GOV.uk Updates & Information

Below you will find a series of links to important information pages published UK Government on their GOV.uk website. This information is updated regularly.

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Gov Statement to Parliament: Matt Hancock 9 Feb 2021

The new system of of health measures at the border will come into place on 15 February 2021

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Gov Guidance: Business Support

Find out what financial support schemes your business is eligible for and how to make your workplace covid secure.

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Gov Press Release: Statement from Matt Hancock 10 January 2021

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care shares thoughts on vaccines, testing and the R number.

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Gov Press Release: Oxford University/AstraZenaca Covid 19 Vaccine Approved

The new vaccine has been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) after meeting required safety, quality and effectiveness standards.

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Gov News: UK authorises Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Government authorises first COVID-19 vaccine on independent advice of medicines regulator.

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Gov Update: Making a Childcare Bubble

Information about what a childcare bubble is and who can make one.

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Gov Guidance: local covid alert level ‘high’.

Find out what restrictions there are in areas of England where the covid alert level is ‘high’.

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Gov Guidance: Local Covid alerts information.

Find information around covid alert levels, what they are, what they mean and what the different levels are.

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Gov Update: Local restrictions in the North East of England.

Information around what you can and cannot do if you live, work or travel in Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Northumberland, Sunderland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside or Durham.

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Gov Update: Coronavirus and what has changed, 9 September

From Monday 14th September, by law, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6.

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Gov Update: Second stage of support scheme for the self-employed.

A second payment of up to £6,570 could be claimed by millions of self-employed people whose livelihoods have been affected by coronavirus.

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Gov Press Release: New COVID-19 vaccines secured by UK government.

Early access for UK citizens to 90 million doses of 2 COVID-19 vaccine candidates if they are proved safe and effective.

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Gov Press Release: New triple lock process for students ahead of A level and GCSE results.

Students could accept their calculated grade, appeal to receive a valid mock result, or sit autumn exams to ensure the achievements of young people are recognised.

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Gov guidance: calculating your statutory redundancy pay.

Statutory redundancy pay is based on your age, weekly pay and number of years in the job. Calculate how much statutory redundancy you can get.

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Gov Update: Eat Out to Help Out launched on 3 August.

Restaurant bills slashed for diners in the UK by as much as 50%.

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Gov Press Release: £20 million new grants to help smaller businesses to recover.

Thousands of smaller businesses in England are set to benefit from £20 million of new government funding to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gov Guidance: Qualification results this summer.

Exam results were cancelled this year due to coronavirus. Find out how results will be calculated, advice around if results are not what you wanted and support phone lines.

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Gov Guidance: Get a free NHS test if you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms and/or if you have been told to have a test before you go into hospital.

You can have a swab test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) You can choose to take the test either at a test site or with a home test kit.

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Gov Press Release: Care home visits restart so families and friends can reunite with loved ones.

Following the publication of new guidance on 22 July, care home residents are set to be reunited with friends and family.

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Gov Press Release: UK secures strong portfolio of promising vaccines.

Millions could be vaccinated against Covid-19.

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Gov Guidance: The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

Get a 50% discount when you eat in at restaurants that are registered with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme from 3 August - 31 August 2020.

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Gov Press Release: Gyms and pools to reopen safely

From 11 July, outdoor pools can reopen to the public. Then from 25 July, indoor pools, gyms and leisure centres can reopen.

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Gov Press Release: Beauty salons set to reopen.

From Monday 13 July, beauty salons, nail bars and tattoo studios can reopen safely.

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Gov Authored Article: Help from Jobcentre Plus.

Jobcentre Plus is bringing in 13,500 new Work Coaches to help people find work.

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Gov Guidance: Young carers and young adult carers.

Advice and guidance for carers under the age of 25 who are providing care for someone during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Gov Speech: Health Secretary Covid-19 statement 22 June 2020

Matt Hancock gives the daily press briefing on the government’s response to the covid-19 pandemic.

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Gov Update: Online resources to aid children’s home education.

Free online, educational resources to support children learning from home. Subjects include: English, Maths, Science and P.E.

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Gov Guidance: Keeping children safe from abuse and harm during coronavirus.

