Latest News

Below is a summary of all the latest news with links to more detailed information.

Further information can be found on the Chamber’s Covid-19 web pages -

North West local restrictions: what you can and can't do. Read more here on the Government website.

UPDATED: ‘Working Safely Through Coronavirus’ consists of a series of workplace guides split into 15 broad sectors. Access to each guide can be found here.

Chamber Reacts to Chancellor's Summer Statement. Read the Chamber's reaction here. 

Chancellor's Summer Statement - 'A Plan for Jobs'. More information on the Government website.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Update

As the Chancellor announced previously, from 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant for their normal hours not worked. 

Further guidance on flexible furloughing and how employers should calculate claims has been published and can be found here:

More changes announced to the Coronavirus Job Retention schemes and the Self Employment Support Scheme  - more information here

Details on the extension to the governments furlough scheme announced by the Chancellor can be accessed here.

Travel guidance for employees

To support businesses with employees returning to work from the Monday 15 June, the Department for Transport has developed resources for employers, which you can find here:

New support for high streets. 

The High Streets Task Force has announced new training, expert advice and online resources for high streets in England. 

The High Streets Task Force will provide access to cutting-edge tools, training, information and advice for high streets across England as part of the government’s efforts to get shops back in business safely from 15 June.

Please find further details here:

Government announces Trade Credit Reinsurance Scheme Fund  - more info here

Safer travel guidance from the Department for Transport can be found here

Updated advice for what you can and can't do during the crisis - here

Applications now being taken for Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund - details here

Our Plan to Rebuild’ is the government’s main roadmap through the next phases and stages of action in battling Covid-19. The document can be found here.

If you’re not sure if you should be open a list of which business should remain closed can be found here.

Another important guide is an update to help everyone with what they can and can’t do under the new guidelines that come into effect on 13th May. The document can be accessed here.