Coronavirus bill: summary of impacts

The Government published a new document yesterday relating to the Coronavirus Bill 2020. This is temporary emergency legislation, a formal impact assessment is not required for Better Regulation purposes. However this documents provides an overview of the impacts considered for each clause. An equalities assessment has been carried out separately, as part of the Public Sector Equalities Duty. 

You can view the full details from the link below:

Coronavirus bill: summary of impacts

Aims of the Bill
The purpose of the Bill is to provide powers needed to respond to the current coronavirus epidemic. Powers are for use only if needed, judged on the basis of the clinical and scientific advice. Safeguards have been built in to ensure that powers are only used as necessary, for example during the peak of a coronavirus outbreak. The aim is to balance the need for speed, as appropriate to the risk posed by the virus, with safeguards to ensure proper oversight and accountability.

The Bill has four primary categories of effect: enhancing capacity and the flexible deployment of staff; easing of legislative and regulatory requirements; containing and slowing the virus; and managing the deceased.

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