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20th November: Today’s latest coronavirus news

Stockport warns of rising Covid-19 levels
Posted – 20 Nov 2020

DAILY STATISTICS

Latest UK data:

Positive tests: 1,453,256 have tested positive (+ 22,915 new cases)
Loss of life: *53,775 across all settings (+ 501 in last 24 hours)
Hospital admissions: 1,641 new admissions
Cases in Stockport: 918 cases 9 Nov to 15 Nov (-146 on previous week)
Cases in Stockport: 313 cases per 100,000 (England area average: 216)
Deaths in Stockport: 393 coronavirus-related registered to 30 October 
Total cases in Stockport: 9,764 to 19 November
R rate in England: 1.1–1.2

*Daily reported COVID deaths are 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 latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) 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 13 November 2020.

Slides, datasets and transcripts to accompany coronavirus press conferences
Slides, datasets and transcripts from press conferences at 10 Downing Street in response to coronavirus.

COVID-19: background information
Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features – updated global case numbers.

HEADLINES

Over 50s to get free flu jab to combat “twin threats” of coronavirus and flu.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock this morning announced that people aged over 50 in England will be able to get a free flu jab from December 1st ahead of a hoped-for  mass roll-out of a Covid-19 vaccine next year. Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Mr Hancock said it was “more important than ever” for people to get a flu jab to fight the “twin threats” of coronavirus and flu. He said the NHS was preparing to roll out a Covid vaccine if one is approved. Over-50s have been added to a list of people who are eligible for a flu jab in England that already includes those over 65 and health and social care workers.  Thirty million people are being offered the vaccine in England’s largest flu-immunisation programme to date.

NHS Test and Trace processes more tests and contacts more positive cases
Figures published today show that NHS Test and Trace is reaching more positive cases and their contacts than ever, as numbers using the service continue to increase week on week.

ONS Economic Review: CPI inflation rose to 0.7% in October up from 0.5%
The increase from September to October was driven in large part by rising clothing and food prices. Inflation is likely to remain low until Spring 2021, as downward pressure from the VAT for hospitality and Ofgem’s cut to the energy price cap persists.  Britain’s economy will expand 7.2% next year, according to forecasts from KPMG consultancy that assume regarding Brexit the two sides can strike a trade deal. Without a trade agreement, output will only rise 4.4% KPMG said. Uncertainty and loss of access to the EU market for the UK’s financial services sector could lead to 10% lower output by the end of next year compared to pre-Covid levels, while the UK economy as a whole is not expected to reach pre-Covid levels until the end of 2022.

ONS: Coronavirus and the social impacts on UK – 20th November
This week, over the period 11 to 15 November, based on adults in Great Britain:
– around half (51%) of working adults reported travelling to work (exclusively and in combination with working from home); this is a decrease from 58% last week
– around 1 in 10 (12%) adults in England reported finding it very difficult or difficult to follow the current lockdown measures where they live; among those, the most common reason they thought it was difficult to follow the current lockdown measures was the impact on well-being (69%)
– half (50%) of adults in England reported that they had enough information about government plans to manage the coronavirus pandemic;
– 7 in 10 (70%) adults in England reported that they were very or somewhat worried about the effect of the coronavirus on their life right now;
– nearly half (47%) of adults in England reported that their well-being was being affected (for example, boredom, loneliness, anxiety and stress) by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic;
– nearly 2 in 10 (18%) adults in England reported that they were in direct physical contact with at least one other person indoors in the last 24 hours, excluding those in their household or support bubble;
– this week, 1 in 10 (10%) adults in England who left home in the past seven days met up with people in a public place.
Statistician’s comment: “We have seen some changes to behaviours and experiences of adults during the national lockdown in England, compared with two weeks prior when England was under local tier restrictions. We’ve found fewer people are leaving the house to meet up with others and are having fewer physical contacts outside their household. We also found fewer people say their wellbeing is being affected by the pandemic than did a fortnight ago.”

Graphic courtesy of BBC

National Restrictions Poster
Graphical poster displaying information about the national restrictions in England.

LOCAL / REGIONAL NEWS & UPDATES:

Rochdale shopping centre to close its doors due to accelerated shift in retail habits
Sad news for the retail sector in Rochdale. Business Desk has this morning reported that MCR Property Group has announced that the Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre in Rochdale will close to the public at the end of this lockdown period, and will not reopen. The developer purchased the 163,000 sq ft retail complex in 2017 and has been operating it since with plans to repurpose the centre to attract fresh leisure, commercial and new retail operators to complement the existing occupiers. However, the nationwide shift in shopping habits has changed the retail landscape with consumers choosing to shop online rather than visit town centres.

