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Latest COVID Announcement

The Prime Minister held a press conference this afternoon. The full information will be available online shortly but in the meantime, here are some of the main points.

  • Extension of the furlough period to all nations of UK up until the end of March. This will continue to be at 80%.
  • Employers to pay National Insurance and Pension Contributions.
  • Lockdown will automatically expire on 2nd December - advisors say that four weeks is enough to make a real difference and afterwards, we will go back to a tiered approach.
  • 32milion tests conducted so far.
  • We want to ensure families can come together at Christmas wherever they live.
  • Rapid testing being rolled out. City-wide testing starting tomorrow in Liverpool.
  • 'Very real chance of a vaccine'
  • Extending support for self employed - 80% of average profits
  • Cash grants to closed businesses.
  • £1.1billion to local councils to support businesses through the Additional Support Grant. Please be aware: this is a one-off payment and will not be replicated if your business is forced to close again this economic year.
  • £15m to help local councils to support and safely accommodate rough sleepers or people at risk of becoming homeless.

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