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15th January: Today’s coronavirus latest news

CORONAVIRUS LATEST UPDATES
Posted – 15 Jan 2021

UK STATISTICS

Total UK Cases: 3,260,258  positive tests
Latest UK daily figure: 48,682 new cases, down 7.4% on past 7 days
Number in UK hospital: 36,797 up 176 on previous day
New deaths across UK: 1,248, up 50.3% in last 7 days
Total UK deaths: 86,015
England Cases per 100,000: 502
R number in UK: 1.1 – 1.4

The R number and growth rate in the UK
1 to 1.4 with a daily infection growth rate of 0% to +6% as of 8 January

Vaccine data:

Total 1st doses given: 2,918,252 to 13 January
Total 2nd doses: 428,232

Latest Stockport data:

Total Stockport cases: 15,201
Current cases: 1,197 (24 more cases than previous week)
Total deaths: 507 to January 1st
Cases per 100,000: 408 per 100,000
R number in North West: 1.0 – 1.4

Daily cases may be starting to fall
The number of daily cases has been at record levels recently, driven by a new variant of the virus thought to be much more easily transmissible than other strains.

A further 48,682 confirmed cases across the UK were announced by the government on Thursday.

There are some early signs that the number of infections may be coming down, but Professor Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist at Imperial College London, whose modelling led to the March lockdown, said it was “much too early” to be sure.

Around one in 50 people in England are estimated to have the virus, according to the latest estimate from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Statement from the Director of Public Health in Stockport:

“Here in Stockport case rates are now at *394 per 100,000. We are also seeing around *165.1 new cases each day. Rates of rise have now slowed, although the numbers are still very high. Rates remain highest in our young and working age adult populations and we have cases in all wards. The latest published data can be found here.

You should only leave your house for food, exercise, medical reasons or work if unable to do this from home. The virus is as rife as ever and with the new strain of coronavirus, which is 50-70% more infectious than previously and fast becoming the most dominant strain (estimated around 60% in Stockport), it has led to a rise in cases and hospital admissions. So please continue to be vigilant, do everything you can to stop the spread and be even more cautious.
The best way to prevent the transmission is to act like you have the virus; restrict contacts with people outside our households or social/childcare bubble as much as we can. If able to work from home do so. Though you may legally be allowed out for essentials, think about limiting your shopping to once a week only or try to get a delivery slot. Get a takeaway delivered rather than collecting it. Think about exercising on your own, rather than with your support bubble or one other person allowed.  We must also be even more vigilant and scrupulous about our infection control and hygiene, as it’s estimated that one in three people who have coronavirus don’t show any symptoms. If told to self-isolate through the NHS Covid 19 app you must follow the instruction.
*This is the latest figure for Stockport validated on 15.1.21.

UK NEWS & HEADLINES:   

ONS: UK Economy shrinks by 2.6%
The UK economy shrank by 2.6% in November as lockdown restrictions reduced economic activity, official figures show. The Office for National Statistics said UK gross domestic product at the end of November was 8.5% below its pre-pandemic peak. November’s decline came after sixth consecutive months of growth, with a 0.6% improvement in October. The hit to the service sector – which accounts for about three-quarters of the UK economy – meant it contracted by 3.4% in November, and is now 9.9% below the level of February 2020.

Traces of Brazilian variant found in the UK
One of two variants of the coronavirus discovered in Brazil has been detected in the UK, according to a leading virologist. The news comes as travellers from South America are no longer allowed to come into the UK, amid fears over a new coronavirus variant first identified in Brazil. The UK’s new travel ban – which also applies to Portugal and Cape Verde – came into force at 04:00 GMT on Friday. Travel is already banned from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Eswatini, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique and Angola, the Seychelles and Mauritius. The rules do not apply to British and Irish nationals, long-term visa holders or those with residency rights  – but they must self-isolate, even if they would normally be exempt. Hauliers coming from Portugal are also exempt.

NHS Test and Trace reaches one million people over new year, as record numbers test positive
NHS Test and Trace identified almost 390,000 positive cases between 31 December and 6 January ? the highest weekly figure to date.

National lockdown: Stay at Home
Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the country. Find out what you can and cannot do – updated in line with latest government guidance.

LOCAL / REGIONAL NEWS & UPDATES:   

Leaders describe cuts to Northern transport budget as ‘levelling down’
Regional leaders have spoken out following the government’s plans to reduce funding by £33 million for a number of transport initiatives across Northern England, with many describing the cuts as ‘levelling down.’ The news of reduced funding for the region comes following the recommendations of the National Infrastructure  Commission, the findings of which have been criticised for failing to deliver the investment needed to close the North-South divide in infrastructure and productivity. The region’s statutory transport body, TfN, will see its budget reduced from £10 million to £6 million per year, and will now receive no funding towards its planned roll out of contactless payment on rail, bus and tram networks across Northern England.

