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  1. Prime Minister's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 3 July 2020 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) "Good evening, Since I last spoke to you from this podium, we have continued to make progress nationally against the virus. We are now reporting regularly fewer than 1,000 new cases each day. The Office for National Statistics estimates that between 14 June and 27 June, the most recent period they have analysed, 25,000 people in the community in England had the virus – 1 person in every 2,200. SAGE assess that the R rate – the average number of people each infected person passes the virus onto – remains between 0.7 and 0.9 across the UK. SAGE also assess that, in England, the number of new infections is shrinking by between 2 and 5% every day. And while the number of people dying with coronavirus remains too high, the numbers do continue to fall. Now of course this picture is not universal. There are areas – such as Leicester – where the virus is still more prevalent than we would like. We always said there would be local outbreaks requiring local action. This is to be expected and will, I’m afraid, be a feature of our lives for some time to come. But that should not take away from the great progress we have made, together, as a country against this vicious disease. This progress is the reason why we have been able – slowly, carefully, cautiously – to ease the national lockdown. Without doubt, lockdown has saved many hundreds of thousands of lives – but it has also had a devastating impact on our way of life and our economy. And of course, lockdown has not yet been lifted entirely. Indoor gyms, nail bars and swimming pools are still closed, mass gatherings are still prohibited, social distancing is still essential. I want these restrictions to be lifted as soon as possible – of course I do. We have established taskforces to work rapidly and closely with the sectors that remain closed to explore how they can be Covid Secure. I am pleased to report good progress is being made. Next week we will set out a timetable for their re-opening – though of course I can only lift those remaining, national restrictions as and when it is safe to do so. Our goal remains to enable as many people as possible to live their lives as close to normally as possible – in a way which is as fair and as safe as possible. To achieve this we need to move away from blanket, national measures, to targeted, local measures. So instead of locking down the whole country, we will lock down specific premises or local areas where the virus is spreading. Instead of closing down non-essential retail and hospitality nationwide, we will only shut establishments locally as required. Instead of shutting all schools for most pupils, from September we will only shut those schools where it is absolutely necessary to control an outbreak. And instead of quarantining arrivals from the whole world, we will only quarantine arrivals from those countries where the virus is, sadly, not yet under control. We are already implementing this targeted approach in England. In Weston-Super-Mare, we identified an outbreak in a hospital, closed it to visitors and new admissions, tested all staff and patients and gave the hospital a deep clean. The outbreak was contained and the hospital is open again. In Kirklees, we identified an outbreak at a meat packing plant, shut down the plant, moved in a mobile testing unit, tested all employees and traced the contacts of those who were positive. The outbreak was contained and the plant has reopened with additional safety measures in place. And of course more recently in Leicester, we identified a community-wide outbreak which was not restricted to a single location, unlike Weston-Super-Mare and Kirklees. Public Health England engaged with the local authority, mobile testing units were deployed, full data was shared – council-wide data was shared on 11 June, and postcode-level data was shared last week. This enhanced monitoring through additional testing showed that the infection rate in Leicester was three times the next highest infection rate in any other city in the country. So on Monday, the Health Secretary announced local lockdown measures in Leicester for an initial period of 2 weeks. In each of these cases, the problems identified were specific to Weston-Super-Mare, Kirklees and Leicester. So of course it made sense to take action locally, rather than re-impose restrictions on the whole country. And we are learning the whole time. With each local outbreak, we see what works well and what not so well, so that we do better next time. Informed by our experience of these cases, we have developed an approach for controlling future local outbreaks which has five principle components: monitoring, engagement, testing, targeted restrictions and finally, as a last resort, lockdown. First, monitoring. Public Health England, working with the Joint Biosecurity Centre, will examine carefully data on the spread of the disease and people’s behaviour across the country. They will look out for emerging trends, rising case numbers and other indicators, while taking into account local factors. Critically, we have made local data available to all Directors of Public Health in local authorities, so they too can monitor what is happening in their area. And local data will also be available to the public on the gov.uk dashboard. Second, engagement. If monitoring identifies local problems, NHS Test and Trace and PHE will work with the relevant local authority to develop a deeper understanding of the problem and identify solutions. Working with local agencies, we will seek to keep the local community informed at every stage, so they know what is happening and what actions, if any, they need to take. Third, testing. We now have substantial testing capacity nationwide and we have the ability to target that capacity at local areas in order to get a grip on emerging outbreaks. Scaled-up testing at a local level, combined with contract tracing through NHS Test and Trace, can control the virus and thus avoid more stringent measures. Fourth, targeted restrictions. If the virus continues to spread, we will restrict activities at particular locations and close individual premises. As in Weston-Super-Mare and Kirklees, we will restrict access to places which become hotspots for the virus, while testing people who have spent time in those places, and tracing the contacts of anyone who tests positive. Fifth, local lockdown. If the previous measures have not proven to be enough, we will introduce local lockdowns extending across whole communities. As in Leicester, that could mean shutting businesses venues that would otherwise be open, closing schools or urging people once more to stay at home. Local lockdowns will be carefully calibrated depending on the scientific and specific circumstances of each outbreak and we are continually exploring smarter means of containing the virus. So that is the approach we will take as local outbreaks occur and we will set out more detail soon. Let me end by looking forward to this weekend. Tomorrow, there will be a moment of remembrance for those whose lives have tragically been lost before their time. And at 5pm on Sunday, the NHS’s 72nd birthday, we can all come together to clap those who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to help the nation get through this pandemic. I know everyone will be looking forward to the relaxation of national restrictions. As lockdown eases, we should focus on supporting the livelihoods of business owners and their employees up and down the country – all of whom are opening their doors for the first time in more than three months. They are our local restaurants, hairdressers, libraries, museums, cinemas, and yes, pubs. They are also hotels, B&Bs, indeed much of our tourism industry. All these businesses and their workers have put in a heroic effort to prepare their venues for this reopening, to work out a way to trade in a way that keeps their customers safe. But the success of these businesses, the livelihoods of those who rely on them, and ultimately the economic health of the whole country is dependent on every single one of us acting responsibly. We must not let them down. Lockdown only succeeded in controlling the virus because everyone worked together, and we will only succeed in reopening if everyone works together again. Because we are not out of the woods yet. The virus is still with us and the spike in Leicester has shown that. If it starts running out of control again this Government will not hesitate in putting on the brakes and re-imposing restrictions. Anyone who flouts social distancing and COVID-Secure rules is not only putting us all at risk but letting down those businesses and workers who have done so much to prepare for this new normal. So as we take this next step, our biggest step yet, on the road to recovery, I urge the British people to do so safely. Remember – don’t gather in groups of more than 6 outside or 2 households in any setting. Keep your distance from those outside your household – 2 metres if you can, 1 metre with precautions if you can’t. Wash your hands. Let’s all stay alert, control the virus, save lives – and enjoy summer safely." Published 3 July 2020
