Latest UK data:
Positive tests: 561,815 have tested positive (+ 17,540 new cases)
Loss of life: *42,592 across all settings (+ 77 in last 24 hours)
Cases in Stockport: 720 cases 29 Sept – 5 Oct (+454 on previous week)
Cases in Stockport: 245 cases per 100,000 (England area average: 68)
Deaths in Stockport: 368 coronavirus-related registered to 18th September
Total cases in Stockport: 3,683 to 07 October (+148 on previous week)
*Daily reported COVID deaths are measured across the UK as deaths that occurred within 28 days of the first laboratory-confirmed positive COVID test
The R number and growth rate in the UK
The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK. The R number range for the UK is 1.-1.6 and the growth rate range is +5% to +9% per day as of 2 October 2020.
Coronavirus cases in the UK: daily updated statistics
The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests, cases and deaths in the UK. The way deaths are reported is based on a 28-day limit between the date of a positive lab-confirmed test and date of death.
Slides, datasets and transcripts to accompany coronavirus press conferences
Slides, datasets and transcripts from press conferences at 10 Downing Street in response to coronavirus
BREAKING: BBC reports Chancellor to set out today financial support for businesses closed by tighter restrictions
The chancellor will set out on Friday more financial support for businesses forced to close by law when virus rules are tightened in England.
Rishi Sunak will outline the next stage of the Job Support Scheme to help firms that “may have to close in the coming weeks or months”, the Treasury says.
An update on restrictions, which could see pubs and restaurants shut in the worst-affected areas, is due on Monday.
Regional leaders have called for more help for struggling firms.
The chancellor is expected to announce the new financial support scheme will be a six-month plan, with a three-month review point.
ONS: UK economy grew by 2.1% in August
The growth was largely due to the success of the Eat Out to Help Out although theBut the figure was below expectations and the economy is still 9.2% smaller than before the pandemic struck. It marked the fourth consecutive month of expansion following the slump induced by the coronavirus lockdown. However, growth in August was slower than the expansion seen in both June and July. In June, the economy grew by 8.7% and in July, by 6.6%. Eat Out to Help Out drives UK inflation to five-year low Eat Out to Help Out, which ran from Monday to Wednesday during August, offered 50% off food up to the value of £10. Discounts for more than 100 million meals were claimed through the scheme.
Coronavirus and the impact on output in the UK economy: August 2020
An analysis of monthly growth for the production and services industries between July 2020 and August 2020, highlighting the impact from the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Tighter restrictions likely in parts of England next week
With coronavirus cases continuing to rise – the last daily count revealed more than 14,000 new positive tests across the UK – additional restrictions are likely to be imposed in the worst affected parts of England early next week. These could include a ban on overnight stays away from home and the closure of pubs and restaurants
MIPIM moved as coronavirus impacts 2021 event
International real estate conference MIPIM has rearranged its 2021 event, shifting it back to June in the hope of being able to attract exhibitors and attendees in the usual numbers. The 2020 event, scheduled for March, was one of the first business events to be postponed because of Covid-19 that hit UK companies. It was rearranged for June 2020 before being cancelled as the coronavirus pandemic increased in its severity across Europe.
LOCAL / REGIONAL NEWS & UPDATES:
Gillian Keegan said the country was in an “unbelievably serious situation”, but added that communication with areas facing new rules needed to be clearer.
Downing Street has yet to announce any toughening of coronavirus restrictions in the worst-hit parts of England but the prospect of pub and restaurant closures is already proving controversial. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham says he only learned of it from newspapers and that he will challenge any closures that come without financial support. It’s prompted an outcry from MPs in affected constituencies, and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is demanding local leaders be “in the room” and included in local lockdown decisions.
