Covid-19: problems related to the employment support program and call to “shop early for Christmas”


Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Friday morning. We will have another update for you at 6:00 PM BST.

1. Uncertainty as industries lack support for employment

Industries hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic face additional uncertainty, with many players in hospitality, events and retail saying the Chancellor’s new employment support program will not be enough to save businesses. And, while those on zero hour contracts are on the verge of running out of help, one worker tells us that they are the “forgotten” group. Meanwhile, the latest figures show the government borrowed £ 35.9 billion last month – a record figure for August – to combat the economic fallout from the pandemic.

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2. Royal accounts show potential Covid deficit

The impact of the lockdown on the number of visitors to the royal residences will lead to an estimated shortfall of £ 15million over three years, while the budget for a 10-year renovation of Buckingham Palace will be short of £ 20million sterling, said the guardian of the private wallet. However, Sir Michael Stevens says the Royal Household has “no intention” of asking for additional funds.

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3. Conservative MPs try to tighten control of Covid rules

Emergency powers allowing the UK government to impose restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus – such as limits on gatherings – expire next week. And more than 40 Conservatives support an attempt to force ministers to put any future measures to a vote of MPs.

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4. “Asian weddings welcome 400 guests – not 15”

The new 15-guest limit imposed in England this week has left South Asian weddings “out of the question,” according to an events manager who has lost all reservations since March. Arum Javed says his Birmingham-based Monsoon Venue Group is on “shaky ground”, adding: “It’s very difficult to deal with the bride and groom. They are emotionally stressed. “

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5. “Buy early for Christmas or risk losing”

There are 90 ‘shopping days’ left until Christmas and the online retail world – already facing sales up 40-50% since the lockdown – is bracing for a huge increase in demand. But while industry officials say there’s no need to panic-buy just yet – and delivery companies are hiring thousands more workers – buyers would do well not to let it too. late to get their gifts.

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Find out what you need to know about the new employment support program that replaces leave, like how to get paid, and find out what help is available for the self-employed.

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