  2. Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Page summary Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Change made Page updated to tell employers they can use the online service to delete a claim within 72 hours of submitting it. Time updated 8:00am, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Latest update from CMA COVID-19 taskforce Page summary The CMA has published a third update from its COVID-19 taskforce, which monitors and responds to competition and consumer problems arising from the pandemic. Change made First published. Time updated 9:00am, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ CMA coronavirus taskforce update: 3 July 2020 Page summary An update from the CMA coronavirus taskforce. Change made First published. Time updated 9:00am, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ CMA and trade bodies' joint statement against price gouging Page summary This joint warning comes as the CMA and various trade associations remain concerned that some retailers have been raising prices unfairly. Change made First published. Time updated 9:01am, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Vivaldi 1: coronavirus (COVID-19) care homes study report Page summary This study provides a summary of antigen testing in all care homes for those over 65 years old in England and survey results of managers of those homes. Change made First published. Time updated 9:30am, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Deaths Registered in Northern Ireland – Week ending 26th June 2020 Page summary Deaths Registered in Northern Ireland – Weekly Statistics -Week ending 26th June 2020 Change made First published. Time updated 9:30am, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Early assessment of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the UK’s financial accounts: Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2020 Page summary The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has brought major changes in the financial account in the UK’s Institutional Sector Accounts in the first quarter (Jan to Mar) of 2020. This article focuses on the balance sheet of the financial account where a great deal of volatility was observed in individual financial instruments. The balance sheet captures revaluation and other changes in volume, effects that are not observed in the financial account. Volatility on this level is not observed in the income and expenditure (non-financial accounts) of these sectors. Change made First published. Time updated 9:30am, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 3 July 2020 Page summary Indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the period 25 June to 28 June 2020 to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities in Great Britain. Change made First published. Time updated 9:30am, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Impact of coronavirus in Care Homes in England (Vivaldi): 26 May to 19 June 2020 Page summary First results of the Vivaldi study on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across 9,000 care homes in England between 26 May and 19 June 2020. The publication provides estimates of staff and care home residents testing positive for COVID-19 across this group of care homes, and will highlight some risk factors that may increase the risk of infection in the setting. Change made First published. Time updated 9:30am, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Deaths involving COVID-19 in the care sector, England and Wales: deaths occurring up to 12 June 2020 and registered up to 20 June 2020 (provisional) Page summary Provisional figures on deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the care sector, in England and Wales. Change made First published. Time updated 9:30am, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): Office of the Public Guardian response Page summary This page provides guidance on how OPG is responding to the coronavirus outbreak. It will be updated when new information is available. Change made Editing details – Contact Centre has changed opening times and Visits information has changed Time updated 9:51am, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Making and registering an LPA during the coronavirus outbreak Page summary If you want to make an LPA now, you can still do so while observing government guidance on social distancing, self-isolating and shielding. Change made Edited information on signing and witnessing due to changes in social distancing rules from 4 July including link to gov.uk page Time updated 9:53am, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ COVID-19: Home Office extraordinary funding for domestic abuse support services Page summary Guidance for the £2 million Home Office fund for domestic abuse charities affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Change made Updated page to show this is guidance for England and Wales only. Time updated 10:36am, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ UN Human Rights Council 44: Statement for the Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons Page summary The UK’s International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French, delivered this statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons Change made First published. Time updated 11:01am, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Young carers and young adult carers: providing care during coronavirus Page summary Guidance and information for people under the age of 25 who are providing care for someone during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made First published. Time updated 11:12am, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ UK statement to the WTO Committee on Trade and the Environment Page summary The UK’s Ambassador to the WTO and UN in Geneva, Julian Braithwaite, delivered this statement at a meeting of the WTO Committee on Trade and the Environment on 3 July 2020. Change made First published. Time updated 11:35am, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Local Government Association annual conference 2020: Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government's speech Page summary Speech by Simon Clarke MP at the Local Government Association’s annual conference 2020. Change made First published. Time updated 1:01pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Closing certain businesses and venues in England Page summary This document provides guidance on the closure of certain businesses and venues as part of further social distancing measures. Change made Added Designation letter which applies to both the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 and the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Leicester) Regulations 2020. Time updated 1:51pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ HM Treasury extends tax cut to PPE costs Page summary The temporary scrapping of VAT on PPE has been extended until the end of October – saving care homes and businesses dealing with the coronavirus outbreak £155 million, the government announced today. Change made First published. Time updated 2:00pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ VAT payments on account Page summary Find out who has to pay VAT payments on account, how HMRC works out your payments, the alternatives and how and when to pay. Change made The option to defer VAT payments during coronavirus has come to an end and businesses can no longer defer VAT. Time updated 2:34pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ SPI-M-O: Consensus Statement on COVID-19, 3 June 2020 Page summary Consensus statement from the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling, Operational sub-group (SPI-M-O) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). Change made First published. Time updated 3:00pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ NERVTAG/EMG: Hand hygiene to limit SARS-CoV-2 transmission, 2 July 2020 Page summary Paper prepared by the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) and Environmental and Modelling Group (EMG) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). Change made First published. Time updated 3:00pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ SPI-M-O: Consensus Statement on COVID-19, 27 May 2020 Page summary Consensus statement from the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling, Operational sub-group (SPI-M-O) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). Change