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7th April: Today’s latest coronavirus updates

CORONAVIRUS LATEST UPDATES
Posted – 07 Apr 2021

UK NEWS & HEADLINES:

UK STATISTICS

Total UK Cases: 4,364,529 positive tests
Latest UK daily figure: 
2,379 new cases
Number in UK hospital: 
3,536 (190 fewer than previous day) as of 1st April
New deaths across UK: 
20
Total UK deaths: 
126,882
England Cases per 100,000: 
28 per 100,000 (daily change: 12 fewer)
R number in UK: 
0.8 to 1.0

Vaccine data:

Total 1st doses given: 31,622,367 – latest daily figure
Daily 1st doses: 40,744

There have been more than 4.3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and sadly over 126,000 people have died. More than 31.6 million people have had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.  The Government is confident everyone will have their second jab within 12 weeks. Data shows more than 4.1 million people have had their second jab.  The average number of daily infections in the UK has continued to decline but is flattening. A further 2,379 confirmed cases across the UK were announced by the government yesterday, Tuesday, compared with 4,052 new cases a week ago. 

The R value and growth rate in the UK

The R value and growth rate in the UK
The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK. The R range for the UK is 0.7 to 0.9 and the growth rate range is -4% to 0% per day as of 2nd 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 – updated to include a summary of rule changes from 29th March

Slides, datasets and transcripts to accompany coronavirus press conferences

HEADLINES & UPDATES:

Moderna vaccine to be rolled out across the UK
A third Covid-19 vaccine will be rolled out across the UK. The Moderna vaccine follows the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca jabs, which are already widely in use. Seventeen million doses were ordered by the government and Wales will become the first nation to administer the two-dose vaccine later today. It’s unclear when the latest jab will be used in the rest of the UK. However, Scotland confirmed it has received its first batch, while the UK government’s vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said the Moderna vaccine would be deployed “around the third week of April”.  So far more than 31.6 million people have received the first dose of a Covid vaccine – about three in five adults – while 5.4 million have been fully vaccinated. The Moderna vaccine was approved as safe and effective for use in the UK in January.

Trials of Oxford-AstraZeneca on children temporarily paused
A trial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine on children has stopped giving out jabs while the UK’s medicines regulator investigates a possible link with rare blood clots in adults.Prof Andrew Pollard from the University of Oxford told the BBC there were no safety concerns with the trial itself, but its scientists were waiting for further information. Around 300 volunteers signed up. 

Government extends changes to insolvency laws
Struggling businesses have been handed additional assistance after the Government extended changes to insolvency laws that were brought in during the pandemic. In response to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdown measures, the Government introduced the Corporate Insolvency and Governance (CIG) Act to bring in new tools to give struggling firms “the time they need to maximise their chance of survival”. The CIG is a temporary measure and was originally due to come to an end on March 31 but it has now been extended until the end of June. The Act introduced easements for Annual General Meetings and filing requirements for public limited companies but also brought in a number of measures that stopped creditors and suppliers from pressuring businesses. These included:

  • Preventing suppliers from ceasing to supply goods or asking for additional payments while a company was going through a rescue plan.
  • Removing the threat of personal liability for wrongful trading from directors who try to keep their companies afloat through the emergency.
  • Prohibiting creditors from filing demands and winding-up petitions for Covid-19 related debts.
  • Prohibiting termination clauses that start when a company enters insolvency, entering the new moratorium or beginning the new restructuring plan procedure.

2,000 jobs lost, 2,000 jobs saved at Peacocks
As many as 2,000 retail jobs could disappear following the takeover of the Peacocks high street brand. The stores chain is part of Carlisle-based Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM), which was put into administration by its owner, Stockport-born Philip Day, last November. The EWM, Ponden Homes and Bonmarche chains have been sold to a takeover vehicle headed by EWM chief operating officer, Steve Simpson, while the Jaeger brand was sold to Marks & Spencer.

Covid-19 raises risk of depression and dementia, says report
Covid-19 raises the risk of depression, dementia, psychosis and stroke. A study suggests that this is likely to be down to both the effects of stress, and the virus having a direct impact on the brain. UK scientists looked at the electronic medical records of more than half a million patients in the US, and their chances of developing one of 14 common psychological or neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, dementia, psychosis and anxiety disorders. Researchers couldn’t say whether Covid had caused any of the diagnoses when they looked at records from the previous six months. But by comparing a group of people who had had Covid-19 with two groups – with flu and with other respiratory infections respectively – they conclude the virus is associated with more subsequent brain conditions than other respiratory illnesses.