Business Live; North lockdown restrictions: Business leaders predict ‘economic devastation’ as tough new rules could shut pubs and restaurants next week
Greater Manchester Mayor calls on the Government to open negotiations with Mayors and local leaders on the new “three tiers” policy
The Government is in danger of losing public support for its approach to local lockdowns without an urgent re-think of the policy, the Mayor of Greater Manchester has warned. Andy Burnham has called on the Government to open negotiations with Mayors and local leaders across the country on the proposed new “three tiers” policy for restrictions. He believes the new approach could improve public understanding of the restrictions in different areas. But he has today warned that it will not be acceptable if the policy is imposed by Whitehall without meaningful consultation, which so far has not happened. The Mayor is setting out five key conditions on which the new system will need to be based if it is to command public trust and support. These are:
- Clear thresholds for entry/exit from the different tiers
- The ability for local areas in tiers 2 and 3 to request local control of the Test and Trace system, with resources transferring from the national system
- Agreed levels of extra financial support for councils in tiers 2 and 3
- A package of support for local businesses affected by local restrictions
- A local furlough scheme where businesses are required to close
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said:
Without urgent change, the North of England will be thrown into one of the most difficult winters we have ever experienced, with the risk of significant harm to health and our economy. It’s that serious. We are heading into the winter months with a Test and Trace system which is still not working and the risk of redundancies rising sharply as the furlough scheme comes to an end. Without extra support for individuals, business and councils, it could be a winter of dangerous discontent. I remain ready to work with the Government to build public support for its approach to local lockdowns, but that requires meaningful consultation and proper support for the areas affected. That is not happening at the moment. We have now reached a point where there is a real risk of the Government losing the public in the North because of the perceived unfairness of its local lockdown policies. We can’t let that happen. There is still time to put in place better measures to protect communities across the North this winter but time is running out.”
Move for Stockport Library – a temporary arrangement
Stockport Council has confirmed that the proposed move of library services into a new ‘One Stockport Hub’ is a temporary move to address the current challenges of opening Central Library and Stockport Museum due to Covid-19. Last month, the Council announced plans to create a ‘One Stockport Hub’ and invited people to give feedback via an online consultation. Following the launch of the consultation a number of concerns have been raised by residents about the future of the Central Library building.
Personal Travel Plans available as town centre access improvements get underway
Stockport Council and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) are offering personal travel plans to town centre visitors as Access Plan infrastructure improvements get underway. While the Stockport Town Centre Access Plan (STCAP) is being delivered to make it easier to travel around the town centre, Stockport Council and TfGM have set up a Personal Travel Planning service to advise on alternative routes. The TCAP will provide better town centre access and enhance cycling and walking routes, as well as improving roads. Regular travellers into Stockport town centre can complete a short survey to receive their personal travel plan to be recommended alternative travel options to take advantage of these improvements, which could help to save money and time, or offer benefits to your health, and the wider environment.
Insider: Region’s leaders launch Net Zero North West
A group of industry leaders have come together to drive investment into the net zero economy and post-Covid-19 green recovery in the North West. CF Fertilisers, Encirc, Essar Oil UK, INOVYN, the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT), Peel L&P Environmental, Siemens, Storengy and Tata Chemicals Europe have formed Net Zero North West. The consortium is aiming to develop the UK’s first low carbon industrial cluster by 2030. The region still has the highest concentration of advanced manufacturing and chemical production in the UK, producing 40 million tonnes of CO2 every year. It already has all the elements required to provide a low carbon industrial cluster, with a number of projects prime for investment. Together, these projects could save more than ten million tonnes of carbon per year. By supporting and safeguarding existing jobs, creating at least 33,000 new roles and attracting more than £4bn investment, Net Zero North West will also be a catalyst for economic growth.
Stockport Jobs Match is advertising over 60 seasonal job opportunities available in Stockport for those looking for paid employment in the run up to Christmas.
Stockport Council accepting applications from businesses for Kickstart Jobs Scheme
Earlier this month, further details were announced about the Government’s Kickstart Jobs Scheme. The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create 6-month job placements for 16 to 24 year olds. 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.
Check if you’re eligible for the coronavirus Local Restrictions Support Grant
The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) supports businesses that have been required to close due to temporary COVID-19 local lockdown restrictions imposed by the government.
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
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
File your Companies House accounts online to avoid delays
We have reduced numbers in our offices following government coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance – so it will take much longer to process paper documents sent by post.
About the Upload a document to Companies House service
We’ve developed a service to upload certain Companies House forms digitally, instead of sending them to us on paper.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing guidance for employers
Guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers on the regulations and legal obligations of running testing programmes.
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension
The grant is being extended from 1 November 2020. Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can get.
HMRC: Reminder and webinar updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
The scheme closes on 31?? October and you will need to make any final claims on or before 3?0 November. Make sure you have the latest information by joining the live webinar: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Register here
As Stockport’s business community prepares for recovery post-coronavirus, a group of business leaders from the town have collaborated with Stockport Council to launch a new website – skbusinessrecovery.co.uk to support businesses through the phases of recovery.
Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 9 October 2020
Indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the period 30 September to 4 October 2020 to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities in Great Britain.
Construction output grew for fourth month running
The industry achieved output growth of 3% in August after some strong double-digit gains in previous months following the 41% cliff-edge drop last April. Lower gains in August will dampen hopes for a full v-shaped recovery as output gains look rather more r-shaped, with industry output now running around 11% below pre-Covid levels. Infrastructure was the only sector to have recovered all lost ground with output now 0.6% above the pre-pandemic activity level. Private housing activity in August was 3.5% below February, with private commercial and industrial lagging by 19% and 41% respectively.
Tool and equipment hirer to close 134 of 240 branches
Hirer HSS is closing 134 branches with the loss of 300 jobs as the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated its strategic shift to more online trading.
The company is now in redundancy consultations with affected staff.
School governance update
Important news and communications from the Department for Education (DfE) relating to governance in maintained schools and academy trusts in England.
HEALTH, CARE & WELLBEING:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey pilot: England, Wales and Northern Ireland, 9 October 2020
Estimates for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This survey is being delivered in partnership with University of Oxford, University of Manchester, Public Health England and Wellcome Trust.
COVID-19: impacts on health – reports and tools
National reports and tool to support the monitoring of the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 on the population. Added ‘National flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports’.
National flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports
National influenza and COVID-19 report, monitoring COVID-19 activity, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses.
Speech to NHS Providers
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care spoke to NHS Providers about the people and systems of the NHS, and about the recovery from coronavirus.
500 test sites now open as new lab partnerships boost capacity
Partnership with alliance of London university labs will add capacity for tens of thousands more coronavirus tests over the coming months.
HOSPITALITY & LEISURE:
£103 million major boost for hundreds in culture sector
445 organisations will share £103m to help restart vital repair and maintenance work on heritage sites, in a bid to keep venues open and to save jobs and livelihoods. This funding is from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and the Heritage Stimulus Fund, funded by the government and administered at arms-length by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Daily Visitors to DCMS Sponsored Museums and Galleries
These experimental statistics show the number of daily visits to DCMS sponsored museums and galleries. For final visitor figures, refer to the monthly report.
Reopening High Streets Safely Fund guidance
Guidance to help local authorities and partners to deliver activities supported through the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund. The FAQ for the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund has been updated.
COVID-19: Local authority compliance and enforcement grant
Information and guidance on the £30 million grant to local authorities for compliance and enforcement activities.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government
Guidance for local councils during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated 5:25pm, 8 October 2020
Added links: Business and charity support:
Announcement: More domestic abuse charities to benefit from government funding boost;
Announcement: Government extends support to stop business evictions this year;
Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Local Restrictions Support Grant – guidance for local authorities;
Compliance and enforcement: Announcement: New package to support and enforce self-isolation;
Announcement: New legal duty to self-isolate comes into force; Guidance: COVID-19: Local authority compliance and enforcement grant;
Housing/rough sleeping: Letter: extension of emergency measures requiring residential landlords to provide extended notice periods; Announcement: Government sets out comprehensive support for renters this winter;
Announcement: 274 councils set to receive housing support for vulnerable people;
Guidance: Next Steps Accommodation Programme;
Local government finance and funding: Impact assessment: The impact of COVID-19 on public sector insurance;
Local lockdown: Guidance: Local COVID-19 outbreaks: lessons learnt and good practice;
PPE: Announcement: Huge increase in UK personal protective equipment production;
Public health: Announcement: New campaign to prevent spread of coronavirus indoors this winter;
Schools and education: Announcement: All possible measures to be taken before schools and colleges close;
Social care: Guidance: Overview of adult social care guidance on coronavirus;
COVID-19 infection rises: letter to care providers from Director of Adult Social Care Delivery;
Letter: Adult social care winter plan;
Testing: Policy paper: Allocation of COVID-19 swab tests in England; Announcement: NHS COVID-19 app launches across England and Wales
Market Boom as sales agreed so far exceeds last year’s level
The total Sales Agreed in 2020 so far has overtaken Sales Agreed up to this point in 2019, despite the Coronavirus crisis. Property consultancy Twenty EA also says New instructions this year is 92 per cent of those reached at this point in 2019, despite the market lockdown. On top of that Twenty EA says the market should prepare for a surge in exchanges, although these are currently running 25 per cent behind last year’s rate. The consultancy says although there was a form of ‘Boris Bounce’ early in the year, the growth in Sales Agreed numbers really started as soon as the English housing market reopened.
