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13th September: Today’s latest coronavirus updates

Coronavirus Latest News Updates
Posted – 13 Sep 2021

UK STATISTICS

Total UK Cases: 7,226,276 positive tests
Latest UK daily figure: 
29,173 new cases
Number in UK hospital: 
8,098 , 158 more than on previous day
New deaths across UK: 56
Total UK deaths: 134,200
England Cases per 100,000: 
345
R number in UK: 
0.9 to 1.1

Vaccine data:

Total 1st doses given: 48,422,588 – 89% of UK aged 16+
Total 2nd doses: 43,991,875 – 80%
Daily 1st doses: 27,229
Daily 2nd doses: 96,435

There have been more than 7 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and amore than 134,000 people have died, government figures show. However, these figures include only people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus. More than 92m vaccine doses have been received across the UK. 89% of people aged 16 and over have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and over 43 million, 80% aged 16 and over have had their second.

Latest Stockport data:

Total Stockport cases: 35,945 to 10 September
Cases in the latest week: 1,163, 130 more than previous week
Total deaths: 750 to August 27th
Cases per 100,000: 395 per 100,000 week ending 6 September
R number in North West: 0.9 – 1.1

Stockport vaccine data:                  

1st dose: 85% of over 16s to 9 September
2nd dose: 78%

The R value and growth rate
The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) – the R range for England is 0.9 to 1.1 and the growth rate range for England is -2% to +2% per day as of 03 September 2021.

Slides, datasets and transcripts to accompany coronavirus press conferences
Updated with slides to accompany coronavirus press conferences 

UK NEWS UPDATES:   

Prime Minister to set out next steps in Covid response
The Prime Minister will this week set out the government’s autumn and winter plan for managing Covid.

The UK needs to be better prepared for future economic shocks, says the TUC.

“Covid is not going to be a one-off,” the union federation’s general secretary, Frances O’Grady, will tell its annual congress later on Monday.

“Climate chaos is here already and the longer we put off getting to net zero, the more disruptive it will be,” she will add. At the same time, the CBI is urging the government to avoid further big post-pandemic tax increases on business.

CBI director general Tony Danker will say in a speech later on Monday that ministers must make “big choices” to help business investment. Instead, there is a risk the government will use business taxes to “carry the load” following last week’s announcement of new levies to fund social care, he will say.

Such a policy is not without consequences for growth, he will add.  

300,000 suspected of breaking travel quarantine
Nearly a third of people arriving in England and Northern Ireland as the coronavirus Delta variant took off may have broken quarantine rules. More than 300,000 cases were passed to investigators between March and May, according to figures seen by the BBC. The government was not able to say how many of these were found to have broken the rules or could not be traced. The Home Office has said it aims to pay home visits to all travellers suspected of not following the rules.

Covid leads to house price boom in rural areas

Large increases have also been recorded in other idyllic, rural areas of the UK. The Derbyshire Dales, North Norfolk, and the Cotswolds have all seen property values increase by more than 20% in a year. Covid has led homeowners to reassess where and how they want to live. The pandemic accelerated a shift towards remote working and has meant big savings for some parts of society. If you add into the picture government support through stamp duty holidays, as well as historically low mortgage rates, you have a rapid increase in the number of buyers.

In areas where the number of homes for sale fails to match that demand, prices have soared. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) says the average number of properties on estate agents’ books is close to record lows.

Mandatory full vaccinations for care home staff from 11th November
From 11 November 2021, anyone working or volunteering in a care home will need to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19), unless exempt. Thi smeand that a first dose of the vaccine must have been administered on or by September 16th Read the full guidance here

REGIONAL & LOCAL NEWS:   

Greater Manchester’s Leaders are today asking government to back early delivery of a London-style public transport system for the city-region.
As part of the vision, which requires?an initial?£1.4?billion of funding from national government,?Greater Manchester will deliver significant investment in transport facilities – integral to the infrastructure required to create the Bee Network – creating vital new connections between towns, high streets and communities, fast orbital bus routes, new and improved stations and high-quality cycling and walking routes.
The news marks an important step in Destination: Bee Network– the city region’s masterplan?to deliver a London-style, integrated?transport system?across bus, tram, cycling, walking and rail.?

North-west business activity continues to rise but pace slows
Businesses operating in the North-West recorded a further rise in business activity in August, but the rate of growth slowed to the lowest since February, the latest UK regional PMI data from NatWest has shown. The bank’s data has revealed that recovery in employment levels continued to gather pace however, reaching the fastest for over seven years, despite firms being hit hard by sharply rising costs.
The headline North-West Business Activity Index – a seasonally adjusted index that measures the month-on-month change in the combined output of the region’s manufacturing and service sectors – registered 55.3 in August. It fell from 59.9 in July and was the lowest reading for six months.

