April, 2020


Multi-million support for vulnerable children during COVID-19

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Vulnerable children most at risk of neglect, violence or exploitation will benefit from extra support to keep them safe during the Coronavirus outbreak. More than £12 million will be spent on 14 projects across the country to tackle the increased... (Continue reading)

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£17 million government package to protect freight routes to Northern Ireland

Vital ferry routes between Great Britain and Northern Ireland have been safeguarded, thanks to a multi-million-pound government scheme to help ensure critical freight can continue to move into and across the union. The package, worth up to £17 million, is... (Continue reading)

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Nuclear industry donates £200,000 of lifesaving PPE to the NHS

Sellafield Ltd is providing 20,000 gowns to help Cumbria’s Coronavirus response. The company and its owner, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), have pledged £200,000 to purchase the kit for the county’s frontline NHS and social care staff. An estimated 5,000... (Continue reading)

Councils given flexibility with free childcare funding

Councils will be able to move around government funding for free childcare entitlements in exceptional circumstances, to make sure sufficient childcare places are available for vulnerable children and those of critical workers. The Government has confirmed that councils will temporarily... (Continue reading)

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Coronavirus testing extended to all essential workers in England who have symptoms

All essential workers in England, and members of their households who are showing symptoms of coronavirus will now be able to get tested, the government has announced. This will mean individuals and people they live with will have the reassurance of knowing... (Continue reading)

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Business to receive almost £10 billion in rates relief

Businesses expected to receive almost £10 billion in business rate relief as part of the government’s support for the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses are set to receive a discount of £9.7 billion on their rates bills this financial... (Continue reading)

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Lifeline support for business confirmed

Support for the newly self-employed and firms suffering hardship to be paid in early May. Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop has confirmed that grant funding for the newly self-employed suffering hardship and SMEs in distress will be available in the coming... (Continue reading)

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Wales to roll out once-a-month injection for recovering heroin addicts to help protect NHS staff

Wales will become the first part of the UK to make a new once-a-month injection for recovering heroin addicts routinely available. The new service will replace daily oral medication services to support recovering addicts, helping to relieve pressure on pharmacy... (Continue reading)

Wales has become the first country in the UK to guarantee ongoing funding for children to continue to receive free school meals during the coronavirus pandemic

Wales has become the first country in the UK to guarantee ongoing funding for children to continue to receive free school meals throughout the summer holidays in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Education Minister Kirsty Williams has today (Wednesday, April... (Continue reading)

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Chancellor expands loan scheme for large businesses

Rishi Sunak unveils the final details of Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme All viable businesses with turnover of more than £45m will be able to apply for UK Government-backed support; Firms with turnover of more than £250 million can... (Continue reading)

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