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See the previous news and information about coronavirus from ourselves and the government.

Gov.uk: Government launches new £40 million Clean Growth Fund to supercharge green start-ups

Source: government, published May 22, 2020 3.35pm

The Clean Growth Fund is a venture capital scheme to help early-stage green businesses. It will be accessible to UK-based companies driving green technology across the power, transport, waste, and building energy efficiency sectors.


Funding keeps communities creative during lockdown

Source: DCC press release published May 22, 2020 9.42am

An arts group has received a partnership grant to help it provide enriching activities to residents in Crook, Willington, Tow Law and surrounding villages during the coronavirus lockdown.


Changes to concessionary travel in County Durham

Source: DCC press release published May 21, 2020 12.05pm

A temporary relaxation of concessionary travel arrangements in County Durham will end next week to help bus companies manage social distancing.


Syrian refugees support community response to Covid-19

Source: DCC press release published May 20, 2020 9.50am

Two refugees who found sanctuary in County Durham have been volunteering within their communities during the coronavirus pandemic.


Council works with schools towards a phased reopening

Source: DCC press release published May 19, 2020 3.44pm

Schools in County Durham are being advised that they should only start a phased reopening when they feel it is safe to do so, following the Government's announcement on the phased return.


Funding helps to feed families during pandemic

Source: DCC press release published May 19, 2020 11.05am

A County Durham partnership has awarded £2,000 to help prevent local primary school pupils from going hungry during the coronavirus crisis.


Gov.uk: Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme set to launch

Source: government, published May 19, 2020 9.09am

Employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme. This scheme allows small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 staff, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying Coronavirus-related SSP. Employers will be able to make their claims through a new online service from 26 May. They will receive repayments at the relevant rate of SSP they have paid to current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020.


Gov.uk: Larger businesses to benefit from loans of up to £200 million

Source: government, published May 19, 2020 9.09am

The government has announced an extension to the maximum loan size available through the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) from £50 million to £200 million. Loans under the expanded scheme will be made available to large businesses affected by coronavirus from 26 May.


Gov.uk: Covid-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

Source: government, published May 18, 2020 12.28pm

The government has updated guidance for employers and businesses. It will help employers and businesses provide advice to their staff on Covid-19, how to help prevent spread of Covid-19, what to do if someone has symptoms of Covid-19 has been in business settings and eligibility for sick pay.  It also provides details of the financial support available to businesses.


County Durham community centres encouraged to seek support as the Business Rates Grants scheme extended

Source: DCC press release published May 18, 2020 10.19am

Community venues across County Durham are being encouraged to apply for financial support to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.


Measures to help care homes

Source: government, published May 15, 2020 6.00pm

Watch Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, outline measures to help care homes in today's daily briefing


Press releases

For general county council news see Latest news, and for our most recent press releases about Coronavirus see Coronavirus news.

Changes to services

For all the latest changes to our information and support services, visit Changes to services throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

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