Coronavirus


We are working hard and have plans in place to ensure customers and staff are protected and essential services are maintained during the coronavirus outbreak. We regularly update this page, so please check back daily to get the latest information.

Follow the latest advice

With so much conflicting and often false information going round we're advising customers and colleagues to follow advice on how to prevent or minimise the spread of coronavirus from authenticated sources of information, including the NHS and Public Health England. In addition, colleagues working in our care and support schemes are following advice from the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care in England. You can also find the latest news and advice on the Government's website or why not join the Government's coronavirus WhatsApp service which provides official, trustworthy and timely information and advice. Find out more about the service and how to access it.

Latest update: 10 July

Earlier this week the Chancellor made a number of announcements about the furlough scheme, training and jobs, stamp duty, VAT and eating out to help people and businesses who have been impacted by coronavirus.

Furlough
If an employer brings back someone who was furloughed and continue to employ them to January, the Government will pay that employer a £1000 bonus. The employee must be paid £520 each month through to January.

Kickstart Scheme
£2bn ‘Kickstart Scheme’, where the Government will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week for six-month work placements, with employers able to top this up. This will apply to young people aged 16-24 claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. This starts next month.

Training & jobs
Apprenticeships will be supported by bonuses for companies. Firms will get a payment of £2,000 for each apprentice they take on. Companies taking on apprentices over 25 will be given £1,500.

Stamp duty
There will be a temporary holiday on the first £500,000 of all property sales in England and Northern Ireland, to run until 31 March next year.

VAT cut for hospitality
VAT will be reduced from next Wednesday until January 12 from 20% to 5% on food, accommodation and attractions.

Discounts on eating out
Meals eaten at any participating business from Monday to Wednesdays, will be 50% off up to a maximum of £10 per head for everyone including children.

On these pages you can find lots of useful information: