Total UK Cases: 4,542,986 positive tests
Latest UK daily figure: 7,393 new cases
Number in UK hospital: 1,048 (19 more than previous day)
New deaths across UK: 7
Total UK deaths: 127,867
England Cases per 100,000: 30 per 100,000
R number in UK: 1.0 to 1.2
Total 1st doses given: 40,886,878
Total 2nd doses: 28,857,102
Daily 1st doses: 176,559
Daily 2nd doses: 316,258
There have been over 4.8 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and more than 127,800 people have died. 7 new Covid-related death were announced in the UK yesterday, Thursday. Nearly 70 million vaccine doses have been received across the UK and over 40.8 million people have had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine – 76% of all adults.
Over 28 million people have had both their first and second jab, 50.2% of all adults.
People aged 25 and over are being invited to have a first jab and the focus has shifted to offer a second vaccine within 8 weeks rather than 12. The average number of daily infections in the UK is rising in some areas, fuelled by the Indian variant, with 7,540 new cases announced by the government yesterday, Wednesday.
The R value and growth rate in England
The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19):
The R range for England is 1.0 to 1.2 and the growth rate range for England is 0% to +3% per day as of 4 June 2021. Following the announcement of plans to ease of lockdown, the roadmap can be found in full here.
UK to donate over 100 million surplus vaccine doses
Boris Johnson says the UK will start donating coronavirus vaccines to poorer countries in the next few weeks. More than 100 million surplus doses will be delivered in the next year, he announced ahead of the G7 summit.
US President Joe Biden has promised half a billion doses of Pfizer vaccines to 92 low and middle-income countries and the African Union. Five million doses will be given from the UK by the end of September, with 25 million more by the end of the year.
Higher spending has helped the economy grow. Shoppers spent more on the High Street as non-essential shops reopened, and people bought more cars and caravans. There was also more spending in pubs, cafes and restaurants as restrictions eased the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. Despite the surge in activity, the UK economy is still 3.7% below its pre-pandemic peak. Construction fell in April compared to strong growth the previous month. But Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that the figures were “a promising sign that our economy is beginning to recover”.
Coronavirus England briefing, 10 June 2021
Latest epidemiological data used by the government to brief MPs on the roadmap out of lockdown and to inform local and national decision-making in response to COVID-19 outbreaks.
UK and US agree new partnership to fight future pandemics and tackle health inequalities
Landmark partnership agreed by UK Health Security Agency and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to strengthen global response to future pandemics.
Total Stockport cases: 22,372 to 9 June
Cases in the latest week: 625 (31 May to 6 June), +350 more cases than previous 7 days
Total deaths: 723 to May 21st
Cases per 100,000: 213 per 100,000 week ending 6 June
R number in North West: 1.0 – 1.3
1st dose: 76% of adults to 8 June
2nd dose: 55%
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Support pack for Stockport businesses to help control spread of Covid
The national Test and Trace service has produced an information pack for businesses to help communicate with staff the best ways of controlling the spread of Covid-19 in Stockport and other areas receiving enhanced government support. After rapid growth of the Covid-19 Delta variant in Stockport there are now additional measures in place to help us stop the spread of the virus in the borough. Stockport is designated an area of Enhanced Support due to sharp rise in positive tests; there were 597 positive tests there in the last week, 361 more than the previous and up by 153% compared to the previous week.
Stockport Pop-Up vaccination clinic – no appointment necessary
Over 18s are also invited to call in and check whether they can have a vaccine.
The clinic will be open at Trinity Methodist Church, Bramhall Lane, SK3 8TP.
The clinic will run today, Friday 11 June, from 10am to 4pm. No appointment is required. Those waiting for 2nd vaccination appointments are also invited if it is 4 weeks since their 1st AstraZenica jab or 3 weeks since the 1st Pfizer jab.
Consultation for Transport for the North launches first Decarbonisation strategy
The strategy for the North of England, setting out the ambitious target of near-zero carbon emissions from surface transport by 2045, has gone out to public consultation. People and businesses from across the North are urged to have their say on the plan, with consultation open until 31 August 2021. It is the first time a regional strategy of this type has been produced, bringing together the region’s leaders to speak out with one voice on the climate emergency.
The strategy, developed by Transport for the North (TfN), sets out why a regional near-zero carbon surface transport network must be achieved to help address climate change. It highlights the ambitions of the North of England in tackling carbon emissions, with the region aiming to go beyond national policy and meet targets much sooner. It also demonstrates the importance of maximising clean growth opportunities; the need to ensure decarbonisation is at the heart of transport-related policy and investment decisions; and why coordination at a regional level will provide the best outcomes.
Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Claim for some of your employee’s wages if you have put them on furlough or flexible furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19) – further guidance added on what to do if you’ve missed the claim deadline.
