Key National Updates
Ban on bailiff activity to end 23 August 2020
The Government have updated regulations restricting the actions of enforcement agents. More information is available here.
Prime Minister’s statement
From Saturday 4 July, the Prime Minister has announced that:
Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines – updated guidance for all workplace settings can be found here
Two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures – updated guidance on social distancing can be found here
People can now enjoy holidays in England with the reopening of accommodation sites – guidance on opening up the visitor economy can be found here
In order to begin restoring the arts and cultural sector, some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres.
Tax Credit renewals
This year, HM Revenues & Customs (HMRC) will automatically renew all Tax Credit claims apart from a small number they have identified as needing some more information from. This means that around 3.9 million customers will have their claim auto renewed. These customers will receive an auto renewal pack and they will only need to contact HMRC if their details differ from those quoted in the renewals pack. Approximately 150,000 customers who HMRC need some more information from will be sent a reply required renewal pack. These people will need to complete their renewal by 31 July 2020 in the normal way (online, using HMRC's app, by telephone or by post). More information is available here.
For ongoing changes to benefits in relation to coronavirus, please check Newcastle City Council’s website page Coronavirus and benefits – news which will continue to include the latest announcements, so you can see them as they happen.
Coronavirus information from Public Health England
Public Health England has published the following guidance for:
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme continues until October 2020
From August, employers using the scheme will have more flexibility to bring their furloughed employees back to work part-time whilst still receiving support from the scheme. This will run for three months from August through to the end of October. For more information, please click here.
Updated public information resources from Public Health England are available here.
The Government have issued advice on staying safe if you’re a volunteer or if you’re socially isolating or shielding and need help from a volunteer. The advice, which includes what to do if you’re worried about someone’s health and how to get the support you need while social distancing, can be found here.
Newcastle City Council Active Inclusion 29 June 2020