Information and advice for parents and carers around the main risks that children may be vulnerable to at this time.

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Gov News: Facebook Fitness Focus event.

How to stay fit at home during lockdown.

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Gov Speech 23 June 2020: Prime Minister’s statement to the House on Covid-19.

Boris Johnson’s coronavirus statement to the House on 23 June 2020.

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Gov Guidance: Travel and mental health.

Advice for British nationals with mental health needs, their families and carers, to prepare for travelling abroad.

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Gov Press Release: Flexibility given to primary schools to bring back more pupils.

Headteachers are being encouraged to invite back more primary school pupils before summer.

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Gov Guidance: How different circumstances affect the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership, find out how your circumstances can affect your eligibility for the scheme.

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Gov Guidance: New rules from Monday 15 June around face coverings on public transport.

People should continue to avoid taking public transport where possible, but by mandating the use of face coverings, the government is asking passengers to play their part in helping to protect each other.

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Gov Guidance: Supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Advice for parents and carers around looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during coronavirus.

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Gov Guidance: Safe air travel for passengers during covid-19.

Guidance around how to safely travel in airports and on aircraft during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gov Press Release: Non essential shops in England will be able to reopen from Monday 15th June 2020.

The Business Secretary confirmed on the 9th June that thousands of high street shops,department stores and shopping centres will be able to reopen safely in England thanks to continuing progress in meeting the 5 government tests.

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Gov Press Release 5th June 2020: Ban on evictions extended by two months.

Renters across England and Wales will receive greater protection after the Government extended the suspension of new evictions until 23 August 2020.

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Gov Speech: 3 June 2020 Prime Minister statement at the coronavirus press conference.

Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

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Gov Guidance: Support for the bereaved.

Information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions.

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Gov Guidance: Covid-19 and advice for smokers and vapers.

How to reduce the risk of contracting covid-19 for those who smoke and vape and how to access support to stop smoking and remain smokefree.

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Gov Speech 30 May 2020: The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden’s statement on coronavirus and sport.

Football, tennis, horse racing, Formula One, cricket, golf, rugby, snooker and others – all are set to return to our screens shortly, with horse racing first out of the gate in the North East next week.

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Gov Speech 28 May 2020: Boris Johnson’s statement on the 5 tests that must be met before adjusting the lockdown.

The Prime MInister Boris Johnson gives an update on the progress against each of the 5 tests.

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Gov Guidance: coronavirus and advice on accessing green spaces safely.

Advice from the government about using green spaces and protecting yourself and others during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gov Press Release: Coronavirus and Boris Johnson’s retail timeline.

Timeline for retail to re-open in June 2020 set out by Boris Johnson. 

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Gov guidance: National Insurance credits for adults who care for a child under 12 years old

You may be eligible for Specified Adult Childcare National Insurance Credits if you are an adult caring for a child under 12 years old. Read this fact sheet to find out more.

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Gov news: protecting our mental health during coronavirus.

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in our lives changing dramatically. Find resources here to help you manage your mental health during this difficult time.

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Gov guidance: Coronavirus Future Fund Scheme.

A scheme for innovative companies which are facing financial difficulties due to coronavirus.

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Gov press release: Plan to restart the housing market.

Housing Secretary sets out plan to restart the housing market.

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Gov update: tackling loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic.

A collection of the government’s work around tackling loneliness during covid-19.

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Gov guidance: Covid-19 tests and testing kits.

Guidance for the public, patients and professional users around coronavirus testing.

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Gov update: coronavirus travel advice.

Guidance for British people travelling overseas during covid-19.

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Gov guidance: Rebuilding the UK during coronavirus pandemic

Guidance outlining the UK government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy and plans to rebuild the UK.

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Coronavirus Prime Minister Speech: 11th May 2020

PM Boris Johnson’s opening statement from the press conference on coronavirus,discussing the new Covid Alert Level System, steps the government are taking to carefully modify the measures, how to stay alert and more.

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Coronavirus Prime Minister Speech: 10th May 2020

Boris Johnson addresses the nation on coronavirus

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Gov update: Coronavirus bounce back loan scheme for small and medium-sized businesses

The scheme will launch on 4th May 2020, but read about what it will involve here.

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Gov update: £3m funding given to organisations supporting children affected by domestic abuse.

Funding will include supporting children to engage in one-to-one and group counselling sessions with specialist services to improve their mental health.

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Gov guidance: Contact Student Loans Company for repayment enquiries

Contact details for the Student Loans Company to discuss repayment enquiries.

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Gov Press Release: Support for vulnerable children during coronavirus pandemic

Government plans outlined to support children at risk of abuse and neglect and keep them safe during covid-19

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Gov guidance coronavirus: fraud and cyber crime

Government guidance on how to protect yourself and your business from fraud and cyber crime.

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Gov Update: Government launches new coronavirus business support finder tool

A new ‘support finder’ tool will help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gov press release: change to Universal Credit claiming process

Use your existing Government Gateway account to confirm your identity when claiming Universal Credit helping to speed up your claim.

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Gov update: Support from Companies House for businesses hit by coronavirus

Announced changes which will help businesses avoid being struck off the Companies House register as they deal with the impact of covid-19.

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Gov update: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended to 19th March 2020

Furlough scheme cut-off date extended; thousands more employees will be able to receive support.

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Gov Press Release: National action plan to further support adult social care sector during coronavirus

Government action plan to support the adult social care sector in England during coronavirus.  

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Gov update: Coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme

A coronavirus self-employment Income Support Scheme for those who are self-employed or a member of a partnership in the UK. Check if you are eligible to claim a grant. HMRC will be in touch with you by mid May 2020 if you are eligible for the scheme.

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Gov Update: Domestic abuse and how to get help.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, there is support available.  This link includes: guidance on how to report domestic abuse, organisations that can provide support and their contact details, helping a friend if they are being abused, support for children and young people, help from UK Visas and Immigration if you don't have settled status in the UK and more.

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Gov update: New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance

If you are unemployed or work less than 16 hours, then you may be eligible for New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) either alongside Universal Credit or instead of Universal Credit depending on your National Insurance record.

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Gov update: Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus

Includes several videos around the Job Retention Scheme, furloughed employees, the support available to help you run your business through the coronavirus pandemic and more.

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Coronavirus Gov Update: Guidance for self-employed who are getting less work or no work

You may be eligible to apply for a grant through the coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme if you have lost income. Page also includes other financial help available and what to do if you cannot make a self-assessment payment on account.

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Gov Update: Genuine HMRC contact and recognising phishing emails and text messages.

Find out how to recognise when contact from HMRC is genuine, and how to recognise phishing or bogus emails and text messages.

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Press Release: Coronavirus, child benefit and parents of newborns

HMRC update that parents of new-borns can still claim Child Benefit despite the outbreak of COVID-19

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Press Release: Health Secretary Matt Hancock sets out plan to carry out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day

Coronavirus: New 5 pillar plan set out by Health Secretary.

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Gov Advice: Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

Government guidance on coronavirus and what you can and cannot do.

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Coronavirus: How to Help Safely

Across the UK people are playing their part and providing essential support to their friends and family who are in isolation.

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Government cracks down on spread of false coronavirus information online

Specialist units are operating to combat misinformation about coronavirus and five to ten incidents are being identified and tackled each day.

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Gov Update - Supporting disabled people through the coronavirus outbreak

A joint statement from the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, the Minister for Care, and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families.

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Gov Guidance: Covid 19 vaccination guide for older adults

Information for eligible adults on covid 19 vaccination.

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Gov Info: Covid 19 vaccination leaflets

Easy read guides providing information on covid 19 and vaccinations.

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Gov Update: National Lockdown January 2021

Find out what you can and can’t do during the national lockdown.

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Gov Update: Rules on travel for Christmas period

On Christmas day only, you will be able to travel to see your Christmas bubble depending on the rules of where you are travelling to and from.

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Gov Press Release: Takeaway Services Extended

A boost for restaurants, pubs and cafes to provide takeaway services for another year.

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Gov Update: Making a Support Bubble

Information about what a support bubble is and who can make one.

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Gov Guidance: local covid alert level ‘medium’.

Find out what restrictions there are in areas of England where the covid alert level is ‘medium.’

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Gov Update: Coronavirus restrictions in your local area.

Enter the postcode of the place you want to find information about. For example where you live, work, or visit.

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Gov Guidance: Rule of six to tackle coronavirus in place now.

New law to prohibit both indoor and outdoor social gatherings of more than 6 people has come into play today.

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Gov Guidance: Self-isolating after returning to the UK, your employment rights.

Guidance for employees and employers on self-isolating after returning to the UK.

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Gov Guidance: Domestic abuse and getting help during the coronavirus outbreak.

This guidance is for people without English as a first language and it offers advice around how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse.

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Gov: New Jobhelp website for jobseekers. 

The Government has launched a new website called Jobhelp which provides advice around redundancy, the latest job vacancies, critical jobs, job search ideas, job search tools, information around transferable skills and local support.

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Gov Guidance: Advice from Public Health England for the public around the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus.

Read about what can help your mental health and wellbeing, planning for potential challenges and advice for specific groups with additional mental health needs.

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Gov Guidance: High value courses; a one year offer for 18 and 19 year olds

Additional funding for school and college leavers aged 18-19 to encourage and support the delivery of selected level 2 and level 3 qualifications in response to coronavirus.

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Gov Update: New digital support for apprentices who have lost their jobs during coronavirus.

The new Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA) launched on 1 August to help apprentices who have lost their jobs during the pandemic to find new opportunities.

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Gov Press Release: New law for furloughed employees.

Furloughed employees to receive full, statutory redundancy pay under new government law, based on their normal wages rather than a reduced furlough rate.

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Gov Press Release: Eat Out to Help Out.

More than 53,000 outlets across the UK have signed up for the government’s Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. Diners who eat in these venues any Monday to Wednesday in August will benefit from 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person on food and non alcoholic drinks. 

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Gov Press Release: Disabled people exempt from wearing face coverings in enclosed spaces from Friday 24 July.

The government has set out a list of face covering exemptions including disabled people, anyone under the age of 11, anyone with dementia and those who have hidden health conditions such as breathing difficulties, mental health conditions of autism.

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Gov News: Millions of face coverings will be made by production lines each week.

A government drive to increase UK production of face coverings has started.

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Gov Press Release: New plans to ensure both smoking and non-smoking outdoor options in pubs, cafes and restaurants.

An amendment tabled on 19 July to legislation in Parliament.

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Gov Guidance: When to wear a face covering and how to make your own.

Guidance from the government also includes what a face covering is, how they reduce the transmission of covid-19 and how they should be safely used and stored.

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Gov Statement: Face coverings are mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July 2020.

Matt Hancock spoke about plans to make face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets.

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Gov Speech 8 July 2020: Chancellor Rishi Sunak

A Plan for Jobs 2020 speech around protecting, supporting and creating jobs.

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Gov Press Release: Majority of children no longer required to shield.

The government has confirmed that the majority of children currently considered extremely clinical vulnerable to COVID-19 will be able to be removed from the shielded patient list.

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Gov Guidance: Universal Credit and childcare.

If you are getting Universal Credit, you can claim back up to 85% of the costs of childcare that has taken place and you have already paid for.

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Gov Press Release: £40 million green jobs challenge fund.

The funds will create jobs in conservation and nature recovery.

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Gov Update: Hairdressers, pubs and restaurants to open on 4 July 2020.

Practical guidelines to help pubs, restaurants and hairdressers open safely during the coronavirus pandemic. Measures include: table service, ordering through apps and encouraging customers to use hand sanitiser or hand-washing facilities when they enter the venue.

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Gov Coronavirus and youth offending team update: Support for children under 18 years old. 

A leaflet for children detailing support provided by youth offending teams during the covid-19 outbreak. 

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Gov News 24 June 2020: Public Health England issues heat warning to vulnerable people and groups during coronavirus.

Public Health England are encouraging people shielding and more vulnerable groups to take care during the heatwave this week.

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Gov Press Release 23 June 2020: Boris Johnson announces easing of lockdown measures in England.

The Prime Minister has outlined that from 4th July, pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines.

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Gov Press Release: Next phase of NHS coronavirus app. 

The next phase of development in building an app that supports the end-to-end NHS Test and Trace service.

