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Restrictions on Household Gatherings in the North West and West Yorkshire

Current restrictions on social gatherings will continue following a recent review by the government and local authorities.


Government Reform of the Planning System – Consultation

Plans to streamline the planning process and cut red tape.


Government Backed Support for Businesses Throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic

Data on the financial support provided to businesses and employees throughout the UK.


Government Invests in Livingston Facility to Manufacture Coronavirus Vaccine

UK government and Valneva confirm multi-million-pound up-front investment in Livingston manufacturing facility, following agreement to secure 60 million coronavirus vaccine doses.


VJ Day 15 August 2020

Royal Family to lead tributes marking VJ Day 75.


Support for Working Families Affected by Coronavirus COVID-19

Working parents or carers who are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare or 30 hours free childcare but have temporarily fallen below the minimum income requirement as a result of the pandemic will continue to receive financial support until 31 October 2020.


Getting Building Fund – Government Investment in Infrastructure

£1.3 billion investment to deliver homes, infrastructure and jobs.


Small Business Leadership Programme

Two new leadership programmes launched in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.


Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

50% off on bills when visiting participating restaurants, pubs and cafes.


Changes to Exams and Assessments in 2021

Ofqual confirms changes to GCSEs, AS and A levels next year, following consultation.


Roll-Out of 2 New Rapid Coronavirus Tests Ahead of Winter

Millions of new rapid coronavirus tests will be rolled out across NHS hospitals, care homes and labs from next week.


Intellectual Property Co-operation Between the UK and China

An overview of intellectual property and IP rules within China.


Updates to the Coronavirus COVID-19 Shielding Programme 1 August 2020

From Saturday 1 August, shielding guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable will be paused across England.


Help to Buy Scheme Extended – 31 July 2020

Thousands of families can still benefit from the current Help to Buy scheme despite delays in building their new homes due to coronavirus.


Job Retention Bonus Announced

Businesses will receive a payment of £1,000 for every previously furloughed employee if they are still employed at the end of January next year.


First Case of Babesiosis Diagnosed in England

The first case of a rare tick-borne infection – babesiosis – has been diagnosed in Devon.


Prime Minister’s Statement on the Coronavirus 31 July – Some Restrictive Measures Reintroduced

Today, the weekly survey by the Office for National Statistics reports that the prevalence of the virus in the community in England is likely to be rising for the first time since May.


New Rules on Social Gatherings in Northern England

After an increase in Coronavirus COVID-19 cases the government has announced new rules on social gatherings across Northern England.


Health Care Professionals and Care Workers Will Need to Self-Isolate for 14 Days on Returning to the UK

Registered health and care professionals travelling to the UK from high-risk countries will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, the government has confirmed.


Self-Isolation Period Extended to 10 Days

Those who have Coronavirus symptoms or have been tested positive for the Coronavirus will need to self-isolate for 10 days from 30 July 2020.


Furloughed Employees to Receive Full Redundancy Payments

Government introduces law to ensure furloughed employees receive statutory redundancy pay based on their normal wages rather than on a reduced furlough rate.


Grants for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses to Aid Recovery from Effects of Coronavirus Pandemic

Grants of between £1,000-£5,000 available.


Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme Expanded

Changes to state aid rules as a result of UK Government and industry lobbying mean that more small businesses can now benefit from loans of up to £5 million under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, it was announced today.


Government Plans to Boost Cycling and Walking

Promotion of cycling and walking as a means of reducing demand on the NHS and promoting healthier lifestyles. £50 bike repair vouchers available.


Government Agrees Deal for Another Coronavirus Vaccine

The agreement with GSK and Sanofi Pasteur, which combined have the largest vaccine manufacturing capability in the world, will supply the UK with 60 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine.


New Measures to Help People Lose Weight to Beat Coronavirus

Evidence of a link between obesity and vulnerability to COVID-19 infection discovered. The country has therefore introduced a range of measures to help reduce obesity in the country.


HM Land Registry to Accept Electronic Signatures

Transfers of ownership of property, leases, mortgages and other property dealings can now be signed electronically, making it simpler and faster for people to move home.


COVID-19 Detected in Pet Cat

There is no evidence to suggest the animal was involved in the transmission of the disease to its owners.


Disabled People Exempt from Wearing Face Coverings

People are not required to prove they are exempt and it is for individuals to choose how they would want to communicate this to others.


Face Coverings Guidance – Purpose, Usage and Exemptions

Official guidance on wearing face coverings, including details of exemptions.


Spain Removed from Travel Corridors Exemption List

If you arrive in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland from Spain on or after 26 July 2020 you will need to self-isolate.


Passport Office Update – Apply for Passports Online Whenever Possible

HMPO is recommending travellers apply for passports online, as this helps speed up the application process.


Easing of Lockdown in Blackburn with Darwen and Luton Paused

Blackburn with Darwen and Luton local authorities have agreed that increasing rates of coronavirus in the areas means further measures are required to prevent further transmission of the virus.


Being Obese or Severely Overweight Increases Risk of Death from COVID-19

Being obese or excessively overweight increases the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, a new Public Health England report confirms.


Update on Travel Corridors

From Tuesday 28 July 2020, passengers will not need to self-isolate when arriving in England from Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.


Video Witnessed Wills to be Made Legal

The remote video witnessing of wills will be made legal until 31 January 2022 due to the prevalence of the Coronavirus and the necessity of preventing its spread.


Face Coverings Mandatory in Shops and Supermarkets from Friday, 24 July 2020

To prevent the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 the government has announced face coverings will become mandatory in shops, supermarkets and enclosed public spaces from 24 July.


Most Comprehensive Flu Programme in UK History Will be Rolled Out This Winter

Providers will work to vaccinate more than 30 million people during this flu season – millions more than received it last year.


Tax Credits Deadline 31 July 2020

One week remaining until the deadline for the submission of tax credits’ applications.


Care Home Visits Restart

To limit the risk of spreading the Coronavirus visits should be restricted to a single person at a time.


