UK NEWS & HEADLINES:
Total UK Cases: 4,535754 positive tests
Latest UK daily figure: 7,540 new cases
Number in UK hospital: 1,024 (69 more than previous day)
New deaths across UK: 6
Total UK deaths: 127,860
England Cases per 100,000: 26 per 100,000
R number in UK: 1.0 to 1.2
Total 1st doses given: 40,710,319
Total 2nd doses: 28,540,844
Daily 1st doses: 136,802
Daily 2nd doses: 313,482
There have been over 4.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and more than 127,800 people have died. 6 new Covid-related death were announced in the UK yesterday, Wednesday. More than 68.6 million vaccine doses have been received across the UK and over 40.7 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 Delta variant, with 7,540 new cases announced by the government yesterday, Wednesday.
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.
HEADLINES & UPDATES:
Warning: UK Airports stand to lose £2.6bn over the summer
UK airports could lose at least £2.6bn in revenues this summer due to continued restrictions on international travel. That is the warning from the Airport Operators Association (AOA). Earlier this year, Manchester Airports Group issued financial forecasts, based on two scenarios, that could see it suffer from a prolonged impact on international flights.
Furniture brand DFS sitting pretty after lift in orders by 92%
A national furniture brand has announced plans to resume its dividend after seeing orders almost double compared with 2019. In its latest update on recent trading through to June 6 2021, furniture specialist DFS has reported a fourth quarter to date (10 weeks) total order intake up by 92.1 per cent on FY19. Online order intake over the third quarter – while showrooms were closed due to COVID-19 restrictions – was up 222.5 per cent on the prior year.
Less than 30 days to apply for EU Settlement scheme
There less only 30 days to go until the deadline of 30 June 2021 for 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.
LOCAL / REGIONAL NEWS & UPDATES:
Latest Stockport data:
Total Stockport cases: 22,295 to 9 June
Cases in the latest week: 597 (30 May to 5 June), +361 more cases than previous 7 days
Total deaths: 723 to May 21st
Cases per 100,000: 203 per 100,000 week ending 5 June
R number in North West: 1.0 – 1.3
Stockport vaccine data:
1st dose: 76% of adults to 8 June
2nd dose: 55%
Scroll down for the latest Coronavirus Grant news for Stockport based businesses
REGIONAL & LOCAL NEWS:
Stockport Jobs Match records boom in vacancies
A rise in the number of job vacancies being posted on the Stockport Jobs Match website demonstrates employer confidence is returning and underlines an optimistic outlook for the local economy. Launched to help match Stockport based employers with potential employees, the latest figures show a total of 42,505 jobs were advertised on Stockport Jobs Match in May compared with 30,409 in April. At its peak, 7,500 jobs were posted daily, an increase over 1,500 compared to the previous 4 weeks. Website traffic has also reached a new high of 7,275 visits, a rise of over 80% in April. Last week, Stockport was reported to not only be bucking the UK trend and showing positive signs of recovery, its Stockport shoppers are among the UK’s biggest spenders since non-essential retail reopened in April.
Global Tech Reseller musicMagpie carves big recycling message for g7 leaders
A huge Mount Rushmore style sculpture depicting the G7 leaders made of electronic waste has been erected in Cornwall ahead of this week’s G7 Summit. Commissioned by Stockport based tech reseller musicMagpie, ‘Mount Recyclemore’ is designed to highlight the damage caused to the planet from electronic waste and the excessive disposal of devices that could otherwise be reconditioned and reused. The G7 leaders depicted in the sculpture are: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Joe Biden.
Stockport Pop-Up vaccination clinic – no appointment necessary
Over 18s are also invited to call in and check whether they can have a vaccine.
The clinic will be open at Trinity Methodist Church, Bramhall Lane, SK3 8TP.
The clinic will run today, Thursday 10 June, and tomorrow, Friday 11 June, from 10am to 4pm. No appointment is required. Those waiting for 2nd vaccination appointments are also invited if it is 4 weeks since their 1st AstraZenica jab or 3 weeks since the 1st Pfizer jab.
