Total UK Cases: 4,528442 positive tests
Latest UK daily figure: 6,048 new cases
Number in UK hospital: 957 (26 more than previous day)
New deaths across UK: 13
Total UK deaths: 127,854
England Cases per 100,000: 26 per 100,000
R number in UK: 1.0 to 1.2
Total 1st doses given: 40,573,517
Total 2nd doses: 28,227,362
Daily 1st doses: 112,941
Daily 2nd doses: 306,068
There have been over 4.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and more than 127,800 people have died. 13 new Covid-related death were announced in the UK yesterday, Tuesday. More than 68 million vaccine doses have been received across the UK and over 40.5 million people have had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine – 76% of all adults.
Nearly 28 million people have had both their first and second jab, 50.2% of all adults.
People aged 25 and over are being invited to have a first jab and the focus has shifted to offer a second vaccine within 8 weeks rather than 12. The average number of daily infections in the UK is rising in some areas, fuelled by the Indian variant, with over 6,000 new cases announced by the government yesterday, Tuesday.
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 1.0 to 1.2 and the growth rate range for England is 0% to +3% per day as of 4 June 2021. Following the announcement of plans to ease of lockdown, the roadmap can be found in full here.
CMA launches action against British Airways and Ryanair over refund denial
Airlines British Airways and Ryanair are being subject to regulatory action following reports that they denied refunds for flights during lockdown.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today launched cases into the airlines regarding their failure to give refunds to customers who were legally unable to take flights during government restrictions.
The CMA has opened enforcement cases into both firms and written to them detailing its concerns. The news follows reports that during periods of lockdown across the UK, British Airways and Ryanair refused to give refunds to people that were lawfully unable to fly – with British Airways offering vouchers or rebooking and Ryanair providing the option to rebook.
Less than 30 days to apply for EU Settlement schemeFrom today, there are only 30 days to go until the deadline of 30 June 2021for applications to be made to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). All EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, should apply without delay so that they can continue to work, study, and access free healthcare and benefits in the UK after 30 June 2021.
Total Stockport cases: 22,183 to 8 June
Cases in the latest week: 549 (29 May to 4 June), +339 more cases than previous 7 days
Total deaths: 723 to May 21st
Cases per 100,000: 187 per 100,000 week ending 4 june
R number in North West: 1.0 – 1.2
1st dose: 76% of adults to 7 June
2nd dose: 54%
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The whole of Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire has been delegated as a an “enhanced response area” because of a rise in Covid-19 cases. As well as the introduction of surge testing and an increase in test centres, military personnel are assisting with door-to-door testing in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus Indian or Delta variant. Residents have been advised to avoid meeting indoors and asked to “reconsider non-essential travel” out of the area. In Greater Manchester, cases in Stockport are increasing at the fastest rate with Salford and Manchester also in the top five areas in the country which have seen the biggest week-on-week rise in infections. In Stockport, cases have risen to 187 per 100,000 in the last week. The UK overall recorded only 26 per 100,000. GM Mayor Andy Burnham is calling for extra and faster vaccinations, but Minister Robert Jenrick says the government will not deviate from the current approach in vaccinating in age bands in any one area.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning were Andy Burnham and Robert Jenrick:
Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham said:
“We are working with the government who are taking a sensible approach and we support it but with one caveat: bring forward supplies and vaccinations now to make a real difference.”
He went to ask people to follow the advice – “people need to review their plans to manage risk, don’t cancel plans but minimise indoor interaction and non-essential travel. I’d say they shouldn’t travel across UK but take a common-sense approach.” Andy also urged everyone to “please get your jab and a second jab which can then offer 87% protection.”
When asked about whether he thought opening up of restrictions on 21st June should go ahead or perhaps introduce a 2-or 4-week delay, he said:
“The government is weighing up options; they have a difficult decision ahead but to get more confidence now they need to act immediately, right now, with more vaccines.”
That way Mr Burnham believes there is more hope of sticking to roadmap plans.
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick:
When asked whether the vaccine programme should be accelerated across Greater Manchester, Mr Jenrick said there had been a great effort with high numbers of over 25s coming forward, but he said the government was following its original programme of going down the ages.
