Government and Cornwall Council act quickly to help small businesses

MP Derek Thomas has praised the speedy and effective work of both Government and Cornwall Council which is ensuring that Cornish businesses will receive more than £281 million in grant funding to help cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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I am acutely aware of how seriously nearly everyone is observing the social distancing regime. Thank you. Keeping the country safe, protecting our NHS and minimising early deaths is the Government’s overriding priority. We can beat the spread of coronavirus.

£75 million package to bring home people stranded abroad

The Government has announced a £75 million package to help Britons stuck overseas return home.

The funding will see the Government working in partnership with the airline industry in measures announced by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Q&As with Devon & Cornwall Police

With the current situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), Devon & Cornwall Police have pulled together some of the more commonly asked questions you might have.

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Update on guidance and measures to fight COVID-19

Ministers at the Department of Housing, Communities & Local Government have issued an update on their work in recent days in response to COVID-19, and to answer some of the most frequent questions they have received.

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Chancellor announces Government support for the self-employed

The Chancellor has announced details of a scheme to support the UK’s self-employed affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Those self-employed will receive a direct cash grant of 80% of their profits, up to £2,500 per month for at least three months to protect them and their business.

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The response of local communities to measures imposed to manage the spread of coronavirus is inspiring and extremely welcome. As the weeks of self-isolation draw out my grave concern is for people who face extreme loneliness.