Cabinet Office Update
1) Prime Minister’s economy speech in Dudley (30 June)
The Prime Minister announced today that the government will bring forward £5bn of capital investment projects, supporting jobs and the economic recovery, including:
- £1.5bn this year for hospital maintenance, eradicating mental health dormitories, enabling hospital building, and improving A&E capacity. This will improve patient care, make sure NHS hospitals can deliver world-leading services and reduce the risk of coronavirus infections.
- £100m this year for 29 projects in our road network to get Britain moving, from bridge repairs in Sandwell to boosting the quality of the A15 in the Humber region. Plus £10m for development work to unblock the Manchester rail bottleneck, which will begin this year.
- Over £1bn to fund the first 50 projects of a new, ten-year school rebuilding programme, starting from 2020-21. These projects will be confirmed in the Autumn, and construction on the first sites will begin from September 2021.
- £560m and £200m for repairs and upgrades to schools and FE colleges respectively this year.
- £142m for digital upgrades and maintenance to around 100 courtsthis year, £83m for maintenance of prisons and youth offender facilities, and £60m for temporary prison places, creating thousands of new jobs.
- £900m for a range of ‘shovel ready’ local growth projects in England over the course of this year and next, as well as £96m to accelerate investment in town centres and high streets through the Towns Fund this year. This will provide all 101 towns selected for town deals with £500k-£1m to spend on projects such as improvements to parks, high streets, and transport.
Please find the full speech here: https://bit.ly/PMBuildSpeech
2) Coronavirus in Leicester
On Monday 29 June the government announced that Leicester and its surrounding area will be asked to continue with the current national restrictions for a further two weeks from 4 July. Non-essential shops that reopened on 15 June will be asked to close from 30 June. Bars, restaurants and hairdressers will not open on 4 July. Schools will close from Thursday 2 July except to vulnerable children and children of key workers. They will not reopen until next term.
Further advice from Leicester City Council will be updated here: https://bit.ly/CV19Leicester
3) Working safely guidance tool
To help employers reopen their businesses safely, we have updated the working safely tool on gov.uk to reflect new easements from 4 July, in England only.
The guidance highlighted will help you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce. Employees can also use this guidance to check what their workplace needs to do to keep people safe.
This guidance is only for businesses that are allowed to reopen in England and can be found here: https://bit.ly/WorkingSafelyTool.
4) Today, Tuesday 30 June, it’s a year until the deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).
New social media content is available
- Graphic available here to download
- Translated graphic available here to download in a range of EU languages
- Animation available here
- Sample posts available here to view and use if you wish
Please use this link: bit.ly/EUSSapplynorth
Here is a tweet you could share: https://twitter.com/HMGNorth/status/1277934847571435524?s=20
5) The Skills Toolkit
DfE are looking for organisations who have shared The Skills Toolkit with their teams or people who have used the platform, to talk about their experiences in its communications. This could involve your organisation being featured on websites, on social media & in the press.
It’s an opportunity to showcase the work your organisation is doing to support your teams and help them progress. So whether you’ve shared The Skills Toolkit with furloughed workers, those potentially facing redundancy, or have passed it on to help teams with their professional development and personal wellbeing whilst spending more time at home, it would be great to hear from you.