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Rent Collection, Testing and Support for Charities


Rent collection on business premises.

Some business tenants are under pressure from landlords. Landlords and lenders must work together with high street firms during the #coronavirus pandemic.  Government are introducing new measures to protect UK high street from aggressive rent collection and closure.  Under the new temporary measures:

·  statutory demands and winding up petitions issued to commercial tenants are to be temporarily voided;

·  changes are to be made to the use of Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery, building on measures already introduced in the Coronavirus Act;

·  landlords and investors are being asked to work collaboratively with businesses unable to pay their bills.

For more details about this announcement, please see:

Coronavirus testing extended

Employer referral – Testing Kits

The employer referral portal allows employers to refer essential workers who are self-isolating either because they or member(s) of their household have coronavirus symptoms, for testing. It is a secure portal for employers to use to upload the full list of names and contact details of self-isolating essential workers.

If referred through this portal, essential workers will receive a text message with a unique invitation code to book a test for themselves (if symptomatic) or their symptomatic household member(s) at a regional testing site.

In order to obtain a login, employers of essential workers should email with 2 email addresses that will primarily be used to load essential worker contact details.

Once employer details have been verified, 2 login credentials will be issued for the employer referral portal.

Home testing

Home test kits can be delivered to someone’s door so they can test themselves and their family without leaving the house. Home test kit availability will be initially limited, but more will become available.

If you have been delivered a home testing kit or have been given a self-test kit at a regional test site, here is a tutorial video that supports the written instructions in your pack, from Dr Amir Khan:

How to take a coronavirus self-test swab

Other news

Cumbria COVID-19 Response Fund awards £67,680 to support the community 

Charities battling the coronavirus pandemic have received a welcome boost this week. Another £67,680 was awarded from the Cumbria COVID-19 Response Fund to support projects tackling social isolation, offering advice and guidance and those affected by bereavement.

Over the past month, £577,450 has been awarded, benefiting 80 local community and voluntary organisations. The Fund, set up by Cumbria Community Foundation, is helping to support the increased demand that Cumbrian charities and voluntary groups are facing in the wake of COVID-19 and its related closures.

Please get in touch if you would like further information.

Stay safe and we will get through this together.


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