Growth Company provides Skills Support for the Workforce
Growth Company for the Skills Support for the Workforce scheme provides skills analysis, bespoke training plans and implementation of funded training to employers in Greater Manchester to upskill staff to various Levels. As well as bespoke training to respond to skills gaps analysis, the Skills Support for the Workforce contract also provides support where businesses are having to make redundancies, supporting employees with developing their employability skills, to help find alternative employment.
Skills Support for the Workforce is commissioned and funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency, working in partnership with Greater Manchester LEP.

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

The Council currently has two live business grant schemes – both for businesses that have a business rates liability, and they are for the following circumstances:  

  1. For the period of being in Tier 3 from 24/10/20 to 04/11/20 – link to guidance and applications is here – https://www.stockport.gov.uk/support-for-businesses-and-employers
    Grant payments to 18/11/2020: 15 issued / £12,073.29
  1. For the period of new national restrictions (lockdown) from 05/11/20 – link to guidance and applications is here – https://www.stockport.gov.uk/support-for-businesses-and-employers/local-restrictions-support-grant-5th-november
    Grant payments to 18/11/2020: 419 issued / value to date: £623,554.00

Payments made to those venues that were require to close in March 2020 and have remained closed since, e.g.: Nightclubs.
Payment will be made for the period 1st to 4th November.  Eligible businesses will be entitled to receive a National Lockdown grant from 5th November 2020.
Grant payments to 18/11/2020: 1 issued / £285.71

Stockport Council will also be offering business grants under a discretionary scheme.  Details of these schemes are currently being finalised and will be published and open for applications shortly. More information on these will be provided as soon as it is available.

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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

BUSINESS & FINANCE:  

Find examples to help you calculate your employees’ wages
Check examples to help you calculate your employee’s wages, National Insurance contributions and pension contributions if you’re claiming through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. There have been amendments to examples 2.9 and 3.9 in ‘Examples of how to calculate your employees’ wages, National Insurance contributions and pension contributions’. Also, a new example has been added to ‘Full examples of how to calculate the amount you should claim for an employee who is flexibly furloughed’.

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Claim for some of your employee’s wages if you have put them on furlough or flexible furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19). 
The information has been updated to include more detail about what HMRC may deem to be a reasonable excuse for missing a claim deadline. The information has also been amended to make clear that if a claim deadline falls on the weekend or a bank holiday then claims should be submitted on the next working day.

Calculate how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Calculate how much you have to pay your furloughed employees for hours on furlough and how much you can claim back. There has been a small amendment to clarify how to work out 80% of your employee’s average earnings between the date their employment started and the day before they are furloughed. The section ‘calculating the number of working and furloughed hours for an employee that is furloughed or flexibly furloughed for part of a claim period’ has been updated.

Steps to take before calculating your claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Find out what steps you need to take before you calculate how much you can claim for furloughed and flexibly furloughed employees. There has been a minor amendment to clarify how to work out 80% of your employee’s average earnings between the date their employment started and the day before they are furloughed.

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. Information about if your employee becomes sick while furloughed has been amended to remove outdated information.

Check if you can claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave (‘furlough’) due to coronavirus (COVID-19). The sections ‘Who can claim’ and ‘Employer claim information that HMRC will make public’ have been updated.

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.  

COMMUNITY:

Coronavirus: driving tests
Find out how driving tests are affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) and what changes to expect when you take your driving test.

Coronavirus: driving theory tests
Find out how theory tests are affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) and what changes to expect when you take your theory test.

Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 20 November 2020
Indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the period 11 to 15 November 2020 to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities in Great Britain.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested
Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested – updated ‘guidance on non-Randox testing (England)’ to reflect latest guidance and clinical advice.

COVID-19: comparison of geographic allocation of cases in England by lower tier local authority
Side-by-side comparison of COVID-19 cases by lower tier local authority and specimen date, based on previous and updated geographic allocation methodologies.

Community: Coronavirus helpline Stockport

CULTURE, MEDIA & SPORT:

£300m package of support for sports hit by lack of spectators
The BBC reports on a package of emergency funding for sports which have suffered financially in recent months from a huge loss of revenue from spectators. This funding is primarily for rugby union, horse racing, women’s football and the lower tiers of the National League, which excludes clubs in the English Football and Premier leagues. The report adds that ‘rugby league, motorsport, tennis, netball, basketball, ice hockey, badminton and greyhound racing were also in line to benefit’. 
A DCMS statement said: ‘Preliminary allocations have been made on a needs-based assessment process and reflect the submissions made from the individual sports, and the funding process will be overseen by an independent decision-making board and supported by Sport England’.

EDUCATION:

Package of support for students who have to defer their studies
Details on a range of opportunities to gain new skills, undertake work placements, additional learning and career development support – added information on the dedicated industry seminar programme and a link to sign up to the first seminar.