“At the moment we are going to stick with the advice we have received from the JCVI, our advisers, who say that it’s better to continue to work down the age categories on a national basis rather than adopt a regional or geographical approach.
“We are not going to adopt a geographical approach where one part of the country gets significant more vaccines than another,” he says.
“But what we are doing is putting in much more resources to help the local council and the NHS in Greater Manchester to get people to those vaccine centres or get the vaccines to them.”
Regarding the advice to minimise non-essential travel he said is wasn’t law and there would be no returns to local lockdowns but the government had issued extra guidance and hoped that people would take “personal responsibility and good judgement but think about how they go about daily lives.”
He added that the Prime Minister is reviewing the data daily; there are 5 weeks between each step of the roadmap and a decision around lifting all restrictions in expected on or around 14th June.
Stockport Pop-Up vaccination clinic – no appointment necessary
The clinic will be open at Trinity Methodist Church, Bramhall Lane, SK3 8TP.
The clinic will run on Thursday 10 June, and Friday 11 June, from 10am to 4pm. No appointment is required. The clinic will offer first Pfizer vaccinations to anyone aged 25 and over (age subject to change as government advice changes), health and social care workers, unpaid carers, and anyone with underlying health conditions. The site will also be offering first and second dose AstraZeneca vaccinations to those who are 40 and over, or if their first dose was Astrazeneca, subject to eligibility. Vaccination appointments are available at other sites across the region, including the Etihad Campus and several community pharmacies in Stockport. These appointments must be booked online or by calling 119 for free, seven days a week, between 7am and 11pm.
Surge testing for new coronavirus (COVID-19) variants
How ‘surge testing’ and genomic sequencing are being used in locations in England where coronavirus (COVID-19) variants have been identified – updated to include areas where the new COVID-19 variant is spreading fastest. These areas include: Bedford Borough Council, Leicester City Council, London Borough of Hounslow, North Tyneside Council, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, Lancashire County Council, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Kirklees Council. Calderdale Council added to the list of areas carrying out surge testing.
Stockport businesses urged to join the ‘Journey to Net Zero’
Businesses in Stockport and across Greater Manchester are being urged to take part in a series of Growth Company workshops to kickstart the region’s SMEs on a journey towards net zero carbon emissions. The Growth Company’s ‘Journey to Net Zero’ is a series of fully funded workshops for the region’s SMEs, regardless of sector, that are beginning their efforts to reducing their environmental impact. The cohort programme of seven online workshops will begin on 1st July for eight weeks. In 2019, the UK became the first major nation to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero. The transition will fundamentally transform every part of the economy. Some of these changes will be visible, such as renewable energy and electric vehicles, but most will happen behind the scenes in the way organisations operate and manage their relationships.
Although the furlough scheme will continue until 30 September to “support millions through the next stage of the pandemic”, from next month contributions will change.
Currently, furlough applies across the UK and covers up to 80% of an employee’s salary for the hours they can’t work, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.
As Covid restrictions start to lift, employers will have to help cover the cost of their furloughed workers’ salaries. From July, the government will contribute 70% and employers will have to pay 10% for hours not worked; in August and September the government will pay 60% and employers 20%. Employers already pay their employee’s pension and National Insurance contributions.
Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing
Lists of and information about private providers who have self-declared that they meet the government’s minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer – updated the general list of providers. Coronavirus (COVID-19): driving tests
Driving tests are taking place in England, Scotland and Wales – find out what changes to expect because of coronavirus (COVID-19) – added information about how to change or cancel a driving test from 17 June 2021 if you cannot go because of COVID-19.
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 needs 217,000 new workers to bounce back!
Construction will need an extra 217,000 workers by 2025 to meet the demand from a faster than predicted bounce-back from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Forecasts by the CITB’s Construction Skills Network (CSN) have been dramatically revised as the industry recovery picks-up pace. CSN now believe the industry will reach 2019 levels of output in 2022 – three years earlier than the last round of forecasts in December. According to the CSN, most English regions will experience an increase in construction workers by 2025, with East Midlands (1.7%) and West Midlands (1.4%) forecast to lead demand.