More Details on the Hong Kong British National Overseas Citizens’ Visa Announced

New immigration route opened for Hong Kong residents and their immediate family members to move to the UK to work and study.


UK Government Launches Consultation on 2025 Border Strategy

Today the government has launched a consultation on the 2025 UK Border Strategy.


Ofqual Summer Symposium 21 July 2020

Standardising GCSE, AS and A level grades this summer.


Pay Raises for Public Sector Workers Later This Year

Nearly 900,000 public sector workers will receive pay rises later this year, the Chancellor has announced.


UK Government Secures 90 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

Millions of people could be vaccinated against coronavirus as the UK secures early access to 90 million doses of promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates.


New Safety Standards for Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles

Criminal record checks for drivers every 6 months form a key part of the standards, as does safeguarding training to help drivers identify and respond to passengers that may be being abused or exploited.


Progress Made Against COVID-19 – Next Stages in NHS Test and Trace Plan

On Friday, we published our framework for containing and controlling future outbreaks in England. And from Saturday, local authorities have had new powers in their areas, so they can act with more vigour in response to outbreaks.


UK Government Suspends Extradition Treaty with Hong Kong

Arms embargo on China extended and extradition treaty with Hong Kong indefinitely suspended.


Pilot Sports Events July-August 2020

Pilots announced for return of spectators to elite sports events.


Government Backing for ATOL Protected Holiday-Makers

More protection for passengers following government move to protect refund credit notes.


Community Match Challenge – Fundraising for Selected Charities Doubled

Up to £85 million for charities with government doubling the efforts of funders and philanthropists.


Prime Minister’s Statement on the Coronavirus 17 July 2020

In the two weeks since I last addressed you from this podium, I am pleased to report that we have continued to make steady progress in our collective effort to beat the coronavirus.


Business Events and Conferences to Restart from 1 October

Provided infection rates remain at the current level, business events and conferences will be allowed to resume from 1 October.


Theatres Reopening from 1 August

Indoor performances with socially distanced audiences will be able to take place across the country from 1 August.


Department of Health and Social Care Guidance for Managing Local COVID-19 Outbreaks

For the containment and management of local Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreaks.


Lockdown Restrictions Lifted in Some Areas of Leicestershire

All additional lockdown restrictions will end in areas outside of Leicester City and the Borough of Oadby and Wigston on 18 July, the Health and Social Care Secretary has confirmed.


Leicester Coronavirus Lockdown Will Continue

Local lockdown measures to continue in Leicester with modifications.


Government Takes Action to Ensure Seamless Internal Trade after 1 January 2021

New plans ensure trade between each part of the UK will prosper.


Face Coverings to be Mandatory in Shops from 24 July 2020

To reduce the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 face coverings will be made mandatory later this month.


All Huawei Equipment to be Removed from UK 5G Networks by 2027

The decision follows a review by the National Cyber Security Centre in response to US sanctions against the company.


EU Exit Preparations for the End of the Transition Period

From 1 January 2021 we will embark on the next chapter in our history as a fully independent United Kingdom.


Job Vacancy – Graphics Editor, Southampton

Graphics Editor required by Marine Accident Investigation Branch.


Britain and France Take Action to Stop Illegal Channel Crossings

Crack down on gangs facilitating illegal crossings and people smuggling across the British Channel.


Government Announces Gyms and Pools to Reopen Safely

Outdoor pools can reopen to the public from 11 July followed by indoor gyms, pools and leisure centres on 25 July.


Performing Arts Given Green Light to Resume Outdoors on July 11

Outdoor performances with social distancing can resume from July 11.


Beauty Salons to Reopen from 13 July

Beauty salons, nail bars, tattoo and massage studios, physical therapy businesses and spas across England will be able to reopen safely from Monday, 13 July.


Recreational Team Sport to Return Safely This Summer

New guidance to enable competitive grassroots sport to be played – starting with cricket from 11 July.


Government Statement on the Coronavirus 9 July 2020 – Sport, Arts and Culture Restarting

As of this weekend, our artists, musicians and dancers can start performing live outside to audiences.


The Chancellor’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ to Aid Britain’s Recovery from the Coronavirus

The plan for jobs is the second part of a three-phase plan to secure the UK’s economic recovery from Coronavirus.


Recovery Advice for Business Scheme

Free advice available for small businesses to help them recover from the effects of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.


Tax Cut on PPE Extended until End of October

The temporary suspension of VAT on PPE has been extended until the end of October, to help care homes and businesses save money on the outlay for personal protective equipment.


Ofsted to Make Non-Graded Visits to Schools and Colleges in the Autumn

Ofsted will make a series of visits – not inspections – to schools and colleges when they return in September to inform government and the public how they are managing the transition to post-COVID-19 learning.


Over a Million Bounce Back Loans Approved for Small Businesses – HM Treasury

Over a million Bounce Back Loans to help small businesses survive the Coronavirus pandemic have been approved.


Face to Face Assessments for Health and Disability Benefits Remain Suspended

The temporary suspension of face to face meetings for the assessment of health benefits will remain in place until further notice.


Free ‘Wraparound’ Childcare for the Armed Forces

The children of service personnel will be entitled to free breakfast and after-school childcare as part of new measures to better support the armed forces and their loved ones.


The Majority of Children Will No Longer Need to Shield from the Coronavirus

Evidence from paediatric clinicians shows COVID-19 poses a low risk to children and young people.


Countries Excluded from Self-Isolation Rules

Passengers from a number of designated countries will not be required to self-isolate when they arrive in the UK.


UK Announces First Sanctions Under New Global Human Rights Regime

The new ‘Magnitsky’-style sanctions regime will target those who have been involved in some of the gravest human rights violations and abuses around the world.


Smarter Manufacturing – Apply for Funding

Funding available for the development of innovative digital technologies.


Government to Acquire Cutting Edge Satellite Network OneWeb

Government led consortium buys ownership of OneWeb to strengthen the UK’s place on the world stage.


