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.

Any employer small or large charitable or not-profit-can apply to have Government pay up to 80% of salaries up to £2500 a month. That way employers can keep people on. This will be backdated to March 1st and will last at least 3months & be updated as necessary.

We expect the first grants to be paid within weeks.

The Business Interruption Loan Scheme will be available on Monday and interest rate free now for 12 months.

Deferring the next quarter of VAT payments up to June - you will have to the end of the year to pay those bills.

We are increasing the UC Standard Allowance by £1000 a year and the working tax credit of £1000 to help our most vulnerable households.

We are suspending minimum income floor for UC so self employed people can also access. And we are deferring self assessment payments until January 2021.

Standing united, we will get through this together.