Find out which sectors are most in demand of new workers
How to complete the educational setting status form
This data will help the government monitor the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on settings, focus support more effectively and keep children safe – updated ‘Questions for schools: educational settings status form’.
COVID-19 vaccination: information for healthcare practitioners
Guidance for healthcare practitioners about the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme – updated guidance, details of changes on page 4.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK: antibody and vaccination data, 9 June 2021
Antibody and vaccination data by UK country and regions in England from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey. This analysis has been produced in partnership with University of Oxford, University of Manchester, Public Health England, and Wellcome Trust. This study is jointly led by the ONS and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) working with the University of Oxford and UK Biocentre to collect and test samples
Statements regarding COVID-19 tests evaluated by PHE
Public Health England (PHE) has undertaken rapid evaluations of selected commercial diagnostic kits and serological assays – email addresses are no longer in use for evaluations.
Information about the Events Research Programme (ERP), paving the way for larger audiences to attend sport, theatre and gigs safely this summer
Information for attendees and those hosting the ERP Pilot Events – added link to Information for ticket holders attending the Euro 2020 Events Research Programme matches.
Event Research Programme – Ministerial Directions
Ministerial Directions in relation to the Event Research Programme pilot events – added Directions for: 2020 UEFA European Football Championships, Royal Ascot Races and LV= Insurance Test.
Covid forces rethink on where we live and how we work
The findings show that 39 per cent of workers plan to move to remote working full time as a result of the pandemic with 30 per cent doing so part time. The pandemic and lockdowns have made over a third of those aged 18 to 34 want to move house according to new findings from Close Brothers. Employees in London are most eager to make the change, with 38 per cent seeking a better quality of life. It is a significantly greater proportion than the next most likely regions, the East Midlands and the East of England (both 23 per cent). The region in which
employees are least likely to have made the shift is the North-East (nine per cent).
Pandemic accelerates UK’s shift to online
UK adults spent an average of three hours and 47 minutes online every day during the pandemic, an annual survey of media habits by regulator Ofcom has found.
That was over an hour longer than adults in Germany and France. In addition, online shopping sales in the UK rose by 48% to £113bn, with food and drink sales rising the most. Ofcom said the Online Nation 2021 report revealed how the pandemic had accelerated a shift to online. In a year when many had to find what entertainment they could at home, gaming saw a big increase with half who played telling Ofcom it helped them get through lockdown. Sixty-two per cent of adults, and 92% of 16- to 24-year-olds, said they played computer games. Communication at work and at play also changed as workplaces closed and travel was restricted.
Information for ticket holders attending the Euro 2020 Events Research Programme matches
Guidance for those attending the EURO 2020 matches being played at Wembley Stadium on June 13 and June 18 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.
DVLA Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Our online services have not been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are running as normal – added in detail about industrial action
Haulier coronavirus testing
To monitor the number of tests delivered and the positivity rate of the tests – latest table added
Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad
How to demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status to show that you have had a full course (2 doses) of the COVID-19 vaccine and access this status when travelling abroad – you can now request a COVID-19 vaccination status letter to be posted to you via the NHS.UK website.
US eases travel restrictions from 61 countries but not for UK visitors
Countries such as France, Spain and Italy are now Level 3, which means fully vaccinated passengers may go to these areas. Travellers from the US can visit the UK but must self-isolate. Because the US is on the UK’s “amber list” visitors from the country have to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. But most passengers from the UK are still banned from travelling to the US.
Applications for the Economic Recovery Fund ARG Localities Grant closed 31st May
As at 27/05/2021
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.
Applications close on 30 June 2021
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:
Strand 2 Businesses that have a rateable value:
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.
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.
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.
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/
Useful Government links for easing out of lockdown:
Coronavirus Roadmap out of lockdown – what and when?
From 29 March:
Stage two (no earlier than 12 April):
Stage three (no earlier than 17 May):
Stage four (no earlier than 21 June):
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
Government – Guidance on Returning to Work safely
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:
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
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
Employment – Useful information for the Self-Employed:
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
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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