Total UK Cases: 5,433,939 positive tests
Latest UK daily figure: 48,161 new cases
Number in UK hospital: 3,964, +163 on previous day
New deaths across UK: 25
Total UK deaths: 128,708
England Cases per 100,000: 321
R number in UK: 1.2 to 1.4
Total 1st doses given: 46,295,853
Total 2nd doses: 35,970,849
Daily 1st doses: 67,217
Daily 2nd doses: 225,214
There have been more than 5.4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and more than 128,500 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 46 million people in the UK have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and over 35 million people have also had their second vaccine.
Total Stockport cases: 27,291 to 16 July
Cases in the latest week: 1,344, up 261 on previous week
Total deaths: 728 to July 2nd
Cases per 100,000: 458 per 100,000 week ending 12 July
R number in North West: 1.1 – 1.3
1st dose: 84% of adults to 14 July
2nd dose: 66%
The R value and growth rate in England
The R range for England is 1.1 to 1.3 and the growth rate range for England is +3% to +6% per day as of 2 July 2021. Following the announcement of plans to ease of lockdown, the roadmap can be found in full here.
Most Covid rules and restrictions have now been lifted as the Governemnt reaches step 4 of its roadmap out of lockdown. Nightclubs can reopen for the first time since March 2020; social distancing is no longer a legal requirement; face coverings are no longer required by law and people can return to the workplace. However, some transport operators along with supermarkets and retailers, are asking people to continue to wear face coverings and to respect people’s personal space.
COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021
The government has published the ‘Moving to Step 4 of the roadmap’ document. This sets out the essential actions that everybody should take to protect themselves and others while prevalence is high, as we transition towards learning to live with COVID-19. The ‘COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021’ sets out the shape of step 4 of the roadmap.
There are now no limits on how many people can meet or attend events, nightclubs reopened at midnight, and table service will not be necessary in pubs and restaurants. Face coverings will be recommended in some spaces, but not required by law. Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said he would make an announcement on vaccinating 12 to 17-year-olds later. The PM, chancellor and the health secretary are self-isolating, and there are warnings cases will surge. Some scientists are predicting that UK infections – currently at about 50,000 a day – could reach 200,000 a day later in the summer.
Prime Minister urges caution as England moves to Step 4
England has moved to Step 4 of the Roadmap.
England nightclubs reopen among cheers and celebrations as clubbers return for first night out since March 2020. Nightclubs are among the first venues to take advantage of the easing of Covid restrictions in England from Monday. For some it was the first time they’d ever been to a nightclub, as they had turned 18 when the pandemic began.
Double-jabbed NHS staff could avoid isolation if ‘pinged’ by NHS app
Some fully vaccinated frontline NHS staff in England will be allowed to carry on working if exposed to someone with Covid, the government has said, amid concerns over employee shortages. Staff, including social care, will be exempted from isolating in “exceptional circumstances”, when absences could lead to a “significant risk of harm”. They will need to show a negative PCR test and take daily lateral flow tests. It comes amid a surge in cases and a rise in people told to self-isolate.
More than 10 million people now using the NHS App
The number of people using the NHS App has now reached 10.4 million, as a new NHS COVID Pass verification app launches.
Biggest flu programme in history to roll out for winter 2021
Free seasonal flu vaccine to be made available for over 35 million people this year. During the 2021/22 season, which starts in September, the flu jab will be available to all children aged two and three on 31 August 2021; all children in primary school and all children in school Years 7 to 11 in secondary school; those aged six months to under 50 years in clinical risk groups; pregnant women; those aged 50 years and over; unpaid carers; close contacts of immunocompromised individuals and frontline health and adult social care staff
Red, amber and green list rules for entering England
Countries rated as red, amber or green for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the rules you must follow to enter England. Anyone arriving from France to England must continue to quarantine for 10 days at home or in other accommodation, even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. France will not be included in the amber list country exemption for people who are fully UK vaccinated.
Government rejects call for furlough extension for those in aviation sector
The government has rejected a plea for furlough to be extended for those working in the aviation sector, despite thousands backing the call. A petition was signed by more than 16,000 people and stressed the delta variant would likely further delay a resumption of international travel.
EY: profit warnings drop for Q2 year-on-year
The number of profit warning issued by listed firms for Q2 across the North has dropped compared to the same period last year. Quoted companies in the region issued eight profit warnings in Q2 2021, a 69% reduction on the number of warnings issued for the same period in the prior year. According to the latest EY-Parthenon report, in the UK, just 32 profit warnings were issued, the lowest quarterly total EY has recorded in more than 22 years of profit warnings analysis.
Covid 19 safety measures to remain at Stepping Hill
NHS leaders in Stockport have confirmed that safety measures to protect patients, staff and public from COVID-19 at Stepping Hill Hospital and other hospital and community NHS settings in the area are set to continue despite all legal restrictions being lifted from today including face masking, social distancing and separating hospital areas into separate zones.
NHS Test and Trace: what to do if you are contacted
Updated information to reflect 19 July rule changes including removal of the requirement for businesses to use and display the NHS COVID-19 app check in QR code.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): jobs that qualify for travel exemptions
Jobs that qualify for exemptions from quarantine, passenger locator form or COVID testing requirements – changes to amber list rules for people who are fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme.
Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person
Guidance for contacts of a person with a positive test result for coronavirus (COVID-19) who do not live with that person.
Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing
Lists of and information about private providers who have self-declared that they meet the government’s minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer – updated the general list of providers.
COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection – updated in line with changes to guidance for Step 4 of the roadmap. Added information for those living a nomadic way of life, and on the use of GermDefence. ‘Guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at increased risk or has possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ has been incorporated into the main ‘Stay at home’ guidance document.
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 – updated to reflect that from Monday 19 July, you may be asked to demonstrate your COVID-19 status as a condition of entry to a venue or event in England. Added the conditions of obtaining an NHS COVID Pass for use at domestic events in England.
Plans in for latest phase of the redevelopment of Stockport College campus
The Trafford College Group has lodged proposals for phase two of the £24m regeneration scheme to transform the college’s town centre campus. This comprises of the demolition of the existing multi-purpose hall and theatre building to make way for a new building, which would include a new main entrance, landscaping and other works. Phase one, which comprises the redevelopment of the Vernon Arts Building and Vernon Tower, is now under construction and is due to be complete ready for the academic year in September 2021.
Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak
What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – updated the schools COVID-19 operational guidance to reflect that we moved to Step 4 on 19 July. This includes removing the section on ‘contact tracing until Step 4’, the ‘Schools COVID-19 operational guidance (applies until Step 4)’ and ‘Annex A: health and safety risk assessment’. We have also updated sections on clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) children and CEV staff.
Transport to schools and colleges during the COVID-19 pandemic
What those responsible for transport to schools and colleges will need to do during the COVID-19 pandemic – guidance updated to remove pre-Step 4 wording, also republished in HTML.
What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19
Information for parents and carers about attending schools, nurseries and colleges in 2021 – updated to confirm changes from 19 July.
NHS QR code venue posters: privacy notice
Privacy notice for venues using the QR code registration and download process (the QR code process) – updated the privacy notice for the official NHS QR venue check-in system to reflect changes to venue check-ins from the 19 July 2021. This includes the removal of mandatory check-ins.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): disposing of waste
How to dispose of waste, including face coverings, personal protective equipment (PPE) and rapid lateral flow tests – updated the guidance with what you need to do from 19 July.
COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings
Guidance on the management of staff, patients and residents who have been exposed to COVID-19 – added information about fully vaccinated staff who have been identified as contacts attending work in exceptional circumstances
COVID-19: supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults
Guidance for care staff who are supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated guidance in line with the lifting of most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 from 19 July 2021, as we move to Step 4 of the COVID-19 roadmap.
Coronavirus and its impact on UK hospitality: January 2020 to June 2021
New data and analysis showing how businesses are coping, how demand is recovering and on the lbaour market outcomes.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): courts and tribunals guidance
This page provides advice and guidance for all court and tribunal users during the COVID-19 pandemic and will be updated when new advice is available – guidance updated to include step 4 of the government roadmap in England from 19 July 2021.
