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PM’s plan to transform training and skills system; self-isolation restrictions; local restrictions


I hope you are all keeping well and navigating the new rules without too much consternation.  I’m still getting a high volume of calls and emails asking for clarification of how the recent changes relate to business specific operations.  Apologies for those of you who’ve had to wait longer than I would like for a reply. On the plus side, the Cabinet Office are still responding to individual requests for clarification, so if you’ve got a query or concern please do get in touch.

The BID working party are busy putting plans in place for the Christmas lights scheme.  If you are interested in sponsoring one of the magnificent Penrith Angels, then please do get in touch.

Below is the usual Cabinet Office briefing.  Today’s bulletin covers: (i) the PM’s plans to transform training and skills system; (ii) self-isolation restrictions which came into force in England yesterday; (iii) new inter-household mixing restrictions in parts of the North East; (iv) local restrictions in parts of England.

All the best


Cabinet Office Update

(i) The PM today set out plans to transform the training and skills system to help the country recover from coronavirus. The plans include a Lifetime Skills Guarantee to give adults the chance to take free college courses valued by employers and new entitlement to flexible loans to allow courses to be taken in segments, boosting opportunities to retrain.

A press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office is available at:

The PM’s speech can be read at:

This included an expansion of the Department for Education’s online learning platform, The Skills Toolkit. There are now more than 70 courses in digital, numeracy and employability or work-readiness available online and free of charge.

We are encouraging more learners to sign up to The Skills Toolkit, in order to help them build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.
(ii) The legal duty to self-isolate came into force yesterday (Monday 28 September) to ensure compliance and reduce spread of COVID-19. The Department of Health and Social Care’s Press Notice can be seen at:

(iii) The Department of Health and Social Care announced on 28 September that measures will be brought into law in several areas of the North East from Wednesday 30 September restricting inter-household mixing in indoor settings. Further information is available at:

(iv) Restrictions on household mixing for Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds were brought in from Saturday 26 September to help curb COVID-19 infection rates. In addition, London has been added as an area of concern and Teesside as an area of enhanced support. Further information is available at:


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