March, 2020


Funding for digital mental health services

Additional £3.8 million to expand support. Extra funding to develop mental health services to cope with further demand as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been confirmed by the Scottish Government. Minister for Mental Health Clare Haughey announced... (Continue reading)

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Grants to start reaching businesses

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Businesses will start receiving emergency coronavirus grants by the middle of next week, Economy, Transport and North Wales Minister Ken Skates confirmed yesterday 26 March Welsh Government is developing a further package of support for the business community to help... (Continue reading)

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Government launches Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp

The UK Government has today launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp. The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS... (Continue reading)

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Government to provide free car parking for NHS and social care staff

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is giving immediate financial backing for all NHS trusts to provide free car parking to NHS staff for the duration of coronavirus (COVID-19). The government will cover the costs of providing... (Continue reading)

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£1 billion Business Support Fund opens

Grants to help businesses with COVID-19 impact. Businesses can now apply for grants to help them deal with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The one-off grants are designed to help protect jobs, prevent business closures and promote economic... (Continue reading)

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Government confirms £500 million hardship fund will provide council tax relief for vulnerable households

£500 million Hardship Fund will provide council tax relief to vulnerable people and households to help those affected most by coronavirus. Local Government Secretary confirms £500 million Hardship Fund will provide support, including council tax relief, in 2020 to 2021... (Continue reading)

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Innovate UK: COVID-19 business support

An update on the support available to businesses from Innovate UK due to COVID-19 and advice for award holders. General advice for innovative businesses With news of the continued spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) both domestically and internationally, we are aware... (Continue reading)

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Prison visits cancelled

Following instructions for people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives, introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, prison visits are temporarily cancelled. Prisons across the estate to receive 900 secure phone handsets as visits cancelled... (Continue reading)

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Visas extended for those currently unable to return home due to COVID-19

Leave extended to 31 May for individuals who are currently unable to return home at the end of their visa. Visa nationals who cannot return home due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to extend their visa. The extension,... (Continue reading)

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Support for business water bills

Relaxation of charges to help with coronavirus pressures. A package of measures worth £60 million has been agreed between the Scottish Government and the water industry to help businesses facing difficulties with water charges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Scottish... (Continue reading)

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