Prime Minister’s Words on the NHS’s 72nd Birthday

This year has seen the NHS gallantly respond to the greatest challenge it has ever faced and rightly receive unprecedented support.


£1.57 Billion Funding for Arts and Culture Sector

Emergency grants and loans to be provided to the arts and culture sector to protect it from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.


Ventilator Challenger Finishes

The successful end of the Ventilator Challenge has been announced. Over 14,000 ventilators have been produced.


Renew Tax Credits Claim by 31 July

The deadline for renewing tax credits claims is 31 July 2020.  Customers must tell HMRC of any change in their circumstances.


Prime Minister’s Statement on the Coronavirus 3 July 2020

The continuing progress made to combat COVID-19.


Don’t Rely on Temperature Screening for Detection of Coronavirus

Temperature screening products are not a reliable way to detect Coronavirus COVID-19, says MHRA.


£10 Million Kick-Starting Tourism Package

Funding will help small businesses in tourist destinations with access to support of up to £5,000.


Schools and Colleges Will Reopen in Full in September

Some of the counter COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted to allow schools, colleges and nurseries to fully reopen across England.


Ofqual Consultation on 2021 Exams and Assessments

In line with the Secretary of State for Education’s letter to Ofqual, we are planning for exams and assessments to be taken next year.


British Government Offers Prospective Citizenship to Millions of Hong Kong Chinese

The British Government considers the imposition of national security law on Hong Kong to be a breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, and has accordingly made an unprecedented offer of visa rights to British Nationals Overseas.


Flexible Furlough Scheme Starts Today

Businesses will have the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work part time from today (1 July) as part of the government’s plan to re-open the UK and kick-start our economy.


Coronavirus Lockdown Across Leicestershire

A summary of restrictions in Leicester, and Leicestershire as a whole.


New Regulatory Regime for Google and Facebook

The Competition and Markets Authority recommends a new regulatory regime to improve competition in the digital marketplace, and to tackle Google and Facebook’s market dominance.


Foreign Secretary’s Statement on Hong Kong – 1 July 2020

The reaction of the British Government to the imposition of the Chinese national security law on Hong Kong.


A New Deal for Britain

The Prime Minister sets out the first steps in his plan to rebuild Britain and encourage economic growth as the Coronavirus pandemic dies down.


Leicester to Remain in Lockdown to Reduce the Spread of the Coronavirus

While infections in the rest of country have continued to fall, infections in Leicester have continued to rise.


Mandatory MOT Testing to be Reintroduced from 1 August

Move will help ensure that vehicles are kept safe to drive.


Reducing Coronavirus Health Measures at the UK Border

Certain categories of passenger from specific countries will not be required to self-isolate for 14 days.


Future Fund Expanded

Some businesses with non-UK parent companies will now be able to apply for funding.


Cabinet Secretary Will Stand Down in September

Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, Sir Mark Sedwill, has announced he will step down from his post in September.


David Frost Appointed as National Security Adviser

David Frost is currently the Prime Minister’s Europe Adviser and the UK’s Chief Negotiator.


Prime Minister Announces School Rebuilding Programme

Prime Minister to set out plans for a 10 year school rebuilding programme, in order to raise educational standards across the country.


Improved Access to Housing for Veterans

New measures to ensure access to social housing is improved for members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families have been announced this Armed Forces Day (27 June 2020) by Housing Minister Christopher Pincher.


Sustainable Innovation Fund for Innovative Businesses Launched

The government’s Sustainable Innovation Fund will be open to companies across all parts of the UK who need urgent financial support to keep their cutting-edge projects and ideas alive.


Extra Funding for Service Charities

£6 million of extra funding to be provided for 100 military charities across the UK.


Reopening of Museums, Galleries and the Heritage Sector on 4 July

New guidance, published today, will outline how museums, galleries, heritage attractions and historic buildings can begin to reopen to the public, paving the way for an economic boost to the sectors.


Government Outlines Support for Pubs, Cafes and Restaurants

More pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to serve customers outdoors in plans announced by the government.


No-Fault Divorce Bill Gains Royal Assent

There will no longer be the necessity for one side to accuse the other of ‘unreasonable behaviour’ or adultery in order to secure a divorce.


£400 Million Funding for R&D Projects Across the UK

Seven major research and innovation projects across the UK have today (Friday 26 June) received over £400 million in government and industry funding.


Corporate Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill Received Royal Assent on 25 June

Measures taken to protect businesses from the economic effects of the Coronavirus outbreak.


COVID-19 Hydroxycholoroquine Trial Recruitment Approved

The MHRA received a request from the University of Oxford, on 17 June, to recommence recruitment to the ‘COPCOV’ trial investigating hydroxychloroquine in the prevention of COVID-19.


Driving Lessons, Theory Tests and Driving Tests to Restart in England

DVSA announces driving lessons and theory tests will restart on 4 July 2020, whilst driving tests will restart from 22 July.


2 Billion Items of PPE Delivered

Two billion items of personal protective equipment have been delivered to frontline services since the start of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.


Government Guidance on Reopening of Tourism and Visitor Attractions on July 4 2020

Guidance on Tourism and the Visitor Economy published to help the tourism set to get back up and running again.


Public Health England Hot Weather Warning

Hot weather warning for vulnerable people.


Pubs, Restaurants and Hairdressers to Reopen from 4 July

Practical guidelines published to help restaurants, pubs and hairdressers reopen safely.


Refuting Disinformation on the UK and Hong Kong

Correcting errors and misunderstandings of Britain’s relationship to Hong Kong, and issues surrounding it.


Lockdown Coming to an End – Restrictions Eased

Prime Minister announces considerable progress against the spread of the Coronavirus has been made, restrictions can now be eased, and the economy re-opened.


Shielding Guidance to be Relaxed from 6 July 2020

Advisory guidance to be eased for 2.2 million clinically extremely vulnerable people across England, as virus infection rates continue to fall.


