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It has been announced that the "Expanded Retail Discount" initiative shall be awarded on a 'no aid' basis, following discussions with the European Commission, which is good news for larger retailers who had been concerned that the new business rates relief measure announced to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus lockdown may have been subject to a €800,000 cap.
Yesterday, new government guidance was issued for care home admissions during the COVID-19 outbreak. The care sector will be expected to play a vital role in accepting patients from hospitals during this pandemic, ensuring hospitals have enough beds to treat acutely sick patients.
The CMA published a guidance outlining its approach to businesses cooperating during the COVID-19 crisis and explaining what arrangements could be legal under competition law during the crisis.
The Chief Coroner has now published guidance for all coroners about the approach to COVID-19 (see link below). It applies to reports of death and coroner investigations in England and Wales only, and is intended to provide additional guidance for the exercise of judicial decisions "in the context of extraordinary pressures which are present". It introduces the stark reality that " We may all have to have to accept that the unprecedented situation we are in may mean it may not be possible to perform the sort of detailed death investigation process we are used to".
The UK Government has stated that contracting authorities must now take measures to ensure that suppliers at risk are in a position to resume normal contract delivery once the COVID-19 outbreak is over. The Government has issued PPN 02/20 which provides guidance on how public bodies should deal with their existing contractual arrangements so as to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.
Parliament has shut down for a month to combat the spread of coronavirus. One of its last acts, in the final session, was to pass through the Coronavirus Bill, which received Royal Assent on Wednesday night. At the same time Royal Assent was given to the very short Contingencies Funding Act 2020, which provides the Government departments with the authority to expend resources, capital and cash via the supply process.
Whilst some of the detail remains subject to further sub-ordinate legislation we have set out below a list of the key provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 (the "Act") as they relate to local authorities.
The Irish government has introduced a new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment ("the Payment") for employees and self employed individuals who have lost their employment or work due to a downturn in economic activity caused by COVID-19.
Confirmation that the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is available to SEIS/EIS investee companies and a summary of the grants and reliefs made available by the Government as a result of COVID-19 that could be utilised by such companies.
The impact of COVID-19 has been particularly challenging for employers with expatriates working overseas. A number of employers are facing difficulty in repatriating employees who may have been temporarily situated in certain jurisdictions and are now unable to return to their usual location of work.
The UK Government has recognised that there will be a range of emergency purchasing needs from public authorities in responding to the impact of COVID-19. In such circumstances, authorities may need to procure goods, services and works with such critical speed as to make it impossible to respect usual public procurement rules. The Government has therefore very helpfully issued PPN 01-20 to set out some of the options available to authorities under pressure to do things quickly.
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