March, 2020


Ministers announce new £1.4bn business support package

Finance Minister Rebecca Evans and the Minister for Economy, Ken Skates have announced a new £1.4bn business support package to help businesses across Wales. This support – extending the package announced yesterday – matches the measures in England providing a... (Continue reading)

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Mobile networks remove data charges for online NHS coronavirus advice

Free access to online NHS services will be available for as long as coronavirus (COVID-19) remains widespread in the UK. Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three are among the mobile firms that have said they will give their customers free online... (Continue reading)

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Schools, colleges and early years settings to close

Schools will close from Monday, except for children of key workers and vulnerable children After schools shut their gates on Friday afternoon, they will remain closed until further notice except for children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part... (Continue reading)

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Government and airlines working to get British passengers affected by Coronavirus back to the UK

British tourists abroad should check the website of their travel provider and Foreign Office travel advice for the latest information. The government is working with industry to ensure they can continue to get British nationals abroad back to the UK,... (Continue reading)

Plans set out to support pupils eligible for free school meals

Children eligible for free school meals will be offered meals or vouchers as an alternative if they can no longer attend school due to coronavirus measures. Low-income families whose children are eligible for free school meals will be offered vouchers,... (Continue reading)

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UK takes drastic measures to tackle COVID-19

Like the rest of the world, the UK is working hard to combat COVID-19. There are now 1,950 cases and there have been 60 deaths in the UK. The UK Government is working closely with the World Health Organization and... (Continue reading)

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NHS Scotland placed on emergency footing

Non-urgent elective care will be postponed in Scotland as part of NHS Scotland’s ongoing preparations for coronavirus (COVID-19). Speaking in Parliament yesterday (March 17 2020), Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said that NHS Scotland would be moving to an emergency footing... (Continue reading)

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Housing Minister confirms Help to Buy Wales loan interest repayment holiday

The Welsh Government is introducing a temporary three month interest repayment holiday for interest bearing Help to Buy Wales customers who may suffer financial hardship as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, Housing Minister, Julie James, has confirmed. The announcement... (Continue reading)

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Chancellor announces additional support to protect businesses

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday (Tuesday March 17, 2020) announced unprecedented support for business and workers – to protect against the economic emergency caused by the coronavirus. This includes unlimited loans and guarantees to support firms and help them manage... (Continue reading)

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Emergency bill to strengthen coronavirus (COVID-19) response plans

New laws will be introduced to protect public health, increase NHS capacity, strengthen social care and support the public to take the right action at the right time. Emergency measures to give ministers powers to take the right action at... (Continue reading)

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