Government launches £20million fund for UK medtech and life sciences sectors
A new multi-million pound government fund to support the medtech and life sciences sectors has launched today (April 7). The Medicines and Diagnostics Manufacturing Transformation Fund, designed to boost the UK’s ability to respond to future pandemics, has opened for applications. It is hoped that the the new £20m fund will open up economic and investment opportunities for manufacturers across the whole of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng commented: “This £20m investment will harness the best in UK  manufacturing and fund cutting-edge medical technologies to protect the British public in 2021 and beyond. This will not only boost the UK’s already strong vaccine and medicine portfolio but support top quality, local jobs across the country and put the UK in a formidable position to continue responding to the most pressing global challenges of our time.”

LOCAL / REGIONAL NEWS & UPDATES: 

Latest Stockport data:

Total Stockport cases: 20,753 to 6th April
Cases in the latest week: 166 (45 fewer cases than previous week)
Total deaths: 694 to March 19th
Cases per 100,000: 57 per 100,000 (England area avg: 39)
R number in North West: 0.8 – 1.0
Number of 1st dose of vaccine: 142,494 people have received 1st dose vaccine to 28th March

REGIONAL & LOCAL NEWS:

Greater Manchester Night Time Advisor wins legal challenge to reopen ahead of 17th May roadmap
The High Court will hear the case to reopen indoor hospitality earlier than scheduled, despite opposition from the Government. Non-essential retail can emerge from lockdown on April 12, but the Government wants to delay the reopening of indoor hospitality, such as pubs and restaurants, until May 17, allowing only a takeaway service until then. A legal challenge has been mounted by Greater Manchester night time economy adviser Sacha Lord and Hugh Osmond. The case will be heard on Monday 19th April before a judge in the High Court

90% of North West mid-tier firms to recruit more staff this year
More than three quarters also say ‘2021 is the year to invest’, with these businesses set to ‘spearhead’ the UK’s economic recovery. The latest ‘Rethinking the Economy’ survey from accountancy and business advisory firm BDO showed that medium-sized firms are set to “spearhead” the UK’s economic recovery, with 80% saying that 2021 “is the year to invest”.

Manchester Airport owners welcome ‘traffic light’ system amid calls for greater clarity
Manchester Airports Group – MAG – which owns Manchester, East Midlands and Stansted Airports has welcomed the government’s plans to introduce a “traffic light” approach to restarting international travel but said the measures didn’t go far enough. On Monday, the government set out plans to restart international travel, using a “traffic-light” system as the country cautiously emerges from lockdown. The announcement comes as the UK has set a tentative date of May 17 to relaunch international travel. A spokesperson at MAG said it was “hugely disappointing that the proposed framework includes no provision for a return to restriction-free travel, either now or in the future when the conditions are judged to be appropriate.”  

GM Digital skills programme open to applications
Greater Manchester and Lancashire residents are invited to apply to take part in free digital skills training programmes as part of a scheme to support more people into the tech sector. Four programmes that are being supported by the Department for Education and the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund have opened to applications as part of efforts to help under-employed and unemployed people in the North-west gain the skills needed to access roles in the digital sector. The training programmes now opening will provide the most in-demand digital skills for jobs locally including software development and cloud engineering.

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

SECTOR SPECIFIC CORONAVIRUS-RELATED NEWS:  

BUSINESS:  

NHS QR code venue posters: privacy notice
Privacy notice for venues using the QR code registration and download process (the QR code process).

COMMUNITY:  

COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care in England
A resource for those working in domiciliary care providing information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) – introduced recommendations to change PPE after each episode of personal care, and new recommendations around use of eye protection when delivering personal care within 2 metres. Guidance provided in HTML format only.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): driving theory tests
Find out how theory tests are affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) and what changes to expect when you take your theory test – confirm the restart of theory tests in England and Wales from 12 April 2021. 

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   

Coronavirus (COVID-19): driving tests
Find out how driving tests are affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) and what changes to expect when you take your driving test – updated to confirm the restart of driving lessons in England and Wales from 12 April 2021, and the restart of driving tests in England and Wales from 22 April 2021.

