Westminster News

Lockdown extension and strategy - 16 April

For those who missed the daily briefing, here is the message from government on the extension of lockdown and the tests for adjusting current lockdown measures:

Furlough scheme cut-off date extended to 19 March

A number of constituents have been in touch with us to express concern about the previous eligibility date to qualify for furlough under the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. We shared those concerns with Ministers and the eligibility date has now been extended to 19 March 2020.

Supporting domestic abuse victims

Today we launched a new public awareness campaign highlighting the support available for people at risk of or experiencing domestic abuse, with £2 million to immediately bolster domestic abuse helplines and online support.


Combating the Covid-19 pandemic presents to our nation and the world at large an exceptional set of challenges. The government will be doing everything we can to protect lives, guided by the best scientists and clinicians in the world.

FAQs on the Treasury's coronavirus support schemes

MPs have been sent the following briefing on the new Coronavirus Self-Employed Income Support Scheme - it includes some useful case studies to give constituents a better idea of how the scheme works as well as FAQs.



Support for self-employed people during coronavirus outbreak

MPs have received the following briefing from our Treasury team about the measures announced yesterday by the Chancellor to assist self-employed people during the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus Update – Our Package for the Self-Employed


The following briefing was sent to MPs by the Treasury team. It contains answers to commonly asked questions on support measures for businesses and workers during the coronavirus pandemic.