DAILY BUSINESS BRIEFING FROM GOVERNMENT'S COVID-19 PRESS CONFERENCE
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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced a £2billion investment in roads and rail. The Transport Secretary revealed Network Rail and Highways England had carried out millions of pounds of repairs and improvements in record time while the country was in lockdown.
He added that the government wants to "exploit" the drive to innovate quickly to continue tackling challenges in the country’s transport system.
And he pledged he would address the bureaucracy which meant Britain’s infrastructure work is currently the slowest and costliest in Europe.
The Transport Secretary said drivers and cyclists beginning to return to England’s streets would also benefit from a £1.7bn Transport Infrastructure Investment Fund to improve roads, repair bridges and fill in millions of potholes.
The government also outlined its
to supercharge the electric car network by boosting the numbers of rapid chargepoints across England’s strategic road network. The vision aims to ensure every motorway service area will have a minimum of six ultra-rapid chargepoints by 2023. This means drivers will be able to charge their cars in around 15 minutes – three times faster than they can currently.
Mr Shapps added: “Both long term transport trends and present needs to level up means that infrastructure will be important in stimulating our recovery and supporting new jobs.
“Combining digital and infrastructure improvements can revive many of our small and medium sized towns which, over decades, have been left behind.
ADDITIONAL UPDATES AND GUIDANCE
COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme
HMRC has published
coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme which includes information about who can use the scheme and the records employers must keep. HMRC is working urgently to set up a system for reimbursement. Details about when the new Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme can be accessed and when employers can make a claim will be announced as soon as possible.
Extension of temporary changes to AGM rules and wrongful trading liability
On May 14, the government announced that the temporary suspension of wrongful trading liability will now continue until 30 June while temporary measures to give companies and other bodies flexibility around Annual General Meetings (AGMs) and other meetings will be made retrospective to 26 March
Reminder: Supporting your employees during coronavirus: domestic abuse
The order to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. As an employer, you can play an important role in reassuring staff that they can still leave their home if they are experiencing domestic abuse and that there is still support available, including online support, helplines, refuges and the police. We encourage you to share this important message with staff using the information provided in the
Home Office’s employer pack.
Plans to safely restart, reopen and renew the housing market
Construction site working hours Q&A
The Government has published a
written ministerial statement
on planning and construction working hours. This statement expects local planning authorities in England to approve requests to extend construction working hours temporarily to ensure safe working in line with social distancing guidelines until 9pm, Monday to Saturday, unless there are very compelling reasons against this.
Questions and answers
on this announcement are available.
How tests and testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) work
Information for members of the public, patients, professionals and industry about COVID-19 tests and testing kits, including how they work, the different types of tests and the specifications manufacturers need to follow is available. Find out more information
Attestation forms for travel to and within France
for UK nationals about which attestation form to use when travelling to and within France during the coronavirus (COVID-19) decree.