Media Advisory Notice – Suspected Terrorist Attack, Reading

The Solicitor General wishes to remind everyone of the requirement not to publish material which could jeopardise the defendants’ right to a fair trial.


Changes to Enterprise Act 2002 in Regard to Foreign Takeover of Companies

Changes to the Act to protect companies involved in responding to public health emergencies, and companies involved in providing services central to national security.


Call for Proposals – Coronavirus COVID-19 Response in Montenegro

The Embassy calls for a new round of concept submissions for the current financial year (ending February 2021).


COVID-19 Alert Level Reduced from Level 4 to Level 3 Across Britain

The steady decrease in cases has justified the reduction.


£1 Billion Education ‘Catch Up’ Fund

This one-off grant to support pupils in state education recognises that all young people have lost time in education as a result of the pandemic, regardless of their income or background.


Further Support to Prevent Business Evictions

The UK government has extended measures to prevent struggling companies from eviction over the summer.


Government Statement on the Coronavirus – Vaccines and Track and Trace

First things first, I’d like to take you through the latest data, then talk about NHS Test and Trace and vaccines.


DVLA Announces Online Service to Change Address on Vehicle Log Book

The new online service will reduce the time it takes for motorists to receive a new log book from up to 6 weeks to just 5 working days.


NHS COVID-19 App to Use Google/Apple Framework

This next phase will bring together the work done so far on the NHS COVID-19 app and the new Google/Apple framework.


Self-Employed New Parents Can Claim Support Grant for 2018-2019

Self-employed parents whose trading profits dipped in 2018/19 because they took time out to have children will be able to claim for a payment under the self-employed income support scheme, the government has announced.


UKAEA Supplier Forum 3 July 2020

Join our online supplier event to find out about UKAEA programmes and commercial opportunities.


Government Statement on the Coronavirus 17 June 2020 – Resumption of Football

In just under an hour’s time, the best league in the world will be back up and running after a 100 day pause.


G7 Urges China to Reconsider National Security Law

International community calls upon China to adhere to its legally binding commitments and respect the autonomy and the freedom of the people of Hong Kong.


UK Trade Negotiations Start with Australia and New Zealand

Britain has embarked on extensive trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand as a consequence of bolstering trade after the end of the transition period for leaving the EU in December 2020.


Use of Dexamethasone for Coronavirus Treatment Approved by Government

Dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory drug, has been immediately approved to treat all UK hospitalised COVID-19 patients requiring oxygen, including those on ventilators, from today.


Department for International Development to be Merged with Foreign and Commonwealth Office

DFID and the FCO will merge, helping to increase Britain’s presence on the international state.


Prime Minister’s Statement on Global Britain

The Prime Minister outlines how Britain’s role in the world will change after we leave the European Union.


Green Number Plates to be Introduced

Green number plates are set to be introduced in autumn of this year. The plates will be make it easier for cars to be identified as zero emission vehicles.


Government Funded Imperial College COVID-19 Vaccine Moves into First Human Trials

Clinical researchers will begin human trials of a new coronavirus vaccine developed by researchers at Imperial College London.


Government Statement on the Coronavirus 15 June 2020 – We are Making Good Progress

The number of cases are going down and shops are re-opening as we gradually return to normal.


Britain and EU Reconfirm Transition Period will End on 31 December 2020

The transition period will therefore end on 31 December 2020, in line with the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement.


CCTV to be Used to Issue Penalties Against Drivers Who Use Cycle Lanes from 22 June 2020

This will build on the recent £2 billion investment to encourage to encourage walking and cycling.


UK Government Coronavirus Support for Jobs Across Scotland

Almost 800,000 jobs have been saved by the UK government because of the Coronavirus job support packages for the employed and self-employed.


Action Counters Terrorism e-Learning Course

Tens of thousands of people across the UK have been undertaking counter terrorism training from their kitchen tables during the lockdown.


Rules for Wearing Face Coverings Come into Place on Monday, 15 June

Passengers who attempt to ride on public transport without a face covering will be prevented from travelling.


Border Controls for EU Goods at the End of the Transition Period

New GB border arrangements confirmed for next year as the UK formally notifies the EU that it will neither accept nor seek any extension to the Transition Period.


UK Government Will Not be Seeking an Extension to the EU Exit Transition Period

New border controls and procedures have been confirmed for 2021 as the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, formally notifies the EU that the UK will neither accept nor seek any extension to the Transition Period.


High Street Shops to Re-Open on 15 June

Shops in England selling non-essential goods will be allowed to re-open from Monday, 15 June 2020.


Coronavirus Support Across the UK – Government Statistics

6.4 million jobs have been furloughed in England.


Offensive Weapons Act – Illegal Weapons Surrender Scheme

Weapons to be prohibited to include knuckledusters, zombie knives and death star knives.


Data Charges Removed for Websites Supporting Victims of Crime

Access to websites supporting some of the most vulnerable victims of crime will be free of charge during the Coronavirus pandemic, thanks to a new deal brokered by the Government.


Digital Security By Design Grant Winners Announced

The government will provide £10 million over four years to develop groundbreaking cyber security technologies.


£63 Million Funding to Provide Food and Essentials to those Struggling Financially as a Result of the Coronavirus

An additional £63 million has been confirmed by government today to be distributed to local authorities in England to help those who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to coronavirus.


Government Statement on the Coronavirus 10 June 2020 – Changes Coming During the Next 7 Days

The Government is satisfied that all five tests are still being met and we can proceed with the following further adjustments to the lockdown in England.


Study Launched to Monitor COVID-19 in Schools

A new voluntary COVID-19 study to assess and monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 among pre-school, primary and secondary school pupils and teachers has been launched by the government.


People on Paternity and Maternity Leave Returning to Work Will be Eligible for Government’s Furlough Scheme

This will only apply when individuals work for an employer that has previously furloughed employees.


Government Statement on the Coronavirus 9 June 2020 – Re-Opening the Economy

Retail shops will be allowed to open on 15 June so longer as they comply with COVID-19 health guidelines.


