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DWP Covid 19 update and ONS information

Thursday 9th July 2020

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The Government has set out the local action being taken in Leicester following a surge in coronavirus cases.

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak today set out a ‘Plan for Jobs’ that will spur the UK’s recovery from the Coronavirus outbreak. (link is external)

A Plan for Jobs 2020 speech (link is external) as delivered by Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Summer Statement delivers plans for jobs in Wales (link is external)

The Chancellor today set out the next steps in the UK Government’s strategy to secure Wales’ economic recovery from coronavirus


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How Jobcentre Plus can Help Employers

Promotional material (link is external) available on GOV.UK has been updated. This is available in a range of formats and in the Welsh language.

Call for Evidence: EU Settlement Scheme

The Independent Chief Inspector is inviting anyone with knowledge and experience of the Home Office’s EU Settlement Scheme (link is external) to submit evidence for his next inspection.

EU Settlement Scheme

There is one year left for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme (link is external). So far, there have already been more than 3.6 million applications and more than 3.3 million have now been granted status.

Veterans Support

100 Armed Forces charities will benefit from nearly £6million of extra funding (link is external) to support serving personnel, veterans and their families during the coronavirus pandemic.

Grant Support for Start Up Businesses - Wales

The fund will be worth £5m initially and will support start-up firms (link is external), which fall outside the UK Government’s Self Employment Income Support Scheme as they only began trading in 2019

Extension to Support Businesses from Eviction - Wales

The Welsh Government is extending measures (link is external) to protect businesses affected by coronavirus from eviction during the summer. Original measures were due to expire on June 30, but have now been extended to September 30.

Support for Victims of Domestic Abuse

England and Wales

£22 million (link is external) of emergency funding is helping 548 charities across England and Wales, including small and regional organisations to maintain their life-saving counselling and advice services.


VAWDASV (link is external) (violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence) services in Wales are set to receive an additional £1.5m in revenue to help them respond to increased demands on services as a result of Covid-1.

Support for Rough Sleepers

An additional £105 million (link is external) will be used to support rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness into tenancies of their own, including through help with

Coronavirus and homeworking in the UK: April 2020

The ONS has today published a statistical bulletin on homeworking in April 2020, the first time that experimental data from its new Labour Market Survey have been used. Alongside this is a blog by David Freeman, ONS head of labour market and households, looking at the development of this new online survey.

Main points

  • In April 2020, 46.6% of people in employment did some work at home.
  • Of those who did some work from home, 86.0% did so as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Economic review: July 2020

Today the ONS has published its latest quarterly Economic Review, which shows the impacts of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) on the various aspects of the economy, as well as highlighting how the ONS has developed its analytical response to the pandemic.

Analysis in the Economic Review on the impacts on the labour market show that:

  • Small and medium-sized businesses contributed 60% of the number of furloughed employee jobs and have also experienced the largest decline in number of vacancies
  • The ratio of unemployment to vacancies increased between January and April 2020; the increase was driven more by falling demand for labour than by increasing supply

The full Early insights of how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic impacted the labour market article is available:

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