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

EDUCATION:    

Catch-up premium: coronavirus (COVID-19)
Find out which schools are eligible, what the funding is for, when payments will be made and how funding can be used to help pupils catch up on missed education – added information about registering interest for NELI in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. 

Face coverings in education
Guidance on the use of face coverings for schools and other education institutions that teach people in years 7 and above in England – update on the use of face coverings in education and the roadmap review process as part of step 3.

Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools, nurseries and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests
Find out who is eligible for twice-weekly testing and how to get tested if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). This guidance is for people without symptoms.

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak
What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated ‘Schools coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance’.

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak
Find out what you’ll need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to maintain provision – updated the information in the operational guidance on face coverings, educational visits and inspections. Also removed out of date information in the exams and assessment section.

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated advice on the use of face coverings, Lateral Flow Device (LFD) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and self-isolation; removed information on who can attend out-of-school settings prior to 29 March and updated information to reflect the commencement of step 2 of the COVID-19 Response – spring 2021.

HEALTH & WELLBEING:     

Visiting arrangements in care homes
Sets out how care homes can support families and visitors to visit residents from 12 April – updated ‘Guidance on care home visiting’ – from 12 April, each care home resident can name up to 2 people who can come for regular indoor visits. In the ‘Guidance on care home visiting’, updated the section on essential care givers and added a new section on visits involving children and young people aged under 18.

Arrangements for visiting out of the care home
Sets out how care homes can support residents on visits outside of the care home – updated to include more information about steps that should be taken to reduce the risks around a visit out of the care home.

Suicide prevention in England: fifth progress report
The fifth progress report of the Suicide Prevention Strategy for England details the steps taken to reduce deaths by suicide since January 2019.

HOSPITALITY:

Greater Manchester Night Time Advisor wins legal challenge to reopen ahead of 17th May roadmap
On 19th April, the High Court will hear the case to reopen indoor hospitality earlier than scheduled, despite opposition from the Government. Non-essential retail can emerge from lockdown on April 12, but the Government wants to delay the reopening of indoor hospitality, such as pubs and restaurants, until May 17, allowing only a takeaway service until then.

LOCAL AUTHORITIES:   

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Organised events guidance for local authorities
This guidance sets out advice for local authorities in England around organised events during coronavirus

Workforce Capacity Fund for adult social care
Information for local authorities and adult social care providers on the £120 million Workforce Capacity Fund during coronavirus (COVID-19).

PROPERTY:  

Code of practice for the commercial property sector
Government has published a code of practice to encourage commercial tenants and landlords to work together to protect viable businesses – added further guidance – annex to the Code of Practice. 

Commercial rents and COVID-19: call for evidence
This supports the government’s decision to review measures on commercial lease evictions established by section 82 of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

Rents rise again – fourth increase in four months
Average rents across the UK have risen for the fourth time in as many months according to the HomeLet index. Typical rent is now £992 per month – and when London is excluded, it’s ?£847. Nine?of the 12 regions monitored by?HomeLet? show a?monthly rise – the largest is in Northern Ireland, up 2.9 per cent between the end of February and the end of March. However,?rents in London?continue to fall?year on year, showing a two per cent drop between March 2020 and March 2021.

TRANSPORT:   

Get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test if you’re an HGV or van driver
COVID-19 testing for hauliers arriving in England and travelling from the UK – New COVID-19 testing rules for hauliers in England come into force.

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 – updated to confirm the restart of driving lessons in England and Wales from 12 April 2021, and the restart of driving tests in England and Wales from 22 April 2021.

Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
To monitor the use of the transport system during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. DfT provides statistics on transport use by mode – latest data table added.

Haulier coronavirus testing
To monitor the number of tests delivered and the positivity rate of the tests.

TRAVEL:

(COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do
Coronavirus remains a serious threat across the country. Find out what you can and cannot do – updated with additional information on travelling within the Common Travel Area (CTA).

CORONAVIRUS GRANTS FOR BUSINESSES IN STOCKPORT:

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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    LATEST TOWN CENTRE FOOTFALL

    Total visits this period:

    312,147

    Busiest time of the day:

    11.00 – 12.00

    Average dwell time:

    131 mins

    Average visits per day:

    10,405

    (Provided by April 2021 research)