Consultation launches to deal with rail bottlenecks
In response to bottlenecks and poor punctuality of trains travelling through Manchester, a public consultation has launched on three proposals to make rail services more reliable. Passengers have been presented with three alternatives to pre-Covid service patterns, affecting routes travelling between Manchester’s Oxford Road, Piccadilly, and Airport stations, and will have repercussions for passengers travelling in and out of Stockport’s stations. The consultation is the result of collaboration between the Department for Transport, Transport for the North, Transport for Greater Manchester, rail operators and Network Rail. Poor punctuality of services across Manchester city centre contributed to the nationalisation of Northern Rail in 2020, and performance improvement plans for TransPennine Express.

Stockport Jobs Match adds new functions and content to relaunched website
Stockport Council has relaunched its Jobs Match website, connecting residents with local jobs, training opportunities and careers advice.

Business Growth Hub webinars – click on the links to register your interest:
The Business Growth Hub webinars are designed to help businesses navigate through the new legislation, rules and procedures brought about by Brexit

EU Exit Webinar Regulation & Compliance 
Date: 20th January 2021, 2:00pm -4:00pm
EU Exit Webinar – Food & Drink Labelling 
Date: 26th January 2021, 10:00am – 12:00pm

EU Exit Webinar – New rules and procedures for EU Trade- focusing on services 
Date: 27th January 2021, 10:00am – 12:00pm

CORONAVIRUS GRANTS FOR BUSINESSES IN STOCKPORT:

Dates and Trigger Points of Additional Restrictions Grant, Local Restrictions Support Grants and Christmas Support Payments for wet-led pubs
Download the Grant Matrix

Business grant schemes designed to provide support in and out of lockdown

There are a number of business grant schemes available that cover different periods of time and different situations, such as being under national lockdown.
Updated with info for businesses to check on eligibility etc. to the new grants: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for-businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19#support-for-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-restrictions

Information about the grant schemes, eligibility and the online application form are available at this link – Discretionary Grant Schemes – Stockport Council

It is anticipated that there will be a high volume of applications and contacts to be processed so it will not be possible for members of the team to respond to individual enquiries at this time.

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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

AGRICULTURE & FARMING:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people in England with animals
Advice for pet owners and livestock keepers on looking after the welfare of animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This advice applies to England only.
Updated guidance following the 4 January announcement of a national lockdown.

BREXIT:

HMRC: The Brexit transition period has now ended
Changes have now come into effect for businesses that trade goods with Europe or represent businesses who do. Attend our webinars to find out what you need to do now to keep trading with the EU. By registering for our webinars below, or watching our videos on HMRC’s YouTube channel you can familiarise yourself with the new customs processes and what you need to do before you trade goods with the EU. The trader checklist is also still available on GOV??????.UK to help you ensure you’re familiar with the new rules that affect you. We’ve also updated our guides to help businesses understand the new customs and VAT requirements when moving goods between Great Britain and EU countries.

Webinars to register for now:
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 – 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: What you need to know about Staged Controls: 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.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:    

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 – a link to a YouTube video about the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension has been added. 

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 – added information about how to add new job placements to your grant agreement in ‘After you have applied’.

Download a template if you’re claiming for 100 or more employees through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Complete a template with the details of the employees you’re claiming for and upload this when you claim (for claims on or after 1 July 2020) – the XLS and XLSX templates used for submitting a claim for 100 or more employees have been updated.

Closing certain businesses and venues in England
This guidance sets out restrictions on certain businesses and venues in England during National Lockdown.

Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for businesses and organisations on how to recognise, contain and report incidents of coronavirus (COVID-19) – updated ‘When to call your local health protection team’ section: organisations should see individual business action cards for further information.

COMMUNITY:   

Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care
Information for people who are caring, unpaid, for friends or family during the coronavirus outbreak – updated to reflect national lockdown stay at home guidance.

EDUCATION:

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings
What all special schools and other specialist settings will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – published additional guidance for special schools, specialist post-16 providers, and alternative provision (including hospital schools) during the national lockdown.

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak
What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term – updated ‘Restricting attendance during the national lockdown: schools’ to clarify that supply teachers and other temporary staff can assist in delivering remote education as well as face to face education to pupils who continue to attend school.

HEALTH, CARE & WELL-BEING:   

Coronavirus cases by local authority: epidemiological data, 14 January 2021
Weekly watchlist giving epidemiological coronavirus (COVID-19) data for each lower-tier local authority (LTLA) in England.  

Weekly national flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports published
National influenza and COVID-19 report, monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) activity, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses.

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.

Private providers of coronavirus testing
Lists of and information about approved suppliers of private testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19).  

COVID-19 vaccination programme
Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme – added ‘COVID-19: enhanced surveillance of cases in vaccinated individuals’.

