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26th November: Today’s latest coronavirus update

Coronavirus Latest News Updates
Posted – 26 Nov 2021

Help Stockport Council to improve the support they give to employers 
Stockport Council is working with researchers at the Behavioural Insights Team to better understand the needs of employers to support youth employment. We will use your feedback to improve our services. Please click the button below to take part in the survey. The survey takes no more than 5 minutes. Take the survey here
Stockport saw a surge in unemployment figures for young people 16-25 years old in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Stockport Council is already working with young people to get them ‘work ready.’ However, they would like to understand the needs of employers to better support youth employment. This research explores ways to increase the number of paid work placements for young people in Stockport. We have worked alongside the Behavioural Insights Team to develop this research throughout 2021 and now we need your help to complete this project.  We will use your feedback to improve the support we give to employers. 

Will Mellor lends support to Stockport Economic Recovery Plan

Stockport’s Will Mellor, Coronation Street bad boy, star of Hollyoaks and the iconic Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, is fronting a One Stockport campaign to get Stockport businesses bouncing again as they recover from the impact of Covid.

The coronavirus has impacted every one of us in some way and, across Stockport, many businesses, especially smaller independent businesses, have been hit hard.
The ‘It’s Time to Get’ film, co-starring local retailers, is designed to promote and showcase local businesses and to encourage people to shop, meet and think local.
Watch the film here:

STOCKPORT GRANT SCHEMES:

Stockport Council launches new Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) for businesses facing continued challenges from impact of coronavirus
Stockport Council has opened applications for its Additional Restrictions Grant scheme, allowing businesses that remain negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic to access further financial support. The Additional Restrictions Grant supports businesses that are not covered by other grant schemes or where additional funding is needed. You can apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant if your trading levels continue to be negatively impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19). The ARG scheme will be regularly reviewed. The Council reserves the right to amend and/or extend the eligibility criteria, at any point to reflect the available funding remaining and / or further government restrictions being imposed. Any revisions will be incorporated into updated guidance held on the Council website.

Locality Boost Grant
The Council is also offering a further opportunity for businesses in local areas to access a Locality Boost Grant for their area if they did not do so in the first round of these grants. The Locality Boost Grant is for district centre trading associations or their equivalent. District centre trading associations can bid for your local area to run events to drive footfall that will support local businesses that are reopening. If the local area does not have a trading association that can lead the bid, an equivalent lead accountable body or local business will need to be agreed by businesses in that area. They will then lead as the single point of contact for their area. Only one application for each local area will be accepted. Further information on the Locality Boost Grant and how to apply is available at this link Locality Boost Grant – Stockport Council

GOV & BBC UK daily data: 

There have now been 10 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and sadly more than 144,000 people have died, government figures show. More than 50.7 million people have now received a first dose of the vaccine, nearly 88% of people in the UK aged 12 and over. About 80% have had their second and 28% have had a booster.

Total UK Cases: 10,021,497 positive tests
Latest UK daily figure: 
47,240 new cases
Number in UK hospital: 
7,641, 252 fewer than on previous day
New deaths across UK: 147
Total UK deaths: 144,433
England Cases per 100,000: 
450
R number in UK: 
0.9 to 1.1

Vaccine data:

Total 1st doses given: 50,852,133 – 88% of UK aged 12+
Total 2nd doses: 80%
Daily 1st doses: 24,579
Daily 2nd doses: 22,002
Daily Booster doses: 378,946

Latest Stockport data:

Total Stockport cases: 50,269 to 25 November
Cases in the latest week: 1,079, 135 more than previous week
Total deaths: 786 to November 12th
Cases per 100,000: 367 per 100,000 week ending 21 November

Stockport vaccine data:                  

1st dose: 84% of over 12s to 23 November
2nd dose: 77%

The R value and growth rate
The R range for England is 0.8 to 1.0 and the growth rate range for England is -1% to +2% per day as of 19 November 2021.

