LATEST SINGLE ISSUE COVID UPDATES FROM GOV.UK

See latest single issue Covid updates from Gov.uk, below.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Emergency active travel fund: local transport authority allocations

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Funding allocations for emergency active travel schemes for local authorities in the region of the United Kingdom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Change made
Actual allocations for phase one released.

Time updated
8:20am, 2 July 2020

Arrangements for examinations and assessments in 2020/21

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Letter from the Secretary of State for Education to Sally Collier, Chief Regulator, Ofqual on policy objectives related to exams and assessments in 2020/21.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
9:00am, 2 July 2020

Proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2021​

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Proposals to modify the assessment requirements for some GCSEs, AS and A levels in response to disruption to education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
9:00am, 2 July 2020

Ofqual launches consultation on 2021 exams and assessments

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Our proposals for assessing general qualifications in 2021 and the direction ahead for vocational and technical qualifications.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
9:00am, 2 July 2020

Comprehensive new funding package for councils to help address coronavirus pressures and cover lost income during the pandemic

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Major new support package to help councils respond to coronavirus announced as part of comprehensive plan to ensure councils’ financial sustainability for the future.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
9:00am, 2 July 2020

Coronavirus and the economic impacts on UK: 2 July 2020

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New experimental data on the UK economy detailing the impact on businesses from the coronavirus (COVID-19).Data is from the Business Impact of Coronavirus Survey; a 2-weekly survey designed to estimate the impact over the previous 2 weeks and the expectations for the following 2 weeks.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
9:30am, 2 July 2020

Coronavirus and the latest indicators for the UK economy and society: 2 July 2020

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Early experimental data on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the UK economy and society, including online price changes data. These faster indicators are created using rapid response surveys, novel data sources and experimental methods.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
9:30am, 2 July 2020

Coronavirus and housing indicators in England and Wales

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An article examining recent housing indicators during the COVID-19 period. It brings together a number of statistics which provide insights on housing.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
9:30am, 2 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey pilot: England, 2 July 2020

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This release provides initial data from the COVID-19 Infection Survey. This survey is being delivered in partnership with the University of Oxford, the University of Manchester and Public Health England.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
9:30am, 2 July 2020

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

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What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
9:30am, 2 July 2020

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

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Guidance for further education (FE) providers on maintaining education and skills training, changes to funding arrangements, data collections and assessment.

Change made
We have added guidance on what FE colleges and providers will need to do from the start of the 2020 autumn term.

Time updated
9:30am, 2 July 2020

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Change made
Updated to set out a change to the protective measures in early years settings that will be effective from 20 July, removing the requirement to keep children in small consistent groups within settings (sections 2.1 and 3.3).Added new content on risk assessment (3.1), supporting staff with increased risk factors (3.2) and system of controls (3.3). Updated content on attendance at settings for those shielding, with changes to the advice effective from 1 August, and removal of content on vulnerable children since settings are open for all children (section 4).Updated content on wraparound care (5.3).Updated Early Years Foundation Stage reforms (7.6) and Reception Baseline Assessment (7.7).

Time updated
9:30am, 2 July 2020

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings

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Guidance for special educational settings to prepare for the September return of pupils with special education needs and disability (SEND).

Change made
First published.

Time updated
9:44am, 2 July 2020

Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

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If you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant.

Change made
New examples for how a business could be adversely affected by coronavirus have been added.

Time updated
10:30am, 2 July 2020

How different circumstances affect the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

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If you’re self-employed or member of a partnership find out how your circumstances can affect your eligibility for the scheme.

Change made
Information for military reservists has been added. More information about if having a new child affected the trading profits you reported for the tax year 2018 to 2019 has been added. Included another example on how your business could be adversely affected by coronavirus.

Time updated
10:31am, 2 July 2020

Treasury Direction made by the Chancellor under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020

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The Chancellor has made a further Treasury Direction under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

Change made
Updated with a further Treasury Direction under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

Time updated
10:50am, 2 July 2020

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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Information for parents and carers about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, attendance, transport, school meals and exams.

Change made
Added guidance for parents and carers about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term.

Time updated
11:03am, 2 July 2020

NHS test and trace statistics (England): 18 June to 24 June 2020

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Experimental statistics for weeks 1 to 4 of NHS test and trace contact tracing in England.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
11:06am, 2 July 2020

NHS test and trace statistics (England): methodology

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How the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) puts together the contact tracing data in its weekly reports.

Change made
Updates have been made throughout the methodology document, including new sections added: ‘People tested compared to tests’ and ‘Time taken to receive a COVID-19 test result’.

