Updates & Information

Below you will find a series of links to important information pages published UK Government on their 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

Gov Guidance: Business Support

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

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.

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.

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

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

Gov Update: Making a Childcare Bubble

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

Gov Guidance: local covid alert level ‘high’.

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

Gov Guidance: Local Covid alerts information.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Millions could be vaccinated against Covid-19.

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.

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.

Gov Press Release: Beauty salons set to reopen.

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

Gov Authored Article: Help from Jobcentre Plus.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gov News: Facebook Fitness Focus event.

How to stay fit at home during lockdown.

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.

Gov Guidance: Travel and mental health.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

Gov Guidance: Support for the bereaved.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Gov guidance: Coronavirus Future Fund Scheme.

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

Gov press release: Plan to restart the housing market.

Housing Secretary sets out plan to restart the housing market.

Gov update: tackling loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic.

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

Gov guidance: Covid-19 tests and testing kits.

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

Gov update: coronavirus travel advice.

Guidance for British people travelling overseas during covid-19.

Gov guidance: Rebuilding the UK during coronavirus pandemic

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

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.

Coronavirus Prime Minister Speech: 10th May 2020

Boris Johnson addresses the nation on coronavirus

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.

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.

Gov guidance: Contact Student Loans Company for repayment enquiries

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

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

Gov guidance coronavirus: fraud and cyber crime

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Gov Advice: Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

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.

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.

Gov Guidance: Covid 19 vaccination guide for older adults

Information for eligible adults on covid 19 vaccination.

Gov Info: Covid 19 vaccination leaflets

Easy read guides providing information on covid 19 and vaccinations.

Gov Update: National Lockdown January 2021

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

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.

Gov Press Release: Takeaway Services Extended

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

Gov Update: Making a Support Bubble

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

Gov Guidance: local covid alert level ‘medium’.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gov Speech 8 July 2020: Chancellor Rishi Sunak

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

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.

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.

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

The funds will create jobs in conservation and nature recovery.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Boris Johnson’s 10 June coronavirus press conference speech.

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.

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.

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.

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.