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26/6: Coronavirus latest updates

CORONAVIRUS LATEST UPDATES
Posted – 26 Jun 2020

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

Latest UK data to Thursday 25th June:

Total tests: 8,710,292 tests + 167,023

Positive tests: 306,862 have tested positive + 1,118 in last 24 hours

Loss of life: 43,230 across all settings, (+ 149 on previous day)                 

Cases in Stockport: 1,083 positive tests; 325 people have lost their lives

Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund Scheme – Phase 3 applications now open

Stockport Council are inviting small businesses from the leisure sector who are now in scope, as well as those engaged in the hospitality industry, to apply for the third phase Government’s Local Authority Discretionary – LAD – Grant Fund Scheme. See details below

UK HEADLINES:  

Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests to restart in England
Driving lessons and theory tests will restart on Saturday 4 July 2020 in England, and car driving tests will restart from Wednesday 22 July 2020.  The rule applies to all types of driver and motorcycle training in England, including private practice with someone you live with or in your support bubble.  Theory tests will restart in England on Saturday 4 July. The tests will take place with social distancing measures in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus.  Car driving tests will restart in England on Wednesday 22 July, which will give learner drivers time to have refresher lessons and practice before taking their test.

Shopping centre owner Intu warned this morning that it is “likely” to go into administration.
The company has been in talks with lenders in a bid to agree a financial restructuring deal.  Today it said: “Discussions have continued with the intu Group’s creditors. Unfortunately, insufficient alignment and agreement has been achieved on such terms.  The Board is therefore considering the position of intu with a view to protecting the interests of its stakeholders. This is likely to involve the appointment of administrators. A further announcement will be made as soon as possible.”
KPMG is on standby to take over running the business.

UK must prepare for second virus wave – health leaders
Health leaders are calling for an urgent review to determine whether the UK is properly prepared for the “real risk” of a second wave of coronavirus.

In an open letter published in the British Medical Journal, ministers were warned that urgent action would be needed to prevent further loss of life.  The presidents of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, Nursing, Physicians, and GPs all signed the letter.

Quarantine rules set by UK to be lifted for many European countries
UK holidaymakers could be able to travel to most of Western Europe this summer without having to quarantine.  Ministers are finalising plans for a series of “travel corridors” that will mean people arriving into the UK will not need to self-isolate.  Participating countries could include France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Belgium, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Turkey and Finland – but not Portugal. Restrictions for these countries are expected to be lifted in early July. The reason Portugal will probably not be included is due to a rise in the number of new cases in and around Lisbon.

10 businesses still not allowed to reopen
While pubs and hairdressers in England have been given the all clear by government to reopen on 4 July, many business owners were disappointed to learn they must keep their doors closed for now.  “It was a shock. I can understand the logical argument but personally it feels very irritating and disappointing,” says Adam Grant, a tattoo artist and studio manager at Tattoo UK in Uxbridge, west London.  He says it was frustrating to hear that hairdressers can open on 4 July, while tattoo parlours must remain closed.  It was especially irritating since tattoo parlours already have measures in place to prevent-cross contamination he says, such as the disposable gloves and aprons which artists must wear.

Pavement licences: draft guidance
Draft guidance to accompany pavement licensing proposals introduced in the Business and Planning Bill.

Slides and datasets on coronavirus: 25 June 2020

Slides and datasets on coronavirus: 24 June 2020
Slides and datasets on coronavirus

Answers to the most common topics asked about by the public for the coronavirus press conference

Slides, datasets and transcripts to accompany coronavirus press conferences

Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK
The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk level in the UK.

LOCAL / REGIONAL NEWS & UPDATES: 

Transport for the North: Economic recovery plan for the North
“Rebuild and transform the North by fast tracking transport investment to support our economy” – Northern leaders tell Government. The North’s political and business leaders are calling on the Government for rapid transport investment that will help rebuild and transform the North of England’s economy post-COVID-19 and lay the foundations for sustainable future growth.  From changing ticketing on public transport and launching low carbon pilot schemes, to speeding up delivery of shorter-term road and rail improvements, and accelerating Northern Powerhouse Rail, Transport for the North has written to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP setting out 13 key areas that will help rebuild and transform the North. 

Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund Scheme – Phase 3 applications now open
Stockport Council are inviting small businesses from the leisure sector who are now in scope, as well as those engaged in the hospitality industry, to apply for the third phase Government’s Local Authority Discretionary – LAD – Grant Fund Scheme.  

To be eligible to apply for a grant under this scheme, a small business must:

  • Have a rateable value up to, but not exceeding, £30,000 per annum, or £150,000 for hospitality sector businesses.
  • Have been trading on 11th March 2020.
  • Be small, with fewer than 50 employees.
  • Have relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs, and;
  • They must also be able to demonstrate that they have had a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restriction measures.

The current phase three is accepting applications from businesses which occupy property (including multiple properties in Stockport), or part of a property, with a total rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments above £20,000 but below £30,000 per annum, which meet the criteria for being a small business.  Hospitality and leisure sector businesses with rateable values up to £150,000 p.a. but excluding national chains, which meet the criteria for being a small business as set out in this guidance.  Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used: as restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues, for assembly and leisure; or as hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.
Applicants who met the criteria outlined in phases one and two but did not meet the deadline, are also able to apply. Read the full guidance HERE
The application window closes at midnight on Wednesday 8th July. 

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.

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

Stockport nominated in the Smart City category in the Digital Leaders awards.
Vote for Stockport HERE. Voting closes at 12 noon on Friday 28th August, with the winners announced on the 15th of October.

Stockport businesses grant funding payments:

Main Grant Scheme:

Stockport Council have now administered a total of 5,172 grants bringing the total amount paid to £59,445,000 and bringing the total now to 94.4% 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  

Local Authority Discretionary Grant funding scheme

Applications for phase 2 of the Local Authority Grant fund scheme is now closed.
Full qualifying criteria can be found on Stockport Council’s website.  Enquiries about the scheme can be emailed to SKLADGRANTS@stockport.gov.uk

Status of Payments to date:
Applications: 364
Payments:     £250,000

Stockport – is your business open for business?

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

COMMUNITY:

Meeting people from outside your household
How you can see people that you do not live with while protecting yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) – updated to ‘travelling to form a support bubble’ section to state that if you live in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, you must follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK.

EDUCATION:

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak
Guidance for further education (FE) providers on maintaining education and skills training, changes to funding arrangements, data collections and assessment – updated the wording to reflect the changes following publication of PPN 04/20 effective from 1 July to 31 October 2020. PPN 04/20 updates and builds on provision in PPN 02/20 that expires on 30 June 2020. The changes are minor and include transition planning.

ESFA post-16 provider relief scheme (July to October 2020)
Information about support available for post-16 training providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – added updated policy documents for ESFA post-16 provider relief scheme (July to October 2020) which is now open.

ESFA ESF provider relief scheme 2 (July to October 2020)
Information about support available to European Social Fund (ESF) contractors during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – added updated policy documents for ESFA ESF post-16 provider relief scheme (July to October 2020) which is now open.

EMPLOYERS / BUSINESS / FINANCE:

Government introduces legislation to relieve burden on businesses and support economic recovery
The government has introduced the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill in Parliament. The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill received royal assent on 25 June and is now an Act.

Rules that have been relaxed to help businesses during the coronavirus pandemic
A list of the rules that have been temporarily relaxed to make it easier for businesses to continue working through the disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) – added information about changes to corporate insolvency and governance rules.

European Structural and Investment Funds: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
A series of documents and updates regarding the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Programme and the response to COVID-19 – new ERDF letter to partners published on 26 June 2020 providing an update on the ERDF Programme response to COVID-19.

Has coronavirus killed globalisation: speech by Laura Clarke
British High Commissioner Laura Clarke ponders the changes that COVID-19 has brought to the world and if it has destroyed globalisation.

Applying for a moratorium under the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020
How to apply for breathing space to consider a rescue plan for your company, under measures to support companies and other types of business in financial difficulty.

Procurement Policy Note 04/20: Recovery and Transition from COVID-19
This note sets out information and guidance for public bodies on payment of their suppliers to ensure service continuity during the coronavirus outbreak – banner added to give clarification for state-funded schools and post-16 educational establishments.

