implementation of new Control Point 3.5 on diversity and inclusion, focusing on neurodiversity

Supplier (SEP) Training Sessions

The Supplier Engagement Programme (SEP) training sessions are now available to book through your Dashboard. This presents a valuable opportunity for both brands and suppliers to enhance their skills and maximise the benefits of our programme.

During these 2.5-hour training sessions, your business can gain essential insights on how to effectively navigate your dedicated dashboard and self-paced Core Standards training modules, ensuring you remain well-informed about the latest standards and industry practices.
Our training sessions are open to both SEP subscribers and Brand members.

At the conclusion of each session, we offer dedicated breakout sessions for suppliers and brands separately. This provides a unique space for peer-to-peer discussions, allowing you to address questions, overcome challenges, and explore opportunities within your business and supply chain. To explore the full agenda of this training session, click here.


Employee National Insurance to be cut from 12% to 10%
from 6 January 2024

National insurance contributions paid by workers in the UK will be cut from 12% to 10% with effect from 6 January 2024, which is said will benefit 27 million people. The Treasury said as an example that a typical full-time nurse on £38,900 would receive an annual gain of more than £520, while working families with two earners on the average income would gain £900.

Changes were also announced to the national insurance paid by self-employed individuals.
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Rolled up holiday pay for part-time and irregular workers –
updates from January

EU Council and Parliament strike deal to protect environment and human rights

Just Good Work

Just Good Work is a free, interactive mobile app giving jobseekers and workers from the UK or abroad critical information and advice on recruitment and employment. The Fast Forward audit requires businesses to display the Just Good Work poster.

Posters are available to download for free in nine languages from the Fast Forward website: Albanian, Bulgarian, English, Croatian, Gujarati, Polish, Romanian, Serbian and Ukrainian.


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