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Local lockdown

Leicester became the first part of the UK to have a local lockdown on 29 June 2020 when schools and shops were ordered to close, and pub reopening was cancelled. Positive test rates were three times that of the next highest city, and five times the national rate. [20.06/6]
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Weddings in lockdown

Weddings may resume from 4 August 2020 subject to conditions. There may be no more than 30 people present, and in the shortest possible time. Couples must wash their hands before and after exchanging rings. Separate households must stay two metres apart in the church or other venue. Fathers may not walk the bride down the aisle. Singing and wind instruments are banned. Children must be held by ...
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St Ives bans cars

Cars have been banned from the town centre of St Ives in Cornwall, except for essential traffic, from 29 June 2020. The council said this was to help maintain social distancing in their narrow streets. [20.06/6]
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Expectation of police privacy

A person has a reasonable expectation of privacy about a police investigation from a prosecuting authority up to the moment that he or she is charged with an offence. The Court of Appeal so decided on 15 May 2020. ZXC v Bloomberg LP [2020] CA. The Times 30 June 2020 [20.06/6]
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V-shaped recovery predicted

The UK will have a V-shaped recovery from the lockdown, according to the Bank of England’s chief economist Andy Haldane on 30 June 2020. A V-shaped recovery means that the economy recovers as quickly as it fell. This rebound means that the coronavirus recession was likely to be less than half as bad as the Bank had expected in May 2020. Analysis of payments, traffic flow. energy use and othe...
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Scotland and coronavirus

Scotland relaxed some coronavirus restrictions in June 2020. On 3 June 2020, the Scottish government provided £5 million to help 128 companies in the seafood business. From 8 June 2020, new measures are introduced for travellers to Scotland. This includes 14-day quarantine for overseas visitors, similar to English provisions. From 22 June 2020, face coverings are mandatory on public trans...
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Carers in Scotland

On 3 June 2020, the Scottish government announced that many carers will receive an extra one-off payment of £230.10 as a coronavirus carer’s allowance supplement. Claimants must have been receiving carer’s allowance on 13 April 2020 to qualify. The 29,000 young carers in Scotland will receive an annual grant of £305 a year (£5.86 a week) it was announced on 7 June 2020. [20.06/27]
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Help to Buy (Scotland)

The Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme was extended on 11 June 2020. The end date has been put back to March 2022. The scheme was introduced in 2013. It assists people under 35 to buy property with a value up to £220,000. It bridges the gap between lower loan-to-value (LTV) mortgages for new builds and the smaller deposits many households now have. [20.06/27]
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Scottish business grants

On 8 June 2020, the Scottish government announced that its Small Business Grant Fund was being extended to help small businesses that share premises but do not pay business rates. Such businesses are able to apply for a local authority grant of up to £10,000. [20.06/27]
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