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Greater Manchester will move from Local COVID Alert Level High to Very High from 00.01 on Friday 23 October.
The Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster spoke with 250 business leaders on preparing for the end of the transition period.
Justification for new restrictions across the country.
The whole of London, as well as other areas, will be put onto a high level from Saturday, 17 October.
From 4am Sunday 18 October, people arriving in England from Italy will need to self-isolate.
The service will go ahead but the public will not be able to attend.
The railcard will save veterans one third of most rail fares.
The government has set out plans to protect the UK’s cash system and ensure people have easy access to cash.
Eligible pension credit customers will qualify for £140 discounts from their winter fuel bills.
Over 150 COVID-19 Support Schemes have been introduced by the government, but a minority of individuals have been abusing the financial support and making claims illegally.
Individuals considered most clinically vulnerable will receive new guidance tailored to their local area.
Statement made to parliament explaining the government’s implementation of new Coronavirus restrictions across the country.
The government and local leaders have agreed further restrictions need to be placed on Liverpool to reduce Coronavirus infections.
Businesses forced to close due to Coronavirus restrictions will receive will additional help.
People arriving in England from Lesvos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos will not need to self-isolate from Saturday, 10 October 2020.
Government secures access for British business to £1.3 trillion of global procurement contracts.
HM Treasury has proposed new rules for debt letters to make them less intimidating and easier to understand.
Increased funding has been provided to the police and local councils to ensure the rules related to the Coronavirus are complied with by the public.
Update on the number of cases and the government’s strategy.
New scheme launched to help veterans obtain jobs in the civil service.
An overview of the Government Job Retention Bonus scheme, with details of who can claim it.
£3.7 billion funding confirmed for the building of 40 hospitals by 2030.
Members of the armed forces can register their interest in working for Amazon via the new Military Talent Pool.
As infection rates have risen, new restrictions have been imposed on Liverpool City Region, Halton, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough.
Businesses in Bolton closed due to lockdown restrictions will be eligible for grants of up to £1500 each.
People arriving from these destinations from 3 October will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks.
The threshold for paying tax liabilities has been raised to £30,000.
The government will continue to pursue the current strategy.
Rules to apply in Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Northumberland and Sunderland.
Free education and training to be provided from April next year for those without an A-Level or equivalent qualification.
If a person tests positive for Coronavirus COVID-19, or if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, they must self-isolate from today.
People in England and Wales have given an overwhelming response to calls for them to download the new NHS COVID-19 app, with over 10 million people downloading it so far, 6 million of whom did so on its first day.
A new million-pound programme will see cycle repair workshops set up in primary schools and local neighbourhoods to make sure students’ bikes are fit for the road.
New restrictions will be brought in for Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds to help curb infection rates as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
Those arriving from Denmark, Slovakia, Iceland and Curacao will need to self-isolate from Saturday, 26 September onwards.
Businesses seeking to secure government contracts will need to deliver social value.
Over 100 towns will be given up to £1 million to kick start regeneration projects.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced a new series of measures to protect jobs and support businesses over the coming months.
People across England and Wales are being urged to download the NHS COVID-19 app to help control the spread of coronavirus and protect themselves and their loved ones as case numbers rise.
Michael Gove outlines the government’s preparations for the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.
The Department for International Trade has removed 175 trade barriers across 61 countries, opening up global markets for British businesses.
A summary of the changes announced by the Prime Minister yesterday. These are expected to remain in place until March 2021.
To examine concerns as to whether loot boxes in video games may encourage or lead to gambling.
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the COVID-19 alert level, to indicate the epidemic transmission is increasing in the general population.
Rail franchising to come to an end after 24 years.
New Coronavirus restriction measures to be imposed from 28 September, to include £500 payments for those on lower income who cannot work from home.
A new adult social care winter plan will be implemented, and will include free PPE and a £546 million Infection Control Fund.
To clamp down on fraud and money laundering directors will be unable to be appointed until they have verified their identities with Companies House.
Areas affected: Lancashire, Merseyside, Warrington and Halton.
New rules for travelling in Europe once the Brexit transition period has ended.
Businesses will be protected from the threat of eviction until the end of year.
The outdoor use of metaldehyde is to be banned in Great Britain from the end of March 2022.
The regulations will commence today (Friday, 18 September).
Venues required to enforce rule of 6, NHS QR code posters and contact logs.
People arriving from Thailand and Singapore will not need to self-isolate from Saturday, 19 September 2020.
The Foreign Secretary has warned of attempted cyber attacks against governments and businesses by Chinese nationals.
All car theory tests will use video clips from the end of this month.
This means that passengers will be able to buy duty-free alcohol and tobacco products, where available, in British ports, airports, and international train stations, and aboard ships, trains and planes.
Rule of six to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus comes into effect. Police will be able to disperse gatherings of over six people when required.
The study indicates cases have been doubling in number every 7 to 8 days.
The Prime Minister puts forward his arguments for the UK Internal Market Bill.
As COVID-19 cases have increased in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull. new restrictions have now been applied.
A brief overview of the UK Internal Market Bill.
People arriving from these countries from Saturday, 12 September will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks.
An outline of the new changes, including the ‘rule of 6’.
Evictions will not be enforced in local lockdown areas, and there will be a pause on enforcement over Christmas. Government funding for Discretionary Housing Payments also available.
Getting Britain back to work as quickly as possible is vital, as the UK strives to build back an even stronger and more resilient economy.
The Prime Minister gave a statement on new measures to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic and prevent a second wave.
Science based public information film launched ahead of winter to prevent a second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Businesses in England that are required to shut because of local lockdowns will be able to claim grants worth up to £1,500 per property every three weeks.
Changes to Coronavirus control recommendations 9 September 2020.
Bolton has the highest rate of Coronavirus infection in the country.
From 1 January 2021, powers in a range of policy areas previously exercised at an EU level will flow directly to the devolved administrations in Holyrood, Cardiff Bay and Stormont for the first time.
People arriving in England from seven Greek islands will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks from Wednesday, 9 September 2020.
Applications for the Care Leavers Internship Scheme are now open.
Additional restrictions eased and areas brought in line with the nationwide strategy.
Face masks supplied to support better care for people who use lip-reading and facial expressions to communicate.
The DTI has announced the members for its new Board of Trade.
£500 million to be invested in next generation testing technology.
Employers of all sizes are being invited to apply for generous cash incentives to help them take on new apprentices and get more people into work.
Photocard licences with expiry dates from 1 February to 31 December 2020 have been extended for 11 months.
Confidential helpline launched for armed forces personnel.
The new school term follows the unanimous backing for a full return from the Chief Medical Officers across the four nations of the UK in their recent consensus statement, highlighting that the health risk posed by Covid-19 to children is extremely low and noting the significant risk to young people’s wellbeing if they are not back in school.
Crackdown on private car parking firms will eliminate unfair fines.
A £50 million funding boost will scale up the work of existing Digital Pathology and Imaging Artificial Intelligence Centres of Excellence, which were launched in 2018 to develop cutting-edge digital tools to improve the diagnosis of disease.
The package of support for renters includes the extension of notice periods and the extension to the stay on possession proceedings.
Detailed guidance published for schools and colleges to take before they close.
Improvements in several areas mean restrictions can be eased.
From 29 August, people arriving from these three countries will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks.