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30th April: Today’s latest coronavirus updates

CORONAVIRUS LATEST UPDATES
Posted – 30 Apr 2021

UK NEWS & HEADLINES:

UK STATISTICS

Total UK Cases: 4,414,242 positive tests
Latest UK daily figure: 
2,445 new cases
Number in UK hospital: 
1,533 (84 fewer than previous day)
New deaths across UK: 
22
Total UK deaths: 
127,502
England Cases per 100,000: 
19 per 100,000 (daily change: 1)
R number in UK: 
0.8 to 1.0

Vaccine data:

Total 1st doses given: 34,094,048
Total 2nd doses: 13,581,076
Daily 1st doses: 134,140
Daily 2nd doses: 462,885

There have been just over 4.4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and sadly over 127,000 people have died. Nearly 34 million people have had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. More than 13 million people have had both their first and second jab.  The average number of daily infections in the UK has continued to decline but is flattening. A further 2,166 confirmed cases in the UK were announced by the government yesterday, Wednesday.

The R value and growth rate in England
The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19). The R range for England is 0.7 to 1.0 and the growth rate range for England is -6% to -1% per day as of 16 April 2021. Following the announcement of plans to ease of lockdown, the roadmap can be found in full here.   

Following the announcement of plans to ease of lockdown, the roadmap can be found in full here

National lockdown: Stay at Home
Find out what you can and cannot do – updated to include a summary of rule changes from 12th April  

Slides, datasets and transcripts to accompany coronavirus press conferences

HEADLINES & UPDATES:

Barclays profits increase by 150% amid “early signs of recovery”
UK bank Barclays has announced that its profits increased by more than 150 per cent in the first quarter of 2021. Barclays, headquartered in London, reported today (30 April) that its profits before tax rose by 162 per cent to £2,399m, up from £913m in the same period last year. It also saw its net operating income increase by 40 per cent, rising from £4,168m last year to £5,845m. This comes as the bank reports seeing “early signs of recovery” from the pandemic, with more economic activity across cards and businesses. However, its total income dropped by 6 per cent, falling from £6,283m to £5,900m.

Vaccinations extended to 40-year-olds and over
People aged 40 and 41 in England can now book Covid jabs NHS officials say. 
Text messages will direct them to the booking service, days after vaccinations were opened to people aged 42 to 44. “Nearly three-quarters of a million new appointments were made in just two days,” says NHS boss Sir Simon Stevens. About 34 million people in the UK – nearly two-thirds of the adult population – have had at least one dose. Northern Ireland has already opened its vaccination programme to those aged 35 and over. Wales is offering jabs to the over-40s, as well as younger people in some areas, while Scotland is inviting those aged 45 to 49.

Hancock: transforming the UK into a life sciences superpower
The Health and Social Care Secretary lays out the government’s commitment to boost the UK life sciences sector and build on lessons from the pandemic.
Patients are set to benefit from better research, treatment, care and improved clinical decision-making, as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock set out his plans for the future of the UK life sciences sector at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) annual conference. The life sciences sector made significant leaps in response to the COVID pandemic, from finding innovative treatments for the virus including dexamethasone and launching the first Antivirals Taskforce, to rolling out one of the most successful vaccination programmes in the world. To harness this momentum and ensure the sector’s growth beyond the pandemic, the Health Secretary announced his plan to make the UK a life sciences superpower, building back better and embracing the innovations that will transform the decade ahead:
– £37 million for genomics projects and for data-driven initiatives delivered through the Genome UK Implementation Plan and the UK Functional Genomics Initiative
– Pledge to make the UK a global leader in manufacturing, especially for medicines, to grow UK-based business and encourage investment

Seven in 10 adults have Covid-19 antibodies
68.3% of adults have tested positive for virus antibodies in a new study. As the vaccine rollout continues combined with more people becoming infected the rate of those with Covid-19 antibodies, that provide resistance to the virus, increases. The Office for National Statistics figures for adults in private households in the week to April 11 – 68.3 per cent – is up from an estimated one in two, or 53.1 per cent, recorded just two weeks earlier. With this positive news, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said foreign holidays are likely to return from next month.

COVID-19: Remote meetings High Court judgment – letter to council leaders
Letter from the Minister for Local Government to councils in England on the High Court’s judgment regarding remote meetings. The High Court has issued a judgment that the Local Government Act 1972 does not allow local authorities to hold meetings virtually. The High Court has concluded that existing legislation specifies that council meetings must take place in person at a single, specified, geographical location and being “present” at such a meeting involves physical presence at that location. Regulations which have allowed local authorities to meet remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic do not apply to meetings after 6 May, and in my letter to you of 25 March I explained that the Government has concluded that it is not possible to secure primary legislation to extend the regulations to meetings beyond this date.  