Funding for Debt Advice Providers

£37.8 million will be made available to debt advice providers so they can continue to provide essential services to more people who are struggling with their finances due to the Coronavirus.


UK and Japan Open Trade Negotiations

The agreement will build on the existing EU-Japan deal. It will go further by securing additional benefits in areas such as digital trade, and providing support for the UK’s 5.9 million small businesses.


Every Care Home in England Offered Coronavirus Test

Every care home in England will now be offered a coronavirus test for all residents and staff, even if they have no symptoms.


Prime Minister’s Speech on Black Lives Matter

The Prime Minister gave a speech yesterday on Black Lives Matter and recent events.


Coronavirus Tests to be Offered to Every Care Home for Over-65s

Test kits have been offered to every care home for over-65s or those with dementia in England.


Places of Worship to Re-Open on Monday, 15 June 2020

Places of worship across England will be allowed to re-open on Monday, 15 June. Social distancing guidelines will need to be followed to prevent on further spread of the Coronavirus.


All NHS Staff and Visitors to Wear Face Masks from 15 June 2020

All staff will be provided with surgical face masks which they will be required to wear at all times.


Global Vaccine Summit Raises 8.8 Billion for Immunisation

The funding will help immunise 300 million more children in lower-income countries against diseases like measles, polio and diphtheria by the end of 2025.


Ban on Evictions Extended by 2 Months Until 23 August 2020

Suspension of evictions from social or private rented accommodation.


Face Coverings to be Compulsory on Public Transport from 15 June

Bus, coach, train, tram, ferry and aircraft passengers must wear a face covering on their journey.


Global Vaccine Summit – Prime Minister’s Closing Remarks

£8.8 billion committed for Gavi’s vaccination programme over the next 5 years.


Drivers Granted 7 Month Photocard Licence Extension

Drivers with a photocard driving licence due to expire between 1 February and 31 August 2020 will be granted a 7 month extension from the date of expiry the DVLA has announced today.


Government Statement on the Coronavirus 4 June 2020 – Transport and Face Coverings

Statistics summary, transport and the implementation of the new face coverings rule.


Ministry of Defence Announces Launch of New Cyber Regiment

To provide defence against cyber attacks in frontline operations.


Prime Minister to Host Global Vaccine Summit Today

Global vaccine summit involving more than 50 countries and organisations will take place today.


Boris Johnson’s Article in ‘The Times’ on Hong Kong – 3 June 2020

If China does not adhere to the original ‘one country, two systems’ policy Britain will offer visa free access to eligible Hong Kong residents.


Government Statement on the Coronavirus 3 June 2020 – NHS Test and Trace

Coronavirus statistics summary, NHS Test and Trace, Global Vaccine Summit.


Health Measures to be Introduced at the Border on 8 June 2020

The Home Secretary has given a statement on the nature of the measures that will be introduced to restrict the spread of the Coronavirus at Britain’s borders.


Dairy Response Fund Will Open to Applications on 18 June 2020

The fund will provide up to £10,000 to dairy farmers to help them to sustain their businesses.


Trade Credit Insurance Backed by £10 Billion Guarantee

Government to provide guarantees of up to £10 billion to Trade Credit Insurance schemes for business-to-business transactions.


Quarantine Measures for New Arrivals to Britain Start 8 June 2020

The rules covering new measures to be imposed at the UK border from next week to protect against Coronavirus will be published on 3 June 2020.


Removals of Coronavirus Restrictions in Prisons and Probation

How services will start to recover from the restrictions imposed in reaction to Coronavirus COVID-19.


Environment Agency – Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

An overview of Environment Agency service availability.


Foreign Secretary’s Statement to Parliament on Hong Kong

Hong Kong citizens to be allowed visa-free entry into the UK for extendable periods of 12 months as a result of China’s recent actions.


Attorney General Extends Undertaking for Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Acting in her role as guardian of the public interest, the Attorney General Suella Braverman QC MP has extended the undertaking she granted to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.


Veterans UK Digital Transformation

The way many of Veterans UK services are delivered is to be digitised as part of a new contract worth £300-million that successfully commenced on 1 June 2020.


UKAEA and Development of Fusion Energy

UKAEA signs multimillion-pound framework agreement to aid development of fusion energy.


SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) Minutes Published

The minutes of the scientific group which advised the government on the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic have been published.


Vulnerable People Can Now Safely Spend Time Outdoors

Extremely vulnerable people who have been “shielding” in England to be able to spend time outdoors.


Guidance for Public on the Phased Return of Outdoor Sport and Recreation in England

The latest government guidance published on 1 June 2020.


Public Health England Response to Articles Published in the Sunday Telegraph on 31 May 2020

Refutation of some of the claims made in recent Sunday Telegraph articles.


Chief Scientific Adviser’s Sunday Telegraph Article on SAGE – 31 May 2020

Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance explains the scientific advice being given to the government and the lessons learned.


UK Reaches 200,000 Coronavirus Capacity Daily Testing Target

The UK reached the 200,000 capacity target on Saturday 30 May.


Government Statement on the Coronavirus 30 May 2020 – Competitive Sport to Resume

More than two months after sport stopped, and after weeks of round-the-clock discussions with medical experts and professional sports bodies, I’m delighted to announce today that the government has published guidance which allows competitive sport to resume behind closed doors from Monday at the earliest, and crucially, only when it is safe to do so.


Police Crackdown on County Lines Gangs

Police made over 650 arrests, closed nearly 140 deal lines, seized cash and drugs with a total value of over £3 million, and made over 100 weapons seizures.


Self-Employment Support Scheme Will be Extended and Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Will Continue

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will be extended for a second and final grant.


Sales of Fingerprick Coronavirus COVID-19 Antibody Testing Kits Halted

These type of tests must be temporarily halted until proper assessment and validation has been made.