UK NEWS UPDATES:      

Shares hit as new variant rattles investors
Stock markets across the world have fallen sharply after the discovery of a new Covid variant raised fears over the economic recovery.

In London, the FTSE 100 share index dropped by 2.6%, while markets in Germany and France also declined following overnight falls in Asia.

Shares in airlines and travel firms were among the hardest hit.

The UK and other nations have introduced a ban on flights from six southern African countries. UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said scientists were “deeply concerned” about the new Covid strain and its potential to evade immunity.

New Covid variant: UK puts safety first with new restrictions for Africa travel
The UK cannot take a risk over a new coronavirus variant circulating in southern Africa which may be able to evade the protection of vaccines, the transport secretary has said. Grant Shapps told the BBC the UK “acted immediately” with a “safety first” approach by placing six countries on its red list to restrict travel.

Susan Hopkins, the UK Health Security Agency’s chief medical adviser, said it was the “most worrying” variant yet. No cases have been confirmed in the UK.

From midday travellers from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini will have to self-isolate for 10 days, with those arriving after 04:00 GMT on Sunday required to quarantine in a hotel.

Government “intends” to boost economy with expanded transport system
The Prime Minister intends to accept, the proposal for the creation of UKNET, a strategic transport network spanning the entire United Kingdom.
UKNET will assess and map out for the first time the key points across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom that are “essential” to stronger, more direct transport connections. This will aim to boost economic growth, support job creation and level up opportunity by expanding the transport system and creating quicker and easier travel for passengers, freight and businesses alike.
The UK government has invited the devolved administrations to work collaboratively in defining and developing the necessary improvements to union connectivity, supported by specific projects, which will inform the UK government’s response.

Oral Statement on B.1.1.529 variant
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has given a statement to Parliament on a new variant under investigation and action government is taking.

REGIONAL & LOCAL NEWS:   

Small Business Saturday 4th December Stockport

Small Business Saturday takes place on 4th December – Find out all the ways you can get involved on Small Business Saturday website.  This year HubSpot are supporting Small Business Saturday – to aid in helping as many businesses as possible to achieve their dreams and accelerate businesses growth. To do this, they have created a one-stop shop for everything small businesses to get your business online. In Essential Resources to Digitalise your Business, you can access 15+ resources to aid in growing your marketing, sales and customer service efforts, all for free. 
Are you a big business and interested in supporting Small Business Saturday? If so, please do get in touch.

Stockport manufacturers among 200 to receive Made Smarter investment
Three Stockport firms are among the latest to benefit from the Made Smarter programme, which has now supported 200 manufacturing businesses to invest in new technologies to drive growth. Since Made Smarter launched three years ago, 49 SME manufacturers in Greater Manchester have secured £1.1 million matched funding for 63 projects, worth £3.8 million after private sector investment.  These investments are forecasting the creation of 264 new jobs and 436 upskilled roles
and are forecast to deliver an additional £44.5 million for the Greater Manchester regional economy over the next three years. Among the latest wave of manufacturers starting their journey to use technology to benefit their business, their bottom line and the environment are three Stockport businesses: Arden Dies, a die and tooling manufacturer; Firstplay Dietary Foods, a promin low protein product maker; and Hollingworth Design, a precision engineering business.

SECTOR SPECIFIC CORONAVIRUS-RELATED NEWS: 

BUSINESS & ECONOMY:

Employment more secure despite pandemic
Compared with 2010, there are proportionally fewer people working variable hours, working part-time involuntarily, or wanting more hours, said a report.
The proportion of people in non-permanent employment and on low pay has also fallen, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). But the study also indicated that insecurity remains a problem for a significant minority of workers. The analysis from a range of sources including official employment figures showed that almost one in five workers are “non-permanent” employees, such as self-employed or on temporary contracts, which the CIPD said had fallen from 19.2% in 2010.