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Gov Guidance: How to wear and make a cloth face covering.

Public Health England guidance around making your own face covering using a t-shirt or by sewing your own cloth face covering.

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Gov Press Release: Write letters to people isolating at home says Loneliness Minister.

Encouragement to the public to reach out to friends, family and neighbours who are elderly or otherwise clinically vulnerable. This includes those who are pregnant, aged 70 or older or with an underlying health condition

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Gov Guidance NHS test and trace and how it works.

An overview of the NHS test and trace service, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.

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Gov Speech: Prime Minister Statement at Coronavirus Press Conference 10 June.

Boris Johnson’s 10 June coronavirus press conference speech.

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Gov Press Release: £63m for local authorities to assist those struggling to afford food and other essentials.

New funding confirmed for local authorities to help those who are struggling financially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gov Update: Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough.

People on paternity and maternity leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the government’s furlough scheme.

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Gov Press Release: Covid-19 tests offered to every care home for elderly or those with dementia.

Test kits have been offered to every care home for over-65s or those with dementia in England, reaching the testing target for 6th June.

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Gov Guidance: How to self isolate when you travel to the UK.

From 8th June 2020, everyone who travels to the UK will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

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Gov Guidance: Redundancy Payments.

Links to information and guidance around your redundancy rights and what you can apply for and how you can apply.

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Gov Update: Chancellor Rishi Sunak extends Self-Employment Support Scheme and confirms Furlough next steps.

Those eligible under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will be able to claim a second and final grant in August. RIshi Sunak also outlines further details on the extension of the Job Retention Scheme.

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Gov update: Restrictions set to ease for extremely vulnerable people who have been shielding indoors in England.

Those who have been “shielding” indoors in England during the coronavirus pandemic to be able to spend time outdoors from Monday 1st June 2020.

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Gov Guidance for the Public: Phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England.

Guidance following the new government rules from Monday 1st June 2020 around exercising outside with up to 5 people.

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Gov Speech: Transport Secretary’s statement on 12 June 2020

From 15 June 2020, it is essential in England to wear a face covering on public transport, including: buses, trains, planes, trams and ferries.Transport operators will be able to refuse permission to travel where someone isn’t using a face covering.

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Gov Speech: 25th May 2020 PM Press Conference Statement.

Boris Johnson’s statement at the daily coronavirus press conference on 25th May 2020.

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Gov guidance: Letter from the Minister of Housing to support social housing residents during coronavirus

The letter outlines the measures in place to support social housing residents during the next phase of reopening society during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gov guidance: Staying safe outside your home during coronavirus.

Guidance outlines the principles you should follow when outside your home during coronavirus. 

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Gov guidance: Essential worker coronavirus tests.

Guidance for essential workers and those who live with an essential worker around coronavirus tests.

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Gov guidance: Coronavirus and the £5million loneliness covid-19 grant fund.

Information about the new government loneliness grant fund, eligibility and how to apply.

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Gov guidance: Student Loans Company guidance for prospective students.

Guidance for prospective students from SLC and frequently asked questions during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gov update: guidance on accessing green space safely during the coronavirus

Guidance from the government around protecting yourself and others when outside during coronavirus.

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Gov update: £2 billion package to boost walking and cycling to relieve the pressure on public transport.

Government guidance detailing their plan to return to life as near normal as possible. Includes guidance around: protecting different groups of people, staying at home, visiting public places, going to work, public gatherings and more. 

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Gov Press Release: Public advised to cover faces in enclosed spaces.

Government guidance around wearing face coverings when in shops and on public transport to help reduce the spread of covid-19.

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Gov Update: Safer travel guidance for passengers during coronavirus

Government guidance around safely using public transport, walking and cycling during covid-19 pandemic.

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Gov update: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEIS)

HMRC will be contacting customers who may be eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEIS).

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Gov update coronavirus: Additional government resources to support businesses

Guidance from the government to help your business during coronavirus including useful helplines and links to webinars.

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Gov update: New, free digital learning platform designed to help boost workplace skills.

‘The Skills Toolkit’ is a new online learning platform. Courses on offer include: everyday maths, digital marketing and coding.

