May 29, 2020

New Lockdown Rules in Wales from Monday 1st June

Full guidance and FAQs about the new lockdown rules in Wales: From Monday, 2 households in the same local area will be able to meet outdoors. In doing this, however, people must follow social distancing and strict hand hygiene practices to control the spread of the virus. Local’ means not generally travelling more than 5 miles from home to reduce …

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May 19, 2020

Urgent Action Needed on Social Security During Coronavirus Crisis

Today saw the release of new figures from the ONS showing the number of people claiming Universal Credit has jumped to 2.1 million people, an increase of over 850,000 on last month, as the Coronavirus crisis continues to damage the economy and put jobs at risk. Labour has, of course, called for and then supported the introduction of schemes like …

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May 18, 2020

Testing for Everyone in Wales with COVID-19 Symptoms

From today, (Monday 18 May) everyone in Wales with symptoms of coronavirus will be able to request a test as a new online booking service becomes available. Wales is joining a new UK-wide system for ordering home testing kits, in line with the Welsh Government’s Test Trace Protect strategy. Earlier today, the four UK Chief Medical Officers confirmed the loss …

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May 18, 2020

Help Needed for PAYE Freelancers – My Letter to the Chancellor

I have today written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak calling for action to help PAYE freelancers who are unable to access any support through the Government’s financial assistance schemes.   This is a particular problem for staff at the BBC who cannot be furloughed because the BBC does not qualify for the Job Retention Scheme as a public sector organisation. According …

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May 15, 2020

The Route Out of Lockdown in Wales

Earlier today, First Minister Mark Drakeford announced the Welsh Government’s ‘Unlocking Our Society and Economy’ document, detailing the traffic light systems the Goverment will use to gradually ease Wales out of lockdown. Thank you to the vast majority of residents in Cardiff Central who’ve been incredibly careful in following the lockdown and social distancing measures, helping to stop the spread …

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May 13, 2020

UK Government Self-Employed Income Support Scheme: Open for Applications

The UK Government’s Self-Employed Income Support Scheme has opened for applications today and will run until May 18th. The scheme allows you to claim a taxable grant of 80% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months, and capped at £7,500 altogether. This is a temporary scheme, but it might be extended. If …

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May 11, 2020

Updated Lockdown Restrictions in Wales (11th May)

The word from the Welsh Government is clear – in Wales, the lockdown remains in force. The advice from the Welsh Government is still to stay at home. Stay at home means: only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if is not reasonably practicable to work from home) stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people …

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May 6, 2020

Welsh Government Grants for Small Charities in Wales

Today, the Welsh Government has announced that thousands of small charities within the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors will receive a £10,000 business support grant to help them respond to challenges posed by Coronavirus. This is a new £26 million package that will support an additional 2,600 properties with a rateable value of £12,000 or below.  Including:•    charity run shops•   …

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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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