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Local Economy
Advice Notes

Local Economy
Advice Notes

COVID:19 Government Advice Notes - Local Economy

Guidance on business closures

Updated 13/05/2020

This document provides guidance on the closure of certain businesses and venues as part of further social distancing measures.

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Apprenticeship guidance

Published 06/04/2020

This document sets out guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers, and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Guidance for employers and businesses

Updated 07/04/2020

Information on healthcare advice for employers and support for businesses.

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Support for businesses

Updated 24/03/2020

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

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Expanded retail discount guidance

Updated 02/04/2020

Guidance on the operation of expanded retail discount 2020 to 2021 coronavirus response, announced at Budget 2020.

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Guidance on nursery business rates discounts

Published 20/03/2020

Guidance for local authorities in administering the business rates nursery discount in response to coronavirus.

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Guidance for shipping and sea ports

Updated 19/03/2020

Guidance for shipping and sea ports on coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Construction industry advice

Updated 31/03/2020

Links to useful sources of information which the construction industry and others with an interest in building safety may find helpful within the current context.

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Guidance for PFI contractors

Published 02/04/2020

Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contractors should consider themselves to be part of the public sector response to the current COVID-19 emergency.

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Business support finder tool

Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to employers and the self-employed. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants.

Use this business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

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Bounce Back Loan Scheme information

Published 27/04/20

New 100% government backed loan scheme for small business

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Guidance on the self employment income support scheme

Updated 13/05/2020

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.

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Business support grant funding guidance

Updated 13/05/2020

Guidance for local authorities setting out details of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF).

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Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 29/05/20

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Reopening High Streets Safely Fund guidance

Updated 29/05/20

Guidance to help local authorities and partners to deliver activities supported through the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund.

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Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you're an employer, find out if you can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees' coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): compulsory purchase guidance

Updated 27/05/20

In response to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), MHCLG has published guidance for acquiring authorities on compulsory purchase matters.

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Guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England

Updated 01/06/2020

Check in advance if the facilities you want to use have reopened.

When exercising in the countryside remember to follow the countryside code and act responsibly.

If possible, hand sanitise at intervals if your sport or recreation means you have to touch communal surfaces.

Once you are home remember to wash your hands.

Try to avoid using shared equipment such as racquets and bats.

If catering facilities are open at the venue (for takeaway items) respect social distancing whilst queuing for food and drink. Do not share food items, cups, plates or eating utensils with anyone else.

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Reopening High Streets Safely Fund guidance

Updated 29/05/2020

Guidance to help local authorities and partners to deliver activities supported through the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund.

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Coming to the UK for seasonal agricultural work on English farms

Published 03/06/2020

Advice for seasonal agricultural workers coming to England to work on farms and their employers.

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Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses

Published 03/06/2020

Guidance for higher education providers in England on when and how to reopen their campuses and buildings.

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