April 27, 2020

Revised: Cardiff Foodbank Sessions

Cardiff’s current foodbank session are as follows. Details are also available on the ‘Locations‘ page on the Cardiff Foodbank website.  Monday  Ely | 1.00pm – 3.00pm  St Mellons | 1.00pm – 3.00pm  Tuesday  Cathays | 1.00pm – 3.00pm  Wednesday  Llanederyn | 1.00pm – 3.00pm  Thursday  Central (City) | 10.00am – 12.00pm Ely | 1.00pm – 3.00pm  Friday Grangetown | 12.00pm – 2.00pm Llanederyn | 11.30pm …

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April 24, 2020

Help Report Online Scams in Wales

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has tackled more than 2,000 online scams, since the start of the Coronavirus outbreak. From sites posing as legitimate companies requesting personal information such as passwords or credit card details, to false online shops selling fraudulent coronavirus related items. The Welsh Government are encouraging everyone to use the new national Suspicious Email Reporting Service …

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April 24, 2020

Welsh Government Social Distancing Changes (24 April)

The Welsh Government is changing the core requirement for people not to leave the place where they live to a requirement not to leave or remain away from that place. This will help clarify that people who leave their home with a reasonable excuse – such as going out to shop for food, for healthcare or for work – cannot …

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April 24, 2020

5 Books for Lockdown: Celebrating World Book Day 2020

When I do get a moment of spare time at home, one of my favourite things to do has always been to read. There’s just nothing quite as good as getting lost in one of your favourite books to relax – or remind yourself of good sporting occasions or times in the pub while we’re locked down. To celebrate World …

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April 21, 2020

Additional Support to Businesses: UK Government Futures Fund

The Future Fund will provide government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors. This fund will launch in May 2020. These convertible loans may be a suitable option for businesses that rely on equity investment and are unable to access the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. The …

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April 17, 2020

Welsh Government Economic Resilience Fund Open for Applications

Applications can now be made for the second phase of the Welsh Government’s Economic Resilience Fund, worth £200m. The fund will provide additional financial support during the coronavirus pandemic and will help organisations to manage cash flow pressures. It will help to address gaps not met by schemes already announced by the UK Government, Welsh Government and Development Bank of …

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April 17, 2020

Check if Your Employer Can Use the Government’s Job Retention Scheme

The UK Government have produced full guidance on whether your employer(s) will be able to furlough you and how much you might expect to receive in wages. The link to the guidance is at the bottom of this post. Your employer is responsible for claiming through the Job Retention Scheme on your behalf and for paying you what you are …

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April 16, 2020

Emergency UK Government Loans for Return Flights to the UK

If you’re currently abroad and you have no other options to pay for your return travel, you may be eligible to apply for an emergency loan from the UK Government. If you cannot afford travel costs and have exhausted all other options for getting funds, you may be eligible to apply for an emergency loan from the UK Government. This loan …

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April 16, 2020

Government Furlough Scheme Extended

I’m pleased to see that the furlough scheme cut-off date has been extended to 19 March. This will help many in Cardiff Central – but too many people still fall between the Government’s financial support schemes, and those gaps need to be closed urgently. You can read more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/furlough-scheme-cut-off-date-extended-to-19-march

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April 9, 2020

Job Retention Scheme: Applications Open for Employers on April 20th

HMRC have announced that applications for the UK Government’s Job Retention Scheme will open for employers on Monday 20th April. Your employers need to apply for the scheme online via the HMRC website. The link is not yet live, but you can click here for further information from them on the process of applying. If you are employed and have …

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