Latest infection rates in Greater Manchester – all boroughs hit twice national average
All ten boroughs now have a rate of over 100, double the national average, with five having rates of over 200 after the latest jumps in the numbers. Despite some signs the increases of the past few days may be slowing ever so slightly, the number of cases more than doubled in week-on-week Stockport and Trafford and almost doubled in Salford. Stockport’s rate has also now gone over the 200-mark following another sharp increase. There were 597 positive tests there in the last week, 361 more than the previous. That is up by 153pc compared to the previous week.
Further measures in additional areas to tackle Delta (B1.617.2) variant
Measures including surge testing, tracing, isolation support and maximising vaccine uptake will be deployed rapidly across Greater Manchester and all Lancashire County Council areas.
SECTOR SPECIFIC CORONAVIRUS-RELATED NEWS:
This June edition of the Employer Bulletin 90 brings the latest HMRC updates to support employers and payroll agents.
The bulletin contains key messages on COVID-19 updates and includes a gentle reminder to send in your expenses and benefits in kind information for the 2020 to 2021 tax year. This edition of the Employer Bulletin covers updates on:
- COVID-19 information
- tax updates and changes to guidance
- customer support.
How to do a coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow test at home
Find out how to do a COVID-19 rapid test at home for yourself (or someone else) and report the results. Rapid tests are only for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19.
Coronavirus and the social impacts on unpaid carers in Great Britain
Indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey on the social impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on unpaid carers in Great Britain.
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.
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
No jab, No job!
Pimlico Plumbers is now stipulating those successful candidates for vacancies must be vaccinated against Covid-19. The firm has sought advice from its lawyers and is now enforcing its ‘no jab, no job’ policy as part of its latest recruitment drive.
The London-based firm is looking to take on six new members of its in-house maintenance team, including plumbers, carpenters, an electrician, and a painter.
All applicants will be asked to provide proof that they have had a least one Covid-19 vaccination.
Wellbeing for education recovery: grant determination letter
The 2021 to 2022 determination letter to local authorities for the wellbeing for education recovery grant – added ‘Wellbeing for education recovery: grant determination letter for 2021 to 2022’.
HEALTH & WELLBEING:
Monthly statistics for adult social care (England)
Experimental statistics on a range of topics including infection control measures, COVID-19 vaccinations and testing for COVID-19 in adult social care settings.
Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 27 May to 2 June 2021
Experimental statistics on NHS Test and Trace since its launch on 28 May 2020. Includes reports on NHS Test and Trace (people tested and contact tracing) and rapid (lateral flow device) testing for people without symptoms.
Coronavirus and vaccination rates in people aged 40 years and over by socio-demographic characteristic, England: 8 December 2020 to 15 May 2021
First dose COVID-19 vaccination rates among people aged 40 years and older who live in England, both in private households and communal establishments. Includes estimates for ethnic minorities, religious groups, those identified as disabled and by other socio-demographic factors.
COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes
Guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19 – updated infographics for putting on and taking off PPE.
COVID-19 vaccination programme
Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme – updated COVID-19 vaccination training slide set.
HMCTS weekly management information during coronavirus – March 2020 to May 2021
The weekly management information used by HMCTS for understanding workload volumes and timeliness at a national level during coronavirus (COVID-19), March 2020 to May 2021.
HMCTS weekly use of remote audio and video technologies May 2020 to May 2021
Statistics on the use of remote technologies used by HMCTS.
Weekly use of remote hearing technologies in HMCTS
Management information used by HMCTS to understand the use of remote hearing technologies during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to support court and tribunal hearings – HMCTS weekly use of remote audio and video technologies May 2020 to May 2021 added.
Coronavirus cases by local authority: epidemiological data, 9 June 2021
Weekly watchlist giving epidemiological coronavirus (COVID-19) data for each lower-tier local authority (LTLA) in England.
Over 500,000 buyers benefit from Stamp Duty holiday
Over 500,000 homebuyers in England are set to benefit from the stamp duty holiday to the tune of £3.4 billion, according to the latest research. Comparison website GetAgent has analysed Land Registry transaction data to see how the market has already performed between the launch of the stamp duty holiday and the original deadline of March 31. The site then also estimated what the continued impact will look like by the time the clock does finally expire on the initiative, which tapers to a close on September 30.
