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21/5: Coronavirus latest updates

Coronavirus latest update
Posted – 21 May 2020

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 – www.skbusinessrecovery.co.uk to support businesses through the phases of recovery.

The website provides a portal to a wealth of information and support tools to help businesses quickly navigate their way through the complexities brought about as a result of the coronavirus. It has been designed to help businesses and the economy recover from the considerable impact of Covid-19, including a forum where users can seek advice,  share experiences and discuss ideas. 

The ‘SK Recovery’ website is also a platform to showcase innovation, where businesses have been inspired to revise their business models, to look for opportunities, to trial new ideas and to launch new products. 

Latest data:

Total tests: 2,962,227 tests have now taken place

Positive tests: 251,293 people have tested positive + 4,887 on previous day

Loss of life: 35,704 people have died across all settings, + 363 more deaths since the previous day’s figures

In Stockport: There are 1,023 cases of Covid-19 + 9 over previous day

Government news and briefing from 20th May:

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden presented the daily briefing:

  • Knighthood confirmed for Captain Tom Moore who raised £33m for NHS
  • £800m raised through fundraising for frontline charities
  • £200m support fund for charities – applications open this week
  • £150m from dormant accounts to be available for social enterprises
  • Renewal taskforce launched to boost digital, culture, media and sport
  • Safe TV production to commence
  • Long path back to full recovery
  • Football may be back by mid-June with some games on free-to-air

Oliver Dowden’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 20 May 2020

Slides and datasets to accompany coronavirus press conference: 20 May 2020
Press conference slides and datasets used by The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP and Professor Stephen Powis.


Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan Update
Greater Manchester is calling on Government to support its plans to ‘build back better’ and help to tackle air pollution as the city-region sets out ambitions for a green economic recovery.

The coronavirus pandemic has seen air pollution levels drop by 30% and road traffic volumes fall by as much as 52% across Greater Manchester as a result of the lockdown – and at the same time cycling journeys have increased by 42%.

To build on this, and give businesses across the city-region the support they need to prepare for the introduction of a Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone as directed by Government, the Mayor is calling on ministers to financially support the city-region’s plans to rebuild the economy in an environmentally sustainable way.

The financial package would enable Greater Manchester businesses and transport operators to make the shift to cleaner vans, lorries, buses taxis and private hire vehicles. “The ask of ministers”: read more here

Stockport Council: details for Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund.

Applications will be open on Friday 22nd May at 9am, subject to the software supplier providing the system update for the online form, or as soon as possible after that date and time. The application window will close on Wednesday 3rd June at 5pm. Process of payments will begin on Friday 5th June.  

Stockport businesses grant funding payments:
Stockport Council have administered a further 30 grants in the past 24 hours bringing the total amount paid to £55,365,000 across 4,809 qualifying businesses and nearly 88% of those identified as eligible as at 11/03/2020. If your business qualifies for a grant, please complete the online application form. Total grant allocation is £66.574m. If you have any queries please email business.rates@stockport.gov.uk  

Stockport – is your business open for business?

Is your business in Stockport?  Are you ‘open for business’? 

Many businesses have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak and are currently unable to trade due to Government restrictions but Stockport is still open for business.  Are you still providing legal / financial services? Perhaps you have an online business? Or you have a food store. Are you offering a delivery service? Or perhaps you have a restaurant and are now offering take-aways? Whatever your business, we want to support you. And it’s free!

Follow the link, fill in the form and we will add you to our directory:

Help us to help you and your business

Totally Stockport and Stockport Council want to understand the challenges facing your organisation once you consider resuming your business so that we can provide the right help, support and advice for our businesses and local economy to recover.

Please complete this short survey (7-8 questions) to help us to understand what help is needed – by taking part you will be supporting us all to rebuild our economy together. Please encourage all of your contacts and networks to take part in the survey so that we can get as much information as possible.Visit www.bidsurvey.com and help them to help you.


Wates to axe 300 staff in covid-19 downsize
Private builder Wates has become the first national contractor to unveil large-scale redundancy plans in response to the coronavirus epidemic. The firm, which had previously furloughed a third of staff, said it had to act to protect the business in the face of falling revenue.


What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak
Added information about the bank holiday and half term; updated information on 30 hours free childcare, transport and SEND to information for parents and carers about the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges, transport, attendance, free school meals and remote education.

Actions for HE providers during the coronavirus outbreak
Added information about allowing students to collect their belongings or storing them until they can collect them to information for HE providers on the government support package available for universities and students, the process for clearing and student numbers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Coronavirus creates uncertainty among employers for apprenticeships
The Sutton Trust has reported on the effects of Covid-19 on apprenticeships, which found that many employers aren’t going to prioritise apprenticeships in the face of financial uncertainty. 


