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Coronavirus: Self-employed to receive a grant of 80% of average profits



The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced new help for the self-employed.

The government will pay self-employed a grant of 80% of their average monthly profits of the last 3 years, up to a maximum of £2,500.

The scheme would be available for at least 3 months.

To prevent fraud applicant must have a tax return for 2019 to apply and it is open to anyone with trading profit of up to £50,000.

For anyone who is still late filing, the chancellor said they would have four weeks from today to do so.

However, he also said that monies were unlikley to come through for the grant till the start of June as it would take that long to set up the scheme.

When question how self-employed were expected to survive between now and June he said:

“We’ve looked very hard at the quickest possible way to deliver this. They will get three months in one go in June though. This is the best tradeoff we can do.”

For those that dont’ have three years accounts the chancellor said they would look at what accounts were available, but when questioned over people who had not even completed their first years accounts (new businesses), he said ‘we say to them please look at the extra support in the welfare system at this time‘ which he added to saying there was really nothing else they could do to help them.


How safe is my school in Crawley? Education union launches COVID-19 map



The National Education Union, the largest education union in the UK and Europe which represents over 450,000 members has launched a new website that they say provides ‘accurate, accessible and up-to-date information about the Covid-19 rate in the locality of every school in England.’

The site is aimed at people being able to check what the levels of Covid are around the school and whether the school is on a watch list or not.

They say the site is updated weekly, and the data will show the number of Covid-19 cases in a school’s surrounding area, the trend since last week (an increase or decrease in case numbers), whether or not the school is on a watchlist, and links to any local restrictions in place.

They add:

“In much of the country the map will offer reassurance that case numbers are quite low. In others, it will reinforce public health messaging from local authorities and Government that cases are higher. In all situations it will encourage members of the public to follow all public health guidance.

Where cases are higher, it will support head teachers in encouraging parents and other visitors to school sites to maintain social distancing and hygiene.”

Commenting on the launch, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

“Everyone in the education sector has worked hard to make full opening of schools, colleges and universities as successful as possible this autumn, but they have been let down by the Government which hasn’t even ensured that Covid testing has kept pace with need.

“But this website will also encourage parents to support our asks of the Government that they help to support safety in our schools and colleges.

“Parents, students and staff also need urgent answers on next year’s exams, and how fit for purpose they will be. This is in light of not only the past summer’s fiasco, but also the disruption of local lockdowns in the months ahead.”

You can check the information around your local school at their new site by clicking here.

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