14th April 2020

WSA

The team has added some additional content to the WSA website to include further information about the Welsh Government’s two separate grant schemes, the Non Domestic Rates Grant and the Economic Resilience Fund.

Welsh Government announced further information about the Economic Resilience Fund, including eligibility criteria for microbusinesses and charities to enable them to prepare to apply.  Applications will be open on 17 April 2020 for a 12 month period.  Further details can be found below in the Bank Holiday roundup.  Please note that a Welsh Government officer will speak about all these funds on our business continuity webinartomorrow at 14.00.  Please contact Steffan if you would like to join the call. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WCVA 

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Welsh Government

Press Conference with the Minister for Health and Social Services
The Minister announced that 75 out of Wales' 1,073 care homes have confirmed cases of Covid-19 and a further 217 have suspected cases. 

Supplementary Guidance: Taking all reasonable measures to maintain physical distancing in the workplace
This guidance supplements guidance issued by the Welsh Government on 7 April 2020 and focusses on the legal test applied by the regulations to maintain physical distancing in a work setting. 

Guidance: Extra hospital bed capacity for coronavirus (field hospitals)
Summarises how field hospitals will help during the coronavirus pandemic.

UK Government


Chancellor to provide extra £350m to tackle Coronavirus in Wales
The UK Government has committed a further £350m to support the devolved administration in Wales tackle coronavirus, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced. 

UK Parliament


MPs to question Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 16 April 2020
Health Secretary Matt Hancock faces questions from the Health and Social Care Committee on the progress of the Government’s plans to carry out 100,000 tests for COVID-19 everyday by the end of April.  

Welsh Conservatives


Covid-19: Just a quarter of daily tests being carried out
A maximum of 1,300 (26 percent) of the anticipated 5,000 Covid-19 (Coronavirus) tests are being achieved each day, the Health Minister admitted in a briefing earlier today. 

Covid-19: ‘We must scrutinise Welsh Government over how it spends Coronavirus funding’
Janet Finch-Saunders AM – the Shadow Minister for Social Care – has broadly welcomed the announcement today (April 14) of a £40-million fund from the Welsh Government to support social care during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, but has caveats.

Bank Holiday Roundup

 

Welsh Government

 

Health & Social Care:
 
Written Statement: Statement on work of the Covid19 Moral and Ethical Guidance for Wales (CMEAG-Wales) Advisory Group
The Welsh Government has convened a Covid 19 Moral and Ethical Advisory Group for Wales (CMEAG-Wales) to advise on issues relating to moral, ethical, cultural and faith considerations, and provide a source of advice to health services to inform equitable and just management of issues arising from the health care emergency response to the Covid 19 Pandemic

Extra £40m to support adult social care in Wales
Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething, has today (14 April) announced an extra £40m to support adult social care services during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Rapid expansion of video consultation service into secondary and community care
Following the roll-out of digital appointments for GP surgery’s across Wales, a further £2.8m has been invested to extend the scheme to all of secondary and community care. 

Wales playing leading role in ‘antibody transfusion’ treatment for coronavirus patients
Wales is playing a leading role in the UK programme for treating coronavirus patients using a blood donation extract taken from people who have recovered from COVID19 - ‘convalescent plasma’. 

New app launched to track and trace coronavirus
First Minister Mark Drakeford and NHS Wales are appealing to the Welsh public to download a new COVID Symptom Tracker app to help the NHS response to COVID-19 in Wales. 

Business & Economy: 
 
Find out if your business is eligible for support from the new Economic Resilience Fund
Further details about support from the Welsh Government’s new £500m Economic Resilience Fund has been published today. 

UK Government


Chancellor provides over £14 billion for our NHS and vital public services
More than £14 billion from the Coronavirus emergency response fund will go towards public services, including the NHS and local authorities involved in the fight against Coronavirus, HM Treasury confirms. 

UK leads global fight to prevent second wave of coronavirus
UK aid will protect the British public and help prevent a second wave of coronavirus coming to the UK by slowing its spread in the most vulnerable countries, International Development Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan announced.

UK Parliament


MPs launch online survey into coronavirus and access to food
As part of its inquiry into food supply during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee today launches an online survey, inviting the public to share their experiences of accessing food during the outbreak.  

Welsh Conservatives

Shadow Health Minister concerned as key worker test centre stays closed
Shadow Health Minister Angela Burns AM has expressed her concern as the Cardiff City Stadium key worker test centre did not open today (April 13), Easter Bank Holiday Monday. 

Welsh Conservatives welcome an extra £350m from the UK Government for public services
The Chancellor of the Exchequer – Rishi Sunak MP – has today (April 13) announced a further financial package to help shore up public services during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. 

Welsh Conservatives infuriated and unsurprised at continuing culture of secrecy in the Welsh NHS
Shadow Welsh Conservative Health Minister, Angela Burns, is infuriated that at this time when honesty and cooperation is needed more than ever, Welsh NHS bosses are preventing concerned Welsh NHS staff from speaking out to the media.

AM welcomes latest campaign for domestic abuse victims
Mark Isherwood – the Shadow Minister for Communities – has welcomed the latest UK campaign to support victims of domestic abuse.

Plaid Cymru

Fine people for £1,000 for non-essential travel says Plaid Leader, Adam Price
Fines should be a “real-deterrent” to people not respecting non-essential travel ban says Plaid Leader Adam Price.

Welsh Liberal Democrats

Give Wales the financial levers needed to properly respond to Covid-19
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have called on the UK Government to expand the borrowing powers currently available to the Welsh Government to allow it to adequately respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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