Coronavirus testing programme update

The Government's priority is to test patients to inform their clinical diagnosis. As part of the government’s 5-pillar strategy for coronavirus testing, it is testing people who have coronavirus-like symptoms to see if they currently have the virus.

The Government is also testing:

Chancellor announces 'Bounce Back' loan scheme for small businesses

Today the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak MP, announced that he is creating a new loan scheme for small business to help them weather the financial effects of coronavirus.

The Bounce Back scheme will provide loans with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders. 

Government support for Local Authorities

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has been liaising extensively with local authorities to ensure they are supported throughout the coronavirus pandemic.