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More info on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

I've had lots of emails from businesses about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - so I thought it would be useful to put the further guidance here. Please do click the links if you need more information and I hope it's helpful.


Safeguarding for volunteer groups

The incredible news of nearly half a million volunteers signing up to NHS Volunteer Responders made welcome relief in the headlines this week.

Become an NHS Volunteer Responder

If you're over 18, fit and healthy then your NHS needs you.

Become an NHS Volunteer Responder and help:

deliver medicines
drive patients to appointments
call people on their own

Travel advice under Coronavirus

I know this is a really difficult time and things are changing very rapidly. 

I have a lot of correspondence coming in at the moment on what to do if you are abroad. Here is the latest government advice, available here:

Clarification on caravan sites

To local residents who live in caravan parks, you can of course continue to do so. The closure of caravan parks is an instruction for leisure parks e.g. coastal resorts.

Summary of latest government announcements

Restaurants, bars, leisure centres, cinemas, gyms have been asked to close.

Avoid unnecessary travel and - where possible - work from and stay at home.

Government will help to support people’s wages.

Statement from Chancellor

This evening, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, made another announcement. The message was clear - we are supporting you.

Please find the speech below:

Guidance on exams and grades for pupils

I know the decision to close schools has left many students and parents with many questions, particularly on what will happen about GCSEs and A levels. This is not an easy time for anyone but we are working hard to do all we can to help. 

Help for Businesses - Updated

I know a lot of businesses are suffering already and are worried about the impacts of Coronavirus, so I wanted to make sure you have the information available to you. 

Support for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees