Total UK Cases: 5,281,098 positive tests
Latest UK daily figure: 48,553 new cases
Number in UK hospital: 3,786, +163 on previous day
New deaths across UK: 63
Total UK deaths: 128,593
England Cases per 100,000: 287
R number in UK: 1.2 to 1.5
Total 1st doses given: 46,097,464
Total 2nd doses: 35,341,428
Daily 1st doses: 60,374
Daily 2nd doses: 185,661
There have been nearly 5.3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and more than 128,500 people have died, government figures show. However, these figures include only people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus. More than 46 million people in the UK have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and over 35 million people have also had their second vaccine.
Latest Stockport data:
Total Stockport cases: 27,032 to 15 July
Cases in the latest week: 1,275, up 188 on previous week
Total deaths: 728 to July 2nd
Cases per 100,000: 435 per 100,000 week ending 11 July
R number in North West: 1.1 – 1.2
Stockport vaccine data:
1st dose: 84% of adults to 14 July
2nd dose: 65%
The R value and growth rate in England
The R range for England is 1.1 to 1.3 and the growth rate range for England is +3% to +6% per day as of 2 July 2021. Following the announcement of plans to ease of lockdown, the roadmap can be found in full here.
UK NEWS UPDATES:
What’s changing on Monday 19th July?
Big changes to Covid restrictions are being made in England and Scotland on Monday, 19 July. Changes take place in Wales on 17 July, with Northern Ireland set to ease rules on 26 July.
England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty said hospitalisations could ‘get scary’
The UK is “not out of the woods yet” and people should act with caution as Covid restrictions in England end on Monday, Prof Chris Whitty has said.
England’s chief medical officer warned that Covid hospitalisations were doubling every three weeks and could hit “scary numbers” in future. Prof Whitty said the pandemic still had a “long way to run in the UK”. It comes as the UK recorded nearly 50,000 new cases on Thursday – the highest daily number since January.
Prof Whitty told an online seminar hosted by the Science Museum on Thursday evening that the situation could become very dangerous for individual hospitals.
Study shows younger adults at risk of organ damage
Younger adults admitted to hospital with Covid are almost as likely to suffer from complications as those over 50 years old, a study has found. Four in 10 of those between 19 and 49 developed problems with their kidneys, lungs or other organs while treated. The research looked at 73,197 adults of all ages across 302 UK hospitals in the first wave of Covid in 2020.
“The message is that this is not just a disease of the elderly and frail,” said Prof Calum Semple, who led the work.
“The data reinforces the fact that Covid is not flu and we are seeing even young adults coming into hospital suffering significant complications, some of which will require furthering monitoring and potentially further treatment in the future.”
Staff absences could see shortages of meat products, the industry has warned.
Meat processors are seeing up to one in 10 of their work forces told to self-isolate by the NHS Covid app. Some companies could be forced “to start shutting down production lines all together,” warned Nick Allen, chief executive of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA). As Covid cases exceed 250,000 a week, a growing number of businesses are reporting disruption due to absence. The UK meat processing industry employs about 97,000 workers in the UK, but it was suffering from shortages before the pandemic began. Many firms were operating with 10% fewer staff than they needed. The latest increase in absences has added to the problem.
Other news headlines from the BBC:
500,000 NHS Covid App pings in one week
Sainsburys & Tesco to encourage mask wearing
UK job vacancies climb past pre-pandemic levels
Nissan: 10% of workforce told to self-isolate
Visitors travelling into Wales must wear masks
REGIONAL & LOCAL NEWS:
Coronavirus infection rates across Greater Manchester as cases rise in Stockport
Across Greater Manchester as a whole, the infection rate is now 505.8 cases per 100,000 population. A total of 14,344 people tested positive for coronavirus across the conurbation in the week which ended on July 11. In Stockport the number of cases is up by 17 per cent compared to the previous week – leaving the infection rate at 434.5 cases per 100,000 population. There were 1275 positive Covid-19 tests in Stockport in the week ending July 11, which was 188 more than the previous 7 days.
Demand for North West industrial and logistics space continues to rocket
The North West industrial property market has continued to boom during the first half of 2021, with the value of transactions having tripled and occupier take-up almost double the same period last year. According to specialist agents B8 Real Estate latest market report, there were 49 investment transactions totalling £648m during the first six months of the year, compared to 25 deals totalling £194m in the first half last year. Occupational take-up of larger industrial and distribution units (over 90,000 sq ft) reached a record 3.3m sq ft, up from 2.3m sq ft in the first half of 2020, with a further 3.7m sq ft under offer. Demand from occupiers has continued to strengthen during the year, driven by the growth in e-commerce, and companies increasing stock levels to avoid disruption to supplies or reshoring their manufacturing operations. However, supply is restricted.
The development has secured £4.2 million of funding via the government’s Getting Building Fund to bring forward the latest phase of development at the popular business hub. The fourth phase of construction will see the addition a 64,000 sq ft of Grade A commercial office space and a 400-space multi-storey car park for occupiers that features electric vehicle charging, solar photovoltaic panels and a green ‘living’ wall.
Covid 19 safety measures to remain at Stepping Hill
NHS leaders in Stockport have confirmed that safety measures to protect patients, staff and public from COVID-19 at Stepping Hill Hospital and other hospital and community NHS settings in the area are set to continue from Monday 19th July, despite the easing of restrictions elsewhere. Safety measures on these sites have helped to protect staff, patients and visitors over the past year, and enabled NHS staff to continue to provide non-urgent services which may otherwise have had to be postponed. As well as face masking, social distancing and separating hospital areas into separate zones, other innovations have been put in place including an increase in online consultations and telephone advice services, which have been proven highly effective with patients and families.
SECTOR SPECIFIC CORONAVIRUS-RELATED NEWS:
Getting ready to reopen your premises
We hope you are well and that your premises are looking forward to reopening safely and successfully on July 19th. In case you haven’t seen it, there is government guidance available for Step 4 reopening in England:
As always, the trade associations have also put together a helpful FAQ document to support this guidance. This is available here: Step 4 Guidance FAQs
Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)
Watch videos, sign up for email alerts and register for free webinars to learn more about the support available if your business is affected by COVID-19 – a link to a recorded video and how register for the next live webinar about the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – fifth grant has been added.
Coronavirus and self-isolation after being in contact with a positive case in England: 28 June to 3 July 2021
Behaviour of individuals required to self-isolate after being in contact with a positive case of COVID-19, from the COVID Test and Trace Contacts Insights Survey. Includes information on the impact of self-isolation on well-being and finances. Experimental Statistics.
Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 16 July 2021
Indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the period 6 to 11 July to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities 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.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): driving tests
Driving tests are taking place in England, Scotland and Wales – find out what changes to expect because of coronavirus (COVID-19) – updated the section on booking your test to confirm that you still need to wear a face covering during your driving test in England, Scotland and Wales from 19 July 2021.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): driving theory tests
Theory tests are taking place in England, Scotland and Wales – find out what changes to expect because of coronavirus (COVID-19) – updated the sections on booking your test and when you go for your test to confirm that from 19 July 2021 in England, you can choose whether or not to wear a face covering at your test.
CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT:
How to overcome the death of the city centre
The death of the city centre is inevitable unless developers and investors recognise the shift to Roman culture, according one architect. With more people accustomed to working from home five days a week, knock-on effects of emptier business areas and city centres could be a long-term effect. Restaurants, shops, and other services that depend on business from people who work nearby could decline solely because of this change. By progressing and adapting to the changes that are happening in society and culture, it is possible to prevent and overcome the death of the city centre. For example, transforming unused commercial buildings into homes will encourage more people to live near city centres because these centres will include facilities that coincide with their everyday lives.
