Social Work Togethet Programme – For Former Social Workers to register their interest In working on the coronavirus frontline

Social Work Together

Thousands of former social workers are now able to support the national effort in tackling the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Social Work England, the specialist regulator for 100,000 social workers in England, has reinstated the professional registration of 8,000 former social workers so they can fill vital roles in local communities in this critical situation. The Social Work Together programme is an initiative developed by Social Work England, the Department for Education, the Department for Health and Social Care, and the Local Government Association. Social workers can use the website to register their interest in working on the frontline through the Covid-19 outbreak and for local authorities to find extra staff.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme – Advice From Teignbridge District Council

Some updates and handy tips for businesses considering getting a loan under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

👉 The scheme will now cover all SMEs, not just those who cannot access commercial funding

👉 Lenders can no longer ask borrowers to put a personal guarantee (such as savings, their house or other assets) for the CBILS, lenders can only apply this to loans above £250,000 or to their own non-CBILS loans

👉 The minimum amount you can borrow will differ between lenders, the lowest of the four major banks is RBS starting at £5,000
👉 Interest rates will vary by lender so make sure you shop around, the Government will pay the first 12 months of interest payments and any lender-levied charges
👉 The finance terms are up to six years for term loans and asset finance facilities and up to three years for overdrafts and invoice finance facilities
👉 Consider applying via the lender’s website in the first instance as telephone lines are likely to be busy and branches may have limited capacity to handle enquiries

Additional guidance can be found at

Protecting your business premises from fire During the pandemic – advice from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

Update from Teignbridge District Council – Business Support Grants – 2 April 2020

“ We are expecting about 3000 applications in total for the business support grants. We are working to put processes in place to enable us to verify the information in the applications against our own records and enable payment. This is a manual process so we appreciate applicants bearing with us whilst we accurately process such a high level of applications. Please do not call the Business Rates team unless absolutely necessary. As each application is processed we are looking to send an email to the address provided to give an estimated payment date. Payments are due to start from the end of next week at the earliest.”

Construction Industry Advice

Advice and Updates from our local MP