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12/5 Coronavirus latest updates

Coronavirus latest update
Posted – 12 May 2020

Latest data:

Testing: 1,921,770 tests have now taken place – 100,490 on 10th May

Positive tests: 223,060 people have tested positive + 3,877 on previous day

Loss of life: 32,065 people have died across all settings 210 more deaths since the previous day’s figures

In Stockport: There are 963 cases of Covid-19

Government Daily Briefing

Update from Monday 11th May by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson:

  • Stay Alert replaces government’s former direction to Stay at Home
  • Introduced a first sketch of a road map to recovery
  • Details to be set out in 60 page document
  • Production of Back to Work guidance
  • PM presented his strategy using slides
  • Recommending wearing of face cover indoors

Press conference slides used by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.


BREAKING! UK Furlough Scheme extended to October

BBC: Workers will continue to receive 80% of their wages but the cost will be shared with employers from the end of July.
The Chancellor said the government backed workers and companies going into the lockdown, and would support them coming out. Mr Sunak confirmed that employees will continue to receive 80% of their monthly wages up to £2,500. But he said the government will ask companies to “start sharing” the cost of the scheme from August.

Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s 60 page COVID-19 recovery strategy
The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy. The strategy sets out a cautious roadmap to easing existing measures in a safe and measured way, subject to successfully controlling the virus and being able to monitor and react to its spread. The roadmap will be kept constantly under review as the epidemic, and the world’s understanding of it, develops.
Published 11 May 2020

Alongside the plan, three sets of guidance have been published covering staying safe outside your homestaying alert and safe (social distancing) and how to wear and make a cloth face covering.

New guidance launched to help get Brits safely back to work
Government publishes guidance for employers to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating safely.
Published 11 May 2020

Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020
Next steps for the phased wider opening of educational and childcare settings.

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do
Updated frequently asked questions – FAQs – on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak, bringing them in line with the latest announcements.

Public advised to cover faces in enclosed spaces
The public is advised to consider wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as shops, trains and buses to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.Staying alert and safe (social distancing)
The most important thing we can do is to stay alert, control the virus, and in doing so, save lives.
Published 11 May 2020


Manchester Airport – grants to community groups responding to Coronavirus crisis
Airport Trust Fund encourages applications from organisations providing support during pandemic; Grants of up to £3k available; Special meeting to be held to ensure speedy payment. Grassroots organisations helping communities through the Coronavirus lockdown can apply for grants through a special fund set up by Manchester Airport.


Re-Connect Priority Grants Round

The Education Skills & Funding – ESF Community Grant Programme is launching a targeted Grant Programme in response to COVID 19. This round is called Re-Connect and seeks applications from a wide range of voluntary organisations who are ready to reach out by using approaches which tackle the new and emerging barriers arising from the impact of COVID 19.  

Small grants of up to £20,000 are available across Greater Manchester to eligible organisations in the VCSE sector. Projects should look to develop and maintain participant connections to learning experiences. Project activity should support, maintain and improve participant employability and resilience. All project activity must be within the current government COVID restrictions, but should include flexibility to adapt as and when those restrictions change in future months.

The funding can help ALL who are out of work or economically inactive

This programme covers the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs, and all eligible participants must live in Greater Manchester. Apply HERE

DEADLINE for applications – Wednesday 3rd June 2020

For further information, please email ESFGrantsGM@WEA.org.uk

Familiar Faces host quiz nights for St Ann’s Hospice
A host of familiar faces have been putting their general knowledge to the test as they turn quiz master to help a local charity raise much-needed funds.

With lockdown causing many of its fundraising events and activities to be cancelled, St Ann’s Hospice has been holding a series of lunchbreak quizzes, hosted by a different well-known guest quiz-master each week.

Emmerdale’s Chris Bisson and Liam Fox have each hosted a session, with the voice of Old Trafford Alan Keegan also helping the charity by leading one of the quizzes.  Actor Lee Boardman is set to host this week’s virtual event (Wednesday 6 May), with Justin Moorhouse and a host of other stars ready to take their turn in supporting the local hospice.