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Gov press release: Furloughed workers to receive full parental leave entitlement

Furloughed workers planning to take paid parental or adoption leave will be entitled to pay based on their usual earnings rather than a furloughed pay rate.

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Gov guidance: Adjustments that The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) can make if your disability or health condition make it difficult to claim benefits and pensions.

Guidance includes information around various services including: Relay UK, textphone and video relay service. If you cannot use these platforms, then alternative methods are outlined in this government guidance.

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Gov Press Release: New adult social care recruitment campaign launched to boost workforce

This new campaign is part of a wider government plan to attract more staff into the adult social care sector.

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Gov Update: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme up and running

The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme went live today, with businesses able to claim up to £2,500 a month towards staff wages.

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Gov press release: mental health covid-19 campaign launches

Every mind matters campaign launched: advice around looking after mental wellbeing and it is supported by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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Gov update: Guidance around how qualifications will be awarded this summer 2020

Gov Update: Guidance for parents, carers, teachers and students on how GCSE, AS Level, A level, vocational and technical qualifications will be awarded and graded in summer 2020.

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Gov update: coronavirus and getting tested.

Coronavirus testing for critical workers who are self-isolating.

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Gov update: Coronavirus- DBS applications free of charge and fast track barred list check service for healthcare and social care workers.

Temporary arrangements put in place by the Home Office and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This applies to healthcare and social care workers in England and Wales, being recruited in connection with the provision of care and treatment of coronavirus, or those being recruited to backfill roles because of the impact of the pandemic.

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Gov update: Home Secretary announces support for domestic abuse victims

Home Secretary Priti Patel has launched a new public awareness raising campaign outlining that help is still available to those experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse during the coronavirus outbreak 

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Gov Policy Paper: Coronavirus - personal protective equipment (PPE) plan. plan for coronavirus.

The PPE plan provides guidance around who needs to use PPE and when and who does not need PPE as well as information and guidance on distribution and future supply.

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Gov Press Release: Covid-19 Adoption Support Fund Scheme for vulnerable families

Up to £18 million of government funding for adoptive families during the coronavirus outbreak to meet needs. Emergency support offered to adoptive families includes: online counselling and couples therapy.

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Gov Update: Coronavirus and prisons guidance

Coronavirus guidance for families and friends of those in Prison in England and Wales

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Coronavirus Gov Update: Guidance on what to do if you were employed and have now lost your job due to coronavirus

Information from the government on what to do if you have lost your job due to coronavirus.

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Coronavirus Gov Update: Online resources to help your children learn at home

Help your children to learn at home with online education resources released by the government.

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Gov Update: Working Tax Credits

Government announcement that Working Tax Credits payments will be increased from 6th April 2020 - find out what's happening and who this affects.

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Gov Update: Check if your employer can use the coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Your employer is responsible for claiming through the Job Retention Scheme on your behalf and for paying you what you are entitled to. Find out if you’re eligible for the scheme and how much your employer can claim if they put you on temporary leave (furlough) because of the coronavirus.

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Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Gov Update - Chancellor gives support to millions of self-employed individuals

Rishi Sunak announces world-leading scheme to support the UK’s self-employed affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

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Call for businesses to help make NHS ventilators

We are looking for businesses to support in the production and supply of ventilators and ventilator components

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Gov Guidance: UK Covid 19 Vaccines Delivery Plan

We are the first country in the world to authorise a vaccine against COVID-19. Today we have 3 authorised vaccines for COVID-19; more than any other country in the world.

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Gov Guidance: Coronavirus Support from the Government and other organisations

Guidance includes: mental health and wellbeing, redundancy support, getting food, paying bills and more.

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Gov Speech: Boris Johnson addresses the nation 4 January 2021

National lockdown in England begins.

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Gov Press Release: Boris Johnson announces Tier 4 ’Stay at Home’ Alert

Tougher restrictions for some parts of England.

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Gov Update: Furlough extended to March 2021

Furlough has been extended by 5 months into Spring 2021.

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Gov Guidance: local covid alert level ‘very high’.

Find out what restrictions there are in areas of England where the covid alert level is ‘very high’.

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Gov Guidance: Covid alert levels by area.

The areas in England listed as covid alert level ‘high’ and covid alert ‘very high’.

