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2020 Spending Review – key tourism points

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his Spending Review on 25 November, setting out government plans for the economy and spending. The headlines were that said the government is set to borrow a record £394bn this year, the economy will suffer a significant contraction in 2020 – and beyond – and unemployment will reach 2.6m.  General economic...

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PM’s latest announcement

The Prime Minister has confirmed that current restrictions will remain in place in England on 2 December. After that, new strengthened regional tiers will be put in place for local restrictions. Currently, the three tiers are: Tier 1: Medium alert Tier 2: High alert Tier 3: Very High alert On Thursday 26 November, the government...

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CJRS – extension of furloughing from 1 November 2020

The Government has now published the guidance for the extended CJRS. The guidance is an updated version of the original guidance, with details of how to claim for periods after 1 November 2020. Of particular note is the reference period for calculating claims is prior to 18 March 2020 for people who were employed before...

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Changes to Bounce Back Loans

About: The scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and up to 25% of their turnover. The maximum loan available is £50,000. The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months. After 12 months the interest rate will be...

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New rules in Wales from 9 November when firebreak ends

When the firebreak period ends in Wales on 9 November, there will be a new set of national measures, which will replace the previous restrictions. Businesses that were required to close during the firebreak will be able to reopen, and the requirement to stay home and the tough restrictions on meeting people will be removed....

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New national COVID measures for Wales

First Minister Mark Drakeford has set out the new post-firebreak measures in Wales. A new and simpler set of national rules will apply once the Wales-wide firebreak lockdown comes to an end at 00:01 on Monday 9 November. The new national measures are designed to “protect people’s health and provide as much freedom as possible while...

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Job Retention Scheme extended – JSS on hold

Following the announcement that England is to enter a second national lockdown with effect from Thursday 5 November, the Prime Minister confirmed that the Job Retention Scheme – widely known as the Furlough Scheme – will remain in place until December. This is a return to the original scheme where employees who are placed on...

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First Town Deals announced

The Government has announced the first seven towns of 101 places that will be offered a Town Deal. Between them, these towns will receive £178.8m to support regeneration and economic growth. Of particular interest to the holiday parks industry is the inclusion of Blackpool and Torquay. Blackpool is to receive £39.5 million to be used...

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Scotland publishes proposals for tourism recovery

The Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce has published its recommendations for supporting the sector’s recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The taskforce was charged with looking at what priority rescue measures both the Scottish and UK governments can take to bolster recovery. The group’s recommendations, which will now be carefully considered by the Scottish Government include:...