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15/9: Coronavirus latest updates

CORONAVIRUS LATEST UPDATES
Posted – 15 Sep 2020

Latest UK data:

Positive tests:                        371,125 have tested positive (+ 2,621 new cases)

Loss of life:                            *41,637 across all settings (+ 9 in last 24 hours)

Cases in Stockport:             131 cases 5th Sept – 11th Sept (+65 on previous week)

Cases in Stockport:             45 per 100,000 (England area average is 18)

Deaths in Stockport:            367 registered to 4th September (+2 from last week)

Total cases in Stockport:     2,191 to 14th September  

*Daily reported COVID deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that occurred within 28 days of the first laboratory-confirmed positive COVID test

The R number and growth rate in the UK
The R number range for the UK is 1.0-1.2 and the growth rate range is -1% to +3% per day as of 11 September 2020.

Coronavirus cases in the UK: daily updated statistics
The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests, cases and deaths in the UK. The way deaths are reported is based on a 28-day limit between the date of a positive lab-confirmed test and date of death.

National COVID-19 surveillance reports
National COVID-19 surveillance reports, including weekly summary of findings monitored through various COVID-19 surveillance systems.COVID-19: background information
Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features

UK HEADLINES:  

BBC: Young people hit as UK unemployment rate rises
The UK unemployment rate has risen to its highest level for two years, official figures show. The unemployment rate grew to 4.1% in the three months to July, compared with 3.9% previously. Young people were particularly hard hit, with those aged 16 to 24 suffering the biggest drop in employment compared with other age groups. Firms continue to remove staff from payrolls as they prepare for the end of the government’s furlough scheme. There were 156,000 fewer young people in employment in the three months to July compared to the previous quarter, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics.

Testing demand puts a strain on available resource
The coronavirus testing system has been struggling under the strain of increased demand in recent weeks. NHS Providers, which represents hospital trusts in England, says staff are having to self-isolate rather than work because they cannot get tests for themselves or family members.  Schools are being hit by similar problems due to a lack of testing which could lead to partial closures. Parents are also being forced to keep children at home for days while waiting to get a test.

Social gatherings of more than six people have become illegal in England 
As the government attempts to halt a rise in coronavirus cases, versions of the “rule of six” – explained in detail – are now in place right across the UK and were designed to provide clarity on what is and isn’t allowed.

Apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme
If you are an employer looking to create jobs placements for young people, apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme

LOCAL / REGIONAL NEWS & UPDATES:

North-west’s nuclear industry jobs figures robust despite pandemic
The Nuclear Industry Association’s (NIA) latest jobs figures show the number employed in the industry in the North-west remained steady despite Covid-19. The North West remains the leading hub of the nuclear industry, with more than 24,000 people employed in highly skilled disciplines including decommissioning, fuel cycle research, generation and reactor design.

Greater Manchester granted £13m to help newly unemployed
AN innovative programme designed to help newly unemployed people in Greater Manchester find work has received a £13m funding boost from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). WHP JETS was approved by Greater Manchester leaders during a special Combined Authority on Wednesday, 2 September. The programme offers early support to those who have recently become unemployed and will assist approximately 13,200 people in the city-region. Those taking part in the programme are given help with essential skills for securing long-term employment such as CV writing, job searches and interviewing. It forms part of the Working Well Programme already underway in the city-region, which provides long-term unemployed people with well-being support and help with finding employment.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority create new apprenticeship opportunities
More than 70 new apprenticeship opportunities have been created across Greater Manchester after funding was rewarded to projects helping to support underrepresented groups. A total of £328,000 has been handed to seven local organisations to support them in attracting and recruiting new apprentices as part of the Removing Barriers scheme. The projects range from placements that support young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) into digital apprenticeships; black and Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) residents into the engineering sector; and single parents into teaching assistant roles.
The projects to have received funding include:

  • Men in the Early Years – A collaboration between Kids Planet nursery provider and the Fatherhood Institute offering 12 apprenticeship placements for men;
  • Digital Supported Apprenticeship – The White Room, Total People, Manchester City Council and Pure Innovations are offering 15 places in the digital sector for SEND young people

The key things you need to know about Manchester airport this week:

Following the changes to Portugal at the weekend, Manchester Airport is sharing the latest advice and update to its passengers.  

Terminals: – to efficiently meet the current capacity and demand for travel, flights from Terminal Two were moved across to Terminal One on 2nd September. Anyone who would normally have flown from Terminal Two will now be departing and arriving from Terminal One. Passengers are advised to check which terminal they’re flying from before arriving at the airport, as some airlines are operating from a different terminal than usual.
Flights: – passengers should be aware that they will now need to quarantine on return to the UK if travelling to destinations removed from the travel corridors list. They are reminded to check the latest Government guidance on travel corridors and requirements upon returning to the UK: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors

UK Government Passenger Locator Form: – with the Government’s relaxation of quarantine, and introduction of travel corridors, all passengers arriving into Manchester Airport need to be ready for UK Border control by completing a Passenger Locator Form.  