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Gov Press Release: Prime Minister announces new three tiered system of local covid alert levels in England.

Boris Johnson has today set out how the government will further simplify and standardise local rules by introducing a three tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England.

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Gov Update on new social distancing rules

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock speaks about new social distancing rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Gov Press Release: Covid-19 vaccine trials.

100,00 members of the public have already signed up to register for covid-19 vaccine trials. More members of the general public are encouraged to sign up.

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Gov Press Release: New enforcement measures announced by the government.

From Saturday 15th August, we will see the reopening of  indoor theatres, music and performance venues, indoor play and softplay.  Bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos will be permitted to reopen and beauty salons, tattoo studios, spas and barbers across England will be able to offer all close contact services and treatments. Fines will also be amended and introduced. 

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Gov Press Release: Funding to prepare the NHS for winter confirmed by the Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson announces the 117 Trusts allocated a share of £300 million to upgrade A&E facilities to help the NHS prepare for winter and the risk from further outbreaks of coronavirus.

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Gov Press Release: Extra boost to support working families affected by coronavirus.

Working parents or carers who are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare or 30 hours free childcare but have temporarily fallen below the minimum income requirement as a result of the pandemic will continue to receive financial support until 31 October 2020.

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Gov Press Release: New, rapid coronavirus tests coming before winter.

Both tests will be able to detect covid-19 and other winter viruses in just 90 minutes.

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Gov Guidance: Shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus.

From 1 August 2020, the government will pause shielding unless the transmission of covid starts to rise significantly.

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Gov Update: Self-Isolation period extended from 7 days to 10 days.

UK Chief Medical Officers statement outlines that the self-isolation period has been extended to 10 days for those in the community who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or a positive test result.

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Gov Press Release: Government deal boosts chances of UK receiving Covid-19 vaccine.

The deal will secure early access to a promising, new covid-19 vaccine.

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Gov Press Release: Face coverings are mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs from Friday 24 July.

This new measure is an important step in lifting lockdown in England. It will also be compulsory to wear a face covering when buying food and drink to take away from cafes and shops. Venues such as pubs, restaurants and gyms are exempt.

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Gov News: Millions of face coverings will be made by production lines each week.

A government drive to increase UK production of face coverings has started.

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Gov News: £266 million housing fund launched by Jenrick.

Next Steps Accommodation Programme launched on 18 July; resources available for councils to help ensure 15,000 continue to have a safe place to stay.

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Gov Guidance: When to wear a face covering and how to make your own.

Guidance from the government also includes what a face covering is, how they reduce the transmission of covid-19 and how they should be safely used and stored.

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Gov Speech 9 July 2020: The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary’s statement on coronavirus

As of this weekend, artists, musicians and dancers can start performing live outside to audiences. We’ll also have the resumption of recreational sport, followed later by the reopening of our gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres.

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Gov Guidance: Introduction to T-Levels

From September 2020, T-Level courses (equivalent to 3 A-Levels) will be coming in following GCSES. Their content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.

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Gov Speech 3 July: Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus.

Boris Johnson updates the nation on the latest coronavirus information.

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Gov Press Release: Public to leave name and number with venues they visit to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Executive Chair of NHS Test and Trace encourages the public to play their part in stopping the spread of  covid-19 from Saturday 4 July.

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Gov Guidance: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships during coronavirus pandemic.

The government has been working with stakeholders in the wedding industry to consider how small marriages and civil partnerships can begin safely from 4 July.

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Gov Press Release: New guidance for reopening galleries, museums and the heritage sector.

Boris Johsnon has announced that from the 4 July, museums, galleries and heritage attractions will be able to open. 

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Gov Update: Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests to restart in England.

On Saturday 4 July, driving lessons and theory tests will restart in England and on Wednesday 22 July, car driving tests will restart.

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Gov Guidance: Meeting people from outside your household from 4 July.

From 4 July, you can meet in a group of 2 households (including your support bubble), in any location- public or private, indoors or outdoors. This does not need to be the same household each time.

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Gov Press Release: Government has approved the world’s first coronavirus treatment for NHS.

The NHS are authorised to use the coronavirus treatment which is proven to reduce the risk of death.

