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4th May latest coronavirus news


Posted – 04 May 2021

Latest BBC UK daily data:  
Total UK Cases: 4,421,850 positive tests
Latest UK daily figure: 1,649 new cases
New deaths across UK: 1
Total UK deaths: 127,539
Number of people in hospital 1,451 (48 less than day before)
England cases per 100,000: 19 (change: +1)
R number in England: 0.8 – 1.1

UK Vaccine data:
Total 1st doses given: 34,588,600
Total 2nd doses: 13,581,076
Daily 1st doses: 83,220
Daily 2nd doses: 171,332

There have been over 4.4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and sadly over 127,000 people have died. More than 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.  

National lockdown: Stay at Home
Find out what you can and cannot do 

Slides, datasets and transcripts to accompany coronavirus press conferences
Updated with slides to accompany coronavirus press conferences 

UK NEWS UPDATES: 

50 million Coronavirus vaccines administered in the UK
More than 34 million people have had at least one jab while 15 million have had both doses of the vaccine. An extra 60 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have been secured by the UK government to help support preparations for the booster COVID-19 vaccination programme from the autumn, if clinically needed. All over 40s are now being invited to get their jab. 

Limit on mourners at funerals to be removed
Families and friends will shortly be able to pay their respects to loved ones in greater numbers, with numerical limits on funerals to be removed. 

High Court rules in favour of Government in reopening of indoor hospitality
The High Court has ruled in favour of the Government regarding allowing restaurants and bars being allowed to open ahead of the planned easing of lockdown measures. The case was brought by Greater Manchester night-time economy tsar and founder of Parklife and The Warehouse Project, Sacha Lord, and Hugh Osmond, founder of Punch Taverns. They sought to challenge the decision to delay the reopening of indoor hospitality until May 17, arguing there is no justification or scientific basis for indoor hospitality to remain closed while other businesses such as non-essential retail have been permitted to resume trading. Read the full story  

Stockport band Blossoms headline packed pilot festival
A pilot concert in Liverpool on Sunday saw the largest number of people to have legally crammed into such a small space in the UK since the start of the pandemic. They had a euphoric night – but a lot is riding on its success.

It’s a sight that has existed only in fond, fading memories for the past 13 months, and has sometimes seemed destined to be consigned to the carefree pre-Covid age – 5,000 closely-packed music fans dancing and jumping, and singing in unison at the top of their lungs. No masks. No social distancing. No rule of six. No risk of fines.
The crowd was pumped up by the time the headliners, chart-topping indie band Blossoms, arrived.  The pilot was supposed to test a “normal” gig, but the amount of pent-up energy that was released, and steam that was let off, meant the atmosphere was more heightened than was ever normal in previous years. 

Residents allowed to leave Care Home for external visits
Care home residents will be able to leave their home for low-risk trips without having to self-isolate for 14 days afterwards, the government says.

The rules will be relaxed in England from Tuesday, allowing for walks or garden visits without self-isolation. The government says a fall in Covid cases means it is “much safer” for care home residents to go outside. The charity John’s Campaign says it is a “chink of light” for residents and their families. But co-founder Julia Jones said she wanted to see the full guidance before making a decision about the charity’s threat of legal action against the government’s 14-day self-isolation requirement.
Arrangements for visiting out of the care home

REGIONAL & LOCAL UPDATES:  

Latest Stockport data:
Total cases: 20,996 to 30th April
Cases in latest week: 68 (-7 cases than previous week)
Total deaths: 716 registered to April 16th 
Cases per 100,000: 23 per 100,000 – week 20th to 26th April
R number in North West: 0.7 – 0.9
Stockport 1st dose of vaccine: 153,522 people 1st dose vaccine to 25th April

 
*Scroll down below the news for the latest Coronavirus Grant information for Stockport based businesses*


REGIONAL & LOCAL NEWS: 

Stockport has Greater Manchester’s lowest coronavirus rate of infection
The lowest infection rate in Greater Manchester, Stockport’s rate of infection is now 20.4 cases per 100,000 people. Lower than the national average of 23. Stockport recorded 60 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending 26th April, 26 fewer than the previous 7 days. Read the full MEN report HERE 

Stepping Hill Hospital leads the way in prevention of blood clots 

Stepping Hill Hospital has been selected as an example site for others to follow due to its success in preventing blood clots.  Following assessment and inspection by a team from King’s College, London, it has been named as an NHS ‘Exemplar site’ in the prevention and care of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE), which is a type of blood clot.  It joins other VTE exemplar centres across the country as part a network of hospitals with an existing track record of excellence in VTE prevention and care. Run by King’s College, the network offers practical support and advice to other centres by sharing their resources, and collaboration on clinical research into VTE prevention.  

