New figures show how the Government has supported over a million businesses to help them get through coronavirus in every part of the country – and we will continue to support jobs and livelihoods through our Winter Economy Plan.
- Throughout this pandemic we have prioritised protecting jobs - providing unprecedented support for businesses and workers up and down the country, protecting jobs and livelihoods.
- Figures released today show how we have supported over 1.3 million businesses, in every part the United Kingdom, with over £52.2 billion in Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans and Bounce Back Loans.
- We are introducing new support to protect jobs and businesses required to close because of restrictions – including the expanded Job Support Scheme, with grants of up to £2,100 a month to pay two thirds of the wages of staff who cannot work, plus increased and more regular cash grants of up to £1,500 every two weeks for those businesses.
- We will continue to protect jobs and help businesses through the uncertain months ahead, as we adopt a new response to the virus.
Yesterday, our plans to simplify and standardise local rules through a three-tiered system of Local Covid Alert Levels came into effect – ensuring we protect the NHS and its ability to respond to the pandemic and provide urgent care to those who need it.
- In the past four weeks, the number of Covid patients admitted to intensive care units in hospitals in some parts of the country has increased sevenfold. We must act now to control the spread of the virus and protect the NHS, so we can keep cancer treatments, elective surgeries and other vital diagnostic services going.
- We have introduced a new system of Local Covid Alert Levels in England. Areas within England will be placed into medium, high and very high levels, and the Government is working with local leaders to decide which areas are covered by the very high alert level, and the appropriate interventions in those areas.
- We will continue to fight back against the resurgent virus, protecting our NHS and saving lives whilst keeping our children in school and our economy running to safeguard jobs and livelihoods. It remains vital that everyone follows the rules to help contain the virus.