Prime Minister Boris Johnson Speaks to President Donald Trump on the Coronavirus and Hong Kong

They discussed the global response to Coronavirus and the importance of ongoing international co-operation to develop a vaccine.


Six People Can Meet Outside under New Coronavirus Rules

The Prime Minister has announced that groups of up to six people will be able to meet outside in England from Monday 1 June, as part of a wider process for easing the lockdown.


Planning Inspectorate – More Virtual Inquiries and Hearings to be Held in June

As lockdown eases the Planning Inspectorate is able to increase its workload.


Cleve Hill Solar Park Project Granted Development Consent

Today, Thursday 28 May 2020, the application for the proposed Cleve Hill Solar Park Project near Faversham in Kent has been granted development consent by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.


Government Statement on the Coronavirus 28 May 2020 – Nurseries and Schools to Open on Monday

So the result is we can move forward with adjusting the lockdown in England on Monday.


UK, Australia, Canada, and United States Joint Statement in Response to China’s Proposed New Security Law for Hong Kong

Signatories to this statement reiterate our deep concern regarding Beijing’s decision to impose a national security law in Hong Kong.


Britain Joins Joins the Global COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium

The consortium, launched by the US in response to the global pandemic, will allow the UK’s world-leading researchers and scientists to gain access to the world’s largest and fastest supercomputers and perform complex calculations quickly.


Public Urged to Report Sightings of Tree Pest Oak Processionary Moth

As Oak Processionary Moth season begins, the Forestry Commission reminds people to be aware of the pest and report sightings.


Government Launches Coronavirus COVID-19 Test and Trace Service Today

New guidance and tests for stopping the spread of the Coronavirus.


Call for Proposals: Research into Coronavirus COVID-19 Impact on Ukraine

For greater understanding of the emerging medium to longer term secondary implications of COVID-19 on conflict and stability in Ukraine.


Quarantine Measures for Visitors to France Because of Coronavirus COVID-19

Movement restriction on visitors to France and overseas territories.


Border Restrictions for Visitors to France – Coronavirus COVID-19

In order to enter France you will need to complete an international travel certificate, which certifies that your journey is essential and confirms that you have not been suffering from a set of listed symptoms associated with Covid19.


The Government Has Signed Deals with More than 100 PPE Suppliers

As well as signing numerous deals with PPE suppliers, the government has vastly increased domestic production of PPE.


MHRA Supports Use of Remdesivir for Coronavirus COVID-19 Patients

MHRA has given a positive scientific opinion on the use of Remdesivir for the treatment of Coronavirus COVID-19.


Government Statement on the Coronavirus 26 May 2020 – Research and Development

Includes an update on the research and development into treatments that is underway.


Remdesivir to be Used to Treat Some NHS Coronavirus Patients

The anti-viral drug remdesivir will be made available to patients meeting certain clinical criteria to support their recovery in hospital.


£1 Billion Building Safety Fund to Remove Dangerous Cladding

New £1 billion building safety fund to remove dangerous cladding from high rise buildings.


Apply Now for Coronavirus Sick Pay Scheme

Small businesses and employers across the UK who have paid statutory sick pay to staff taking Coronavirus-related leave will be able to claim back the money from today.


Retail Shops Set to Re-Open on 15 June 2020

Outdoor markets and car showrooms scheduled to re-open on 1 June, retail shops scheduled to re-open on 15 June, the Prime Minister says.


Government Statement on the Coronavirus 25 May 2020 – Re-Opening Retail Shops

Today, I want to give the retail sector notice of our intentions to reopen shops, so they too can get ready.


Government Statement on the Coronavirus 24 May 2020 – Boris Johnson Stands by Dominic Cummings

The Prime Minister expresses his support for Dominic Cummings in travelling across the country during the lockdown, provides an overview on the fight against the Coronavirus, and then outlines the schedule for the re-opening of schools.


Schools, Colleges and Nurseries to Re-Open on 1 June

Primary schools will welcome back children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, while nurseries and other early years providers will begin welcoming back children of all ages.


Government Statement on the Coronavirus 23 May 2020 – Transport Plans

A summary of the Coronavirus statistics, and an overview of the government’s plans for changes in transport.


£50 Million Reopening High Streets Safely Fund

The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund will help councils in England introduce a range of safety measures in a move to kick-start local economies, get people back to work and customers back to the shops.


£1 Billion A66 Trans-Pennine Upgrade

Proposals for major upgrades to trans-pennine route published.


£15 Million Funding to Support Citizens Advice Service during Coronavirus Outbreak

The funding will allow them to increase their capacity so they can continue to deliver advice on a range of issues.


Funding for Transport Services after the Coronavirus Outbreak

A further £283 million has been announced to increase bus and light rail services to enable safe and reliable transport services.


Ofqual – Exceptional Arrangements for Awarding Qualifications in Summer 2020

Our decisions following consultation for awarding results in GCSEs, AS and A levels, other general, vocational and technical qualifications.


Ofqual GCSE and A Level Consultation Outcomes and Autumn Exam Series Proposals

Our decisions following consultation on the exceptional arrangements for awarding calculated grades in GCSEs, AS and A levels this summer; and proposals for an autumn exam series.


Funding for Local Authorities’ Coronavirus Track and Trace Service

£300 million funding for local councils.


Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill

New measures in the Bill will relieve the burden on businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic so that they can focus their efforts on continuing to operate.


£500 Million Future Fund Open for Applications

UK-based companies can now apply for a convertible loan of between £125,000 and £5 million, to support continued growth and innovation in sectors as diverse as technology, life sciences and the creative industries.


Government Statement on the Coronavirus 22 May 2020 – 14 Days’ Quarantine for People Arriving in the UK

The Home Secretary explains the rationale behind the new quarantine procedures for arrivals to the UK.


£40 Million Funding for Innovative Businesses

The competition aims to fast-track the development of innovations borne out of the coronavirus crisis while supporting the UK’s next generation of cutting-edge start-ups.