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Gov Press Release: Government funded Covid-19 vaccine movies into first human trials.

Clinical researchers will begin human trials of a new coronavirus vaccine developed by researchers at Imperial College in London.

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Gov Guidance: How to wear and make a cloth face covering.

Public Health England guidance around making your own face covering using a t-shirt or by sewing your own cloth face covering.

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Gov Press Release: Write letters to people isolating at home says Loneliness Minister.

Encouragement to the public to reach out to friends, family and neighbours who are elderly or otherwise clinically vulnerable. This includes those who are pregnant, aged 70 or older or with an underlying health condition

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Gov Guidance: Advice for the public on mental health and wellbeing.

Information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus.

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Gov Guidance: Meeting people from outside your household.

From 13 June, adults who live alone or with dependent children only can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household.

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Gov Update: Coronavirus, work and financial support.

Guidance and support around working safely, travelling to work safely, reasonable adjustments for working from home, getting financial support if you are not working or you are working less, getting help paying for childcare and advice if you’re worried about working.

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Gov Update: New powers for councils to keep cyclists safe.

Cycling Minister Chris Heaton-Harris has announced today (10 June 2020) that  cyclists will have safer journeys thanks to new laws coming into force.

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Gov Update: Face coverings to become essential on public transport.

From 15th June, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England. 

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Gov Guidance: furlough and redundancy.

What to do if your employer is now insolvent and you were furloughed using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

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Gov Guidance: Help children aged 2-4 years old to learn at home during covid-19.

Advice for parents and carers of early years children who have not yet started school. 

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Gov Guidance: The R number in the UK.

The R (reproduction) number in the UK is the average number of secondary infections produced by 1 covid-19 infected person. 

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Gov Speech 31 May 2020: Communities Secretary’s statement on coronavirus.

Updates around the latest data on the coronavirus response and government’s support for the most vulnerable people in society.

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Gov Press Release: Groups of 6 from different households can exercise outside under new rules.

From Monday 1st June 2020, people can exercise outside with up to 5 others from different households as long as strict social distancing guidelines are followed.

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Gov guidance: social distancing guidance for young people during coronavirus pandemic.

Guidance around topics such as: protecting different groups of people, visiting public places, advice for young carers, travelling, going to work, education or childcare, looking after your wellbeing when staying at home and more.

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Gov Press Release: coronavirus testing in the UK for everyone with symptoms.

Everyone who lives in the UK with coronavirus symptoms are eligible for coronavirus tests.

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Gov update: coronavirus and our animals.

Advice for pet owners and livestock keepers in England around looking after animal welfare during the covid-19 pandemic. 

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Gov guidance: common coronavirus questions and answers.

The most asked questions around coronavirus and answers from the government including questions around: social distancing, family and friends, when schools are reopening, weddings and rules for opening businesses.  

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Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on an update to coronavirus symptoms

New information about coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms has been announced

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Gov guidance: Moving house during the coronavirus outbreak.

Advice from the government for the public, social landlords and the industry around moving house during covid-19 in the private or social sector.

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Gov update: Coronavirus and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

If you are self-employed or part of a partnership then you may be eligible for the government’s scheme if you have been affected by covid-19.

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Gov Speech: 13th May 2020 Housing Secretary’s Statement.

The plan to safely restart, reopen and renew the housing market in line with the government’s response to covid-19.

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Gov update: Social distancing, staying alert and staying safe.

Government guidance detailing their plan to return to life as near normal as possible. Includes guidance around: protecting different groups of people, staying at home, visiting public places, going to work, public gatherings and more. 

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Gov Update: Guidance around working safely during coronavirus

Guidance for employees, the self-employed and employers around working safely in a variety of industries including: construction, factories, warehouses, other people’s homes, shops and restaurants offering takeaway or delivery services. 

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Gov Press Release: New webinars to boost support for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) during coronavirus

The Department for International Trade is hosting a series of coronavirus (COVID-19) webinars, free for SMEs across the UK.

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Gov update: Coronavirus bounce back loan scheme for small and medium-sized businesses

The scheme will launch on 4th May 2020, but read about what it will involve here.

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Gov update: Accessing food and essential supplies during coronavirus.