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Latest Government COVID Information – 24th August

24th August 2020

Latest Coronavirus news from Government

On 17 August the Government announced that applications opened for the second stage of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). Those eligible will receive a government grant worth up to £6,570. Further information is available at:


Also on 17 August, the Government issued a press release noting that over 100,000 people have volunteered to take part in COVID-19 vaccine trials as part of efforts to discover a safe and effective vaccine. More information is available at:


The R number and growth rate in the UK

The Government Office for Science and Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies have this afternoon published the latest R and growth rate estimates by NHS England regions. More information, including links to the latest range for values in the devolved administrations can be found at:


Journey planning 

DfT has provided information that aims to help passengers plan for their journeys, including messages around active travel and car sharing. Information is available at:


Enjoy Summer Safely

The Government is also working to ensure disabled people can enjoy summer safely including making hygiene, social distancing, and testing accessible to all.


Fund to support dairy farmers opens for applications
The dairy response fund is now open for eligible farmers to apply for up to £10,000 of financial support following the coronavirus outbreak.


COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships
Guidance for people planning to get married or form a civil partnership in England.


Working safely during coronavirus – performing arts update
Performing arts – Updated to Stage Four guidance – performances allowed indoors and outdoors (but with a limited socially-distanced audience indoors).


New funding to double nursing apprentices and help deliver 50,000 more nurses
A new government package worth £172 million will help to train thousands more nursing degree apprentices.


Government extends coronavirus support for buses and trams

Bus and tram services in England to receive extra support worth up to £256 million.