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TIER Updates

Latest TIER / Tourism Alliance Updates   

Tourism Alliance Update – 14 January

  • Test And Trace Support Payment

The guidance for the  £500 Test and Trace Support Payment, which is available to the self-employed or employees on low incomes has been updated to say that those who meet the financial eligibility are eligible for the grant if they have to self-isolate because they have:

    • tested positive for COVID-19 following a PCR test or an assisted lateral flow device (LFD) test; or
    • been notified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and they are not exempt from self-isolation.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/test-and-trace-support-payment-scheme-claiming-financial-support/claiming-financial-support-under-the-test-and-trace-support-payment-scheme#Eligibility 

  • Statement On Cutting Self-Isolation To Five Days

Here is a link to a copy of the statement that the Health Secretary made to Parliament on reducing the period of self-isolation to 5 Days from Monday. The relevant passage is:

“UKHSA data shows that around two thirds of positive cases are no longer infectious by the end of day 5 and we want to use the testing capacity that we’ve built up to help these people leave isolation safely. After reviewing all of the evidence, we’ve made the decision to reduce the minimum self-isolation period to 5 full days in England.

From Monday, people can test twice before they go, leaving isolation at the start of day 6.

These 2 tests are critical to these balanced and proportionate plans and I’d urge everyone to take advantage of the capacity we’ve built up in tests so we can restore the freedoms to this country, while we are keeping everyone safe.”

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/oral-statement-on-the-governments-covid-19-response 

  • Press Release On Thresholds for Self-Catering

Here is a link to the Press release that I mentioned yesterday on DHLUC setting thresholds for self-catering cottages being eligible to pay business rates.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-levelling-up-housing-and-communities 

  • New DCMS Select Committee Inquiry

The DCMS Select Committee has announced another Inquiry which has a tourism component. This new Inquiry is - Reimagining where we live: cultural placemaking and the levelling up agenda. The focus of the inquiry is on:

    • How can culture reanimate our public spaces and shopping streets?
    • How can creatives contribute to local decision-making and planning of place?
    • How can the Government support places without established artistic infrastructure to take full advantage of the opportunities that the levelling up agenda provides?
    • How might changes to the UK’s broadcasting landscape affect investment in cultural production outside the capital, and what could the consequences be for artists and communities
    • How should Government build on existing schemes, such as the UK City of Culture, to level up funding for arts and culture?

Written evidence is due by 6pm on Friday, 18 February 2022

https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1744/reimagining-where-we-live-cultural-placemaking-and-the-levelling-up-agenda/ 

  • Changes To ERF Eligibility Criteria And Sole Traders Grant Award in Wales

The Welsh Government has announced two changes to its £120m financial support that has been made available for businesses impacted Coronavirus

    • They have increased the award for qualifying sole traders, freelancers and taxi drivers who do not pay rates to £1,000.
    • They have amended the eligibility criteria for the level of reduced turnover required for the Economic Resilience Fund (ERF). To be eligible for an ERF grant businesses in the hospitality, leisure and attractions sectors and their supply chains, must have experienced a material impact through reduced turnover of 50% or more between December 2021 and February 2022 as compared to December 2019 and February 2020.

https://gov.wales/written-statement-emergency-covid-financial-support-changes-erf-eligibility-criteria-and-sole 

  • R Number And Growth Rate

This week’s R Number and Growth Rate are, respectively, 1.1 to 1.5 and +1% to +5%. Thile still very high, this is down on last weeks figures.

                https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-r-value-and-growth-rate

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