It may be ‘Freedom Day’ but it looks certain that many estate agents will still wear masks in offices today and into the near future at least. The Guild of Property Professionals canvassed the opinions of many of its agents. Katie Griffin, from Sawdye & Harris, states: “We have to keep our clients, staff and families safe and we as a firm, whilst relaxing the locked door policy, will be wearing masks for viewings and visitors to the office. Having sought opinion from our clients, both sellers and landlords, the majority are happy for masks to be worn for viewings. Safety has to be at the forefront of all we do.”
Rightmove reports busiest half-year ever
The busiest first half of a year ever recorded by Rightmove has led to a raft of new records for the housing market. The portal says the average asking price of property coming to market has now hit a new record high for the fourth consecutive month, and it is now £21,389 higher – equivalent to 6.7 per cent – in just six months.
The new all-time high of £338,447 follows a monthly rise of 0.7 per cent – that’s the largest monthly rise at this time of year since July 2007. Rightmove analysis has identified a shortfall of 225,000 homes for sale which, if available, would have helped to maintain a more normal level of property stock for sale and would have helped stabilise prices. Boom partly down to richest house movers
Coronavirus (COVID-19): grassroots sports guidance for the public and sport providers
This guidance sets out information for the public and sport providers on how to organise and participate in grassroots sport and physical activity as safely as possible – guidance updated to reflect the measures you should follow at Step 4 of the roadmap from 19 July.
Get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test if you’re an HGV or van driver
COVID-19 testing for hauliers arriving in England and travelling from the UK – changes to amber list rules on quarantine and testing.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer practice for international hauliers
COVID-19 rules for safer behaviour for hauliers making international journeys – changes to reflect Step 4 of roadmap out of lockdown.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): taxis and PHVs
Actions that drivers, operators and owners of taxis or private hire vehicles (PHVs) can take to protect against coronavirus – changes to rules on face coverings and social distancing to reflect Step 4 of roadmap out of lockdown.
Red, amber and green list rules for entering England
Countries rated as red, amber or green for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the rules you must follow to enter England – changes to amber list rules on quarantine and testing. Arriving in the UK, you will not be required to isolate if you are fully vaccinated in the UK at least 14 days prior to arrival; participating or have participated in a formally approved clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine in the UK; ordinarily resident in the UK and under the age of 18 at the time you arrive and fully vaccinated under the UK vaccine programme overseas, at least 14 days prior to arrival. You will be required to have had a negative Covid test at least 48 hours prior to arrivak in the UK
Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing before you travel to England
You must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel to England from abroad – changes to amber list rules on quarantine and testing.
Travel to England from another country during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Check what tests you need and the quarantine rules for travel to England – changes to amber list rules on quarantine and testing.
Foreign travel insurance
If you’re travelling abroad, it’s important to take out appropriate travel insurance before you go – updated to reflect new rules for travelling to amber list countries.
Quarantine and testing if you’ve been in an amber list country
What to do before and after you arrive in England if you’ve been in an amber list country in the 10 days before you arrive – updated the guidance to reflect the changes to the testing and quarantine rules for amber list arrivals from 19 July. Includes new rules for people who have been fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme, and information for arrivals from France.
Travel abroad from England during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Check what you need to do before you travel and when you return to England – changes to amber list rules on quarantine and testing.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test to Release for international travel
Pay for a COVID-19 test to find out if you can reduce your quarantine period after international travel.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer aviation guidance for operators
Safer travel and working principles for airports and aviation operators – changes to rules on face coverings and social distancing to reflect Step 4 of roadmap out of lockdown.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer air travel for passengers
How to travel safely in airports and on aircraft during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – changes to rules on face coverings and social distancing to reflect Step 4 of roadmap out of lockdown.