Time updated
1:33pm, 2 July 2020

COVID-19: number of outbreaks in care homes – management information

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Weekly number and percentage of care homes reporting a suspected or confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 to PHE by local authorities, regions and PHE centres.

Change made
Added latest weekly data and infographic.

Time updated
2:00pm, 2 July 2020

National COVID-19 surveillance reports

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National COVID-19 surveillance reports, including weekly summary of findings monitored through various COVID-19 surveillance systems.

Change made
Added week 27 report, infographic and data table.

Time updated
2:00pm, 2 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

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This is advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus.

Change made
Updated process on biometric information.

Time updated
3:30pm, 2 July 2020

Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses

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Guidance for higher education providers in England on when and how to reopen their campuses and buildings.

Change made
Updates on social distancing, demographic, library, social gathering, performing arts and student accommodation guidance.

Time updated
3:52pm, 2 July 2020

Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19)

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What school leaders, teachers and school staff need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Change made
Added links to guidance on full opening from September 2020.

Time updated
4:08pm, 2 July 2020

Further and higher education: coronavirus (COVID-19)

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What colleges and universities and other providers need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Change made
Added links to guidance on full opening from September 2020.

Time updated
4:08pm, 2 July 2020

Local authority children’s services: coronavirus (COVID-19)

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What local authority children’s services need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Change made
Added ‘Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings’.

Time updated
4:08pm, 2 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re already getting benefits

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Guidance for people who were receiving benefits before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Change made
Added that interviews and assessments are done by telephone. You should only go to a jobcentre when asked to do so.

Time updated
4:16pm, 2 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re employed and cannot work

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Guidance for people who are employed and cannot work due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Change made
Added that interviews and assessments are by telephone. You should only go to a jobcentre if asked to do so.

Time updated
4:20pm, 2 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you were employed and have lost your job

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Guidance for people who were employed and have lost their job due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Change made
Added that interviews and assessments will be done by telephone. You should only go to a jobcentre when asked to do so.

Time updated
4:21pm, 2 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re self-employed and getting less work or no work

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Guidance for people who are self-employed and getting less work or no work because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Change made
Added that interviews and assessments will be done by telephone. You should only go to a jobcentre when asked to do so.

Time updated
4:22pm, 2 July 2020

Coronavirus: Environment Agency update

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The Environment Agency’s priority is to protect people and the environment, and to support those we regulate during the coronavirus pandemic.

Change made
New section on water safety added.

Time updated
4:48pm, 2 July 2020

Awarding qualifications in summer 2020

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Information for schools, students and parents on how GCSE, AS, A level, vocational and technical qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020.

Change made
Summer 2020 grades for GCSE, AS and A level, Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in maths: Guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers document updated to reflect autumn 2020 consultation decision outcomes and 2021 exam series consultation proposals.

Time updated
4:48pm, 2 July 2020

Government agrees support package to UK steel company

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The government has concluded a deal that is positive for all parties.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
5:00pm, 2 July 2020

Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund

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This prospectus provides prospective bidders with information on how to apply for funding and how the assessment process will work.

Change made
Added outcome of the second cycle of the rolling fund.

Time updated
5:11pm, 2 July 2020

The Health Service and Social Care Workers (Scrutiny of Coronavirus-related Deaths) Directions 2020

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Directions to NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts in England to ensure the scrutiny of deaths of health service and adult social care staff from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Change made
First published.

Time updated
5:19pm, 2 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses

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The latest information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read this page for regular updates.

Change made
Latest news updated with information for Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier applicants who may not be able to apply by 31 July deadline.

Time updated
6:35pm, 2 July 2020

Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

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Organisations in certain sectors should collect details and maintain records of staff, customers and visitors on their premises to support NHS Test and Trace.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
8:24pm, 2 July 2020

Public asked to leave a name and number with venues to help stop the spread of COVID-19

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Executive Chair of NHS Test and Trace encourages public, businesses and organisations to “play their part in new national effort” by providing names and phone numbers with venues and businesses they visit from this Saturday

Change made
First published.

Time updated
8:45pm, 2 July 2020

Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the UK

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The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the UK.

Change made
Updated figures.

Time updated
9:39pm, 2 July 2020

Regular retesting rolled out for care home staff and residents

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Staff and residents in care homes for over 65s and those with dementia will receive regular coronavirus tests from next week as part of a new social care testing strategy.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
12:15am, 3 July 2020

Self-isolation lifted for lower risk countries in time for holidays this summer

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From 10 July 2020 you will be able to travel to many countries without having to self-isolate on return to the UK.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
1:39am, 3 July 2020