Greek Islands restored to safe travel list
Grant Shapps announced the addition of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Santorini and Zakynthos to the travel corridors list – Greek islands that had been removed recently.
From 4am on Saturday 10 October, if you arrive from those Greek islands, you will no longer need to self-isolate. Shapps tweeted a reminder that people must complete a Passenger Locator Form by law if they enter the UK from any location (travel corridor or otherwise). Crete and Mykonos remain off the list.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors
Remote education webinars
How to access school-led webinars on remote education to help share good practice – new dates for webinars for teachers added.
Become a Green Homes Grant Supplier II – Trustmark and PAS 2030
The new Green Homes Grant will give over 600,000 homeowners in England up to £10,000 to install insulation, heat pumps, draft proofing and more to help households cut energy bills. 100% of tradespeople taking part in the scheme must be registered with Trustmark, the only government-endorsed quality scheme for improvement works in and around a home. October 7th 2020
Host and Speakers
- Amy House, Low Carbon and Resource Efficiency Lead, GC Business Growth
- David Pierpoint, Chief Executive, The Retrofit Academy
- Nigel Donohue, Chief Executive Officer, Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency
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
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.
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:
Coronavirus Act report: September 2020
The third two-monthly report on which powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020 are currently active.
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension
The grant is being extended from 1 November 2020. Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can get.
Hospitality venues in England are now legally required to enforce the rule of 6 or face a fine of up to £4,000.
Designated businesses and organisations, including hospitality, close contact services and leisure venues, will also be legally required to log details of customers, visitors and staff for NHS Test and Trace and required to display official NHS QR code posters under law
NHS Test and Trace service in the workplace
Guidance on the NHS Test and Trace service for employers, businesses and workers updated to reflect the new legal requirements for designated venues to collect contact details and display official NHS QR code posters from 24th September
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.
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:
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.
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.
New 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
New tools and resources available from Acas:
Redundancy letter templates
Redundancy process map Acas have also contributed to the development of a new return to work toolkit in partnership with SOM, CIPD, BITC and Mind.
Applications Now Open for the Local Authority Discretion Fund. Businesses that had been eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support are also now eligible for the LA Discretionary Business Grant.
Apply for the coronavirus Future Fund
The Future Fund will provide UK Government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors.
Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme set to launch
Employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme from 26 May.
Business Support in Stockport – a centre pool of information to support business owners in Stockport:
Government – Guidance on Returning to Work safely
Government – Setting out of Road Map to recovery – 11th May 2020
Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s 60 page COVID-19 recovery strategy
The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy. The strategy sets out a cautious roadmap to easing existing measures in a safe and measured way, subject to successfully controlling the virus and being able to monitor and react to its spread.Stockport Council has launched a FREE job matching website to help 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.
Coronavirus Act 2020: status
A table setting out the status of each measure in the Coronavirus Act 2020.
Government – Financial Support
New 100% government backed loan scheme for small business
Stockport Council – Health & Mental Well-being https://www.stockport.gov.uk/showcase/coronavirus
Government – Financial Support
CBILS – A guide to whether it may be the best options for a business
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:
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:
Bank of England – Financial Support: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/news/2020/march/the-covid-corporate-financing-facility
Stockport Council Grant scheme:
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
UK Lockdown – Further businesses to close and exceptions: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874732/230320_-_Revised_guidance_note_-_finalVF
Business Growth Hub:
Food & Drink – advice and guidance:
Health – updates from NHS
Health– Shielding the most vulnerable
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.
Health – the big white wall
The Big White Wall offers 24/7 anonymous support via a digital emotional wellbeing and mental health service, offering peer support for anyone over the age of 16, support from trained clinicians alongside a range of helpful tools and resources.
Media and Marketing:
Prolific North are publishing daily updates on their blog as to how Covid-19 is impacting on the marketing, media and technology industries
Recruitment: – DWP and Universal Credit http://news.dwp.gov.uk/dwplz/lz.aspx?p1=MQsDU1NjQ5MlM2OTA0OjNCNDJBOEZCRTJDOUJEOTc1ODQ0RTRCRDNDNzk4QUNF-&CC=&p=0
Retail: An update form British Retail Consortium
Employment: – Stockport Jobs Match
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.
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 Scheme
From 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.