Download a template if you’re claiming for 16 to 99 employees through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Complete and upload a template with the details of the employees you’re claiming for (on or after 27 May 2021) – the template for 16 to 99 employees has been updated.
Businesses awarded for efforts to combat coronavirus
The Regulatory Excellence Awards recognise outstanding work and innovation in combating coronavirus, helping businesses trade safely while protecting consumers.
The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) Regulatory Excellence Awards were held online this year with its largest ever audience of more than 250 people able to attend, including representatives from business organisations and public sector regulatory professionals. Paul Scully MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Minister for London, provided the opening address.
He said: “Thank you to all the organisations that have entered this year’s Regulatory Excellence Awards and for the cooperation and partnership working you were involved in with the Office for Product Safety and Standards. This year it is particularly important we celebrate outstanding regulatory practice in supporting businesses and protecting consumers.” There were five award categories: Coronavirus, Better Business for All, Primary Authority, Innovation and Technical, and Product Safety.
COVID-19 vaccination status: if you cannot get a confirmation letter (easy read)
Easy read version of the non-personal information sent to you if you cannot get a post-vaccination confirmation letter about your COVID-19 vaccination status.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): EU Settlement Scheme – guidance for applicants
Guidance for EUSS applicants in or outside the UK who have been affected by restrictions associated with coronavirus – updated guidance to reflect the revised policy on coronavirus related absences under the EUSS.
Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing
Lists of and information about private providers who have self-declared that they meet the government’s minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer – updated the general list of providers.
By working in collaboration, Stockport can become united and encouraged to build a better future for everyone by supporting the local economy, connecting communities and promoting health & wellbeing. Find out more at www.onestockport.co.uk
£215m north-west new housing framework winners
Torus is currently developing over 2,000 homes in ten local authorities across the North-West with its main operating areas in Liverpool, Warrington and St Helens. The housing association has picked six regional builders for larger schemes on a total programme worth £150m and six local firms for smaller projects with a predicted total spend of £65m.
Summer schools programme
Details of the summer schools programme for secondary schools including funding, requirements for running a summer school and best practice evidence – added a link to the confirmation form. Schools should now confirm their arrangements and secure their funding for their summer school by completing the confirmation form by 30 June.
Education recovery support
A list of resources to help early years settings, schools and 16 to 19 education providers support children and young people’s wellbeing and education recovery.
School reports on pupil performance: guide for headteachers
Guidance for schools on writing statutory end of year reports for parents – updated to confirm we have laid regulations to remove the requirement to report on attendance for the 2020 to 2021 academic year and on national curriculum assessments for summer 2021. There is also general information on what to include in reports for the 2020 to 2021 school year, given the disruption to assessments and attendance due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): student sponsors, migrants and short-term students
Guidance for student sponsors, migrants and short-term students on temporary concessions in response to the coronavirus
Wastewater testing coverage data for 19 May 2021: EMHP programme
Data for the coverage of wastewater testing in England as part of the Environmental Monitoring for Health Protection (EMHP) programme.
DHSC: supplementary statistical data
A list of supplementary statistical data published by the Department of Health and Social Care – added ‘Wastewater testing coverage data for 19 May 2021: EMHP programme’.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine adverse reactions
A weekly report covering adverse reactions to approved COVID-19 vaccines – updated to include new data up to 2 June 2021.
Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England)
Experimental statistics from the NHS Test and Trace service and related documents.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants identified in UK
Latest updates on SARS-CoV-2 variants detected in UK.
COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) variants
Information on variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus – added link to ‘Increased household transmission of COVID-19 cases associated with SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern B.1.617.2: a national case-control study’.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for personal assistants
How personal assistants and anyone working in adult social care who is not receiving regular testing in England can access twice-weekly COVID-19 testing – anyone working in adult social care who is not receiving regular testing in England can access twice-weekly COVID-19 testing.
Coronavirus England briefing, 3 June 2021
Epidemiological data and hospitalisation metrics used by the government to brief MPs on local restriction tiers.
Excess mortality in England: weekly reports
Weekly excess mortality in England broken down by age, sex, geographical areas, ethnic group, level of deprivation, cause of death and place of death.
COVID-19 vaccine surveillance reports
Data on the real-world effectiveness and impact of the COVID-19 vaccines – added COVID-19 vaccine surveillance report: 10 June 2021 (week 23).
National flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports
National influenza and COVID-19 report, monitoring COVID-19 activity, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses.
NHS COVID-19 app: privacy information
Privacy notice and data protection impact assessment for the NHS COVID-19 mobile app.
HM Prison and Probation Service COVID-19 statistics monthly
Monthly statistics providing data of COVID-19 in HM Prison and Probation Service in England and Wales – link to the May 2021 figures have been added to this collection page, these were published on 11 June 2021.