Catch-up premium: coronavirus (COVID-19)
Find out which schools are eligible, what the funding is for, when payments will be made and how funding can be used to help pupils catch up on missed 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 from the start of the autumn term to support the return of children and young people with special education needs and disability (SEND) – updated guidance on SEND legislation (to reflect that temporary changes have now ceased), the system of controls, residential settings, attendance, workforce, safeguarding, wraparound provision and extra-curricular activity, curriculum expectations, behaviour expectations and contingency planning for remote education.

HEALTH, CARE & WELLBEING:

Thousands more health workers to benefit from visa extensions
More than 6,000 frontline health workers will have their visas extended for a year for free, including doctors, nurses and paramedics.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested
Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested – updated the ‘graphic summarising testing for care homes’ to reflect latest guidance and clinical advice.

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.

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.

Excess mortality in English regions
Excess mortality by English region; broken down by age, sex, upper tier local authority, ethnic group, level of deprivation, cause of death and place of death.

LOCAL AUTHORITY:

Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers provided during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for local authorities, academy trusts and schools on managing Department for Education (DfE) devices provided for children, families and young adults most in need – removed section on device eligibility during the summer term. Added section encouraging reallocation of any 4G wireless routers sent during the summer term that are not being used.

Get help with technology during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for local authorities, academy trusts and schools on devices and support available to provide remote education and access to children’s social care – updated to emphasise the current offers and to encourage reallocation of any 4G wireless routers sent during the summer term that are not being used.

Coronavirus cases by local authority: epidemiological data, 19 November 2020
Weekly watchlist giving epidemiological coronavirus (COVID-19) data for each lower-tier local authority in England.

MILITARY:

Ministry of Defence to create tens of thousands of jobs across the country.
The Prime Minister announced a £16.5bn increase above the manifesto commitment over four years, including investment in a new agency dedicated to artificial intelligence, the creation of a ‘national cyber force’ and a new ‘space command’ – expected to be capable of launching the country’s first rocket by 2022. The £16.5bn extra in the Ministry of Defence’s budget over the next four years is reported to secure UK jobs and livelihoods and an opportunity for creating the jobs and business opportunities that will help to build back from the pandemic.

PROPERTY:

Transactions appear to be edging higher than in 2019 for the first time this year – despite lockdowns and concerns caused by Coronavirus.
Comparison site GetAgent says transaction volumes across the whole of the UK were just 0.7 per cent lower in September 2020 than at the same month last year; in England alone, there have actually been 1.0 per cent more transactions in September over the 2019 level. The latest data for September shows a 16 per cent monthly uplift in transactions. 

RETAIL:

4,500 jobs at risk as Peacocks and Jaeger fall into administration
More than 4,700 jobs are now at risk after retail brands Peacocks and Jaeger went into administration. They belong to Carlisle-based retail business Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM). Earlier this month more than 900 jobs were lost when the Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Ponden Home retail chains were put into administration, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the retail sector.

Discount supermarket brand Aldi UK had announced the expansion of a home delivery trial to almost 130 stores across the country.
The UK arm of the German supermarket business has confirmed that its ongoing trial with delivery firm Deliveroo is set to be expanded as the demand for home delivery of groceries continues to grow. Aldi UK first started offering online food parcels to support self-isolating and vulnerable customers during the COVID-19 pandemic in April, and a month later began a delivery trial in partnership with Deliveroo. Under the trial, Aldi customers are able to order groceries on the Deliveroo app for same day delivery. The news comes as online grocery shopping has seen a significant uplift as the result of coronavirus, and follows the brand’s extension of its click and collect trial announced last week – which will see click and collect services available in up to 200 additional stores by Christmas.

TRANSPORT:

Coronavirus: driver and rider trainer guidance
Guidance for driving instructors and motorcycle trainers about the restart of driver and rider training and tests, including working safely.

TRAVEL:

Sri Lanka and Israel added to government’s quarantine-free travel corridor

Sri Lanka and Israel have been added to the government’s quarantine-free travel corridor list, although neither are currently open to tourist arrivals

Transport secretary Grant Shapps confirmed the latest changes to the government’s travel corridor list in a series of tweets posted shortly after 5pm on Thursday (19 November). Namibia and Rwanda become the country’s first African travel corridors.

Uruguay, meanwhile, becomes the second Latin American country to be added to the list after Chile was added last week. Also gaining, or regaining, their travel corridors are Bonaire, St Eustatius & Saba, the Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands. No countries have been removed from the travel corridor list.

New additions to the travel corridor lists for England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Bonaire / St Eustatius / Saba, Israel, Jerusalem, Namibia, Northern Mariana Islands, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Uruguay and the US Virgin Islands will be added to exempt lists for England, Northern Ireland and Wales 4am, Saturday 21 November.

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.

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:

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 your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Calculate how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Steps to take before calculating your claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Check if you can claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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
h
ttps://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

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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