Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund
Following on from the Government announcement regarding the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund, we can confirm that we have now received the guidance from central government in relation to this scheme. There is now significant work that needs to be undertaken to establish the criteria and process for the scheme. The district councils from across Devon are working collaboratively to ensure consistency of the scheme across the county.
As soon as we have more information on the eligibility criteria and application process we will be making announcements.
Thank you for your patience as we develop this scheme.
Guidance for Workplaces
New ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines are available to UK employers to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating as safely as possible.
This follows the Prime Minister setting out steps to beat the virus and restart the economy, so we can protect jobs, restore people’s livelihoods and fund the country’s vital public services.
The steps for businesses to take are focused on 5 key points, which should be implemented as soon as it is practical:
• Work from home, if you can
• Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment, in consultation with workers or trade unions
• Maintain 2 metres social distancing, wherever possible
• Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, manage transmission risk
• Reinforcing cleaning processes
These steps are accompanied by guidance on specific types of workplace, and apply to businesses which are currently open.
In addition there are new guidelines relating to safe travel available here; https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Update
The Chancellor has provided an update in relation to the Government furlough scheme, which will now be extended to October, there is further information available here.