Greater Manchester retrofit service to train 3,500 in green skills
A retrofit service that helps people in Greater Manchester to eco-refurbish their homes is planning to train 3,500 builders, joiners, electricians and plumbers in green skills. The training would be carried out over the next five years with money raised via a £550,000 community share offer. The not-for-profit ‘People Powered Retrofit’ service is seeking investment from individual investors to scale up its specialist eco-renovation training and help the city region hit its 2038 net-zero carbon target. Although there is demand from householders to green their properties, there is a shortage of skilled, local contractors who can deliver the work. People Powered Retrofit is a member of Mayor Andy Burnham’s Greater Manchester Retrofitting Task Force which aims to tackle the problem.

Coronavirus cases rise in all areas of Greater Manchester
Stockport – which has the second-highest rate in the region – saw the smallest increase in cases at 6pc. In Greater Manchester as a whole, the infection rate is now 353.2 cases per 100,000 population. That is higher than the national average, which is up by 12 percent to 341.9 cases per 100,000 people. However, five boroughs have rates lower than the national average. A total of 10,015 people tested positive for coronavirus across Greater Manchester in the week ending September 7.
The Greater Manchester weekly total has increased by 1423 cases compared to the previous week, which means the infection rate was up 17 percent in the last week..

A new weekly Covid-19 vaccination clinic offers Stockport residents additional walk-in and booked appointments four days a week.
The Stockport pharmacy will run the vaccination clinic at Trinity Church on Bramhall Lane (SK3 8TP) 8am to 8pm on Thursdays and Fridays; 8am to 6pm on Saturdays; and 8am to 4pm on Sundays.

Kickstart Jobs Fair at Stockport Central Library
Stockport’s Central Library is to host a jobs fair, giving local employers the
opportunity to meet young jobseekers looking to Kickstart their career prospects.
The event takes place on Wednesday 22nd September from 12pm until 3pm, at Stockport’s Central Library on Wellington Road South in the town centre.

Stockport Employers and Exhibitors invited to attend virtual careers fair
Employers from across Stockport are invited to showcase their opportunities at an online Virtual Careers Fair & Exhibition for the borough’s young people.
The Virtual Careers Fair & Exhibition will be delivered between 11th and 15th October alongside a range of activities and resources in schools and colleges across Stockport.

SECTOR SPECIFIC CORONAVIRUS-RELATED NEWS: 

BUSINESS:    

HMRC: Are you re-opening your business, or planning to do so shortly?
If you’re bringing back your employees part time, you can claim furlough flexibly for them under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs. You have until 11.??59pm tomorrow Tuesday?? ?14?? ?September to claim for Aug??ust. You can continue to claim for September until the 14 ?October. For the latest information, you can choose between attending one of our live webinars, or watch a recorded version on our YouTube channel. The recorded version contains all the information covered in the live webinar, as well as more in-depth coverage of the scheme, including who can claim, who you can claim for, how to calculate your claim, how to claim, and bringing back your employees from furlough. The live webinar is tailored for those of you familiar with the scheme who are preparing for getting back to business; you can also ask questions using the on-screen text box, although we can’t discuss personal circumstances – Register here You’ll be able to download some useful handouts and we’ll also send you a link to a recording after the live webinar. If you’re a small or medium-sized employer with fewer than 250 employees, you may also be eligible for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme. View our recorded webinar about the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme on HMRC’s YouTube channel, for further guidance on the scheme, including who you can claim for, how to claim and what you may be entitled to. You can also find out what other financial support may be available for you and your business as part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs, by searching ‘find coronavirus financial support’ on GOV??.UK. We’ll continue to review our webinars to give the most up-to-date information, and welcome your feedback at the end of the session too.

Kickstart Scheme for employers
Employers can apply for funding to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.  

Apply online for a Kickstart Scheme grant
If you’re an employer looking to create jobs for young people, you can apply online for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

CARE SECTOR:

COMMUNITY:   

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.

NHS COVID Pass
How to get the NHS COVID Pass and demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) status when travelling abroad and domestically at events and venues in England.

Coronavirus and the impact on household finances and living standards
Analysis of the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on household and individuals’ financial health, considering changes in spending, income and economic well-being. This article combines findings from the Living Costs and Food Survey, the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, the Survey of Living Conditions, and the Wealth and Assets Survey.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) antibody test kit: taking a blood sample
Guidance and video to help you do your antibody test correctly, post your sample and get your results.