made First published. Time updated 3:00pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ The effect of social distancing on the reproduction number in the UK from a social contact survey: report 2, 7 April 2020 Page summary Update paper prepared by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) on the effect of social distancing measures. Change made First published. Time updated 3:00pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Care homes analysis, 12 May 2020 Page summary Paper prepared by the Working Care Homes Group. Change made First published. Time updated 3:00pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Percentage of contributors with symptoms (persistent cough, fever or anosmia): UK & NI maps, 29 March 2020 Page summary Paper prepared by Kings College London (KCL). Change made First published. Time updated 3:00pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ The R number and growth rate in the UK Page summary The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK. Change made The R number range for the UK is 0.7-0.9 and the growth rate range is -6% to -0% as of 3 July 2020. Time updated 3:00pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 infection amongst children and adolescents compared with adults, 30 April 2020 Page summary Paper prepared by academics. Change made First published. Time updated 3:00pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Analysis of SARS-CoV-2 transmission clusters and superspreading events, 3 June 2020 Page summary Review by prepared by academics. Change made First published. Time updated 3:00pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Reasonable worst-case planning scenario, 29 March 2020 Page summary Paper prepared by Cabinet Office. Change made First published. Time updated 3:00pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors Page summary You do not have to self-isolate on arrival in England if these are the only places you have been to or stopped in during the previous 14 days. Change made First published. Time updated 3:03pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): countries and territories exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel Page summary The FCO has updated its global advisory against ‘all but essential’ travel, exempting destinations that no longer pose an unacceptably high risk for British travellers. Change made First published. Time updated 3:05pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19) Page summary Guidance for British people travelling overseas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Change made Updated with a new checklist following the change in travel advice, where some countries will be exempted from the global advisory against non-essential international travel from 4 July. Time updated 3:05pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): scientific evidence supporting the UK government response Page summary The national and global response to the spread of COVID-19 continues to develop quickly and our collective knowledge of the virus is growing by the second. Change made We have updated the list of evidence provided to SAGE with 9 new papers. Time updated 3:06pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus: Environment Agency update Page summary The Environment Agency’s priority is to protect people and the environment, and to support those we regulate during the coronavirus pandemic. Change made Section on bathing water updated. Time updated 3:16pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE): Coronavirus (COVID-19) response – participants Page summary List of participants of SAGE and related sub-groups. Change made Participants added to the SAGE, SPI-B and SPI-M groups. Time updated 3:19pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Don’t rely on temperature screening products for detection of coronavirus (COVID-19), says MHRA Page summary Warning that thermal cameras and other such “temperature screening” products, some of which make direct claims to screen for COVID-19, are not a reliable way to detect if people have the virus. Change made First published. Time updated 3:33pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus: theory tests (England) Page summary Driving theory tests will restart in England on 4 July 2020 with social distancing and safety precautions in place. Change made Added new photographs to show what to expect when you take your theory test. Time updated 3:41pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ MHRA guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) Page summary We are producing guidance and information for industry, healthcare professionals and patients covering the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made Linked to news story on not relying on temperature screening products for detection of coronavirus (COVID-19), in the ‘Medical Devices’ section. Time updated 3:42pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ COVID-19: background information Page summary Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features. Change made Updated global case numbers. Time updated 3:52pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable Page summary Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. Change made Easy-read guidance added. Time updated 4:02pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Courts and tribunals tracker list during coronavirus outbreak Page summary This page holds a tracker list of open, staffed and suspended courts during the coronavirus outbreak. It will be regularly updated. Change made Tracker updated with Crown Courts assessed as currently suitable to hold jury trials from 6 July 2020. Time updated 4:08pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ NHS test and trace statistics (England): 18 June to 24 June 2020 Page summary Experimental statistics for weeks 1 to 4 of NHS test and trace contact tracing in England. Change made Added HTML version. Time updated 4:19pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ SAGE meetings, February 2020 Page summary Minutes and papers from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) meetings held in February 2020. Change made First published. Time updated 6:00pm, 26 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Tri-service regulations for expenses and allowances (JSP 752) Page summary JSP 752 is the policy document for expenses and allowances for regular and reserve UK armed forces personnel. Change made Addition of: JSP 752 -Tri-Service regulations for expenses and allowances. Time updated 4:33pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ SAGE meetings, March 2020 Page summary Minutes and papers from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) meetings held in March 2020. Change made First published. Time updated 6:00pm, 26 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ SAGE meetings, April 2020 Page summary Minutes and papers from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) meetings held in April 2020. Change made First published. Time updated 6:00pm, 26 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ SAGE meetings, May 2020 Page summary Minutes and papers from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) meetings held in May 2020. Change made First published. Time updated 6:00pm, 26 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested Page summary Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested. Change made Added information on regular care home testing (retesting) in England. Time updated 4:42pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ SAGE meetings, June 2020 Page summary Minutes and papers from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) meetings held in June 2020. Change made First published. Time updated 6:00pm, 26 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ SAGE meetings, July 2020 Page summary Minutes and papers from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) meetings held in July 2020. Change made First published. Time updated 4:43pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Scientific evidence supporting the government response to coronavirus (COVID-19) Page summary Evidence considered by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). Change made First published. Time updated 6:00pm, 26 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses Page summary The latest information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read this page for regular updates. Change made Update on inspections starting Time updated 4:54pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ HMCTS weekly operational summary on courts and tribunals during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Page summary This page provides a weekly summary of the HM Courts and Tribunals Service operational position during the coronavirus pandemic. We