Safety Measures: – these include wearing face coverings, enhanced cleaning, Perspex screens, bookable security slots and temperature checks.

Retail Offering: – in addition to passengers being able to purchase food and drink, they can also take advantage of the free water fountains across the site to fill up empty bottles.

Covid-19 test production facility opens in Manchester – 44 new jobs have been created
Molecular diagnostics specialists Hologic has opened a new Covid-19 testing facility in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester. A £6m investment has allowed it to produce millions of Covid-19 tests while maintaining its production of crucial diagnostics across women’s health and infectious diseases. UK health innovation minister Lord Bethel officially opened the facility via video conference at the weekend. 

Local COVID-19 outbreaks: lessons learnt and good practice
The report of Dame Mary Ney’s rapid stocktake of lessons learnt from the Leicester City/Leicestershire experience of responding to a local surge in COVID-19 cases.

Visit the Stockport Council website to report details of any outbreaks online.  

https://www.stockport.gov.uk/coronavirus-in-stockport/report-a-coronavirus-outbreak

There is also a section on the website around guidance for employees, employers and businesses which we hope will be helpful.   

https://www.stockport.gov.uk/guidance-for-employees-employers-and-businesses

Stockport Business Support coronavirus recovery

As Stockport’s business community prepares for recovery post-coronavirus, a group of business leaders from the town have collaborated with Stockport Council to launch a new website – skbusinessrecovery.co.uk to support businesses through the phases of recovery.

Stockport businesses grant funding payments:
Main Grant Scheme:
Applications are now closed; applications received up to the closing date on August 28th will be considered in the period leading up to the 30th September. Stockport Council have now administered a total of 5,382 grants of 5,394 identified as eligible  bringing the total amount paid to £62,457,500 and bringing the total to 99.6% of those identified as eligible as at 11/09/2020.

Local Authority Discretionary Grant funding scheme
Status of LAD Payments to date:
Applications: 793 Payments:    £2,103,000

One Stockport Logo

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

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

Stockport Council website – support for businesses in case of a coronavirus outbreak
There is also a section on the website around guidance for employees, employers and businesses which we hope will be helpful.   

https://www.stockport.gov.uk/guidance-for-employees-employers-and-businesses

COMMUNITY:

COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings during the pandemic
This guidance is designed to enable the safe reopening of places of worship for a broader range of activities and includes a checklist for special religious services and gatherings – added High Holy Day services and gatherings COVID-19 checklist.

Going to a court or tribunal during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Use this guide if you’ve been asked to attend a hearing in person at a court or tribunal during the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus helpline Stockport

CONSTRUCTION:

Investment and opportunities abound for infrastructure sector
Greater government investment is forecast to be a key driver behind the industry’s recovery over the next two years, and the forthcoming Spending Review is expected to provide additional funding for key areas of infrastructure construction. 

Affordable housing activity picked up during 2019, and while the pandemic caused an interruption in starts this year, renewed growth is anticipated from 2021. 

In contrast, student accommodation work faltered during 2019 and a further contraction in student accommodation work is expected this year, with only a limited recovery in this sub-sector during 2021 and 2022.

Henry Boot puts social housing contractor acquired last year into liquidation.

Henry Boot acquired a majority stake in Starfish Commercial last August. But the business has now been placed into creditors’ voluntary liquidation after not performing in line with expectations.

EDUCATION:

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Attendance in education settings since Monday 23 March and early years settings since Thursday 16 April – Added ‘Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 10 September 2020’.

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 10 September 2020
A summary of attendance in education settings since Monday 23 March and early years settings since Thursday 16 April 2020.

HEALTH CARE & WELLBEING:

Coronavirus antibody home test kit: taking a blood sample
Guidance and video to help you do your antibody test correctly, post your sample and get your results.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): antibody testing
Information about the government’s coronavirus antibody testing programme. Antibody tests are to check whether a person has had the virus – updated to reflect the launch of the new antibody testing service, which is currently restricted to care home workers in England and Wales.

PPE deliveries (England): 7 September to 13 September 2020
Experimental statistics showing the latest number of personal protective equipment (PPE) items distributed for use by health and social care services in England.

Medical devices given exceptional use authorisations during the COVID-19 pandemic
List of manufacturers and their medical devices which have been granted an exemption by the MHRA. The list also includes manufacturers whose exemption expired or was cancelled. This information will be listed for 2 months after expiry or cancellation

HOSPITALITY / LEISURE:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation
Guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation – sports added to the team sports guidance list.