UK to host global summit with CEPI to speed up new vaccine development
The UK will host a fund-raising summit in 2022 to support the work of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.

LOCAL / REGIONAL NEWS & UPDATES: 

Latest Stockport data:

Total Stockport cases: 20,987 to 29th April
Cases in the latest week: 75 (+10 fewer cases than previous week)
Total deaths: 716 to April 16th
Cases per 100,000: 26 per 100,000 week 19th to 25th April
R number in North West: 0.7 – 0.9
Number of 1st dose of vaccine: 150,631 people have received 1st dose vaccine to 18th April

Scroll down for the latest Coronavirus Grant news for Stockport based businesses

REGIONAL & LOCAL NEWS:

Manchester Airport Group seeks waiver on breach of covenants  
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to restrict international travel, Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has sought approval from bondholders to waive any penalties on almost £2 billion of bonds and credit facilities. MAG believes that it risks breaching financial covenants on up £1.46 billion in bonds and on its £500 million revolving credit facility as a result of ongoing pandemic restrictions. The group recently revealed the extent that the pandemic had affected passenger numbers, with numbers down 90% in 2020 across Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports, despite travel from Manchester Airport reaching record highs in the previous year. The move comes as the airport operator anticipates earnings for the year ending 31st March 2022 to be significantly lower than expected due to the ongoing global pandemic, with passenger numbers not likely to recover until 2024.
MAG needs 75% acceptance to avoid any penalties for breaching covenants.

Lloyds: North West business confidence highest in the UK
Business confidence in the North West surged 17 points to 43% during April – the highest of any UK nation or region – according to the latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. Businesses in the North West reported higher confidence in their business prospects month-on-month, up 15 points to 30%.
When taken alongside their optimism in the economy, which grew for a fifth consecutive month and was up 12 points to 48%, this gives a headline confidence reading of 43% – the highest level recorded in the region since April 2018. Meanwhile, firms’ hiring intentions showed that a net balance of 16% of businesses in the region expect to recruit more staff during the next year, up 13 points on last month.

MEN: Huge swathes of Stockport could be Covid free
Huge swathes of Stockport could be Covid-free according to the latest government data. However, cases in Stockport have risen in the past week. Public Health England divides Stockport up into 42 ‘middle layer super output areas’ (MSOAs). Of these 31 recorded fewer than three cases during the week to April 23 – meaning the virus is officially classed as being ‘suppressed’. This means some 75pc of the borough – including parts of Reddish, Gatley and Heald Green previously flagged as hotspots – potentially saw no new cases during that time. An interactive map which charts infection rates across Stockport features vast swathes of white – indicating the virus is suppressed – particularly in the north and east of the borough. However, there were 81 positive tests in the borough in the week to April 23 – nine more than the previous seven days – leaving the infection rate at 27.6 cases per 100,000 population. Stockport is currently slightly above the England average. The highest infection rates appear to be in areas clustered around the centre – such as Cheadle Heath and Adswood – which saw eight and five new cases respectively. Read more here – below graphic courtesy of the Manchester Evening News

Stockport has vaccinated the highest proportion of its residents within Greater Manchester, with 71 per cent of those aged over 16 receiving at least one dose.

Stockport pharmacies offer free Covid tests
Free lateral flow tests are now available from Stockport pharmacies under a new service called Pharmacy Collect. The service means people without symptoms of COVID-19, can now conduct regular testing themselves from home without needing to attend a test centre. Visit your local pharmacy to collect your free box of seven rapid tests. Follow the instructions to take your sample and get your results in 30 minutes. The lateral flow test uses a device similar to a pregnancy test and does not need to be sent to a lab. If you test positive, you and anyone you live with will need to self-isolate.

!! Grant funding for local organisations and associations to host events!!

As Many areas of Stockport have been unusually quiet with reduced visitor numbers and many events cancelled due to the impact of the coronavirus and subsequent lockdowns. As the situation around lockdown eases, local organisations and community groups are being encouraged to apply for grant funding that will help them to host events and attract visitors in an attempt to support businesses and boost the local economy. Information about the grant schemes, eligibility and the online application form are available at this link – Discretionary Grant Schemes – Stockport Council

SECTOR SPECIFIC CORONAVIRUS-RELATED NEWS: 

BUSINESS:     

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 about the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme has been updated.