Local colleges merge to create biggest education provider in Stockport 

Two local college groups have merged to become the biggest education provider in the Stockport area. The Cheadle and Marple College Network merged with The Trafford College Group on Tuesday May 4th to provide over 12,000 students with the confidence and reassurance that their education is being delivered and supported by a large college group. The Trafford College Group now consists of The Cheadle College, Marple Sixth Form College, Stockport College and Trafford College. The Group structure and ethos of “One College, Local Difference” ensures that each college retains its local identity in order to meet the needs of its specific community.

Two hotels top-out at Manchester’s Airport City
Airport City Manchester has reached another construction milestone as it tops out on the development’s new Ibis Budget and Holiday Inn. Scheduled to open in early 2022, these two major hotel developments will deliver 542 new hotel beds and create in the region of 350 jobs.  Forming part of Airport City Manchester’s £250 million hotel district, work to build the 280-bed Holiday Inn and a 262-bed Ibis Budget has been undertaken by Beijing Construction Engineering Group International (BCEGI), which was appointed as the main contractor on the £45 million project. Construction of the hotels began in January 2020 and despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, BCEGI has been able to continue work safely with little impact on delivery.   

Low number of profit warnings “disguises challenging outlook”
The low number of profit warnings issued by listed companies across the North during Q1 disguises their challenging outlook, according to EY-Parthenon.
A total of seven were issued during the first three months of the year, representing an 89 per cent decrease from the 62 recorded during the same period in 2020. EY-Parthenon’s latest Profit Warnings report also notes that the figure is a 30 per cent fall on the previous quarter when ten were issued. It is the lowest total of any period since Q4 2014.  

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. 

!! 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:     

COVID-19 loan schemes: privacy notice
This notice is for people who have dealings with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in connection with a financial product provided under the COVID-19 loan schemes – clarified Bounce Back Loan Scheme requirement to report and publish information about individual aid exceeding €100,000, or exceeding €10,000 if the borrower operates in the agriculture or fisheries sectors. 

NHS Test and Trace in the workplace
What to do if you or someone you employ is contacted by NHS Test and Trace, including self-isolation, sick pay and financial support. 

Coronavirus and self-isolation after testing positive in England: 12 April to 16 April 2021
Behaviour of individuals required to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19, from the COVID Test and Trace Cases Insights Survey. Includes information on the impact of self-isolation on well-being and finances. Experimental Statistics.

Living Longer: Older workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
This release describes the demographic and economic characteristics of older workers aged 50 years and over prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and explores how the impact of the pandemic on older workers has varied based on these characteristics. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): driver and rider trainer guidance
How driving instructors and motorcycle trainers should work safely during coronavirus (COVID-19), business support, and restrictions on driving lessons. 

COMMUNITY:     

COVID-19 vaccination: British Sign Language resources
British Sign Language (BSL) videos on COVID-19 vaccination – added COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting BSL video. 

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.

 
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     

Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care
Information for people who are caring, unpaid, for friends or family during the coronavirus outbreak – updated end date for free PPE offer to the end of March 2022. 

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. 

CONSTRUCTION:

Covid shakes up Top 30 M&E contractors rankings
NG Bailey and Crown House managed to grow turnover last year in the face of challenges from Covid, according to a fresh top 30 M&E contractors league table.

Overall, the country’s biggest building services contractors managed to weather the effects of Covid with revenue slipping by just 9% across the group as a whole. Modest growth helped NG Bailey to maintain pole position in the rankings and Crown House edge up from fifth to third place behind EDF-owned Imtech. Among the other firms to continue growing last year are Gratte Bros, King & Moffatt UK, Halcion, Dowds Group and Sudlows. 