Procurement Policy Note 02/20: Supplier relief due to COVID-19
This Procurement Policy Note (PPN) sets out information and guidance for public bodies on payment of their suppliers to ensure service continuity during and after the current coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak – updated the wording to reflect the changes following publication of PPN 04/20 effective from 1 July to 31 October 2020. PPN 04/20 updates and builds on provision in PPN 02/20 that expires on 30 June 2020. The changes are minor and include transition planning.

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19) – added a link in the ‘If you make an error when claiming’ section to a new page called ‘Pay Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants back’ which tells you how to pay back the grant to HMRC if you’ve overclaimed through the scheme.

Pay Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants back
Find out how to pay all or some of your grant back if you’ve overclaimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

HEALTH, HEALTHCARE & WELLBEING:

BBC: Volunteers wanted for antibody test trials
Volunteers are being sought from NHS staff and other public service workers for a study into the effectiveness of Covid-19 antibody home testing kits.  A number of the rapid response kits are to be studied, including one from a consortium including Oxford University.  The test to see if someone has already had coronavirus has been described by the prime minister as a game changer to get people back to work.  Public Health England has begun looking for 2,500 volunteers for the study.

Experts have questioned the usefulness of the tests because little has been known about whether antibodies protect people from the virus but the government said the study would help its understanding of Covid-19.  A Department of Health spokesman said: “No reliable home test has yet been found, and we do not know whether antibodies indicate immunity from reinfection or transmission.  “This research is part of our ongoing surveillance work to increase our understanding of how to tackle this virus.”

Health Secretary calls on country to get tested as access is expanded even further
Six new ‘walk through’ local testing sites are now offering appointments to people in England, with the capacity to test hundreds of people each day.

Major milestone hit as 2 billion items of PPE delivered
Two billion items of personal protective equipment (PPE) have now been delivered to the frontline since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing
Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated guidance to reflect the latest social distancing measures.

COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing
Advice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated guidance to reflect the latest social distancing measures

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested
Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested – replaced the following attachments with updated registration link: ‘guidance on Randox testing’ and ‘how to use Randox test kits’.

How tests and testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) work
The different types of tests and testing kits for COVID-19, and the specifications for manufacturers – added new Target Product Profile document for Point of Care SARS-CoV-2 detection tests

Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 26 June 2020
Indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the period 18 June to 21 June 2020 to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities in Great Britain.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by occupation, England and Wales: deaths registered up to and including 25 May 2020
Provisional analysis of deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19), by different occupational groups, among males and females aged 20 to 64 years in England and Wales.

National COVID-19 surveillance reports
National COVID-19 surveillance reports, including weekly summary of findings monitored through various COVID-19 surveillance systems added week 26 report, infographic and data table.

COVID-19: number of outbreaks in care homes – management information
Weekly number and percentage of care homes reporting a suspected or confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 to PHE by local authorities, regions and PHE centres.

COVID-19 infection survey, England: provisional results, 25 June 2020
This release provides initial data from the COVID-19 Infection Survey. This survey is being delivered in partnership with the University of Oxford, the University of Manchester and Public Health England.

HOSPITALITY:

Phase 3 of Local Authority Discretionary supports Hospitality sector
The current phase three is accepting applications from businesses which occupy property (including multiple properties in Stockport), or part of a property, with a total rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments above £20,000 but below £30,000 per annum, which meet the criteria for being a small business.  Hospitality sector businesses with rateable values up to £150,000 p.a. but excluding national chains, which meet the criteria for being a small business as set out in this guidance.  Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used: as restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues, for assembly and leisure; or as hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.
Applicants who met the criteria outlined in phases one and two but did not meet the deadline, are also able to apply. Read the full guidance HERE

Quiet music and orders via app for venues reopening
Music should be kept quiet and customers encouraged to order through apps, under updated guidance for businesses reopening from 4 July.  Pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers are among the venues which will be allowed to reopen in England.  There is also advice to reconfigure seating, minimise self-service, cancel live acts and stagger arrivals.  It comes after Boris Johnson announced sweeping changes to England’s lockdown, including a relaxing of the 2m rule.  Meanwhile, the latest figures show a further 154 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, across all settings, taking the total to 43,081.

MANUFACTURING:

UK car production falls -95.4% in May as sector starts to recover
UK car manufacturing output fell -95.4% in May with just 5,314 vehicles rolling off production lines, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The performance was a slight improvement on April, when only 197 units were built but with factories still closed or running at reduced capacity it still marked the worst May since 1946.  While some two thirds of the UK’s automotive plants started getting back to business during the month, capacity was severely held back by social distancing requirements and reduced demand, with key global markets only just beginning to reopen and the UK remaining in lockdown.1 4,260 cars were exported in May, most into the EU, the US and China, and with English car showrooms not reopening until 1 June, only 1,054 models were built for domestic buyers.

MEDIA & MARKETING:

There has never been  better time for creative businesses to be investment-ready
John Moore, Senior Equity Advisor for the creative industries at GC Business Growh Hub, looks at the opportunities for creative businesses right now to grow and how it’s more important than ever to think about becoming investment-ready.

PROPERTY:

Covid-19 impact: will it lead to a rise in retail to resi conversions
One of the biggest debates as we ease out of lockdown and come to terms with the new normal has revolved around how to revive high streets across the country, which have taken a huge hit in recent months as most shops and all bars, restaurants, pubs, theatres, music venues and cultural buildings were forced to close their doors.  The high street was struggling in a big way even before the pandemic hit, but the economic effects of coronavirus and the knock to consumer confidence could potentially prove devastating to an industry which employs a large chunk of people and plays a key role in the UK economy.  While non-essential retail has been allowed to open since June 15, and pubs, restaurants and bars will follow from July 4, could it be the case that we will see more retail to resi conversions in the near future? Will the high street represent an opportunity for residential property investors as alternative solutions to high street units are sought?

Coronavirus (COVID-19): impact on HM Land Registry’s services
How we are delivering our services during the coronavirus outbreak.
We added information on ‘Powers of attorney certified by legal executives’, ‘Electronically signed deeds’, how to ‘Lodge an application on behalf of another company’ and ‘Protecting interest by way of notice’.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Planning Inspectorate guidance – updated 25 June 2020
In response to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), The Planning Inspectorate has published guidance on site visits, hearings, inquiries and events – information on Temple Quay House being closed and not sending new appeals/documents via the post, it delays the process and puts our staff at risk.

Draft planning guidance to support the Business and Planning Bill
The Business and Planning Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on Thursday 25 June 2020. This draft guidance has been prepared to be read alongside a number of the planning measures set out in the Bill.

RETAIL:

Shopping centre owner Intu warned this morning that it is “likely” to go into administration.
The company has been in talks with lenders in a bid to agree a financial restructuring deal.  Today it said: “Discussions have continued with the intu Group’s creditors. Unfortunately, insufficient alignment and agreement has been achieved on such terms.  The Board is therefore considering the position of intu with a view to protecting the interests of its stakeholders. This is likely to involve the appointment of administrators. A further announcement will be made as soon as possible.”
KPMG is on standby to take over running the business.

TRAVEL & TOURISM:

ABTA unveils guide to help destinations ‘restart’ the economy
The guide, available for free to Abta members, covers topics such as the customer journey, management responsibility, risk assessment, health, safety and security, as well as communication and the prevention of the spread of infection.  Abta’s Destinations team has created the guide with input from health and safety specialists such as BeSafe Ltd, IGI Ltd, Intertek Cristal, Preverisk Group, Professor Rodney Cartwright and Travelife for Accommodation.

Covid-19 Webinars:

Business Growth Hub webinars:

Find out more details and how to book below or on the website

Make your workplace COVID-secure:

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

HMRC: 

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

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

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

Twice weekly: EnterprisingYou

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

Join an HR virtual community HRD: A Virtual Experience.

Join 2,500+ senior HR Leaders from across the globe including The Clorox Company, Diageo, DHL, Siemens, Nestle, Vodafone, Tiffany & Co, ING and more.

Date and time: Thursday June 18th from 10am CET/9am BST

Summit theme: The Resilient Organisation

Sign up here – it’s completely free!

ACAS – run a series of courses to help businesses with transition from lockdown

Useful links:  

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. 

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:
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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