On Monday 26th October, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing Kelly Tolhurst MP (Con) announced the publication of new guidance for councils to help ensure care leavers have stable homes, and prevent them from becoming homeless.
On Tuesday 27th October, Warrington moved from local COVID alert level 'high' to 'very high'. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP (Con) also announced £12.7 million of investment for upgrades to the A595 at Grizebeck to level up transport infrastructure in the North. Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick MP (Con) also revealed that communities in seven areas across England will receive up to £178.7 million in the new Town Deals - Barrow-in-Furness, Blackpool, Darlington, Peterborough, Norwich, Torquay and Warrington. The funding will go towards sustaining jobs, improving connectivity and boosting economic growth.
On Thursday 29th October, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick MP (Con) announced that more than 3,300 new long-term homes for rough sleepers and other vulnerable people have been approved.
On Friday 30th October, the Government announced that Calderdale, City of Bradford, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield will move from local COVID alert level high to very high from Monday 2 November. Nottinghamshire moved from local COVID alert level 'high' to 'very high' from Friday 30th October. Great Yarmouth Borough Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council were also added to the list of councils that have adopted the Coastal Concordat, which sets out the separate processes for consenting coastal developments in England. The Department for Work and Pensions announced that 4,500 new Work Coaches for the Jobcentre frontline will be trained up to use their expertise to help jobseekers across the country get the support they need to find a job, retrain or gain vital practical experience. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP (Con) also announced a review of the ‘Right to Build’ to make it easier for people to build their own home.
On Saturday 31st October, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP (Con) announced tougher national restrictions in England from Thursday. From Thursday 5th November, everyone must stay at home, and may leave only for a limited set of reasons such as education, for work if the job cannot be done from home,, for exercise and recreation outdoors, to shop for food and essentials, and to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended for a month with employees receiving 80 percent of their current salary for hours not worked and further economic support announced.
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