COMMUNITY:   

Finding and choosing a private coronavirus (COVID-19) test provider
Lists of and information about private test providers, to help you get the private COVID-19 tests you need – updated the general list of providers.

HEALTH & WELLBEING:

Vaccine clinics for 12–15-year-olds
New vaccination clinics for eligible 12–15-year-olds in four Stockport sites:

  • Saturday, 27 November, at Westmorland Primary School, Brinnington, SK5 8HH from 9.30am to 3.30pm; 
  • Thursday, 9 December, at St Peters Church, Hazel Grove, SK7 4EA from 4pm to 8pm.
  • Monday, 13 December, at Life Leisure Houldsworth, Reddish, SK5 7AT from 4pm to 8pm.
  • walk-in vaccination centre in the One Stockport Hub in Merseyway also continues to vaccinate eligible 12-15 year olds from 10am to 3pm every Saturday until 18 December.

COVID-19 variants: genomically confirmed case numbers
Genomically confirmed case numbers for SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and variants under investigation.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK: 26 November 2021
Estimates for?England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.?This survey is being delivered in partnership with the University of Oxford, University of Manchester, UK Health Security Agency and?Wellcome?Trust. This study is jointly led by the ONS and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) working with the University of Oxford and Lighthouse laboratory to collect and test samples.

Pregnant women urged to get COVID-19 vaccine following new UK safety data
Catching COVID-19 carries far higher risk than having the vaccine and only 22% of women who gave birth in August were vaccinated.

LOCAL AUTHORITY:

Local authority COVID-19 financial impact monitoring information
Summary of data collected from local authorities on the financial impact of COVID-19 – added Local authority COVID-19 financial impact monitoring information round 14, 15 and 16.

PROPERTY:  

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Planning Inspectorate guidance – updated 22 September 2021
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and guidance from government, the Planning Inspectorate has published guidance on site visits, hearings, inquiries and events.

RETAIL:

Black Friday spending set to soar despite fewer deals
Analysts PwC predict £8.7bn will be spent – up from £7.8bn in 2019 and about twice as much as last year when the UK was in lockdown. Yet some big brands are shunning the sale, and questions have been raised about the quality of the deals offered. Barclaycard, which processes £1 in every £3 spent on credit and debit cards in the UK, said that between midnight and 09:00 GMT transactions had increased by 21.4% compared with Black Friday last year, when Covid restrictions hit sales. They were also 5.4% higher than in 2019.

TRANSPORT:

UK government publishes Union Connectivity Review: proposed transport investments for stronger and better-connected United Kingdom
Better connections on local and national transport networks to bring all UK communities within closer reach of social and economic opportunities.

TRAVEL:

Travel to England from another country during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Check what COVID-19 tests you need to take and the quarantine rules for travel to England – South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe will move onto the red list at 12.00 midday Friday 26 November. A temporary flight ban will be in place and all travellers who have been in these countries must quarantine and take tests.

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.

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

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

Brexit Webinars:

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.

LATEST LINKS:

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:

1. Extending the length of the loan from six years to 10;

2. Making interest-only payments for six months, then repaying the principal on a phased basis with other interest-only periods;

3. Delaying repayments entirely for up to six months.

Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

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.

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.

Kickstart Scheme
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.

Visit the Stockport Council website to report details of any outbreaks online.  
https://www.stockport.gov.uk/coronavirus-in-stockport/report-a-coronavirus-outbreak

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.

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.

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

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:
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.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

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

Business Growth Hub:
www.businessgrowthhub.com/coronavirus  https://www.businessgrowthhub.com/coronavirus/resources/2020/03/coronavirus-business-support-webinar-series

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. Health updates:

Health – updates from NHS
https://www.england.nhs.uk/news/

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.

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    LATEST TOWN CENTRE FOOTFALL

    Total visits this period:

    492,332

    Busiest time of the day:

    12.00 - 13.00

    Average dwell time:

    141 mins

    Average visits per day:

    16,410

    (Provided by Sept 2021 research)