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Government unlocks £150m from dormant accounts for coronavirus response

The Culture Secretary has announced today that £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts is to be unlocked to help charities, social enterprises and vulnerable individuals during the coronavirus outbreak. This includes accelerating the release of £71 million of new funds from dormant accounts alongside £79 million already unlocked that will be repurposed to help charities’ coronavirus response and recovery. The funding will support urgent work to tackle youth unemployment, expand access to emergency loans for civil society organisations and help improve the availability of fair, affordable credit to people in vulnerable circumstances. •            £10 million will be brought forward for the Youth Futures Foundation to help organisations who support unemployed, disadvantaged young people across the country into jobs. •            £45 million will be deployed by Big Society Capital to allow better access to investment including emergency loans for charities, social enterprises and some small businesses facing cash-flow problems and disruption to their trading following the coronavirus outbreak. •            Fair4All Finance will use £65 million to support affordable credit providers to increase access to fair, appropriate products and services for those struggling financially, providing them with an alternative to high cost loans. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended

The Chancellor has announced that the furlough scheme will be extended until October 2020. However, from August 2020, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time and employers will have to pay towards their salaries. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Safe workplace guidance published

The Government has published guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance has been produced in consultation with industry representatives and covers eight different types of workplace. These include construction and other outdoor work, factories and warehouses, offices and contact centres, other people's homes, restaurants offering takeaway or delivery, shops and vehicles. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Eligibility checker for Self-Employment Support Scheme

HMRC has launched an online eligibility checker to enable people to check if they can claim a grant under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). To use the checker, applicants will need their unique taxpayer reference, their National Insurance number and a Government Gateway account. HMRC has also confirmed that the SEISS will open on 13 May 2020 and grant payments will be made by 25 May, or within six working days of a completed claim. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

New online learning platform to boost workplace skills

The Department for Education has launched a new online platform to support people to improve their workplace skills and strengthen their job prospects during the coronavirus outbreak. The Skills Toolkit will provide a range of free online courses on key workplace skills, including using e-mail, social media and numeracy. The courses cover a range of difficulty levels and are flexible so learners can work through them at their own pace. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Bounce Back Loan scheme for small businesses

The Chancellor has launched a Bounce Back Loan scheme to support small businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme will provide loans of between £2,000 and £50,000 with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders. Loans will be interest-free for the first 12 months and businesses can apply via a short online form. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Webinar: Leading and Managing through Change with BrightBird Coaching & Training

This webinar will provide an overview of the following topics: An overview of change and the impact on employees.How to use a coaching approach in Leadership.Monitoring performance and managing employees during change.Tips for engaging employees during change including consideration of talent management.Living your values and ethos during change. Friday 1st May 3:00pm to 3:45pm. Karen Amos & Craig Vincent Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Chancellor extends furlough scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended by one month to reflect continuing social distancing measures. The scheme will now be open until the end of June 2020. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Support package for charities announced

The Chancellor has announced a £750 million package of support for frontline charities to ensure they can continue to operate during the coronavirus outbreak. The support includes a £370 million grant scheme for small and medium-sized charities to enable them to meet the increased demand for their services as a result of coronavirus as well as continuing to carry out their day-to-day activities. The grants will be made available via the National Lottery Community Fund. An additional £360 million will also be provided to UK charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Coronavirus guidance for Community Interest Companies (CICs)

he Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies (CICs) has robust plans in place to maintain services for CICs and protect the welfare of employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)
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