will aim to update this every Friday at 5pm. Change made Update for week commencing 6 July 2020 published. Time updated 5:00pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the UK Page summary The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the UK. Change made Updated figures. Time updated 5:08pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer aviation guidance for operators Page summary Safer travel and working principles for airports and aviation operators. Change made Linking to the list of countries and territories on the travel corridors exemption list. Time updated 5:17pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer transport guidance for operators Page summary Safer working principles and risk assessment for transport operators and organisations. Change made Linking to the list of countries and territories on the travel corridors exemption list. Time updated 5:18pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer air travel for passengers Page summary How to travel safely in airports and on aircraft during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made Linking to the list of countries and territories on the travel corridors exemption list. Time updated 5:18pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers Page summary Walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak. Change made Linking to the list of countries and territories on the travel corridors exemption list. Time updated 5:18pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Prime Minister's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 3 July 2020 Page summary Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s statement on coronavirus. Change made First published. Time updated 5:47pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Slides, datasets and transcripts to accompany coronavirus press conferences Page summary Slides, datasets and transcripts from press conferences at 10 Downing Street in response to coronavirus. Change made Added 2 and 3 July statements. Time updated 5:49pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Closing certain businesses and venues in Leicester Page summary This document supports the government’s guidance on COVID-19. It provides the list of businesses and premises expected to close in Leicester from 4 July 2020. Change made First published. Time updated 8:33pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Privacy notice for maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace Page summary This privacy notice describes how the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will process personal data from venues and establishments to support contact tracing. Change made First published. Time updated 8:47pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ SAGE meetings, January 2020 Page summary Minutes and papers from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) meetings held in January 2020. Change made First published. Time updated 6:00pm, 26 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Staying alert and safe (social distancing) Page summary The most important thing we can do is to stay alert, control the virus, and in doing so, save lives. Change made Updated to reflect changes that come in on 4 July. Time updated 10:00pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020 notice Page summary Notice to display to show you have made your workplace COVID-secure. Change made First published. Time updated 6:00pm, 11 May 2020 _________________________________________________________ Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) Page summary Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure. Change made The visitor economy – Guidance added on keeping records of staff, customers and visitors (sections 2.1 & 7.1). Time updated 11:38pm, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice on accessing green spaces safely Page summary Advice on using green spaces and protecting yourself and others from coronavirus. Change made Updated with changes that apply from 4 July. Time updated 12:15am, 4 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Meeting people from outside your household Page summary How you can see people that you do not live with while protecting yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19). Change made Updated guidance in line with new regulations Time updated 12:15am, 4 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Local lockdown guidance for social distancing Page summary How you can see people you do not live with if there’s a local lockdown during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made First published. Time updated 6:15am, 4 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic from 4 July. Page summary This guidance is designed to enable the safe reopening of places of worship for a broader range of activities from 4 July 2020. Change made First published. Time updated 6:51am, 4 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships Page summary This guidance is designed to assist people planning to get married or form a civil partnership in England. Change made Guidance updated. Time updated 7:09am, 4 July 2020 _________________________________________________________
  3. Official announcement 3 July 2020 Motorhome & Caravan Show 2020 postponed NCC Events, organisers for the Motorhome & Caravan Show, announce today that following extensive consultation, it has been agreed to postpone this year’s NEC October show until 2021. The Motorhome & Caravan Show 2021 will take place between 12 – 17 October 2021. The key considerations were: - The ban on mass gatherings with no indication of when this may be lifted - The difficulty of operating the Motorhome & Caravan Show under the COVID safe related protocols - Predicted reduced consumer attendance based on a visitor survey John Lally, CEO of NCC Events said: “NCC Events faced a very difficult decision. The postponement at this stage maximises the chances to both protect the health and well-being of attendees (exhibitor staff and visitors) and also the financial viability of our exhibitors and the show itself. All visitors and exhibitors are entitled to a full refund of monies paid for tickets and stand costs. This gives the opportunity for exhibitors to recover any secondary costs and in turn allows NCC Events the best opportunity to hold a successful show in 2021. We know the Motorhome & Caravan show plays a critically important role in the achievement of retail sales each season. To this end we are working on initiatives to help and support the showcasing of the 2021 new-season products. Meanwhile, the NCC Events team will focus all efforts on delivering a very successful Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show (23 – 28 February 2021) after this period of uncertainty.” Ends
  4. I'm not going to get involved in the politics but I too have noted the lack of change in the R number despite claims of improvement to the situation. I remain convinced that there is an awful lot more behind this pandemic than we have been told, consequently I will not be venturing out where there are likely to be many people anytime soon, even though I would love to get away for a few days in the 'van. Below is something I posted three months ago, and nothing I have seen since has caused me to change my mind regarding the time it is going to take to see any kind of normality return to everyday life.
  5. I did indeed I've changed it now. Thanks, Gordon.
  6. Could this be the reason? If so then it appears that the expert advice is being followed, as according to government figures the number in hospital in Wales does not appear to be reducing quite as quickly as other parts of the UK.
  7. Like I said earlier, there will be more losers than winners because of this pandemic. Consider whether by insisting on personal compensation this could force a company to close - if so then customers/clients could also lose out. Given that the OP was referring to a static caravan, removal during the lockdown would probably not have been possible, and not necessarily cost effective after things return to 'normal'.
  8. I totally agree that the site owner's bills will still need paying and as you say, it is not their fault that the government imposed a temporary shutdown. Similarly our government would not have taken that decision were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a situation that, despite what many would advocate, blame for site closures cannot be placed on any UK business or authority, consequently any compensation received will be at the discretion of the site owners if they feel it both appropriate, and financially viable for their business. I feel sure that there will be more losers than winners following this worldwide crisis but we need to remain mindful of the most important thing, and in my opinion that is the health of the population.