Events Research Programme – Ministerial Directions
Ministerial Directions in relation to the Events Research Programme pilot events – added Piccadilly Theatre and Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival Directions.
HEALTH & WELLBEING:
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.
BEIS reveals “first ever” hospitality strategy set to return sector to profitability
The government has today revealed a new strategy to support the hospitality sector in the aftermath of the pandemic. The Hospitality Strategy, unveiled by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy today (July 16), will extend outdoor and pavement dining licenses, as well as continue to allow the sale of takeaway pints for an additional 12 months. Another measure introduced by the strategy will be a system to highlight opportunities in the hospitality sector to jobseekers, helping the industry tackle recruitment challenges. The government said that the new measures will boost confidence for both businesses and customers and help the sector return to profitability, focusing on reopening, recovery and resilience.
Small shops face £1.7bn debt mountain, says report
The UK’s small shopkeepers are struggling under a £1.7bn mountain of debt, a former retail chief has warned. Independent High Street businesses now owe four times as much as they did a year ago, said Bill Grimsey, ex-boss of Wickes, Iceland and Focus DIY. The warning comes in his latest report into the future of town centres and High Streets. Unless the government steps in, the UK could face a “tsunami” of shop closures this autumn, he said. According to Mr Grimsey, small shops have survived the pandemic by borrowing, but are now faced with the task of paying it back. “Our High Street independents have experienced a new-found appreciation during lockdown,” he said. “But they’ve also been forced to take on government-backed loans, which they would not have normally been able to get because their balance sheets wouldn’t allow it. Now they are struggling to manage a mountain of debt and need help.” The review is calling for a government “forgiveness” scheme to write off such loans for viable small businesses.
Halfords launch recruitment drive to create 700 jobs
Halfords, which has more than 400 stores and 370 garages, is recruiting for more than 700 roles. The jobs will span vehicle technicians, MOT testers, cycle and auto technicians, store and autocentre colleagues, as well as supervisor and management roles. The company said that this comes after an “exceptionally strong” year and said that the recruitment drive is part of its aim to “stay ahead of the game”. Halfords runs four purpose-built training academies in Basingstoke, Northampton, Bolton and Halifax, and spent £1m on technician training in the last year alone.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants identified in UK
Latest updates on SARS-CoV-2 variants detected in UK.
Rugby League World Cup to go ahead as scheduled
The organisers of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 have confirmed that the event is set to go ahead as planned this autumn. A total of 61 matches are due to be played in October and November 2021 across three competitions at 21 venues, culminating with the men’s and women’s finals at Old Trafford, Manchester on 27 November. The organisers RLWC2021, which will bring together men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments for the first time, have worked to provide certainty and clarity by tackling the significant challenges presented by the pandemic.
EU introduce vaccine “passport” enabling holders to prove they have been jabbed. The UK does not yet accept it, but says it is “actively working” to reach agreements so foreign vaccination records can be recognised. What’s the EU Digital Covid Certificate? It’s being rolled out across all 27 member nations – plus Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. EU citizens (and those of Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) can download it or obtain a paper copy – at no cost. It is also available to non-EU nationals living legally in member states who have the right to travel to other member states. Because the UK is no longer in the EU, the certificate is not available to most Britons. EU nationals vaccinated in the UK must check with their home countries to see if they are eligible. Travellers will still need to carry a passport or other identification.
CORONAVIRUS GRANTS FOR BUSINESSES IN STOCKPORT:
Applications for the Economic Recovery Fund ARG Localities Grant closed 31st May
Discretionary Grants summary:
As at 15/07/2021
- Received: 2,911
- Processed: 2,911 (100%)
- Grants Funding Issued: £10,843,331
Restart Grants summary:
Grant allocation: £14,652,603
Number of businesses eligible: 1,845
Number received a grant: 1,780
Total value of payments made: £12,667,488
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 closed on 30 June 2021
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.