Social Workers to Be Placed in Schools to Protect Children at Risk

Social workers will be placed in schools to help spot the signs of abuse and neglect more quickly and work with teachers to support children at risk.


Protecting Shoppers from Fake and Misleading Reviews Online

The Competition and Markets Authority will be launching an investigation into major websites to see if they are doing enough to protect shoppers from fake and misleading reviews.


New Self-Isolation Measures for People Entering the UK

To protect against a second wave of Coronavirus COVID-19, a requirement for 14 days of self-isolation will be introduced.


Joint Statement from the UK, Australia and Canada on Hong Kong

Joint statement by UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne, responding to China’s proposed new security law for Hong Kong.


Plans for Bringing London out of Lockdown Announced

A new London Transition Board will co-ordinate the city’s emergence from the Coronavirus lockdown.


Further Visa Extensions for Those Unable to Return Home due to Coronavirus

Those unable to return home will be able to extend their visas until 31 July.


All NHS and Care Staff in England to be Offered Free Antibody Tests

A new antibody testing programme for the Coronavirus will have the capacity to test tens of thousands of individuals each day.


Government Statement on the Coronavirus 21 May 2020 – Testing Procedures

Before I turn to the latest Coronavirus data, I wanted to say something this Mental Health Awareness Week.


130,000 items of PPE Donated to Support Coronavirus Effort

Magnox has now donated more than 130,000 items of lifesaving personal protective equipment (PPE).


Rapid Coronavirus Test Trial Launched

A rapid Coronavirus test trial, which returns results within 20 minutes, begins today in Hampshire.


UK Global Tariff Announced

The UK’s new Global Tariff will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff on 1 January 2021 at the end of the Transition Period.


Clean Growth Fund Launched to Support Green Start-Up Companies

The Clean Growth Fund will contribute towards the UK’s plans to reach Net Zero by 2050.


Corporate Governance and Insolvency Bill Introduced to Protect Companies Made Vulnerable to Insolvency as a Result of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The insolvency measures will provide vital support to businesses to help them through this period of instability.


14 Year Minimum Jail Sentences for Terrorists

Terrorist and terrorism related sentencing extended after passing of emergency legislation in February.


Government Bereavement Scheme Extended to NHS Staff and Social Care Workers

The Home Office is extending the offer of indefinite leave to remain, free of charge, to the families and dependants of NHS support staff and social care workers who die as result of contracting Coronavirus.


Reviving the Arts and Culture Sector after the Coronavirus Pandemic

New Culture Commissioner named and Taskforce set up to aid sector recovery from Coronavirus.


Prime Minister Calls Bill and Melinda Gates

They discussed the UK’s contribution to helping countries around the world tackle Coronavirus and the important work of the Gates Foundation in this area.


Check the Tax Rules Before Waiving Your Salary or Donating to Charity

HMRC is keen to support people who choose to waive – or give up – part of their income, particularly when it comes to understanding any tax implications.


Grooming Gangs Report to be Published Later This Year

After much controversy – including an online petition that garnered over 100,000 signatures – the grooming gangs report is to be published later this year. This is a reversal of the government’s previous decision, which was to withhold it, as it was declared to be an internal review only.


UK Government and Prince of Wales Urge Workers to do Seasonal Farm Work

The UK Government and Prince of Wales have urged students and furloughed workers to apply for seasonal farm work.


jHub Support NHSx to Securely Share COVID-19 Symptom Data

Strategic Command’s innovation hub, jHub, were recently commissioned to support NHSx to securely gather and share COVID-19 symptom data for project OASIS.


Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme Will Start on 26 May 2020

A new online service will be launched on 26 May for small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay payments they have made to their employees, the government announced today.


Grants for the Families of Children with Complex Needs and Disabilities

Children with special educational needs and disabilities in England will benefit from £37.3 million of direct support in 2020-21, which is expected to help more than 75,000 families in England.


Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme Loans Increased from £50 million to £200 million

Businesses will be able to benefit from larger loans under the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the government announced today.


First Round of UK-US Free Trade Negotiations Held 5-15 May 2020

Negotiations over the past two weeks were conducted virtually but proceeded efficiently, with UK and US negotiators participating in extensive discussions in nearly 30 different negotiating groups covering all aspects of a comprehensive trade agreement.


UK Global Tariff Regime Announced

The UK Global Tariff will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff on 1 January 2021 at the end of the transition period.


Alcohol Tags Rolled Out for Offenders Across England and Wales

Criminals who commit alcohol-fuelled crime may be banned from drinking and forced to wear ‘sobriety tags’ as part of their rehabilitation.


DVLA Opening Hours Spring Bank Holiday 25 May 2020

DVLA’s contact centre opening times, for critical workers only, over the spring bank holiday.


Everyone in UK with Symptoms Now Eligible for Coronavirus COVID-19 Test

The government has today announced that anyone with symptoms of Coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, ahead of the rollout of the test and trace service.


Health Secretary’s Statement on the Coronavirus 18 May 2020

This is the most serious public health emergency in a hundred years. But through the combined efforts of the whole nation we have got through the peak.


Patients Informed to Exchange Emerade 500 Micrograms Adrenaline Pens for a Different Brand

Allergy patients who carry Emerade 500 microgram adrenaline auto-injector pens should contact their prescriber and seek replacement pens of a different brand.


Government Support Package for Transport for London

Support funding package for Transport for London in order to keep vital public transport services running in London.


Students in Wales Should Apply for Student Finance Now

Full time undergraduate students in Wales are being encouraged to apply for student finance as soon as possible to ensure their finances are in place for the new academic year.


Government Invests £35 Million to Protect Vital Freight Routes

Vital freight routes into, out of and around the UK will continue to run smoothly, thanks to a multi-million-pound government scheme to help ensure critical goods, such as food and medical supplies, can move freely.


Immigration Bill to Create New Points Based Immigration System Returns to Parliament

The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill 2020 will have its second reading.


Coronavirus Symptoms Updated – Loss or Change of Sense of Smell

From today, all individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia.


