Article Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support for education, early years and children’s social care This guidance is applicable to 31 May 2020 and will be reviewed before 1 June 2020. The government has put in place a number of funding and financial measures to support organisations – both public and private – during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. These are intended to be temporary, timely and targeted, to support […]

Article New £50 million fund for councils across England to prepare for the safe reopening of high streets and other retail spaces

A new £50 million fund for councils to support their local high streets get safely back to business announced by High Streets Minister Simon Clarke (24 May 2020). To prepare for the reopening of non-essential retail when the scientific advice allows, the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund will help councils in England introduce a range […]

Article £2 billion package to create new era for cycling and walking

Far more people will be cycling and walking thanks to plans to boost greener, active transport, launched today (9 May 2020) by Transport Secretary Grant  Shapps . Pop-up bike lanes with protected space for cycling, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors will be created in England within weeks as part of a £250 […]

Article COVID-19: Global Real Estate Implications Real estate policy Countries around the world have implemented changes to real estate policy in order to lessen the burden on tenants and in some cases landlords: In the U.S., many decisions are made at the state and local level, and at least 34 states have temporarily prohibited evictions. At the same time, the […]

Article Selecting employees for furlough – Q & A Sessions by CIPD Q: What if employees have some work but not enough? If employees have some work but not enough then they cannot be furloughed under the job retention scheme. Employees are not allowed to carry out work for the employer during the furlough period. The scheme is only aimed at supporting employers who otherwise could […]

Article Advice on how to protect yourself and your business from fraud and cyber crime

  Beware COVID-19 Grant Phishing E-mail Businesses are advised to be aware of a suspicious email requesting re-submission of application details in order to receive the COVID-19 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grant. The e-mail claims to be from the ‘Director of Finance (Section 151 Officer)’; however the individual stated holds the post at a different […]

Article Creative & Media sector

Future of Culture and Creative sectors in post COVID-19 Europe Arts Council makes £160 million available to support organisations and individuals during the Covid-19 pandemic Arts Council England will make £160 million available to support individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector during this unusual time. Organisations outside of their National Portfolio have been […]

Article What should employers be doing in the current situation?

From the CIPD’s Coronavirus (COVID-19): employer response guide (21 April 2020) Organisations should focus on planning and prevention with both urgency and calm. Do what you can to immediately protect staff and to cope with the changing environment. The government has introduced measures (starting 23 March) requiring that people should only leave home for one of four […]

Article Technology sector

Grants £20 million for ambitious technologies to build UK resilience following coronavirus outbreak (Gov UK 7 April 2020) Grants of up to £50,000 will be available to technology and research-focussed businesses to develop new ways of working and help build resilience in industries such as delivery services, food manufacturing, retail and transport, as well as […]