Plan for 100,000 tests a day

Yesterday, the Health Secretary took to the podium for the daily press conference and outlined government plans to massively improve our testing capacity.

Have a look here for the full 5-point-plan:

More support for businesses

Today, the Chancellor has announced further action and more support for businesses, meaning more business interruption loans and a new scheme for larger companies. Have a look here for more detailed information.

Further action to support firms affected by the Coronavirus:

Check your charity before donating

I have been heartened and encouraged to witness the generous community spirit that people across Mid Worcestershire have demonstrated since this crisis started hitting.

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.