Coronavirus - the latest information

Prime Minster gives an important update on coronavirus

Updated 31st March 2020, 14:10. For the latest medical advice, visit NHS.uk/Coronavirus.

On the left hand side of this page (or at the bottom, if you're on a mobile device) you can see a number of links which set out the support for businesses and individuals, as well as more information on the Coronavirus outbreak.

New help for British citizens stuck abroad

12:01, 31/03/2020

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has announced a new partnership between government and airlines to fly home stranded British travellers, with up to £75m funding. 

Click here to find out more. 

Support for the self-employed

22:49, 26/03/2020

Today, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a new package of support for the self-employed. 

The government will pay self-employed people, who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus, a taxable grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits over the last 3 years, up to £2,500 per month. The scheme will be open for at least three months, and extended if necessary.

Click here to find out more

 

Become an NHS Volunteer

11:44, 25/03/2020

Are you over 18? Fit and healthy? The NHS needs you!

You can help deliver medicine, drive patients to appointments, and call people who may live alone.

Click here to sign up now. 

 

Temporary MOT exemption

09:56, 25/03/2020

This morning, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced a temporary MOT exemption. This means if your MOT is due from 30th March, you will automatically receive a six month extention. 

It is important to remember that garages will remain open for repairs, and you must still keep your gar in a roadworthy condition. 

Stay inside, save lives

08:35, 24/03/2020

Last night our Prime Minister asked us to stay inside to stay lives.  This morning as you grapple with what that means for you remember this – every social interaction is an increased chance of passing on a potentially fatal virus.  Use this to guide you when taking decisions at this very difficult time.  There is uncertainty, and that is always difficult to manage, but please do as asked and Stay Home to Save Lives.

Holidays and travelling to second homes is not essential travel

20:00, 22/03/2020

I warmly welcome the clarification that non-essential travel does not include travelling to second homes, holiday cottage or campsites

Click here for clarification

The Coronavirus Business Loan Interruption scheme is now live

10:40, 20/03/2020

Today, the Coronavirus Business Loan Interruption Scheme has gone live, making it easier for banks to lend, and businesses to borrow. Businesses can borrow up to £5m over up to 6 years, with interest fees paid by the government for the first 12 months. 

Click here to find out more. Details of other support for businesses and employers can be found using the sidebar. 

A plan for people's jobs and incomes

17:46, 20/03/2020

Tonight, bars, pubs, cafe's and restaurants should shut their doors and not reopen. This will help tackle the spread of Coronavirus. The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has also announced an unprecedented package of support for businesses, jobs and incomes. 

For the first time ever, the government will step in to pay people's wages. Government grants will cover 80% of the salary of retained workers, up to a total of £2,500 per month. That's above the UK median earnings level. The scheme will open at the start of April, will be backdated to the end of March, and last for at least three months. 

In addition: 

  • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will now be interest free for 12 months.
  • The next quarter of VAT payments will be deferred. No business will pay VAT from now to mid June, and businesses will have until the end of the financial year to repay the VAT. 
  • The Universal Credit standard allowance, and Working Tax Credit basic element will be increased by £1,000 a year, for the next 12 months. Those who are self-employed can now access, in full, Universal Credit at the same rate as Statutory Sick Pay for employees. 
  • For renters, the generosity of housing benefit and Universal Credit will be increased, so the local Housing Allowance covers at least 30% of market rents. 

Full details for businesses can be found on the Business Support Page by clicking here. 

Full details for individuals can be found by clicking here.