COMMUNITY:     

Private providers of coronavirus testing
Lists of and information about approved suppliers of private testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) – updated both lists of providers.

Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 30 April 2021
Indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the period 21 April to 25 April 2021 to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities in Great Britain.

One Stockport Logo

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   

CONSTRUCTION:

Materials crisis strikes as sites placed on ‘tick over’
The lack of building materials has reached crisis level and has overtaken the skills shortage as the number one risk to the recovery of the construction.

“Local authorities should ditch large framework agreements with the main contractors and implement ‘buy local’ policies to build up local businesses and their suppliers.”

EDUCATION:   

The Department for Education (DfE)’s Get Help with Technology programme
DfE supported disadvantaged children and young people by procuring technology to help them access remote education and social care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  

HEALTH & WELLBEING:   

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.   

COVID-19 surge testing outcomes reports: management information
Sequencing of confirmed COVID-19 cases via test sites and home testing of postcodes included in surge testing operations.  

Excess mortality in England: weekly reports
Weekly excess mortality in England broken down by age, sex, geographical areas, ethnic group, level of deprivation, cause of death and place of death.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine adverse reactions
A weekly report covering adverse reactions to approved COVID-19 vaccines – updated to include new data up to 21 April 2021.  

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants identified in UK
Latest updates on SARS-CoV-2 variants detected in UK.  

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for hospices
Sets out how hospices can access COVID-19 testing for staff and patients on-site, for staff visiting patients in their own homes, and for visitors to hospices.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK: 30 April 2021
Estimates for England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. This survey is being delivered in partnership with University of Oxford, University of Manchester, Public Health England, and Wellcome Trust.

Safety of COVID-19 vaccines when given in pregnancy
Guidance for health professionals to share with pregnant women immunised with COVID-19 vaccines – updated information on COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy.

Disapplication notice: school inspections legislation changes
Secretary of State for Education issues a thirteenth notice about changes to state-funded school inspection requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – added ‘Education Act 2005: cancellation of school inspection disapplication notice April 2021’ and ‘Education Act 2005: school inspection disapplication notice May 2021’.

LOCAL AUTHORITY:  

COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of council buildings
Guidance for those managing council buildings – updated to reflect the April 28 High Court judgment.

PROPERTY:

Office to Resi – City of London converts offices into homes post-Covid
In one of the clearest signs yet of an office to residential revolution, the City of London has revealed that it is planning to transform empty offices into housing in a bid to revive the area after the pandemic. The City of London Corporation, which looks after the famous Square Mile, known for its many banking and finance institutions, says it is aiming for at least 1,500 new homes by 2030.
According to the Corporation’s policy chair, firms who operate in the Square Mile have said they will be changing their operations to accommodate more flexible working in the future, in line with the desire for many not to return to the office full-time post-Covid. The current government guidance says people in England should still work from home if possible, but there has been a push in some quarters to try and get people back into the office as lockdown eases.

Urgent warning to agents over repayment of Coronavirus debt
There’s a new warning that the estate agency industry may be in a more fragile financial condition than before the pandemic, despite the buying frenzy of recent months. Insolvency specialist Business Rescue Expert claims the UK real estate sector – dominated by estate and lettings agents, consultants and suppliers, but not including the construction industry – is the sector of the economy with the third largest debt in the shape of the Bounce Back Loan Scheme. Companies in the real estate sector borrowed an average of £35,080 per loan. BBLS is the business support funding launched by HM Treasury to help companies hit by the Coronavirus crisis, multiple lockdowns and continuing restrictions on some activities.
The British Business Bank, which manages the BBLS loans, there are some 1.53m loans with over £46.5 billion in total – most of these have been to small and micros businesses. 

TRAVEL:   

 Simpler fare structures and cashless payment could boost bus patronage
The CILT has unveiled research on factors affecting local bus demand.Simplifying fares structures, multi-operator tickets and allowing contactless payment using bankcards may help to attract passengers, says Factors affecting local bus demand and potential for increase.

CORONAVIRUS GRANTS FOR BUSINESSES IN STOCKPORT:

Discretionary Grants summary:

As at 15/04/21

  • Received: 2,439
  • Processed: 2,303 (94%)
  • Grants Funding Issued: £6,917,214

Stockport Council release details of Government’s Restart Grant

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

The Restart Grant will be split into two strands:
– Strand one will be for non-essential retail businesses that may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £6,000.
– Strand two will be for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses that may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £18,000.

