News

Voucher scheme for free school meals

The national voucher scheme for free schools meals has been launched today.

Children eligible for free school meals will benefit from a national voucher scheme allowing them to continue to access meals whilst they stay at home.

Changes in rules for annual leave

Today we saw an update on workers' annual leave:

Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next 2 leave years.

Deliveries to most vulnerable

This weekend we began delivering parcels to some of the 1.5 million people extremely vulnerable to Coronavirus.

We promised that whilst you are at home, you would not be alone.

Prime Minister's letter to the country

Over the weekend, we had a few announcements from the Government. First, please find below the Prime Minister's letter to the country.

I am writing to you to update you on the steps we are taking to combat coronavirus.

Help and support for self-employed

Yesterday, Rishi Sunak announced a world-leading scheme to support the UK’s self-employed affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

This includes:

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.