This section contains the latest information from Government regarding support and advice during the Covid 19 outbreak.
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Thursday 9th July
From July 11th:
🎭 Outdoor theatres, opera and music venues can reopen
🏏 Outdoor recreational team sports, starting with cricket can restart
🏊♀️ Outdoor pools can reopen
From July 13th:
💅 Nail bars;
💄 Beauty salons;
🖌Tattoo artists; and
☀️ Tanning salons can reopen.
From July 25th,
🏋️♂️ Indoor gyms;
🏊♀️ Indoor pools; and
🏸 Leisure centres can reopen
Wednesday 8th July
Jobs Retention Bonus Scheme
This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to businesses designed to reward and incentivise employers who successfully bring furloughed staff back to work and kept them on continuously until January.
VAT will be cut across the UK to hospitality, accommodation and attractions from 20 per cent to 5 per cent until 12 January 2021. This could support almost 2 million businesses and protect 2.5 million jobs.
Eat Out to Help Out scheme
Anyone who eats at a participating business, Monday to Wednesday for the month of August, can receive up to 50 per cent off food and non-alcoholic drinks, up to a value of £10 per person. Businesses can claim the money back from the government weekly, receiving funds within 5 working days. Guidance for businesses will be published next week.
Stamp duty on all homes under £500,000 will be scrapped until 31 March 2021 to kickstart the housing market and boost confidence. This will help drive growth and create jobs and equates to an average saving of £4,500.
Upgrading the energy efficiency of homes
£2 billion to allow people to apply for a voucher to fund at least two-thirds of the cost of upgrading the energy performance of their homes – up to a maximum of £5,000. Low-income households will be eligible for up to 100 per cent of government funding up to £10,000. This measure will also reduce energy bills by up to £300 a year and help to save carbon – equivalent to a flight from London to New York.
£50 million to pilot new approaches for retrofitting social housing at scale – meaning warmer and more energy efficient homes.
Public Sector buildings
£1 billion scheme which will offer grants to public sector bodies including schools and hospitals to fund both energy efficiency and low-carbon heat measures.
A new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme, to give young people the best possible chance of getting a job will directly pay businesses to create new, decent and high-quality jobs for any 16-24 year old at risk of long-term unemployment. Funding available for each job will cover 100 per cent of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, for six months in total, plus an admin fee – for a grant of around £6,500 per placement. There will be no cap on the number of places available funding hundreds of thousands of new placements.
£111 million to triple the scale of Traineeships, which consist of work experience placements, training and work preparation for 16-24 year olds. We will also increase the eligibility of Traineeships to include young people qualified up to Level 3 (advanced – equivalent to 2 good A Level passes), up from Level 2 (intermediate – equivalent to achieving 5 GCSEs at 9-4) currently.
Providing £2,000 to employers for each new apprentice they hire under the age of 25 and £1,500 for any apprentice aged over 25, helping more people into the workplace while developing key skills.
£101 million to help 18 and 19 year olds to take high value courses at Levels 2 and 3 where work opportunities are not available. £32 million to recruit more careers advisers for the National Careers Service, so that it can provide advice to 269,000 more people.
Sector-Based Work Academies
Sector-Based Work Academies are short-term courses lasting up to six weeks for unemployed benefit claimants. They consist of pre-employment training, work experience placements and guaranteed interviews. These will be scaled up providing an additional £17 million to triple the number of placements available in 2020-21, supporting 32,000 more vocational training placements.
Youth Offer – Universal Credit
The Youth Offer will include: 13 weeks of intensive support – including a referral to work-related training or an apprenticeship; new Young People’s Hubs for those who need additional tailored work coach support and Youth Employability Coaches for those with more complex needs. There will be an Opportunity Guarantee to give young people the skills and confidence they need to find they job that is right for them.
Tuesday 23rd June
The Prime Minister delivered a statement in the House of Commons announcing the next stage of easing lockdown. The following adjustments to lockdown measures will take effect on July 4th:
👨👨👧👦👨👨👧👧Two households of any size may meet in any setting, including inside each other’s homes. It does not always have to be the same household but the Government have advised against meeting multiple households indoors due to the risk of creating greater chains of transmission.
🍽🍻Pubs and restaurants may reopen with indoor table service only. The Government will develop protocol alongside representatives from the hospitality sector to collect customer details, in case Track & Trace contact is required.
💈✂️Hairdressers and barbers may reopen, with appropriate measures, such a wearing visors, taken to ensure customer safety.
🛏 Staying in second homes, caravan, campsites, motorhomes, and self-catered units will be allowed for up to two households as long as shared facilities are kept clean.
⛪️🕌 Places of worship will be able to reopen for prayers and services, including weddings with a maximum of 30 people present.
2️⃣➡️1️⃣Two metre social distancing guidelines revised down to one metre in line with World Health Organisation guidance and following a Government-commissioned review which will be published online this week.The Government advise that residents maintain the 2-metre distance where possible, but where not keep 1 metre plus while taking precautions to reduce the risk of transmission.
Monday 22nd June
The following updates have been provided to those who are currently shielding:
From 6 July, those who are shielding can meet up in groups of up to six outdoors and create a support bubble with one other household.
From 1 August, those who need to work and cannot do so from home will be able to return to work as long as their workplace is COVID secure, adhering to the guidance available.