Stockport – is your business open for business?
Is your business in Stockport?  Are you ‘open for business’? 

Many businesses have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak and are currently unable to trade due to Government restrictions but Stockport is still open for business.  Are you still providing legal / financial services? Perhaps you have an online business? Or you have a food store. Are you offering a delivery service? Or perhaps you have a restaurant and are now offering take-aways? Whatever your business, we want to support you. And it’s free!

Follow the link, fill in the form and we will add you to our directory:

Help us to help you and your business
Totally Stockport and Stockport Council want to understand the challenges facing your organisation once you consider resuming your business so that we can provide the right help, support and advice for our businesses and local economy to recover.

Please complete this short survey (7-8 questions) to help us to understand what help is needed – by taking part you will be supporting us all to rebuild our economy together. Please encourage all of your contacts and networks to take part in the survey so that we can get as much information as possible.

Visit www.bidsurvey.com and help them to help you.


Government publishes “Covid-19 secure” site guidelines
Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: “This guidance provides a framework to get the UK back to work in a way that is safe for everyone. “These are practical steps to enable employers to identify risks that Covid-19 creates and to take pragmatic measures to mitigate them.”


Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020
Next steps for the phased wider opening of educational and childcare settings.

What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak
Added information for parents and carers about the wider opening to nurseries, schools and colleges from 1 June to information for parents and carers about the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges, transport, attendance, free school meals and remote education.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings
Added a link to information about opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June to guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings
Added link to guidance on ‘Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020’ in the ‘Overarching guidance for educational settings’ section. Also added link to guidance on ‘implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings’ in the ‘COVID-19 infection prevention and control’ section.


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers
The Government have published a revised guide that is clearer and includes recent additions to the process and information that employers need to provide to claim for their employees’ wages. They have also added a ‘save & return’ option. If you’ve claimed a grant through the scheme, you should check if you need to report payments on the PAYE Real Time Information System. HMRC are also running webinars to guide you through the application process

Coronavirus grant funding: local authority payments to small and medium businesses
Local authorities have received and distributed funding to support small and medium businesses in England during coronavirus.

Stockport businesses grant funding payments:
Stockport Council have administered a further 62 grants in the past 24 hours bringing the total amount paid to £53,355,000 across 4,623 qualifying businesses and 84.4% of those identified as eligible as at 11/03/2020. If your business qualifies for a grant, please complete the online application form.

If you have any queries please email business.rates@stockport.gov.uk


Staying safe outside your home
The principles you should follow to ensure that time spent outside your home is as safe as possible.

Government launches new portal for care homes to arrange coronavirus testing
All care home staff and residents are now eligible for testing with priority for those in homes that look after the over-65s.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce
Advice for those working in adult social care on managing your mental health and how employers can take care of the wellbeing of their staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

A large UK study on the outcomes of 427 pregnant women and their babies during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK has been published today.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have responded to a UKOSS study of more than 400 pregnant women that found pregnant woman are at no greater risk of a coronavirus-related severe illness than the non-pregnant population but that a disproportionate number of pregnant women admitted to hospital with coronavirus were from a black or other minority ethnic background. Dr Edward Morris, of the RCOG, said: ‘Addressing health inequalities is a key strategic priority for the RCOG and we continue to urge the Government to tackle these across women’s health as a matter of urgency.’ 


Protocols for the safe reopening of hospitality venues UKHospitality has announced that it will be publishing a number of protocols which aim to ensure the safe reopening of hospitality venues. It will share them with other stakeholders in the sector to enable them to be further developed. Its aim is that businesses will use them to help draw up their own unique plans and that they will feed into the Government’s own plans. 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) related deaths by occupation, England and Wales
The Office for National Statistics has released statistics on coronavirus-related deaths by occupation figures. They showed that working in lower-skilled occupations were found to have significantly higher mortality rates than people in higher skilled roles and women made up 75% of workers in the highest exposure risk occupations, and a fifth of workers in the highest exposure risk occupations are in black and minority ethnic communities. 

