Below I have listed useful links to The UK & Welsh Government Websites aswell as Cardiff Local MP & Law Firm. I have also listed links for anyone struggling with Lockdown, Social Anxiety & Mental Health Issues.

Economic Resilience Fund Phase 3

With economic unrest and the Firebreak Lockdown the Welsh Governement last week announced further financial support to Welsh Buinesses.

The Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) has already supported more than 13,000 businesses in Wales. It has also helped to secure more than 100,000 jobs with a total cost of £300 Million. Applications for Phase 3 of the ERF have been announced last week by the Welsh Government with further support of £300 million for businesses in Wales.

The ERF Phase 3 support comes in two parts:

The first £200 million funding of Lockdown Business Grants to support those directly affected by the shorter term challenges of having to close during the firebreak. 60,000 micro and SME businesses will be able to get them urgent emergency finance to help them with fixed cost thru face during the firebreak and includes discretionary support available at a local authority level. £11 million which has already reached businesses.

Another £100 million funding will be for Business Development Grants to help businesses secure themselves for the longer term challenges they may face. This funding was intended not as day to day, emergency finance but to fund projects that can prepare businesses for a post-Covid and EU exit future.

Nearly 6,000 applications have been received. The fund has since been paused to allow an assessment of applications to be undertaken.

This pause does not affect the first and much larger element of the fund – the £200 million ERF Lockdown Business Fund that remains open.

Funding is delivered collaboratively between the Welsh Government and Local Authorities.

Please use the following link to find out more about the ERF Lockdown Business Fund https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/lockdown-business-fund

Please use the following link to read the statement by Welsh Government on the Economic Resilience Fund Phase 3 https://gov.wales/written-statement-economic-resilience-fund-phase-3-0

Recovery Advice for Business

The Professional and Business Services Sector and Enterprise Nation, supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, have teamed up to offer small and medium sized businesses free advice to help them recover from the impact of Coronavirus.

This offer will be available until 31 December 2020.

For More Info: https://www.enterprisenation.com/freesupport

Self Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension.

Self-employed are continuing being supported by the UK Government who have extended the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

The SEISS Grant Extension provides critical support to the self-employed in the form of two grants, each available for three month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021

For More Information Please Visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/self-employment-income-support-scheme-grant-extension/self-employment-income-support-scheme-grant-extension

Job Retention Bonus and what you need to do to claim it between 15 February 2021 and 31 March 2021.

If HMRC are still checking your Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claims, you can still claim the Job Retention Bonus but your payment may be delayed until those checks are completed.

HMRC will not pay the bonus if you made an incorrect Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claim and your employee was not eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

To Find Out More Please Visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-can-claim-the-job-retention-bonus-from-15-february-2021

Furlough Scheme Extended.

Businesses across the UK are being provided with additional financial support as part of the UK Government’s plan for the next phase of its response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – also known as the Furlough scheme – will remain open until March 2021, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500.

Under the extended scheme, the cost for employers of retaining workers will be reduced compared to the previous scheme, which ended on 31 October 2020.

For More Information Please Visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/extension-to-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme/extension-of-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

Two schemes to help people self-isolate to be introduced in Wales

People told to self-isolate for up to 14 days will be eligible for financial support from the Welsh Government.

People on low incomes can apply to receive a £500 payment if they have tested positive for coronavirus or they are asked to self-isolate by the NHS Wales Test Trace Protect service because they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

And a new top-up payment is being introduced for the social care workforce in Wales, to increase statutory sick pay to their normal wages if they have to take time off because they have coronavirus or are self-isolating.

The Statutory Sick Pay Enhancement scheme for social care staff working in care homes, domiciliary care and as personal assistants will start on 1 November and will run until 31 March 2021.

Alongside the two schemes, the Welsh Government intends to strengthen coronavirus regulations by imposing a legal requirement for people to self-isolate if told to do so by NHS Wales Test Trace Protect service.

And a duty will be introduced to ensure employers cannot prevent an employee from following NHS Wales Test Trace Protect advice to self-isolate.

For More Information Please Visit: https://gov.wales/two-schemes-help-people-self-isolate-be-introduced-wales

More Useful Links:

Cardiff Council.

Cardiff Council Website:

https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/Pages/default.aspx

Housing:

https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Housing/Applying-for-housing/Pages/Applying-for-housing.aspx

Housing Benefits & Grants:

https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Benefits-and-Grants/Housing-Benefit/claim-housing-benefit-and-council-tax-reduction/Pages/default.aspx

Council Tax:

https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Council-tax/Pages/default.aspx

Social Services & Wellbeing:

https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Social-Services-and-Wellbeing/Pages/default.aspx

Schools & Learning:

https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Schools-and-learning/Pages/default.aspx

Higher Education & Student Support (Coronavirus):

https://gov.wales/higher-education-and-student-support-coronavirus

Seren distance learning resources – Part of: Distance learning resources

https://hwb.gov.wales/distance-learning/resources/seren

Leisure Services & Facilities

https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Leisure-parks-and-culture/Leisure-centres-and-facilities/Pages/default.aspx

Recycling and Waste (Including Contaminated Waste)

https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Rubbish-and-recycling/Pages/default.aspx