COVID-19: impacts on health – reports and tools
National reports and tool to support the monitoring of the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 on the population – added ‘COVID-19 vaccine monitoring reports’.

Wider impacts of COVID-19 on health monitoring tool
National monitoring tool that brings together metrics to assess the wider impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on health.

COVID-19 vaccine monitoring reports
COVID-19 vaccination data reports, including weekly counts and denominators.

National flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports
National influenza and COVID-19 report, monitoring COVID-19 activity, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses.

More than a third of over 80s vaccinated against COVID-19
More than one third of people aged 80 and over in England have received at least one dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine as of 10 January.

COVID-19: providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults
Guidance for people who are providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

TRANSPORT:

Transport measures to protect England from variant strains of COVID-19
Details of any additional restrictions in place on travel into England due to coronavirus – added information about coronavirus (COVID-19) testing before travelling to England.

TRAVEL:

Travel from South American destinations, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde banned to prevent spread of new variant
New travel restrictions on passengers arriving in England from South American destinations, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde.

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.

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 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.

Brexit Webinars:

Business Growth Hub webinars – click on the links to register your interest:

The Business Growth Hub webinars are designed to help businesses navigate through the new legislation, rules and procedures brought about by Brexit

EU Exit Webinar New rules and procedures for EU Trade (Importing & Exporting)- Focusing on Goods 
Date: 14th January 2021, 10:00am – 12:00pm

EU Exit Webinar Regulation & Compliance 
Date: 20th January 2021, 2:00pm -4:00pm
EU Exit Webinar – Food & Drink Labelling 
Date: 26th January 2021, 10:00am – 12:00pm

EU Exit Webinar – New rules and procedures for EU Trade- focusing on services 
Date: 27th January 2021, 10:00am – 12:00pm

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.

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:

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.

Government extends JRS furlough scheme at 80% for period of lockdown
The government has said the furlough scheme, due to have closed on 31st October, would now be extended until December.

Check if you’re eligible for the coronavirus Additional Restrictions Grant
The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) supports businesses that are not covered by other grant schemes or where additional funding is needed.

Check if you’re eligible for the coronavirus Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses)
The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Closed)) supports businesses that have been required to close due to temporary local restrictions.

Check if you’re eligible for the coronavirus Local Restrictions Support Grant (for open businesses)
The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Open)) supports businesses that have been severely impacted due to temporary local restrictions.

Check if your business is eligible for a coronavirus grant due to national restrictions (for closed businesses)
The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Closed) Addendum supports businesses that have been required to close due to the national restrictions between 5 November and 2 December 2020.

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. Eligibility criteria has been made clearer for employees who are made redundant on or after 23 September 2020 and you have re-employed and employees that have a fixed term contract that expired after 23 September. The dates relating to TUPE eligibility have also been corrected.

New National Restrictions from 5 November
Information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.

Job Retention Bonus (JRB)
Employers are able to claim a one-off payment of £1,000 for every eligible employee furloughed and claimed for through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), kept continuously employed until at least 31??? ?January 2021 and who meets the other eligibility criteria. Claims can be made between 15??? ?February and 31??? ?March.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – closes on 31??? ?October
Please note that this scheme closes on 31??? ?October and employers will need to make any final claims on or before 30??? ?November. You will not be able to submit or add to any claims after 30??? ?November.

Check if you’re eligible for the coronavirus Local Restrictions Support Grant
The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) supports businesses that have been required to close due to temporary COVID-19 local lockdown restrictions imposed by the government.

Job Support Scheme expanded to help businesses forced to close
The Government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) has been expanded to support businesses across the UK required to close their premises due to coronavirus restrictions.

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: Very High (Liverpool City Region)
Guidance on additional restrictions for Liverpool City Region.

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.

Find someone to apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant on your behalf
Find a Kickstart gateway in England, Scotland or Wales who have expressed interest in helping employers get a Kickstart Scheme grant.

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.

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.

Coronavirus Act report: September 2020
The third two-monthly report on which powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020 are currently active.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension
The grant is being extended from 1 November 2020. Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can get.

Hospitality venues in England are now legally required to enforce the rule of 6 or face a fine of up to £4,000.
Designated businesses and organisations, including hospitality, close contact services and leisure venues, will also be legally required to log details of customers, visitors and staff for NHS Test and Trace and required to display official NHS QR code posters under law

NHS Test and Trace service in the workplace
Guidance on the NHS Test and Trace service for employers, businesses and workers updated to reflect the new legal requirements for designated venues to collect contact details and display official NHS QR code posters from 24th September

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.

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:
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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    LATEST TOWN CENTRE FOOTFALL

    Total visits this period:

    428,539

    Busiest time of the day:

    12.00 - 13.00

    Average dwell time:

    148 mins

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