Rise in project-starts signals return of confidence for construction sector
The latest Glenigan Index of construction project-starts identifies a very welcome up-tick in construction projects moving to-site in the three months to April 2021.
The value of underlying construction work (under £100 million in value) starting on-site during the period was 30% higher than a year ago and 18% higher than the preceding three months on a seasonally adjusted basis. Today’s newsletter dives into the detail of the three best-performing sectors and the projects that contributed to their growth. 

EDUCATION:  

Reported coronavirus (COVID-19) notifications by registered early years and childcare settings
This data is published fortnightly. It gives the number of registered early years and childcare providers reporting one or more confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) by week.

Ofsted’s return to routine inspection activity
Equality, diversity and inclusion statement on how Ofsted’s return to routine inspection activity enables us to fulfil the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. 

COVID-19 Schools Infection Survey Round 4, England: March 2021
Initial headline estimates of staff and pupils testing positive for COVID-19 from the COVID-19 Schools Infection Survey across a sample of schools, from selected Local Authority areas in England. This survey is being delivered in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Public Health England.

Ofqual confirms autumn assessment arrangements
Ofqual has published its decisions following a consultation on GCSE, AS and A level exams in the autumn. 

Vocational and technical qualifications contingency regulatory framework
Part of a suite of documents setting out our regulatory requirements for awarding organisations offering vocational and technical qualifications affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – vocational and technical qualifications contingency regulatory framework, COVID-19 guidance, and conditions & requirements documents updated to reflect amended VCR8 text. 

Consultation on arrangements for an autumn 2021 exam series
Proposals for an additional exam series in autumn 2021 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – published the consultation outcomes and analysis of responses

HEALTH & WELLBEING:   

Assessment and procurement of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests
How the government assesses offers of COVID-19 tests from developers for procurement and use in the UK. 

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable
Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. 

COVID-19: long-term health effects
Information and guidance on persistent health problems reported following acute COVID-19 disease – updated guidance to COVID-19: long-term health effects.

HOSPITALITY:

High Court rules in favour of Government in reopening of indoor hospitality
The High Court has ruled in favour of the Government regarding allowing restaurants and bars being allowed to open ahead of the planned easing of lockdown measures. The case was brought by Greater Manchester night-time economy tsar and founder of Parklife and The Warehouse Project, Sacha Lord, and Hugh Osmond, founder of Punch Taverns. They sought to challenge the decision to delay the reopening of indoor hospitality until May 17, arguing there is no justification or scientific basis for indoor hospitality to remain closed while other businesses such as non-essential retail have been permitted to resume trading. Read the full story 

JUDICIARY:

HMCTS weekly operational summary on courts and tribunals during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
This page provides a weekly summary of the HM Courts and Tribunals Service operational position during the coronavirus pandemic – update for week commencing Monday 3 May 2021 published.

PROPERTY:

Soaring house price index shows market is still booming
House prices are 7.1 per cent above their level a year ago as the boom continues. The latest house price index, from the Nationwide, says it’s still the stamp duty holiday driving business. “Just as expectations of the end of the stamp duty holiday led to a slowdown in house price growth in March, so the extension of the stamp duty holiday in the Budget prompted a re-acceleration in April” Nationwide chief economist Robert Gardner says.

Understanding the possession action process: guidance for landlords and tenants
Guidance for landlords and tenants in the private and social rented sectors to explain the possession action process in the county courts in England and Wales – updated to reflect new processes for landlords to reactivate a possession claim after 30 April.

TRANSPORT:

Haulier advice site locations
Find sites where HGV and coach drivers can get free COVID-19 tests and check their documents to transport goods to the EU – Michael Wood South is open for COVID-19 testing only from 6am until 10pm. 

Get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test if you’re an HGV or van driver
Drivers no longer need proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter the Netherlands.

TRAVEL:     

Providers of day 2 and day 8 coronavirus testing for international arrivals
Information on the 2 tests you must book, pay for and take during your mandatory 10-day quarantine period after arriving in England, including how to book – list updated.

Teletext faces court action unless it pays over £7m in refunds
Teletext Holidays will face legal action unless it repays over £7 million to customers whose package holidays were cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

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 GrantThe 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.

Strand 1 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 2 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.gov.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.gov.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.gov.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.gov.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 HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 

Useful Government links for easing out of lockdown:

Coronavirus Roadmap out of lockdown – what and when?

From 29 March, rules have been relaxed:

  • 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 – on Monday 12th April rules were further relaxed:
–    
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

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