Eligible businesses:

Non-essential retail

These are businesses that are open to the public and used for retail sale or hire of goods or services. This includes businesses that:

  • were required to close during national restrictions from January 2021
  • sell directly to consumer

Hospitality

These are businesses that provide a venue for the sale of food and drink. This includes businesses that:

  • offer in-person food and drink services to the general public
  • provide food and/or drink to be consumed on the premises, including outdoors

Leisure

These are businesses that provide opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming. This includes businesses that:

  • provide in-person experiences in addition to goods
  • rely on seasonal labour
  • operate with irregular hours during the day, night and weekends

Accommodation

These are businesses that provide lodging for holiday, travel and other purposes.

Gym and sports

These are businesses where physical exercise, training, group sporting and athletic activities takes place. This may be on an individual or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space. This includes businesses that:

  • offer in-person exercise and sport activities to the general public
  • are open to members of the public paying an entry or membership fee
  • offer exercise classes or activities

Personal care

These are businesses that provide a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing. This includes businesses that:

  • deliver in-person holistic, beauty and hair treatments
  • provide services such as tattoos and piercings

Businesses are not eligible if they:

  • do not have a business property and do not pay business rates
  • are in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking off notice

There are also businesses in strand two that are not eligible, these include:

  • takeaway premises
  • coach tour operators and tour operators
  • dental services, opticians, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical/health services

How much will businesses will receive?

Strand one

The Restart Grant will support non-essential retail premises with one-off grants of up to £6,000.

Businesses that have a rateable value:

  • of £15,000 or less on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667
  • between £15,001 and £50,999 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000
  • of £51,000 or more on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000

Strand two

The Restart Grant will also support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises with one-off grants of up to £18,000.

Businesses that have a rateable value:

  • of £15,000 or less on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000
  • between £15,001 and £50,999 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000
  • of £51,000 or more on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000

Apply for a Restart Grant

Discretionary Grant Scheme – Additional Restrictions Grant

The Council launched an Economic Recovery Fund on 26/03/21, which provides 5 new business grants through the Additional Restrictions Grant funding.

Applications for the current Additional Restrictions Grant scheme, and the Micro-Business grant scheme will close on 30/04/21 and no further applications will be accepted for these original ARG schemes after that date.

The new Economic Recovery Fund ARG schemes are:

  1. The Stockport Economic Recovery Boost Grant

This grant will be provided to businesses that have been successful in applying for the original ARG scheme for closed businesses that have separate commercial premises with ongoing costs. Businesses do not need to apply for this scheme as their details are already held and will be used to identify eligible businesses which will be contacted during April 2021 about their further grant payment under this scheme.

  1. The Stockport Economic Recovery Market Place & Underbanks Independent Retailer Boost Grant

This grant is to support smaller, independent retail operators with premises in the market place and Underbanks area only, to reopen and restart their businesses.

This is a one-off fixed grant of £3,000 for each business that successfully applies.

Businesses that wish to apply should email skladgrants@stockport.co.uk asking for the eligibility and application guidance and application form for the Stockport Economic Recovery Market Place & Underbanks Independent Retailer Boost Grant. Applications for this grant scheme will close on 31/05/2021.

  1. The Stockport Economic Recovery Hospitality Sector Boost Grant

This grant is for supporting the reopening and restart of hospitality sector businesses with their own premises in Stockport.

This is a one-off fixed grant of £5,000 for each business that successfully applies. Businesses that wish to apply should email skladgrants@stockport.co.uk asking for the eligibility and application guidance and application form for the Stockport Economic Recovery Hospitality Sector Boost Grant. Applications for this grant scheme will close on 31/05/2021.

  1. The Stockport Economic Recovery Covid Capital Grant

This grant is for businesses to apply for to make changes to premises and/or to buy additional kit to support reopening and operating in a covid secure way.

Businesses that wish to apply should email skladgrants@stockport.co.uk asking for the eligibility and application guidance and application form for the Stockport Economic Recovery Covid Capital Grant. Applications for this grant scheme will close on 31/05/2021.

  1. The Stockport Economic Recovery Locality Boost Grant

This grant is for district centre trading associations, or their equivalent, to bid in to for their local areas to run stimulus events to drive local footfall and customers into local areas to use local businesses that are reopening.