Holiday lets can make the most of staycation boom
As the UK emerges out of lockdown and ventures towards normality, people are ready to make the most of the upcoming holiday season. While international travel is still largely off the table, UK hotels, hostels, and B&Bs have been given the go-ahead to re-open their doors, so people can finally get away for a long-awaited break. This is welcome news for the hospitality industry, and holiday let owners are anticipating a surge of bookings as a result. In fact, a staycation boom is on the cards with 71 per cent of people intending to holiday in the UK this summer. Domestic holiday sales are expected to reach a 10-year high, and people are set to spend around £7.1 billion on holidaying closer to home.
Applications for the Economic Recovery Fund ARG Localities Grant closed 31st May
As at 15/07/2021
Grant allocation: £14,652,603
Number of businesses eligible: 1,845
Number received a grant: 1,780
Total value of payments made: £12,667,488
The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Applications closed on 30 June 2021
Remote education webinars
How to access school-led webinars on remote education to help share good practice – new dates for webinars for teachers added.
Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)
Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the?support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of?coronavirus. The YouTube video for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – Universal Credit and Child Benefit has been updated.
You can find recordings of webinars covering other types of workplace here
Coronavirus COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme:
Providing an overview of the scheme, this webinar looks at who can claim, when to start paying SSP, employees you can claim for, making a claim, keeping records, and more. Choose a date and time to view webinar
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – How to make a claim:
This guides you through making a claim, including the essential information you need, what to do before you make your claim, calculating and processing your claim.
Choose a date and time
If you’ve missed any of HMRC’s live webinars, you can catch up series of recorded webinars on HMRC’s YouTube channel – available at a time to suit you.
Exporting: Actions you need to take now: An overview of the actions you need to take now before you export goods from Great Britain to the EU and move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Key processes include – staged border controls, zero-rated VAT, customs declaration, using an intermediary as well as licences, certificates, and authorisations. Please register to take part if you’re planning to export.
Trader responsibilities when using an intermediary: You now need to complete import or export declarations to trade goods with the EU. These are complex and a lot of businesses choose to use an intermediary to do these for them. This webinar explains your responsibilities as a trader if you choose to use an intermediary. Please register to take part if you’re planning to import or export.
What are customs import declarations?: If you import goods, you now need to make customs import declarations on controlled goods and all goods by the end of June. This webinar will help you understand what they are in more detail. This includes what is needed for simplified declarations, supplementary declarations, how to make them, and delayed import declarations. Please register to take part if you’re planning to import.
Importing: Staged controls and how to prepare to use them: This webinar will walk you through the three stages of the new border controls introduced on 1?? ?January?? ?2021, and what actions you need to take for each stage. Please register to take part if you’re planning to import.
Finance support for the self-employed webinars For info about latest webinar date announcements please visit the website https://enterprising-you.co.uk/latest-news/
Useful Government links for easing out of lockdown:
Coronavirus Roadmap out of lockdown – what and when?
From 29 March:
Stage two (no earlier than 12 April):
Stage three (no earlier than 17 May):
Stage four (no earlier than 21 June):
Publishing information about your claimsIn January HMRC published the list of employers who claimed under the CJRS for periods from December onwards, on GOV???.UK.
Repayment period for Bounce Back Loans extended to ten years
Businesses that took out government Bounce Back loans to help them through the Coronavirus crisis now have more time to repay. Companies will be contacted with options to extend the length of the loan from six to 10 years as part of a new ‘pay-as-you-grow’ initiative. The new proposals give businesses three new options:
Pay VAT deferred due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Find out how to pay VAT payments deferred between 20 March and 30 June 2020.
Report an outbreak of Coronavirus in Stockport:https://www.stockport.gov.uk/coronavirus-in-stockport/report-a-coronavirus-outbreak
Coronavirus – Guidance for employees and employers in Stockport: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/guidance-for-employees-employers-and-businesses
COVID-19 Winter Plan
The government’s plan for managing COVID-19 through the end of 2020 and into the start of 2021.
Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Find out which employees you can put on furlough and claim for through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
Home workers can claim £26 tax relief for job expenses
If you’ve asked your employees to work from home, and you’ve not reimbursed them already, your employees may be entitled to claim tax relief on additional household expenses they’ve incurred, such as heating and lighting.