£84 Million Funding for Researchers Working to Find Coronavirus Vaccine

The funding comes as Oxford University today agrees a global licensing agreement with AstraZeneca, the UK-based pharmaceutical company, for the commercialisation and manufacturing of their potential vaccine.


New Coronavirus Support Packages from Mobile and Broadband Companies

New deals brokered by the UK government for vulnerable consumers and NHS staff.


New Industry Guidelines for Safe TV Production

Broadcasters have published new guidance for a safe return to TV production.


Additional £35 Million to Fight Coronavirus in Wales

This increases the total amount of funding to fight the Coronavirus in Wales to £2.1 billion.


Prime Minister’s Daily Mail Article on the Fight Against the Coronavirus

We have achieved a lot together so far. Let’s not throw it all away now. In return for the small freedoms we are now allowing ourselves, we must stay alert.


Government Coronavirus Statement 16 May 2020 – Re-Opening Schools

We can now start the planning for a very limited return to schools for some pupils potentially as early as next month.


Government Begins Large Scale Study of Coronavirus Immunity

Up to 20,000 people are being asked to take part in a new government-funded study to further track the extent of the coronavirus spread across England, Scotland and Wales.


Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre to Open in Summer 2021

The new Centre, which is already under construction, is a key component of the government’s coronavirus vaccine programme – ensuring that once a vaccine is available it can be produced quickly and in mass quantities.


Additional £35 Million to Fight Coronavirus in Wales

This increases the total amount of funding to fight the Coronavirus in Wales to £2.1 billion.


Additional £58 Million to Help Scotland Fight the Coronavirus

This comes on top of the existing £3.5 billion package given to Holyrood to help it tackle the crisis.


UK Aid Funding for Charities and NGOs to Fight Coronavirus

International Development Secretary announces which charities and NGOs have received UK aid funding to help fight Coronavirus in the developing world.


Changes to Civil Legal Aid Procedure Regulations

Clients can now choose a greater number of providers to help with education, discrimination and debt issues under changes introduced on 15 May 2020.


Family Video Calls to be Introduced in Prisons

Secure video calls will be introduced to prisons and young offender institutions across England and Wales to maintain vital family contact for prisoners and young offenders during the Coronavirus pandemic.


HM Coastguard Asks Everyone to Take Extra Care

With significant numbers of people expected to take to the water this weekend in England, HM Coastguard is asking everyone to take extra care in extraordinary times.


Government Statement on the Coronavirus 15 May 2020 – COVID Alert Level System

I want to take a moment to remind everyone about our plans for this second phase. We have set up the new COVID Alert Level System.


£600 Million Infection Control Fund for for Care Homes

Care home support package backed by £600 million to help reduce Coronavirus infections.


Coronavirus COVID-19 Detection Dogs Trial Begins

This new trial will look at whether the dogs, a mixture of labradors and cocker spaniels, can be trained to detect coronavirus in people too, even if they are not showing symptoms.


Plan to Re-Open Places of Worship

Earlier this week the government set out its ambition to reopen places of worship in step 3 of its plan to lift restrictions, which is expected to be no earlier than 4 July subject to further scientific advice.


Coronavirus Update: Bathing Season 15 May – 30 September 2020

As part of revised guidance, you can now go swimming in either lakes or the sea provided that you observe social distancing guidelines. You cannot however use public indoor or outdoor pools.


HM Treasury Statement on the European Commission’s Infraction Proceedings on the UK’s VAT Treatment of Certain Commodities Derivatives Trading

The decision does not require businesses to pay any VAT on historic transactions, and the law applying to derivatives trades today means no VAT is due.


Government Publishes Latest Coronavirus COVID-19 Reproduction Number

The reproduction number (R) is the average number of secondary infections produced by 1 infected person.


Scientific Information on Coronavirus COVID-19 Published by Department for Education

The latest scientific overview on the Coronavirus has just been published by the Department for Education, with specific emphasis on its effect on children. There is a high degree of confidence that the severity of Coronavirus COVID-19 is less in children than in adults.


Government Provides £1.6 Billion Funding Package to Support Transport for London

The government has agreed a £1.6 billion funding and financing package for Transport for London to protect key services, helping people to stay safe during the pandemic and supporting the capital’s gradual recovery from COVID-19.


70 Million Face Masks to be Delivered to NHS and Care Workers

Government agrees deal with technology company Honeywell to manufacture 70 million face masks for frontline workers.


Government Statement on the Coronavirus 14 May 2020 – Building Future Transport Infrastructure

Coronavirus update. How time during the lockdown has been used to upgrade the road and rail infrastructure.


Government Guidance on Returning to Outdoor Exercise

Guidance on returning to outdoor exercise, travelling, using sports facilities, sharing equipment, and other issues.


Multi-Billion Pound Road and Railway Investment

£1.7 billion Transport Infrastructure Fund will not only improve roads and railways, but will help the economic recovery from the Coronavirus outbreak as well.


Government Statement on the Coronavirus 13 May 2020 – Restarting the Housing and Construction Markets

An overview of the fight against the Coronavirus, combined with new measures to restart the housing and construction markets.


Planning Inspectorate Site Visits to Recommence

In this update, we outline plans to restart site visits and an update on the work to implement digital events.


Government to Temporarily Support Businesses Through Trade Credit Insurance Guarantee

Support for businesses with supply chains which rely on Trade Credit Insurance.


Restrictions on Recreational Fishing Lifted

It’s now possible to fish on one’s own, or with others, as long as social distancing rules are observed.


Athletes and Sportsmen Can Resume Training Using Social Distancing Rules

Elite athletes and professional sportsmen and women can resume performance training under new guidance published today.


Government Task Forces Set Up to Plan When Closed Businesses Can Re-Open

Five task forces have been set up to determine when and how closed businesses and institutions can re-open to the public.


Government Guidance on Moving Home 

Anyone in England can now move home as long as health guidance can be followed. This applies to both renters and buyers.