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Cabinet Office Update

Civil Society plays a key role across the country, positively impacting the life of many. The sector has been mobilising across the UK providing practical and emotional support to vulnerable groups.

The government has now published guidance on how businesses can offer services, funds, and volunteers to support civil society during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak here:

I also wanted to make sure you have seen the below announcement:

There is a £617m discretionary fund for local authorities in England to help businesses impacted by coronavirus. This is to help businesses who have ongoing fixed property-related costs and were previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme. Find out more:

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Further information to help people avoid scams during the COVID-19 pandemic: If you are unsure or suspect something may be a scam you can check using the Citizen’s Advice Online scam checker  or you can contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133. 

Find out more about common scams related to COVID-19 here or visit Cumbria Trading Standards website

Please continue to stay at home

We are increasingly hearing reports that people are not following ‘stay at home’ guidance. The police are also finding an increase in people trying to visit the lake district. The ‘stay at home’ (lockdown) arrangements are in place to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19. If people do not follow the guidance, we are likely to remain in lockdown for longer. More communications will be launched around this over the coming days, but in the meantime, please continue to follow the guidance and stay at home.

Finally, these are the go-to sources of information regarding community resilience and COVID-19. Information updated daily.

  • See Cumbria CVS COVID-19 webpage and volunteering webpage
  • See Cumbria County Council COVID-19 webpage
  • See Cumbria LEP COVID-19 webpages. Available here


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