The government’s £500 million Future Fund opens for applications 

The Treasury’s £500m Future Fund. Companies will be able to apply for a loan of between £125,000 and £5m; this investment is designed to help businesses through the coronavirus pandemic. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to all postmasters
Letter from the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, Paul Scully, to all postmasters, their staff and Post Office employees.

£40m boost for cutting-edge start-ups
Innovative businesses and start-ups are set to benefit from a £40 million government investment to drive forward new technological advances.


Environment Agency waterways: Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
Guidance for users of all Environment Agency waterways, including the River Thames, Anglian waterways and the Upper Medway Navigation.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): informing DHSC of the death of a worker in social care
How local authorities and social care providers can tell DHSC about the death of an employee or volunteer in social care.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to the Care Act 2014
Changes to the Care Act 2014 to help local authorities prioritise care and support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In Section 6, added local MPs to the list of people to whom the decision to exercise Care Act easements should be communicated. Added a paragraph at the end of Section 6 listing who the local authorities’ information will be shared with and how to find out details of which local authorities are operating under easements. Added a link to guidance on direct payments in Annex B.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): scientific evidence supporting the UK government response
Updated the list of evidence provided to SAGE with reports from the COVID-19 Clinical Information Network (CO-CIN) to the national and global response to the spread of COVID-19 continues to develop quickly and our collective knowledge of the virus is growing by the second.

COVID-19: guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home settings
Advice on appropriate infection prevention and control (IPC) precautions for stepdown in hospital or discharge to home or residential settings.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for care homes
Sets out the support package to keep care homes safe during the coronavirus pandemic including the template for local authorities to return by 29 May as part of local care home support planning.

Emerging findings on the impact of COVID-19 on black and minority ethnic people This article sets out some of the key points emerging from recent research on COVID-19 and health inequalities. It reviews the evidence that black and minority ethnic communities are at greater risk of catching and dying from the virus. It also considers the reasons why these groups are at greater risk. The economic impacts of the pandemic on black and minority ethnic groups are not covered.


UKH calls on Government to be #FAIR4Hospitality and support the sector’s roadmap to restart
UKHospitality has launched the #FAIR4Hospitality campaign, highlighting that businesses are ready to reopen in a safe manner if given Government support. The campaign outlines four areas where the Government can take action and has submitted best practice protocols to the Government for approval. 


How coronavirus is affecting our sector – Live news & blog from Prolific North
Read all the latest updates and news on a daily basis


easyJet gets set to resume flights in 4 weeks
Budget airline easyJet has announced it will begin resuming flights within a matter of weeks following the disruption caused by COVID-19. The firm is set to restart commercial flights from June…

Coronavirus and regional security: UK statement on Foreign Ministers’ meeting
The Foreign Secretary hosted a meeting with the Turkish, French, and German Foreign Ministers, to discuss coronavirus as well as Middle East security issues.

Covid-19 Webinars:

21st May:        Covid-19: Managing your talent strategy              More info / book here
21st May:        Preparing for a safe Return to Work                    More info / book here
26th May:       Is more devolution key to recovery?                     More info / book here
2nd  June:       Digital Futures – join tech experts                         More info / book here

2nd June:       Digital Leaders: making transformation happen  More info / book here

International Trade webinars:

21st May: Risk management when considering new markets?
22nd May: Managing disruption of supply chains during COVID-19 

Make your workplace COVID-secure:
27th May:        Factories, plants and warehouses 
27th May:        Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery 
28th May:        Shops and branches 
28th May:        Vehicles – Guidance for people who work in or from vehicles
1st June:        Construction and other outdoor work 
1st June:        Labs and research facilities
2nd June:       Offices and contact centres 
3rd June:        Homes – for people working in, visiting, delivering to homes


Coronavirus COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme:
Providing an overview of the scheme, this webinar looks at who can claim, when to start paying SSP, employees you can claim for, making a claim, keeping records, and more.  Choose a date and time

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – How to make a claim:
This guides you through making a claim, including the essential information you need, what to do before you make your claim, calculating and processing your claim.
Choose a date and time

If you’ve missed any of HMRC’s live webinars, you can catch up  series of recorded webinars on HMRC’s YouTube channel – available at a time to suit you.

Twice weekly: EnterprisingYou Finance support for the self-employed webinars For info about latest webinar date announcements please visit the website https://enterprising-you.co.uk/latest-news/

Useful links:  

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. 

Stockport Council publishes details for Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund.

Stockport Council has confirmed its criteria in consideration of awarding the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund, announced as the grants Top-up fund by the Government on 1st May.

Business Support in Stockport – a centre pool of information to support business owners in Stockport:

Government – Guidance on Returning to Work safely

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.  

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:

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:

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:

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

Stockport Council Grant scheme:

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:

Health – updates from NHS

Health– Shielding the most vulnerable

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


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


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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