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Supreme Court upholds business interruption judgement

It is good news for small businesses, as a UK Supreme Court ruling forces insurers to pay out on disputed coronavirus business interruption (BI) claims, estimated to be worth at least £1.2bn. The UK High Court passed judgement on the Financial Conduct Authority’s BI insurance test case in September 2020, ruling in favour of policyholders...


MPs debate domestic tourism in Westminster Hall; Minister responds

Government will “listen to the sector’s priorities for recovery, and incorporate them into its thinking” Discussions taking place on extending the VAT reduction scheme; government intends to “future proof tourism sector” Steve Double (Con, St Austell and Newquay) opened a Westminster Hall Debate on domestic tourism on 12 January 2021. He began by outlining how...


Tighter restrictions across England – Tier 4: closure of non-essential retail and restrictions on non-essential travel

Following the introduction of a new Tier 4 in England on Saturday, much tighter restrictions are now in place in parts of England – potentially ‘for some time’ according to Health Secretary Matt Hancock (although a review is due on 30 December).  Rules are similar to those in the first lockdown. Tier 4 restrictions will...


Higher-level restrictions announced for Wales

On 16 December, the First Minister announced that higher-level restrictions will come into force to control coronavirus rates across Wales. The new restrictions will apply to all of Wales and are: All non-essential retail, including close contact services and all leisure and fitness centres will close at the end of trading on Christmas Eve. All...


Three Scottish council areas move to Level 3 from 18 December

Three Scottish council areas – Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and East Lothian – are to have tougher coronavirus restrictions imposed from Friday 18 December. It means people will no longer be allowed to travel outside of their own council area unless it is essential. Pubs, cafes and restaurants will have to stop serving alcohol and must shut at...


Images and footage of Britain wanted

VisitBritain is seeking high quality images and footage of Britain to use in campaigns such as its Escape The Everyday and other activities. If your business has assets on topics such as seasons, family, diversity, accessibility and more, that you have the necessary rights and permissions for, please get in touch with them. Your images...


Businesses protected from eviction to the end of March 2021

Business owners affected by the pandemic will be protected from eviction until the end of March 2021, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced on 9 December 2020. This final extension to protections from the threat of eviction will give landlords and tenants three months to come to an agreement on unpaid rent. The government is clear...


2020 Spending Review – key points

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his Spending Review on 25 November, setting out government plans for the economy and spending. The headlines were that said the government is set to borrow a record £394bn this year, the economy will suffer a significant contraction in 2020 – and beyond – and unemployment will reach 2.6m.  General economic...


PM’s latest announcement

The Prime Minister has confirmed that current restrictions will remain in place in England until midnight on 2 December. After that, new strengthened regional tiers will be put in place for local restrictions. Currently, the three tiers are: Tier 1: Medium alert Tier 2: High alert Tier 3: Very High alert On Thursday 26 November,...

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