New hotline launched to report COVID fraudsters
A new hotline has been launched to stop fraudsters illegally targeting COVID stimulus schemes.
Full list of local COVID alert levels by area
The areas in England listed as local COVID alert level high and local COVID alert level very high.
Local COVID Alert Level Posters
A series of graphical posters displaying information about the Local COVID Alert Level.
If you would like to register your interest in creating one or more Kickstart Job, please complete the Kickstart Employer Enquiry Form and a member of the Council’s Kickstart Team will contact you to explain more.
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.
Kickstart Scheme terms and conditions
Kickstart Scheme terms and conditions for employers and gateways receiving the Kickstart Scheme grant from the Department for Work and Pensions.
Kickstart Scheme employer resources
If you’ve been offered Kickstart Scheme funding, you can use these resources to show your support for the scheme.
Kickstart Scheme employer contacts
List of regional contacts for employers applying for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme.
Apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant: 30 or more job placements
If you are an employer looking to create 30 or more jobs placements for young people, apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.
Apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant: 29 or less job placements
If you are an employer looking to create 29 or less jobs placements for young people, apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension
Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can get.
Visit the Stockport Council website to report details of any outbreaks online. https://www.stockport.gov.uk/coronavirus-in-stockport/report-a-coronavirus-outbreak
The SMBC website and produce a form for completion online if anyone wants to report an outbreak. The links are now live and are below:
Opening times for Stockport Council Coronavirus Helpline
The helpline for vulnerable people across Stockport can now be accessed through new opening times by calling 0161 217 6046:
• Monday – Thursday from 9am to 5pm
• Friday from 9am to 4.30pm
• Saturdays from 10am to 1pm
At busy times, residents are automatically offered a call-back from one of our call handlers.
Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do
Frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak – guidance updated in line with new regulations coming into force on 4 July.
Acas have also contributed to the development of a new return to work toolkit in partnership with SOM, CIPD, BITC and Mind.
Business Support in Stockport – a centre pool of information to support business owners in Stockport:
Government – Guidance on Returning to Work safely
Stockport Council’s FREE job matching website helps support employers with vacancies and individuals across the Stockport borough who are looking for work. The service, Stockport Jobs Match, will help to connect employers who have urgent temporary or permanent vacancies with applicants who are immediately available and in need of employment. The website also helps signpost individuals to available support services and information. www.stockport-jobsmatch.co.uk
Stockport Council – Health & Mental Well-being https://www.stockport.gov.uk/showcase/coronavirus
Government – Financial Support
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – online claims portal open
Government – Business Support:
Government launches new coronavirus business support finder tool
Government – Business Support Hub:
Government – IT safety support:
Government Warnings Over Coronavirus Scams – Here’s How to Protect Yourself
Government – Financial Support:
HMRC has published guidance on how it will work out income and profits for the self-employed or those in a partnership who have lost profits due to coronavirus.
Government – Business Support: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19
Government – Financial Support: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-business-support-grant-funding
Gov.uk: Maintaining Educational Provision: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
Employment – Useful information for the Self-Employed:
You can also access information and guidance including the latest Government updates via www.businessgrowthhub.com/coronavirus
Can you claim back Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay in the Rebate SchemeFrom Tuesday 26 May 2020, small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, will be able to apply to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees. Health updates:
Health – updates from NHS
Health – Dedicated helpline to support vulnerable residents in Stockport:
Support can be accessed by calling 0161 217 6046 Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.
Health – Dedicated health & wellbeing services:
24/7 mental health helpline & safe haven for anyone over the age of 18 in Stockport (0800 138 7276).
Health – An Emotional Wellbeing Hub which provides information, advice, and guidance for anyone up to the age of 25 for emotional wellbeing and mental health concerns. 0161 217 6028 – 8.30am-5pm Mon – Thurs 8.30am-4.30pm on Friday.
Community – Guidance for businesses seeking to help voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
How businesses can offer services, funds and volunteers to civil society during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Find out more information here.Most Covid rules and restrictions have now been lifted in England as the Government reaches step 4 of its roadmap out of lockdown.
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