Information about Covid19:
Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.

Support for businesses

Job Support Scheme expanded 

The government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions. See the press release on

Winter Economy Plan

Rishi Sunak unveils government’s plan to protect jobs and support businesses over the coming months.

Read more about the plan 

Support for workers

A new Job Support Scheme will be introduced from 1 November to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus.

Prepare for NHS COVID-19 app

  • The NHS COVID-19 app is currently being trialled and will launch on Thursday 24 September in England and Wales, including QR check-in at venues
  • QR codes will be an important way for NHS Test and Trace in England and NHS Test, Trace, Protect in Wales to contact multiple people if coronavirus outbreaks are identified in venues

Find out more about the new app

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant.

If you’re eligible and your business has been adversely affected on or after 14 July 2020, you must make your claim for the second grant on or before 19 October 2020.

We will work out your eligibility for the second grant in the same way as the first grant.

You can make a claim for the second grant if you’re eligible, even if you did not make a claim for the first grant.

Find out more on website

Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to businesses

  • Loans, tax relief and cash grants are available
  • Employers can apply for staff to get up to 80% pay if they can’t work
  • Self-employed people can receive up to £2,500 per month in grants for at least 3 months

Find out more about business suport

There is also information produced ouside of the government. 

Public bodies, organisations and charities have produced additional resources that may be useful to employers and employees.

Other support

NHS Test and Trace

Employers should support workers who are told to self-isolate and must not ask them to attend work. See the guidance on the NHS Test and Trace service for employers, businesses and workers. If staff are told to isolate, discuss if they can work from home or explore other options if they are available during the period of isolation.

The NHS Test and Trace service will provide evidence that someone has been told to self-isolate.

Business rates & rate relief

You can find out about;

  • rate relief and support
  • grants for businesses
  • expanded Retail Discount 2020/21
  • nursery schools relief
  • discretionary grant funding

Business Rates information page

Recent changes


From 24 September

  • Businesses selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm
  • In licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table.
  • Customers must eat and drink at a table in any premises selling food and drink to consume indoors, on site 


View the guides

Current service notices


Please note, during the Covid-19 pandemic, our processes have substantially altered for many of our licensing functions – please email for details.

Building control

Please be aware that we are working hard to keep the planning and building control service operating effectively in the face of unprecedented challenges.  Building Regulation checks are continuing on a priority basis and following strict protocols. We are considering alternative ways of working to protect our staff and our residents.  Our staff are working from home wherever possible to enable the business to continue.  We have changed our procedures for Planning Committees, planning site notices, availability of information by hard copy and office availability.  Please bear with us at this difficult time. Thank you for your understanding.  For more information on Temporary arrangements for Site Inspection Notifications please see our latest news page or for more general advice Covid-19 impact on planning processes