Where localities do not have training associations that can lead a bid, an equivalent lead accountable body or local business will need to be agreed by businesses in that locality to lead as the single point of contact for their area.

There will only be one application accepted and one grant, if successful, provided per locality. Businesses that wish to apply should email skladgrants@stockport.co.uk asking for the eligibility and application guidance and application form for the Stockport Economic Recovery Locality Boost Grant.

Applications for this grant scheme will close on 17/05/2021 (please note this is earlier than for the other schemes).

Information about the grant schemes, eligibility and the online application form are available at this link – Discretionary Grant Schemes – Stockport Council

Covid-19 Webinars:

Transition to Teach host webinar to aid HR with redeployment
Transition to Teach are delivering a free online presentation on Wednesday, 21st April at 12.00, aimed specifically at HR staff with redeployment responsibilities. Places can be booked at  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/transition-to-teach-outplacement-support-tickets-145448523449?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

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.

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.

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:

Useful Government links for easing out of lockdown:

Coronavirus Roadmap out of lockdown – what and when?

From 29 March:

  • People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the “rule of six”, including in private gardens
  • The stay at home rule will end, but the government will urge people to stay local as much as possible
  • Outdoor sport facilities will reopen, including golf courses and tennis and basketball courts, and formally organised outdoor sports can restart
  • Weddings attended by up to six people can take place in any circumstances

Stage two (no earlier than 12 April):

  • All shops allowed to open, along with close-contact services, including hairdressers and beauty salons (including in people’s homes)
  • Restaurants and pubs allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors Gyms and spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres
  • Members of the same household can take a holiday in the UK in self-contained accommodation
  • Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place

Stage three (no earlier than 17 May):

  • People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
  • Six people or two households can meet indoors
  • Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings or other life events, like christenings
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open
  • Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children’s play areas can open
  • Performances and large events can restart, but with limits on audience numbers
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen
  • International leisure travel may resume
  • Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can restart

Stage four (no earlier than 21 June):

  • All legal limits on social contact will be removed
  • No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events
  • Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen

Publishing information about your claimsIn January HMRC published the list of employers who claimed under the CJRS for periods from December onwards, on GOV???.UK.

Repayment period for Bounce Back Loans extended to ten years
Businesses that took out government Bounce Back loans to help them through the Coronavirus crisis now have more time to repay. Companies will be contacted with options to extend the length of the loan from six to 10 years as part of a new ‘pay-as-you-grow’ initiative. The new proposals give businesses three new options:

  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.

Check if your business is eligible for a coronavirus grant due to national restrictions (for closed businesses)

Check if your business is eligible for a coronavirus grant due to national restrictions (for closed businesses)

Check if your business is eligible for the coronavirus Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment

Check if you’re eligible for the coronavirus Additional Restrictions Grant

Check if your nightclub, dance hall or adult entertainment business is eligible for a coronavirus grant due to national restrictions

Check if you’re eligible for the coronavirus Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses)

Check if you’re eligible for the coronavirus Local Restrictions Support Grant (for open businesses)

Check if you’re eligible for the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

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

Coronavirus – Guidance for employees and employers in Stockport: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/guidance-for-employees-employers-and-businesses

COVID-19 Winter Plan
The government’s plan for managing COVID-19 through the end of 2020 and into the start of 2021.

Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Find out which employees you can put on furlough and claim for through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Home workers can claim £26 tax relief for job expenses
If you’ve asked your employees to work from home, and you’ve not reimbursed them already, your employees may be entitled to claim tax relief on additional household expenses they’ve incurred, such as heating and lighting.

New hotline launched to report COVID fraudsters
A new hotline has been launched to stop fraudsters illegally targeting COVID stimulus schemes.

Full list of local COVID alert levels by area
The areas in England listed as local COVID alert level high and local COVID alert level very high.

Local COVID Alert Level Posters
A series of graphical posters displaying information about the Local COVID Alert Level.

If you would like to register your interest in creating one or more Kickstart Job, please complete the Kickstart Employer Enquiry Form and a member of the Council’s Kickstart Team will contact you to explain more.

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.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension
Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can get.

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

The SMBC website and produce a form for completion online if anyone wants to report an outbreak. The links are now live and are below:
https://www.stockport.gov.uk/coronavirus-in-stockport/report-a-coronavirus-outbreak  
https://www.stockport.gov.uk/guidance-for-employees-employers-and-businesses

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.

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 SchemeFrom Tuesday 26 May 2020, small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, will be able to apply to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees. Health updates:

Health – updates from NHS
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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