COVID-19 Updates

Latest COVID-19 news


Face coverings a legal requirement in shops and on public transport

From 30th November 2021, face coverings are again a legal requirement in shops, close-contact businesses and on public transport.

These temporary measures will be reviewed in 3 weeks’ time.

Click here to read more, and click here for new guidance for employees and business owners in these sectors.

Autumn Budget 2021 highlights at a glance:

– Exemption from business rates on plant and machinery used onsite for renewable energy

– 50% business rates discount for retail, hospitality, & leisure sectors for 1 year

– £3.8 billion to develop skills and Multiply’ maths programme for adults

– Global Talent Network to recruit from outside the UK and new scale-up visa



– £20bn in R&D by 2024/25

– Over £5bn for local roads maintenance, over £5bn for buses, cycling and walking

– Levelling Up Fund – £1.7bn allocated in the infrastructure of everyday life in over 100 local areas.

– A rise in the National Living Wage to £9.50

– Universal Credit Taper Rate from 63p to 55p

– Alcohol Duty – planned increase in duty on spirits will all be cancelled from midnight and Duties cut by 5% on draught beer and cider worth £100m a year

– Planned rise in fuel duty cancelled

– £560m for youth services

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