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Summary of latest Government announcements - situation update 6th April 2020 

Statement from Downing Street 6th April 2020 regarding the health of Prime Minister Boris Johnson here

Today’s Government briefing focussed on a health care update. The full update can be seen here. 

Latest Government advice and links & Situation Update 7 April 2020

  • The Government has announced that Working Tax Credits payments will be increased from 6 April 2020. As part of a number of measures to support the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the basic element of Working Tax Credit has been increased by £1,045 to £3,040 from 6 April 2020 until 5 April 2021
  • Updates made to the Coronavirus (COVID-19): apprenticeship programme response guidance including new information on continuing training and end point assessment for furloughed apprentices, and pausing new funding audits.
  • A new promotional leaflet on what to do to help stop the spread of coronavirus, including information on symptoms and government support has been published.
  • Please can remind members that if they or other tourism businesses wish to over support to help COVID-19 efforts, they should register their interest through the Government’s online portal. 


Coronavirus COVID-19 Destination Management Resilience Scheme

  • A £1.3 million scheme has been announced by the Tourism Minister, Nigel Huddleston, which will provide financial support to Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) that are at risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is available to at-risk DMOs in England which usually receives at least 50% of its income from commercial sources, following a light touch application process. 
  • The scheme will cover:
  • DMOs are able to apply for support to cover the costs of up to two members of staff with an upper threshold of £2,500 per employee per month, plus employer on-costs restricted to National Insurance and pension contributions for a three-month period. This support is for up to three months
  • The scheme must support frontline business engagement and communication posts (not marketing or other functions)
  • Up to £5,000 towards operating costs over this three-month period
  • Find out how to apply on VisitEngland’s website


Member updates and campaigns you can get involved in

The Professional Association for Self-Caterers UK is sharing regular COVID-19 updates and advice for self-catering businesses including Government information and support, deferring bookings and other tips. Businesses can sign-up to their newsletter on the PASC website.

ABTA is calling for industry-wide action to ‘Save Future Travel’. Individuals and businesses can get involved by visiting and emailing their local MP to highlight industry asks. The online system is automated so it’s very easy and quick to use. ABTA also want supporters to use social media to contact their local MPs and Government Ministers using #savefuturetravel and calling for action.

Tourism Alliance, The British Holiday & Home Parks Association and UKHospitality have been leading a new social media campaign to #ProtectTourismJobs. The campaign is to raise awareness and give a voice to tourism businesses and professionals who are suffering due to COVID-19. Key areas that are being focussed on include helping ensure seasonal workers are included in the furlough scheme, broadening the furlough scheme to include essential maintenance and security staff and making sure businesses survive the winter period. You can join the conversation on twitter using #ProtectTourismJobs

VisitBritain/VisitEngland has sent an open letter of support to the international events sector to show unity to the industry as it grapples with the COVID-19 crisis. The #StrongerTogether campaign shares the message that the UK is ready to support them and the industry’s recovery, and ready to welcome their events to the UK when the time is right. The UK business events industry are encouraged to get involved and join the conversation, a video asset can be downloaded to share on your own social media channels. To download the video and find out more visit the website.

UK Event businesses are encouraged to participate in a COVID-19 survey which will assist in recovery for the events industry. The survey is being run by The Business Visits and Events Partnership the results of the survey will be shared with the Events Industry Board and DCMS. You can take part in the survey here

Situation update 7 April 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Govenment Business Support Website here, a full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.

This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply. 

TSE COVID -19 Business Support Page with useful links and practical advice here 

Tourism South East continues to be the voice for the region, your business feedback on the current market is vital to maintain a rounded picture, allowing us to feedback at a national level.  Please do keep us informed.