JUDICIARY:

Keeping court and tribunal buildings safe, secure and clean
This page provides details about security, cleaning and social-distancing arrangements in court and tribunal buildings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): courts and tribunals planning and preparation
This page provides advice and guidance for all court and tribunal users during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and will be updated when new advice is available. Additional guidance for regular court users and witnesses providing evidence during coronavirus document updated.

PROPERTY:

Summer holiday season slows property market
The property market experienced a slowdown last month as a result of more people going on summer holidays, according to the latest data from Agency Express.  Its latest Property Activity Index paints an alternative picture to other recent reports which suggest that demand and supply continued to surge last month. The number of new listings with For Sale boards dropped by 8.3% compared to July, while the number of Sold boards fell by over 5% on a monthly basis.

RETAIL:

Ocado and M&S joint venture builds on online shopping momentum with 52% growth The joint venture between Ocado and M&S has grown by more than half as demand for online groceries continues to increase. Ocado Retail has made retail revenues of £587.3m in the 13 weeks ending August 30 – a 52 per cent year-on-year increase compared with the same period in 2019. The firm has also seen a rise in order numbers of 9.6 per cent – a levelling out from peaks earlier in the year – which the firm attributes to the normalisation of online shopping patterns.

TRANSPORT:

Talented transport tech start-ups to receive funding boost of over £1 million
Latest round of T-TRIG funding is open to entrepreneurs and innovators looking to create a better transport system.

Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
To monitor the use of the transport system during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, DfT provides statistics on transport use by mode, published daily for the return to school period.

TRAVEL:

TTG tackle mental health in the travel sector
Since the start of the Covid crisis, the travel industry has seen the loss of tens of thousands of jobs while many more are at risk of redundancy. As TTG has regularly reported, the mental health toll of all this on the sector has been catastrophic. 
Join us on Friday 18 September from 10:00 to hear from a range of experts, who will examine the impact of this crisis on travel professionals’ mental health, including the below topics:

  • Travel in times of crisis – the Centre for Crisis Psychology will outline the pressures that Covid-19 has placed on the industry and how individuals and employers can look after their wellbeing amid the ongoing crisis
  • Refusing to suffer in silence – meet three travel professionals who have created support groups for colleagues to make sure nobody is suffering alone
  • Supporting staff and building resilience – with budgets stretched to breaking point and employees under immense strain, how can brands ensure they have the right strategy in place to support their people?

This seminar is a part of the new TTG+ membership programme, meaning you can tune in for as little as £1* instead of the usual £5.  Once you’ve signed up to TTG+, you’ll need to register separately for this event by clicking here.

Covid-19 webinars:

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

Make your workplace COVID-secure:

You can find recordings of webinars covering other types of workplace here

HMRC: 

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/

ACAS

A series of courses to help businesses with transition from lockdown

Useful information and links:

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:
https://www.stockport.gov.uk/coronavirus-in-stockport/report-a-coronavirus-outbreak  
https://www.stockport.gov.uk/guidance-for-employees-employers-and-businesses

Kickstart Scheme
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.

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.

New 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

Business Survey:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dcms-coronavirus-impact-business-survey/dcms-business-survey-headline-measures 

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.

Applications Now Open for the Local Authority Discretion Fund. Businesses that had been eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support are also now eligible for the LA Discretionary Business Grant.

Apply for the coronavirus Future Fund
The Future Fund will provide UK Government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors.

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme set to launch
Employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme from 26 May. 

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
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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.  
www.stockport-jobsmatch.co.uk

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:
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.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-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:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

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

Stockport Council Grant scheme:
https://www.stockport.gov.uk/business-rates-support-measures

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

Food & Drink – advice and guidance:
https://marketingstockport.co.uk/news/food-delivery-and-takeaway-guidance-for-food-businesses-looking-to-diversify/

Health – updates from NHS
https://www.england.nhs.uk/news/

Health– Shielding the most vulnerable
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

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

Travel:
https://media.northernrailway.co.uk/news/coronavirus-travel-information

Recruitment: – DWP and Universal Credit http://news.dwp.gov.uk/dwplz/lz.aspx?p1=MQsDU1NjQ5MlM2OTA0OjNCNDJBOEZCRTJDOUJEOTc1ODQ0RTRCRDNDNzk4QUNF-&CC=&p=0

Retail: An update form British Retail Consortium
https://brc.org.uk/news/corporate-affairs/coronavirus-latest-retailer-activity/

Employment: – Stockport Jobs Match 

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.

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. 

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