Making and registering an LPA during the coronavirus outbreak
If you want to make an LPA now, you can as long as you follow government guidance on social distancing and self-isolating.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Office of the Public Guardian response
This page provides guidance on how OPG is responding to the coronavirus outbreak. It will be updated when new information is available.
53% of movers put off moving due to Covid
A recent poll of over 1,000 Spare Room users revealed that over half (53%) put off moving due to the pandemic, with 40% claiming they did not feel safe. Some 31% of people believed things were too uncertain to plan ahead for a move, while 18% were furloughed or lost their job – halting their home moving dreams.
John Lewis and Waitrose launch ‘Zoom free Fridays’ to combat video-call fatigue
The retailer made the announcement at a virtual Retail Week Be Inspired conference in a bid to relieve its partners of video meeting fatigue and to ensure they have time to think and to actually get on with doing their jobs
Naked Wines toasts international success following 68% sales growth
Online wine retailer Naked Wines has experienced “significant growth” according to its latest trading update. In its full year results for the 52 weeks ending March 29, 2021, the company reported a 68 per cent increase in total sales to £340.2m, attributed to an accelerated channel shift to online wine purchasing.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): DVSA Chief Executive letter to driving instructors about the future demand for driving tests
Letter from Loveday Ryder, Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), about understanding future demand for driving lessons and tests.
Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad
How to demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status to show that you have had a full course (2 doses) of the COVID-19 vaccine and access this status when travelling abroad – added information about what to do if you cannot get a post-vaccination status letter.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents
This is advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus – revised dates published in the following sections: ’If you’re applying to enter the UK or remain on the basis of family or private life’, changes to the minimum income and adequate maintenance requirement’
Applications for the Economic Recovery Fund ARG Localities Grant closed 31st May
As at 27/05/2021
The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Applications close on 30 June 2021
The Restart Grant will be split into two strands:
– Strand one will be for non-essential retail businesses that may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £6,000.
– Strand two will be for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses that may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £18,000.
Strand 1 Businesses that have a rateable value:
Strand 2 Businesses that have a rateable value:
Remote education webinars
How to access school-led webinars on remote education to help share good practice – new dates for webinars for teachers added.
Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)
Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the?support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of?coronavirus. The YouTube video for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – Universal Credit and Child Benefit has been updated.
You can find recordings of webinars covering other types of workplace here
Coronavirus COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme:
Providing an overview of the scheme, this webinar looks at who can claim, when to start paying SSP, employees you can claim for, making a claim, keeping records, and more. Choose a date and time to view webinar
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – How to make a claim:
This guides you through making a claim, including the essential information you need, what to do before you make your claim, calculating and processing your claim.
Choose a date and time
If you’ve missed any of HMRC’s live webinars, you can catch up series of recorded webinars on HMRC’s YouTube channel – available at a time to suit you.
Exporting: Actions you need to take now: An overview of the actions you need to take now before you export goods from Great Britain to the EU and move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Key processes include – staged border controls, zero-rated VAT, customs declaration, using an intermediary as well as licences, certificates, and authorisations. Please register to take part if you’re planning to export.
Trader responsibilities when using an intermediary: You now need to complete import or export declarations to trade goods with the EU. These are complex and a lot of businesses choose to use an intermediary to do these for them. This webinar explains your responsibilities as a trader if you choose to use an intermediary. Please register to take part if you’re planning to import or export.
What are customs import declarations?: If you import goods, you now need to make customs import declarations on controlled goods and all goods by the end of June. This webinar will help you understand what they are in more detail. This includes what is needed for simplified declarations, supplementary declarations, how to make them, and delayed import declarations. Please register to take part if you’re planning to import.
Importing: Staged controls and how to prepare to use them: This webinar will walk you through the three stages of the new border controls introduced on 1?? ?January?? ?2021, and what actions you need to take for each stage. Please register to take part if you’re planning to import.
Finance support for the self-employed webinars For info about latest webinar date announcements please visit the website https://enterprising-you.co.uk/latest-news/
Useful Government links for easing out of lockdown:
Coronavirus Roadmap out of lockdown – what and when?
From 29 March:
Stage two (no earlier than 12 April):
Stage three (no earlier than 17 May):
Stage four (no earlier than 21 June):
Publishing information about your claimsIn January HMRC published the list of employers who claimed under the CJRS for periods from December onwards, on GOV???.UK.
Repayment period for Bounce Back Loans extended to ten years
Businesses that took out government Bounce Back loans to help them through the Coronavirus crisis now have more time to repay. Companies will be contacted with options to extend the length of the loan from six to 10 years as part of a new ‘pay-as-you-grow’ initiative. The new proposals give businesses three new options:
Pay VAT deferred due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Find out how to pay VAT payments deferred between 20 March and 30 June 2020.