CONSTRUCTION:

Record infrastructures spend to support 425,000 jobs a year
A record £650bn of public and private investment will be pumped into infrastructure over the next decade, according to the updated Infrastructure Pipeline launched today. This pipeline includes for the first time the forecasted future workforce demand based on planned investment in projects. In the more immediate four-year period up to 2024/25, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority estimates over 425,000 individuals will be needed on an average annual basis to deliver planned investment of £200bn as the Government’s Build Back Better efforts get into full swing.

EMPLOYMENT:

Kickstart Scheme for gateways
Kickstart gateways are organisations that help employers get funding to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.

ENVIRONMENT:

Government launches £265m funding for “next generation” of renewable energy
The government has today announced that it is launching the biggest ever funding round of its renewable energy scheme. Contracts for Difference (CfD), a government sustainability scheme, is launching its fourth round, which will see £265m per year provided to businesses specialising in renewable energy. The scheme is designed to encourage investment in low-carbon electricity by providing developers with upfront costs. The funding announced today includes £200m to support offshore wind projects, namely wind farms, with an additional £55m available for supporting emerging renewable technologies. Today’s announcement also includes a £10m provision for established technologies, such as onshore wind and solar power.

HEALTH & WELLBEING:     

Coronavirus (COVID-19): notification to organisations to share information
Notification to healthcare organisations, GPs, local authorities and arm’s length bodies that they should share information to support efforts against coronavirus (COVID-19) – new notices added to the page which extend the Control Of Patient Information (COPI) notices from 30 September 2021 to 31 March 2022.  

HOSPITALITY:

Greater Manchester night-time economy tsar welcomes news to ditch vaccine passports
Sacha Lord, night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester, and co-founder of the Parklife festival, taking place this weekend, welcomed the decision. He said: “I’m pleased to see that the Government has listened to the events and nightlife industry and dropped the plans for vaccine passports. “The plans were untenable and illogical and there were multiple factors which would have been discriminatory and legally questionable. As a sector, we can now move forward, without hesitation or vague regulations.” Read more at Business Desk

JUDICIARY:

Temporary Nightingale courts and extra court capacity
A list of additional courtrooms set up to support the justice system

PROPERTY:

New build market share hits lowest level in a decade
New research has found that the proportion of UK property transactions account for by the new-build sector hit its lowest level in a decade. The study by Warwick Estates comes as the introduction of the EWS1 form caused a bottleneck for new-build homebuyers. The agent analysed data from the Gov.uk – UK House Price Index on new-build sales levels as a percentage of all homes sold between 2010 and 2020.

RETAIL:  

ABF raises profit outlook despite weak Primark sales
Associated British Foods (AB Foods) said that adjusted operating profit in the fourth quarter for both the food businesses and Primark will top expectations. The fast-fashion retailer is expected to have an operating profit margin of over 10 per cent due to lower labour costs, as it didn’t replace staff after they retired or resigned in a process called “attrition” Sales dropped 17 per cent in the fourth quarter compared to two years ago after the Delta variant hampered an initial phase of pent-up demand when stores reopened.

Covid-19 Webinars:

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.

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.

Brexit Webinars:

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.

LATEST LINKS:

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:

1. Extending the length of the loan from six years to 10;

2. Making interest-only payments for six months, then repaying the principal on a phased basis with other interest-only periods;

3. Delaying repayments entirely for up to six months.

Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

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.

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.

Kickstart Scheme
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.

Visit the Stockport Council website to report details of any outbreaks online.  
https://www.stockport.gov.uk/coronavirus-in-stockport/report-a-coronavirus-outbreak

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.

New tools and resources available from Acas:
Redundancy letter templates
Redundancy process map 

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:
www.skbusinessrecovery.co.uk

Government – Guidance on Returning to Work safely
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

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:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support

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

Government – Business Support:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

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

Business Growth Hub:
www.businessgrowthhub.com/coronavirus  https://www.businessgrowthhub.com/coronavirus/resources/2020/03/coronavirus-business-support-webinar-series

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

Can you claim back Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay in the Rebate Scheme
From 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
https://www.england.nhs.uk/news/

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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    LATEST TOWN CENTRE FOOTFALL

    Total visits this period:

    428,539

    Busiest time of the day:

    12.00 - 13.00

    Average dwell time:

    148 mins

    Average visits per day:

    13,823

    (Provided by July 2021 research)