Contaminated Waste

https://www.facebook.com/JoStevensLabour/posts/3922122094467783

Get More Bags & Caddies

https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Rubbish-and-recycling/Food-and-recycling-bags/Pages/default.aspx

Neighbourhood Watch

https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/get-involved/find-my-local-neighbourhoodwatch

Coronavirus Updates

Covid: Cardiff ‘could go into local lockdown 25/09/20

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-54289162

Volunteering to help Vulnerable People

Cardiff Lockdown Measures

https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/Your-Council/Strategies-plans-and-policies/Emergency-Planning-and-Resilience/coronavirus-information/cardiff-lockdown/Pages/default.aspx

https://gov.wales/local-lockdown

Cardiff Buses

https://www.cardiffbus.com/roath-park-lake

Welsh Government Regulations

***For the latest updates on the Welsh Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) News, please visit the following links:

https://gov.wales/coronavirus

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance

https://gov.wales/further-constraints-meeting-socially-and-compulsory-face-coverings-help-prevent-new-coronavirus

Business Funding:

https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/support/financial-support-and-grants

Workplace guidance. Return to work safely. Guidance for employers in Wales

https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/workplace-guidance?utm_source=LinkedIn&utm_medium=CPC&utm_campaign=KeepWalesSafeAtWorkGS-LinkedIn-Ad1-English-Square

Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19) | GOV.WALES

https://gov.wales/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-people-defined-on-medical-grounds-as-extremely-vulnerable-from-coronavirus-covid-19-html

Coronavirus: global crackdown sees a rise in unlicensed medical products related to COVID-19 – GOV.UK

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-global-crackdown-sees-a-rise-in-unlicenced-medical-products-related-to-covid-19

Government cracks down on spread of false coronavirus information online – GOV.UK

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-cracks-down-on-spread-of-false-coronavirus-information-online

Tourism and hospitality businesses: guidance for a phased reopening

https://gov.wales/tourism-and-hospitality-businesses-guidance-phased-reopening?utm_source=LinkedIn&utm_medium=CPC&utm_campaign=BoostingHospitality

Check if you can claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

Calculate how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/calculate-how-much-you-can-claim-using-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

Coronavirus Regulations Updates

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-22-september

Covid: Cardiff ‘could go into local lockdown 25/09/20

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-54289162

Gov Website For Business

https://www.gov.uk/browse/business

Gov Website For General Enquiries

https://www.gov.uk

Member of Parliament

Jo Stevens

W: https://jostevens.co.uk

FB: https://www.facebook.com/JoStevensLabour

E: jo.stevens.mp@parliament.uk

T:  02921329736

Newsletter:

https://jostevens.co.uk/keep-in-touch/

Joanna Meriel Stevens is a Member of Parliament, Elected in May 2015 General Election For Cardiff Central and is a Politician for the Welsh Labour Party in the UK House of Commons.

W: https://www.plasnewyddlabour.com

Jo Stevens Coronavirus Updates:

https://www.facebook.com/JoStevensLabour/posts/3922122094467783

Cardiff City Council

W: https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/Pages/default.aspx

Government Website

W: https://www.gov.uk

For Legal Advice Visit:

Loosemores Solicitors

Alliance House, 18-19 High St, Cardiff CF10 1PT

Tel: 029 2022 4433

Website: https://www.loosemores.co.uk

About Loosemore Solicitors

Loosemore Solicitors are a boutique law firm established over 50 years ago. With Offices in Cardiff and in London, the law firm provides a range of legal advisory services to both corporate and individual clients. Our services for corporate clients include advising on corporate, commercial, property, dispute resolution and employment matters. Our services for individuals include residential property, probate, wills and trusts as well as dispute resolution and employment matters.

NHS Coronavirus Updates

For NHS Updates please follow this links:

https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19

https://businesswales.gov.wales/news-and-blogs/news/nhs-covid-19-app-%E2%80%93-create-coronavirus-nhs-qr-code-your-venue

NHS test and trace: how it works – GOV.UK

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

https://businesswales.gov.wales/news-and-blogs/news/nhs-covid-19-app-%E2%80%93-create-coronavirus-nhs-qr-code-your-venue

Apply For a Coronavirus Testing Kit:

https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-test

Education Guidance & Updates

Guidance for safe operation in post-16 learning from September 2020

https://gov.wales/guidance-safe-operation-post-16-learning-september-2020

Blended learning guidance for Post-16 providers

https://hwb.gov.wales/distance-learning/post-16-learning-and-skills/blended-learning-guidance-for-post-16-providers

Resilience plan for the Post-16 sector: coronavirus

https://gov.wales/resilience-plan-post-16-sector-coronavirus

Strategic framework for learning delivery in post-16 learning from September 2020

https://gov.wales/strategic-framework-learning-delivery-post-16-learning-september-2020

Higher education and student support: coronavirus

https://gov.wales/higher-education-and-student-support-coronavirus

If you are struggling with mental health and need someone to talk to give Samaritans a call on: 116 123 for free of charger or if you want Welsh Support Phone: 0808 164 0123

Useful Links:

What is Anxiety

What is Stress

What is Depression

Suicide Healthline

SAMARITANS.org

MIND.org.uk

YoungMinds.org.uk

DisabledEntrepreneur.uk

Further reading:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/clinical-depression/#overview

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

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