Covid leads agents to want more facilities for remote working
A survey of property professionals and IT experts across a range of industries has revealed that better remote working technology is now considered to be far more important than before. Workplace company Unispace surveyed over 2,000 senior property and IT professionals on the future of work, and what to expect from the workplace of the near future. Some 40 per cent of respondents expect there to be more technology for remote working in a post-Covid workplace and 34 per cent are expecting to see a new office layout.
GAP plans to close 19 UK stores
The firm said the decision will leave it with around 50 other standalone and outlet stores, although the group said it is continuing to assess its portfolio as part of a strategic review it started last year. In October, Gap said it could potentially close all its UK, Ireland, France and Italy stores as part of the review as its responded to a slump in trading, as PA reports. The store locations have not yet been disclosed.
Red, amber and green travel lists and overseas visits from the UK
Analysis of previously published data on visits and spending by UK and overseas residents and the potential implications of the red, amber and green lists for travel.
CORONAVIRUS GRANTS FOR BUSINESSES IN STOCKPORT:
Applications for the Economic Recovery Fund ARG Localities Grant closed 31st May
Discretionary Grants summary:
As at 27/05/2021
- Received: 2,845
- Processed: 2,786 (98%)
- Grants Funding Issued: £9,716,939
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:
- of £15,000 or less on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667
- between £15,001 and £50,999 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000
- of £51,000 or more on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000
Strand 2 Businesses that have a rateable value:
- of £15,000 or less on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000
- between £15,001 and £50,999 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000
- of £51,000 or more on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000
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.
Make your workplace COVID-secure:
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.
Twice weekly: EnterprisingYou
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 information and links:
Useful Government links for easing out of lockdown:
- Roadmap – Spring 2021: including the easing of restrictions to June 21st
- Covid-19 Vaccine
- Workplace Testing
- Back To School translations
- Stay Home translations
Coronavirus Roadmap out of lockdown – what and when?
From 29 March:
- People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the “rule of six”, including in private gardens
- The stay at home rule will end, but the government will urge people to stay local as much as possible
- Outdoor sport facilities will reopen, including golf courses and tennis and basketball courts, and formally organised outdoor sports can restart
- Weddings attended by up to six people can take place in any circumstances
Stage two (no earlier than 12 April):
- All shops allowed to open, along with close-contact services, including hairdressers and beauty salons (including in people’s homes)
- Restaurants and pubs allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors Gyms and spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres
- Members of the same household can take a holiday in the UK in self-contained accommodation
- Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place
Stage three (no earlier than 17 May):
- People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
- Six people or two households can meet indoors
- Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
- Up to 30 people can attend weddings or other life events, like christenings
- Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open
- Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children’s play areas can open
- Performances and large events can restart, but with limits on audience numbers
- Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen
- International leisure travel may resume
- Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can restart
Stage four (no earlier than 21 June):
- All legal limits on social contact will be removed
- No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events
- Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen
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:
- Extending the length of the loan from six years to 10;
- Making interest-only payments for six months, then repaying the principal on a phased basis with other interest-only periods;
- Delaying repayments entirely for up to six months.
Check if your business is eligible for a coronavirus grant due to national restrictions (for closed businesses)
Check if your business is eligible for the coronavirus Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment
Check if you’re eligible for the coronavirus Additional Restrictions Grant
Check if your nightclub, dance hall or adult entertainment business is eligible for a coronavirus grant due to national restrictions
Check if you’re eligible for the coronavirus Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses)
Check if you’re eligible for the coronavirus Local Restrictions Support Grant (for open businesses)
Check if you’re eligible for the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs
Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19)
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
Government – Business Support:
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
Business Growth Hub:
Employment – Useful information for the Self-Employed:
News and Guidance for the self-employed:
Concerned how Coronavirus might impact you and your business?
Please get in touch with Enterprising You and you will be connected to someone who can help.
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.