Responding to the ONS figures on coronavirus-related deaths by occupation, the Health Foundation said: ‘Today’s ONS figures add further to our understanding of why those in lower socioeconomic groups and in black and minority ethnic communities are at significantly greater risk of death from COVID-19… As the Government begins to revise its lockdown measures, this data should provide further direction to ensure appropriate measures are urgently put into place to protect groups at greater risk of exposure to the virus, for example, providing adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where appropriate.’ 


Digital Trade body produces free guide for businesses returning to the workplace
Created in partnership with HR specialists from Manchester Digital’s Forum group, the guide  lays out key considerations for employers in areas including people, office, staff health, home working, business travel and visitors, holidays and communications.


The Horticultural Trades Association has welcomed the reopening of garden centres, describing it as a ‘positive economic move’ and one with benefits for mental health and wellbeing.
It says it has asked for ‘urgent talks’ with the Scottish Government about reopening there, warning that at present the public will be confused and the Scottish industry left disadvantaged. It also warns that the sector will still need a ‘rescue package’ and talks on this with the Government will continue. 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer transport guidance for operators
Safer working principles and risk assessment for transport operators and organisations.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): transport and travel guidance
Guidance for safer travel and safer transport operations during the next phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic added to information for people using transport or working in the transport sector during the coronavirus outbreak.
Guidance for safer travel and safer transport operations during the next phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


30,000 stranded Brits returned to the UK on Government charter flights
More than 30,000 British travellers have now returned to the UK on 142 special Government charter flights from 27 different countries and territories since the outbreak of coronavirus.

New guidance published to ensure transport network is safe for those who need to use it
Guidance for safer travel and safer transport operations during the next phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Covid-19 Webinars:

14th May:  ACAS: HMRC Job Retention Scheme                      Book here

15th May:  Stakeholder Mapping in a Covid-19 lockdown        More info / book here
26th May:  Is more devolution key to recovery?                          More info / book here

2nd June:  Digital Futures – join tech experts                              More info / book 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

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.

Twice weekly: EnterprisingYou 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 Links:

Government – Guidance on Returning to Work safely

Government – Setting out of Road Map to recovery – 11th May 2020
Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s 60 page COVID-19 recovery strategy
The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy. The strategy sets out a cautious roadmap to easing existing measures in a safe and measured way, subject to successfully controlling the virus and being able to monitor and react to its spread.

Stockport Council has launched a FREE job matching website to help 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.  

Employment – Useful information for the Self-Employed:

News and Guidance for the self-employed:
Concerned how Coronavirus might impact you and your business?
Please get in touch with Enterprising You and you will be connected to someone who can help. You can also access information and guidance including the latest Government updates via www.businessgrowthhub.com/coronavirus

Coronavirus Act 2020: status
A table setting out the status of each measure in the Coronavirus Act 2020.

Government – Financial Support
New 100% government backed loan scheme for small business

Stockport Council – Health & Mental Well-being https://www.stockport.gov.uk/showcase/coronavirus 

Government – Financial Support
CBILS – A guide to whether it may be the best options for a business

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:

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

Government – Business Support:

Bank of England – Financial Support: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/news/2020/march/the-covid-corporate-financing-facility

Stockport Council Grant scheme:

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

UK Lockdown – Further businesses to close and exceptions: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874732/230320_-_Revised_guidance_note_-_finalVF

Business Growth Hub:



Food & Drink – advice and guidance:

Health – updates from NHS

Health – Shielding the most vulnerable


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.  

Health – the big white wall
The Big White Wall offers 24/7 anonymous support via a digital emotional wellbeing and mental health service, offering peer support for anyone over the age of 16, support from trained clinicians alongside a range of helpful tools and resources.

Media and Marketing:

Prolific North are publishing daily updates on their blog as to how Covid-19 is impacting on the marketing, media and technology industries



Recruitment: – DWP and Universal Credit


Retail: An update form British Retail Consortium


Employment: – Stockport Jobs Match