Coronavirus

Updated 29th March 2020, 21:38. For the latest medical advice, visit NHS.uk/Coronavirus.

On the left hand side of this page (or at the bottom, if you're on a mobile device) you can see a number of links which set out the support for businesses and individuals, as well as more information on the Coronavirus outbreak.

 

Support for the self-employed

22:49, 26/03/2020

Today, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a new package of support for the self-employed. 

The government will pay self-employed people, who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus, a taxable grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits over the last 3 years, up to £2,500 per month. The scheme will be open for at least three months, and extended if necessary.

Click here to find out more

 

Temporary MOT exemption

09:56, 25/03/2020

This morning, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced a temporary MOT exemption. This means if your MOT is due from 30th March, you will automatically receive a six month extention. 

It is important to remember that garages will remain open for repairs, and you must still keep your gar in a roadworthy condition. 

 

 

New rules on staying at home and away from others

21:43, 23/03/2020

The single most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. 

Tonight, in an address to the nation (video above) Prime Minister Boris Johnson was clear - you should only leave your home if it is absolutely necessary. 

1. Shopping (as infrequently as is possible for essentials).
2. One form of exercise a day.
3. Medical need, and to support the vulnerable.
4. Travelling to and from work for essential workers

Non-essential shops and community spaces will be closed, and gatherings of more than two people in public should no longer take place.

 

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