  9. Emergency active travel fund: local transport authority allocations Page summary Funding allocations for emergency active travel schemes for local authorities in the region of the United Kingdom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Change made Actual allocations for phase one released. Time updated 8:20am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Call for bids in Kazakhstan: respond to the COVID-19 challenges Page summary The British Embassy in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan is now accepting project proposals for the 2020/2021 financial year that will end on 31 March 2021. Change made First published. Time updated 8:31am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Arrangements for examinations and assessments in 2020/21 Page summary Letter from the Secretary of State for Education to Sally Collier, Chief Regulator, Ofqual on policy objectives related to exams and assessments in 2020/21. Change made First published. Time updated 9:00am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2021 Page summary Proposals to modify the assessment requirements for some GCSEs, AS and A levels in response to disruption to education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Change made First published. Time updated 9:00am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Ofqual launches consultation on 2021 exams and assessments Page summary Our proposals for assessing general qualifications in 2021 and the direction ahead for vocational and technical qualifications. Change made First published. Time updated 9:00am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Comprehensive new funding package for councils to help address coronavirus pressures and cover lost income during the pandemic Page summary Major new support package to help councils respond to coronavirus announced as part of comprehensive plan to ensure councils’ financial sustainability for the future. Change made First published. Time updated 9:00am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus and the economic impacts on UK: 2 July 2020 Page summary New experimental data on the UK economy detailing the impact on businesses from the coronavirus (COVID-19).Data is from the Business Impact of Coronavirus Survey; a 2-weekly survey designed to estimate the impact over the previous 2 weeks and the expectations for the following 2 weeks. Change made First published. Time updated 9:30am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus and the latest indicators for the UK economy and society: 2 July 2020 Page summary Early experimental data on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the UK economy and society, including online price changes data. These faster indicators are created using rapid response surveys, novel data sources and experimental methods. Change made First published. Time updated 9:30am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus and housing indicators in England and Wales Page summary An article examining recent housing indicators during the COVID-19 period. It brings together a number of statistics which provide insights on housing. Change made First published. Time updated 9:30am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Taking Part Web Panel Data: Engagment during the COVID-19 pandemic – data tables Page summary Data tables containing estimates for engagement in DCMS sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic Change made First published. Time updated 9:30am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Taking Part Web Panel Data: Engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic Page summary Estimates of cultural, digital and sporting engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic Change made First published. Time updated 9:30am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey pilot: England, 2 July 2020 Page summary This release provides initial data from the COVID-19 Infection Survey. This survey is being delivered in partnership with the University of Oxford, the University of Manchester and Public Health England. Change made First published. Time updated 9:30am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Page summary What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term. Change made First published. Time updated 9:30am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak Page summary Guidance for further education (FE) providers on maintaining education and skills training, changes to funding arrangements, data collections and assessment. Change made We have added guidance on what FE colleges and providers will need to do from the start of the 2020 autumn term. Time updated 9:30am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Page summary What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made Updated to set out a change to the protective measures in early years settings that will be effective from 20 July, removing the requirement to keep children in small consistent groups within settings (sections 2.1 and 3.3).Added new content on risk assessment (3.1), supporting staff with increased risk factors (3.2) and system of controls (3.3). Updated content on attendance at settings for those shielding, with changes to the advice effective from 1 August, and removal of content on vulnerable children since settings are open for all children (section 4).Updated content on wraparound care (5.3).Updated Early Years Foundation Stage reforms (7.6) and Reception Baseline Assessment (7.7). Time updated 9:30am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings Page summary Guidance for special educational settings to prepare for the September return of pupils with special education needs and disability (SEND). Change made First published. Time updated 9:44am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Page summary If you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant. Change made New examples for how a business could be adversely affected by coronavirus have been added. Time updated 10:30am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ How different circumstances affect the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Page summary If you’re self-employed or member of a partnership find out how your circumstances can affect your eligibility for the scheme. Change made Information for military reservists has been added. More information about if having a new child affected the trading profits you reported for the tax year 2018 to 2019 has been added. Included another example on how your business could be adversely affected by coronavirus. Time updated 10:31am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Treasury Direction made by the Chancellor under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 Page summary The Chancellor has made a further Treasury Direction under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020. Change made Updated with a further Treasury Direction under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020. Time updated 10:50am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Page summary Information for parents and carers about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, attendance, transport, school meals and exams. Change made Added guidance for parents and carers about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term. Time updated 11:03am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ NHS test and trace statistics (England): 18 June to 24 June 2020 Page summary Experimental statistics for weeks 1 to 4 of NHS test and trace contact tracing in England. Change made First published. Time updated 11:06am, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ NHS test and trace statistics (England): methodology Page summary How the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) puts together the contact tracing data in its weekly reports. Change made Updates have been made throughout the methodology document, including new sections added: ‘People tested compared to tests’ and ‘Time taken to receive a COVID-19 test result’. Time updated 1:33pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers Page summary This guide explains the information that employers need to provide to claim for their employees’ wages. Change made Updated Welsh language version with more information about flexible furlough and overpayments. Time updated 1:47pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ COVID-19: number of outbreaks in care homes – management information Page summary Weekly number and percentage of care homes reporting a suspected or confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 to PHE by local authorities, regions and PHE centres. Change made Added latest weekly data and infographic. Time updated 2:00pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ National COVID-19 surveillance reports Page summary National COVID-19 surveillance reports, including weekly summary of findings monitored through various COVID-19 surveillance systems. Change made Added week 27 report, infographic and data table. Time updated 2:00pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents Page summary This is advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus. Change made Updated process on biometric information. Time updated 3:30pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses Page summary Guidance for higher education providers in England on when and how to reopen their campuses and buildings. Change made Updates on social distancing, demographic, library, social gathering, performing arts and student accommodation guidance. Time updated 3:52pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19) Page summary What school leaders, teachers and school staff need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made Added links to guidance on full opening from September 2020. Time updated 4:08pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Further and higher education: coronavirus (COVID-19) Page summary What colleges and universities and other providers need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made Added links to guidance on full opening from September 2020. Time updated 4:08pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Local authority children’s services: coronavirus (COVID-19) Page summary What local authority children’s services need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made Added ‘Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings’. Time updated 4:08pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re already getting benefits Page summary Guidance for people who were receiving benefits before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made Added that interviews and assessments are done by telephone. You should only go to a jobcentre when asked to do so. Time updated 4:16pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re employed and cannot work Page summary Guidance for people who are employed and cannot work due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Change made Added that interviews and assessments are by telephone. You should only go to a jobcentre if asked to do so. Time updated 4:20pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you were employed and have lost your job Page summary Guidance for people who were employed and have lost their job due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Change made Added that interviews and assessments will be done by telephone. You should only go to a jobcentre when asked to do so. Time updated 4:21pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re self-employed and getting less work or no work Page summary Guidance for people who are self-employed and getting less work or no work because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Change made Added that interviews and assessments will be done by telephone. You should only go to a jobcentre when asked to do so. Time updated 4:22pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ COVID-19: guidance for taking swab samples Page summary Videos and instructions for how to take swab samples for COVID-19 testing Change made Added 2 new how to swab for COVID-19 testing videos for social care staff. Time updated 4:47pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus: Environment Agency update Page summary The Environment Agency’s priority is to protect people and the environment, and to support those we regulate during the coronavirus pandemic. Change made New section on water safety added. Time updated 4:48pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Awarding qualifications in summer 2020 Page summary Information for schools, students and parents on how GCSE, AS, A level, vocational and technical qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020. Change made Summer 2020 grades for GCSE, AS and A level, Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in maths: Guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers document updated to reflect autumn 2020 consultation decision outcomes and 2021 exam series consultation proposals. Time updated 4:48pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Courts and tribunals tracker list during coronavirus outbreak Page summary This page holds a tracker list of open, staffed and suspended courts during the coronavirus outbreak. It will be regularly updated. Change made Tracker updated. Time updated 4:58pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Government agrees support package to UK steel company Page summary The government has concluded a deal that is positive for all parties. Change made First published. Time updated 5:00pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund Page summary This prospectus provides prospective bidders with information on how to apply for funding and how the assessment process will work. Change made Added outcome of the second cycle of the rolling fund. Time updated 5:11pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ The Health Service and Social Care Workers (Scrutiny of Coronavirus-related Deaths) Directions 2020 Page summary Directions to NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts in England to ensure the scrutiny of deaths of health service and adult social care staff from coronavirus (COVID-19). Change made First published. Time updated 5:19pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Local Government Association annual conference 2020 Page summary Speech by Secretary of State Robert Jenrick MP at the Local Government Association’s annual conference 2020. Change made First published. Time updated 5:27pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses Page summary The latest information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read this page for regular updates. Change made Latest news updated with information for Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier applicants who may not be able to apply by 31 July deadline. Time updated 6:35pm, 2 July 2020_________________________________________________________Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace Page summary Organisations in certain sectors should collect details and maintain records of staff, customers and visitors on their premises to support NHS Test and Trace. Change made First published. Time updated 8:24pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Public asked to leave a name and number with venues to help stop the spread of COVID-19 Page summary Executive Chair of NHS Test and Trace encourages public, businesses and organisations to “play their part in new national effort” by providing names and phone numbers with venues and businesses they visit from this Saturday Change made First published. Time updated 8:45pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the UK Page summary The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the UK. Change made Updated figures. Time updated 9:39pm, 2 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Regular retesting rolled out for care home staff and residents Page summary Staff and residents in care homes for over 65s and those with dementia will receive regular coronavirus tests from next week as part of a new social care testing strategy. Change made First published. Time updated 12:15am, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Self-isolation lifted for lower risk countries in time for holidays this summer Page summary From 10 July 2020 you will be able to travel to many countries without having to self-isolate on return to the UK. Change made First published. Time updated 1:39am, 3 July 2020 _________________________________________________________
  10. Hi Maud, I'm afraid that I cannot email something I do not have ( assuming you need a 1998 manual) but I have placed links to similar year's manuals here for you to freely download. All the best, Gordon.
  11. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/897128/COVID-19_activity_Leicester_Final-report_010720_v3.pdf
  12. Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Page summary Find out if you’re eligible, and how much your employer can claim if they put you on temporary leave (‘furlough’) because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Change made Page updated with information on eligibility for claims before 1 July 2020. Also added new information on holiday pay that tells employers that flexibly furloughed employees can be recorded as on furlough during time spent on holiday. Time updated 8:00am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Check if you can claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Page summary Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave (‘furlough’) due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Change made Page updated with information that employee taxes and pension contribution payments must be paid directly to HMRC. Also added information on holiday pay that flexibly furloughed employees can be recorded as on furlough during time spent on holiday. Time updated 8:01am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Page summary Find out how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing. Change made Information box updated to say you can now submit claims for periods starting on or after 1 July. Time updated 8:01am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Page summary Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Change made The page has been updated with information about what to do if you have claimed too much and do not plan to make another claim. Time updated 8:01am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Find examples to help you calculate your employees' wages Page summary Check examples to help you calculate your employee’s wages, National Insurance contributions and pension contributions if you’re claiming through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Change made Page updated with a new example of calculating an employee’s average hours for a variable hours employee who takes statutory adoption leave in 2019/20. Time updated 8:01am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Page summary Find out which employees you can put on furlough and claim for through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Change made Page updated with eligibility information for claims before 1 July. Time updated 8:02am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Steps to take before calculating your claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Page summary Decide the length of your claim period, find out what to include when calculating wages and work out your employees’ usual and furloughed hours before you calculate how much you can claim. Change made Page updated with information on holiday pay that employees can be recorded as on furlough during time spent on holiday. Also added information on how to calculate furloughed hours for different sets of circumstances. Time updated 8:02am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Calculate how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Page summary Calculate how much you have to pay your furloughed employees for hours on furlough, how much you can claim for employer NICs and pension contributions and how much you can claim back. Change made Page updated with information about how to treat statutory payments received in the claim period. Time updated 8:02am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Pay Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants back Page summary Find out how to pay all or some of your grant back if you’ve overclaimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Change made Welsh translation has been added. Time updated 9:02am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services Page summary Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities and their partners to help support and protect vulnerable children. Change made We have updated this guidance to clarify that all primary and most secondary legislation remains unchanged and that we have made temporary and time-limited amendments to secondary legislation. We have added