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Professional bodies and small firms

Official advice required

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I have always felt my professional body do not represent tiny practices at all well. But we pay substantial subscriptions and are entitled to expect some practical advice on the following:

1. Carrying out work for non-tech savvy clients involves delivery of records which in turn necessitates a journey by me or the client. Is this acceptable  in current circumstances or not?

2. At what point is it safe to handle those records?

I appreciate these points have been mulled over here already but isn't it time we got the definitive view from our professional bodies.

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By paul.benny
06th Apr 2020 13:33

Do you want answers to those points or are you criticising the professional bodies for not providing answers?

If the latter, I doubt they could do any more than reiterate government advice, which can be found at and linked pages.

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By Duggimon
06th Apr 2020 13:51

Our professional body refers us to the government, who have answered your first point comprehensively from the outset of this ban. You can carry on working. If your work requires travelling then you can travel.

On the second point, nobody knows for sure and it would be entirely improper for a professional body to comment on a scientific question for which there is a general consensus but no official answer. The unofficial and probably correct answer to your question is that the virus can't live more than a few hours on paper but can survive for longer on plastic. 24 hours is probably sufficient but if feasible leave them for longer.

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By John Stone
06th Apr 2020 19:12

Thanks for your comprehensive response.

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By lionofludesch
06th Apr 2020 14:05

Bit harsh on professional bodies.

I wouldn't rely on medical advice from an accountant.

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