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On Monday 2nd November, Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP (Con) delivered a statement to the House of Commons on the new lockdown measures in England. From Thursday until 2nd December, in England, people are only be permitted to leave home for specific reasons, including:
He also confirmed that non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues and the personal care sector would have to close. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport also published a six-month progress report on the Libraries Taskforce, setting out the work it has done in promoting public libraries to the public and to decision-makers.
On Tuesday 3rd November, the Department for Transport published a summary of progress on The Inclusive Transport Strategy, as part of its efforts to achieving equal access for disabled people on public transport. The Environment Agency and Durham Constabulary have joined forces in a rural crime crackdown. The Government announced that it is extending extra welfare support for self-employed for a further six months. The Rural Payments Agency published the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) entitlement values and greening rates that provide help to the farming industry.
On Wednesday 4th November, Public Health England announced that it is asking for feedback from employers and front-line workers to inform the development of the Community Health and Wellbeing Worker apprenticeship standard. The Government also published new guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable on keeping safe under new national restrictions. Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma MP (Con) also announced £134 million to enable clean growth projects develop new technologies. The Government published advice on accessing green spaces safely.
On Thursday 5th November, Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP (Con) delivered a televised press conference alongside Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, where he reiterated the recent lockdown measures. Chancellor Rishi Sunak MP (Con) also announced a five-month extension of the furlough scheme into spring 2021. Natural England has launched The Nature Recovery Network (NRN) Delivery Partnership, bringing Government, conservationists, businesses, farmers and landowners together to drive forward the delivery of an England-wide network for nature. The Government published the latest edition of the Statistical Digest of Rural England. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP (Con) announced that evictions for renters will not be enforced whilst national restrictions are in place.
On Saturday 7th November, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced the latest round of funding for cultural and heritage sites as part of the Culture Recovery Fund, with 70 per cent awarded outside London.
On Sunday 8th November, the Government announced a new £170 million COVID-19 Winter Grant Scheme, with at least 80 per cent earmarked to support with food and bills, to cover the period to the end of March 2021. Local Authorities will receive the funding at the beginning of December 2020.
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