content on missing children, testing, technology initiatives and social care services for disabled children and young people and their families. We have also revised the sections on court, fostering and adoption to provide further information. Time updated 10:00am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers progress data Page summary Information about how many laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers we have delivered or dispatched to local authorities and academy trusts. Change made Updated to show latest figures up to 30 June 2020. Time updated 10:08am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ The Companies etc. (Filing Requirements) (Temporary Modifications) Regulations 2020 Page summary How the measures introduced by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act and The Companies etc. (Filing Requirements) (Temporary Modifications) Regulations 2020 will affect your filings at Companies House. Change made First published. Time updated 10:16am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Insufficient evidence for vitamin D preventing or treating ARTIs Page summary NICE and SACN have reviewed available evidence on vitamin D and the risk of acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs) and COVID-19. Change made First published. Time updated 11:07am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested Page summary Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested. Change made Updated 2 attachments to reflect changes to the registration system for these testing kits: ‘guidance on Randox testing’ and ‘how to use Randox test kits’. Time updated 11:11am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Universities Minister calls for true social mobility Page summary Speaking to the NEON summit on widening access and mobility, Universities Minister Michelle Donelan, outlines a new approach to social mobility. Change made First published. Time updated 11:12am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus: driving tests (England) Page summary Car driving tests will restart in England on 22 July 2020 with safety precautions in place – other types of tests will restart before then. Change made Updated the guide so that it only applies to England, and added information about car driving tests restarting in England from 22 July 2020. Information about driving tests in Scotland and Wales has been moved to a separate guide. Time updated 11:36am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus: theory tests (England) Page summary Theory tests will restart in England on 4 July 2020 with social distancing and safety precautions in place. Change made Updated the guide so that it only applies to England, and added information about theory tests restarting in England from 4 July 2020. Information about theory tests in Scotland and Wales has been moved to a separate guide. Time updated 11:36am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus: theory tests (Scotland and Wales) Page summary Theory tests in Scotland and Wales are currently suspended – but you can apply for an emergency theory test if you’re a critical worker. Change made First published. Time updated 11:36am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus: driving tests (Scotland and Wales) Page summary Driving tests in Scotland and Wales are currently suspended due to coronavirus – but you can apply for an emergency driving test if you’re a critical worker. Change made First published. Time updated 11:36am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests to restart in England Page summary Driving lessons and theory tests will restart on Saturday 4 July 2020 in England, and car driving tests will restart from Wednesday 22 July 2020. Change made Added links to information about theory tests and driving tests in England, and in Scotland and Wales. Time updated 11:37am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill receives royal assent Page summary New measures will help to relieve the burden on businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made Link added to guidance for private companies and other company types on the changes that came into effect on Saturday 27 June. Time updated 11:44am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus guidance for Companies House customers, employees and suppliers Page summary Companies House has robust plans in place to maintain services for our customers and protect the welfare of our employees during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made Link added to guidance for private companies and other company types on the changes that came into effect on Saturday 27 June. Time updated 11:45am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents Page summary This is advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus. Change made Added link to guidance for applicants in New Zealand who applied through an enrolment location operated by Immigration New Zealand.Added information on concessions for Global Talent visa applicants who are working on coronavirus research. Time updated 12:00pm, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Court and tribunal recovery update in response to coronavirus Page summary An update setting out the work being undertaken by HMCTS in the short and medium terms in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Change made First published. Time updated 1:59pm, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Page summary To monitor the use of the transport system during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, DfT provides statistics on transport use by mode, published every Wednesday. Change made Latest data added. Time updated 2:00pm, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ New video tech to increase remote hearings in civil and family courts Page summary A new video platform enabling more remote cases to be heard safely and securely is being rolled out to the civil and family courts, Ministers have confirmed. Change made First published. Time updated 2:04pm, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Page summary Guidance for parents and carers of children attending community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings. Change made First published. Time updated 12:00am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Call for bids in Kazakhstan: e-learning courses Page summary The British Embassy in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan is now accepting project proposals for the 2020/2021financial year that will end on 31 March 2021. Change made First published. Time updated 2:17pm, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Page summary Protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made First published. Time updated 2:25pm, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ COVID-19: background information Page summary Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features. Change made Updated global case numbers. Time updated 2:26pm, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Flexible furlough scheme starts today Page summary Businesses will have the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work part time from today as part of the government’s plan to re-open the UK and kick-start our economy. Change made First published. Time updated 3:25pm, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the UK Page summary The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the UK. Change made Updated figures. Time updated 3:55pm, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government Page summary Guidance for local councils during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made Added links to:Safe use of multi-purpose community facilities;Safe use of council buildings;Funding for emergency accommodation and support for EEA rough sleepers;Making traffic regulation orders;Reopening of public toilets;Safe use of places of worship from 4 July;Small marriages and civil partnerships;Walk through local testing sites now offering appointments;Draft guidance: Pavement licenses;Government outlines support for pubs, cafes and restaurants;COVID Summer Food Fund Time updated 3:59pm, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19) Page summary The VAT payments deferral scheme ended on 30 June 2020 as previously set out. Change made Information about the VAT payments deferral scheme ending on 30 June 2020 has been added. Time updated 4:04pm, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Local lockdowns: guidance for education and childcare settings Page summary What schools, colleges, nurseries, childminders, early years and other educational settings need to do if there’s a local lockdown during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made First published. Time updated 4:09pm, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ The Department for International Trade launches modelling review to support economic recovery Page summary To enhance its trade negotiation capability and support economic recovery DIT is launching a model review Change made First published. Time updated 4:46pm, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments Page summary Advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support. Change made Edited HTML publication ‘Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak: full guidance for people receiving direct payments and personal assistants’. Added information about keeping a temporary record of the shift patterns of PAs for 21 days. Time updated 6:26pm, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________ COVID-19: exceedances in Leicester Page summary A summary of the descriptive epidemiology of COVID-19 in Leicester following a preliminary investigation into COVID-19 exceedances during June 2020. Change made First published. Time updated 6:52pm, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________
  13. Coronavirus grant funding: local authority payments to small and medium businesses Page summary Local authorities have received and distributed funding to support small and medium businesses in England during coronavirus. Change made Data updated as of 28 June. Time updated 9:09am, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ HMRC coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics Page summary HMRC data about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, and the VAT payments deferral scheme. Change made Published updated data (up to end of Sunday 28 June) for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, and published updated data for the VAT payments deferral scheme (for the filing and payment due date of 7 June). Time updated 9:30am, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the UK Page summary The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the UK. Change made Updated testing capacity figures. Time updated 9:30am, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ HM Treasury coronavirus (COVID-19) business loan scheme statistics Page summary HMT management information about the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS), Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) and Future Fund Scheme. Change made Updated with new figures for: CBILS, CLBILS, BBLS, Future Fund. Time updated 9:30am, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Environment Agency waterways: Coronavirus (Covid-19) update Page summary Guidance for users of all Environment Agency waterways, including the River Thames, Anglian waterways and the Upper Medway Navigation. Change made Environment Agency waterways: coronavirus (Covid-19) update 25 June 2020 added. Time updated 10:11am, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ PPE deliveries statistics (England): weekly reports Page summary Experimental statistics about PPE (personal protective equipment) deliveries and related documents. Change made First published. Time updated 11:00am, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ PPE deliveries (England): 22 June to 28 June 2020 Page summary Experimental statistics showing the latest number of personal protective equipment (PPE) items distributed for use by health and social care services in England. Change made First published. Time updated 11:00am, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ PPE delivery statistics: statement of compliance with the Code of Practice for Statistics Page summary How DHSC is following the Code of Practice for Statistics when publishing statistics on personal protective equipment (PPE) delivery. Change made First published. Time updated 11:00am, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities Page summary Guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings. Change made First published. Time updated 11:17am, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Consultation on an additional GCSE, AS and A level exam series in autumn 2020 Page summary Proposals for an additional exam series in autumn 2020 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Change made Consultation decisions and analysis of responses documents added to page. Time updated 11:52am, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Consultation on statutory guidance in relation to the GQCovid regulatory framework Page summary Proposals on statutory guidance in relation to the GQCovid regulatory framework. Change made First published. Time updated 11:53am, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Ofqual publishes more details on appeals and confirms autumn exam arrangements Page summary Our consultation on draft statutory guidance on exam boards’ arrangements for appeals this summer and decisions on GCSE, AS and A level autumn exams. Change made First published. Time updated 11:56am, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Page summary Attendance in education settings since Monday 23 March and early years settings since Thursday 16 April. Change made Added ‘Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 25 June 2020’. Time updated 12:08pm, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 25 June 2020 Page summary A summary of attendance in education settings since Monday 23 March and early years settings since Thursday 16 April. Change made First published. Time updated 12:09pm, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ HMCTS telephone and video hearings during coronavirus outbreak Page summary Information about how HMCTS will use telephone and video technology during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made Add links to First Tier Primary Health List and First Tier Care Standards Tribunal hearing lists. Time updated 12:23pm, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ European Structural and Investment Funds: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Page summary A series of documents and updates regarding the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Programme and the response to COVID-19. Change made The Q&A for the European Social Fund has been updated. See notes next to question numbers to view updated or newly published questions. Time updated 1:16pm, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Page summary Information for parents and carers about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, attendance, transport, school meals and exams. Change made We have added content on summer provision, school uniform and a package of support worth £1billion to support pupils to catch up. We have updated content on school meals and the Covid Summer Food Fund. Time updated 1:32pm, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation Page summary Guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation. Change made Updated to include new guidance from 4 July 2020. Time updated 1:39pm, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter from Minister Hall to local authorities on funding support for those in emergency accommodation and EEA rough sleepers Page summary Letter to all local authorities in England to update them on funding to support interventions for those placed in emergency accommodation, and support for EEA rough sleepers. Change made First published. Time updated 1:59pm, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Extra funding for service charities as veterans’ support is stepped up Page summary Today the Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) and the MOD have announced that 100 Armed Forces charities will benefit from nearly £6million of extra funding to support serving personnel, veterans and their families during the coronavirus pandemic. Change made Charities added in Time updated 2:00pm, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): Community Infrastructure Levy guidance Page summary In response to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), MHCLG has published guidance for local authorities on Community Infrastructure Levy matters. Change made This guidance has been updated to explain the operation of the Community Infrastructure Levy (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 which were laid on 30 June 2020 and will come into force later in the summer. This guidance will be finalised when the regulations come into force. Time updated 2:02pm, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ COVID Summer Food Fund Page summary Guidance for schools and local authorities on providing vouchers to support pupils eligible for free school meals over the summer holiday period during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made We have added Company Shop Group and Iceland, including The Food Warehouse Stores, to list of supermarkets you can order eGift cards for. We have also added an example to show how you could schedule smaller gift cards. Time updated 2:05pm, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Providing free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Page summary Guidance for schools and local authorities on free school meals arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made We have added Company Shop Group and Iceland, including The Food Warehouse Stores, to the list of supermarkets you can order eGift cards for. Time updated 2:08pm, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19) Page summary What school leaders, teachers and school staff need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made Added guidance about the COVID Summer Food Fund to the collection. Time updated 2:09pm, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): General Aviation Page summary Guidance on General Aviation (GA) flying during the coronavirus outbreak. Change made Updated in line with easing of lockdown restrictions to confirm that dual and instructional flights, and the opening of GA businesses, will be permitted from 4 July. Time updated 3:04pm, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Courts and tribunals tracker list during coronavirus outbreak Page summary This page holds a tracker list of open, staffed and suspended courts during the coronavirus outbreak. It will be regularly updated. Change made Tracker updated. Time updated 3:59pm, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Leicestershire coronavirus lockdown: areas and changes Page summary Areas of Leicestershire that are included in the localised coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown and what this means. Change made First published. Time updated 4:37pm, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Health and Social Care Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 22 June 2020 Page summary Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock gave the 22 June 2020 daily press briefing on the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Change made First published. Time updated 4:40pm, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of council buildings Page summary Guidance for those managing council buildings. Change made First published. Time updated 5:10pm, 30 June 2020 _________________________________________________________ Coronavirus: specialist vehicle approval tests Page summary From 4 July 2020, all vehicle approval tests will restart – but individual vehicle approval (IVA) tests will continue to be booked under a priority system. Change made Updated to show that all vehicle approval tests will restart from 4 July 2020, but IVA tests will continue to be booked using a priority system. Updated to include link to latest version of priority form that needs to be filled in if you have applied for a vehicle approval test before 1 July 2020. Time updated 7:00am, 1 July 2020 _________________________________________________________
  14. Have owned numerous tow vehicles from hatch backs, estate cars and 4x4s with zero miles on the clock to our current V70 with 130K on the clock. We've used city runabouts to tow small trailers, and V8 vehicles for large trailers, boats, caravans etc. We've had a variety of diesel, petrol and LPG motors and they all have their individual characteristics. My preference is for 2.5 to 3.5 litre, LPG powered 4x4 estate/SUV for towing.
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