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Cabinet Office Update


Furlough Scheme

The Chancellor has announced that the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October.  Full details of the announcement can be found here:

Key details to note:

  • Furloughed workers across the UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500.
  • From August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.
  • The employer payments will substitute the contribution HMG is currently making, ensuring that staff continue to receive 80% of their salary, up to £2,500 a month.

Further details on implementation will be made available by the end of the month.

Further guidance has been published, which I have highlighted below for your information:

– Phased opening of schools, colleges and nurseries:

– Travelling safely:

– How to carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment:

– Cleaning your workplace safely:


Also, here is a tweet containing a summary of 5 steps to working safely, which you may want to share:


Other News

Information Commissioners Office: New Guidance

The ICO has produced guidance for employers on workplace testing for coronavirus, in anticipation of some sectors returning to work in the coming days and weeks.

The new Q&As can be found on the ICO coronavirus website hub, along with other information you may find useful regarding data protection and the coronavirus pandemic.


Cartmell Shepherd

Peter Stafford, MD of Cartmell Shepherd has asked us to share this useful video with you.Cartmell Shepherd

Check out “Planning for the Future – A practical checklist for SMEs preparing to return to work.” from Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors on Vimeo.  The video is available for your viewing at


Penrith Town Working Party – Recovery Planning

Penrith BID has convened a meeting of the town Working Party Group. Tomorrow we will chair a Zoom call to discuss a recovery plan for the town, identifying the key areas for action and the stakeholders willing to take part in the plan.

We would like your feedback on where and how you would like us to focus our efforts. We’d also like to know how you think the BID should respond to the National call for a socially distant, safe high street. Please email Philippa with your thoughts.


BID needs your Help

Over the coming weeks and months we are going to work hard to ensure Penrith town centre has a clear recover plan and that there is consultation and input from business leaders.  To make this project have real impact we need your help. We need more board members who are willing to join our team of volunteer directors.  We need business owners and managers who want to get Penrith back on her feet again.

Please, if you are able to spare a few hours every month, get in touch and we can explain the role in more detail.

Stay safe and well




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