Report an outbreak of Coronavirus in Stockport:https://www.stockport.gov.uk/coronavirus-in-stockport/report-a-coronavirus-outbreak
Coronavirus – Guidance for employees and employers in Stockport: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/guidance-for-employees-employers-and-businesses
COVID-19 Winter Plan
The government’s plan for managing COVID-19 through the end of 2020 and into the start of 2021.
Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Find out which employees you can put on furlough and claim for through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
Home workers can claim £26 tax relief for job expenses
If you’ve asked your employees to work from home, and you’ve not reimbursed them already, your employees may be entitled to claim tax relief on additional household expenses they’ve incurred, such as heating and lighting.
New hotline launched to report COVID fraudsters
A new hotline has been launched to stop fraudsters illegally targeting COVID stimulus schemes.
Full list of local COVID alert levels by area
The areas in England listed as local COVID alert level high and local COVID alert level very high.
Local COVID Alert Level Posters
A series of graphical posters displaying information about the Local COVID Alert Level.
If you would like to register your interest in creating one or more Kickstart Job, please complete the Kickstart Employer Enquiry Form and a member of the Council’s Kickstart Team will contact you to explain more.
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.
Kickstart Scheme terms and conditions
Kickstart Scheme terms and conditions for employers and gateways receiving the Kickstart Scheme grant from the Department for Work and Pensions.
Kickstart Scheme employer resources
If you’ve been offered Kickstart Scheme funding, you can use these resources to show your support for the scheme.
Kickstart Scheme employer contacts
List of regional contacts for employers applying for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme.
Apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant: 30 or more job placements
If you are an employer looking to create 30 or more jobs placements for young people, apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.
Apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant: 29 or less job placements
If you are an employer looking to create 29 or less jobs placements for young people, apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension
Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can get.
Visit the Stockport Council website to report details of any outbreaks online. https://www.stockport.gov.uk/coronavirus-in-stockport/report-a-coronavirus-outbreak
The SMBC website and produce a form for completion online if anyone wants to report an outbreak. The links are now live and are below:
Opening times for Stockport Council Coronavirus Helpline
The helpline for vulnerable people across Stockport can now be accessed through new opening times by calling 0161 217 6046:
• Monday – Thursday from 9am to 5pm
• Friday from 9am to 4.30pm
• Saturdays from 10am to 1pm
At busy times, residents are automatically offered a call-back from one of our call handlers.
Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do
Frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak – guidance updated in line with new regulations coming into force on 4 July.
Acas have also contributed to the development of a new return to work toolkit in partnership with SOM, CIPD, BITC and Mind.
Business Support in Stockport – a centre pool of information to support business owners in Stockport:
Government – Guidance on Returning to Work safely
Stockport Council’s FREE job matching website helps support employers with vacancies and individuals across the Stockport borough who are looking for work. The service, Stockport Jobs Match, will help to connect employers who have urgent temporary or permanent vacancies with applicants who are immediately available and in need of employment. The website also helps signpost individuals to available support services and information. www.stockport-jobsmatch.co.uk
Stockport Council – Health & Mental Well-being https://www.stockport.gov.uk/showcase/coronavirus
Government – Financial Support
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – online claims portal open
Government – Business Support:
Government launches new coronavirus business support finder tool
Government – Business Support Hub:
Government – IT safety support:
Government Warnings Over Coronavirus Scams – Here’s How to Protect Yourself
Government – Financial Support:
HMRC has published guidance on how it will work out income and profits for the self-employed or those in a partnership who have lost profits due to coronavirus.
Government – Business Support: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19
Government – Financial Support: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-business-support-grant-funding
Gov.uk: Maintaining Educational Provision: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
Employment – Useful information for the Self-Employed:
You can also access information and guidance including the latest Government updates via www.businessgrowthhub.com/coronavirus
Can you claim back Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay in the Rebate SchemeFrom Tuesday 26 May 2020, small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, will be able to apply to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees. Health updates:
Health – updates from NHS
Health – Dedicated helpline to support vulnerable residents in Stockport:
Support can be accessed by calling 0161 217 6046 Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.
Health – Dedicated health & wellbeing services:
24/7 mental health helpline & safe haven for anyone over the age of 18 in Stockport (0800 138 7276).
Health – An Emotional Wellbeing Hub which provides information, advice, and guidance for anyone up to the age of 25 for emotional wellbeing and mental health concerns. 0161 217 6028 – 8.30am-5pm Mon – Thurs 8.30am-4.30pm on Friday.
Community – Guidance for businesses seeking to help voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
How businesses can offer services, funds and volunteers to civil society during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Find out more information here.
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