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A Premier League ball is sprayed with disinfectant at Wolves’ training complex. Photograph: Wolverhampton Wanderers FC/Getty Images

 

Project Restart has shrunk the sport to an elite pursuit within a sterile bubble, throwing up questions no one can answer

Well done, everyone: we did it. They said it wasn’t possible. They said it wasn’t safe. They said it would be tactless to start up one of the world’s most lucrative sports leagues while thousands are dying. They said it wouldn’t be a fair competition. They may still be right about all of this, of course. More on that in a moment.

But for now, football is back. Watch it. Drink it in. Lose yourself in a pure six-week football bender: 92 Premier League fixtures, spread across every day of the week and every conceivable time slot, all of it live on television, much of it free to air. Take that, null-and-voiders; dry your tears, PPG; up yours, Troy Deeney. Football is back and all it took was the spectre of financial catastrophe and the sight of Germany handling things far more adeptly.

The first point to make is that football is hardly striking out alone. Snooker and horse racing are planning to begin behind closed doors on Monday. Professional golf, cricket and rugby league will be back by August. The resumption of the 2019-20 season was probably a foregone conclusion from the moment the prime minister offered his backing this month and heaven knows the government would be grateful of a little popular distraction right now.

Even so many have been surprised by the speed and bombast which the game has managed to coalesce around the terms of its return. Crisis has a marvellous way of focusing minds. Envy, too. Stung not just by the urgency of the balance sheet but the largely frictionless resumption of the Bundesliga and the resolute noises coming out of Spain and Italy, the 20 Premier League clubs managed to set aside their trademark factionalism for just long enough to approve the contours of Project Restart.

Full contact training was unanimously approved on Tuesday. Thursday brought a provisional schedule, beginning on 17 June with Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal. On Friday came the announcement of a rescheduled FA Cup final on 1 August. It’s fine to be straightforwardly delighted about this. This, after all, is what we’re here for: the spectacle, the moment, the Barclays.

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Originally posted by:
Jonathan Liew
The Guardian
May 30th, 2020

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REUTERS

 

People in England should aim to wear face coverings on public transport and in some shops from Wednesday, the UK government has said.

A document outlining the new lockdown rules suggests masks are worn in enclosed spaces where social distancing with others is not always possible.

It is the first time the UK government has issued the advice, but the Scottish government already recommends masks.

People are also allowed to meet one person from another household outside.

It comes as Boris Johnson announced on Sunday a "conditional plan" to begin lifting England's coronavirus lockdown.

Scotland and Wales - which have their own powers over the lockdown - have not changed the advice for people to stay at home, and have rejected No 10's new "stay alert" slogan.

Mr Johnson will speak to Parliament at 15:30 BST on Monday. He will then lead the government's daily Downing Street press briefing which, due to the Commons statement, has been moved to 19:00.
 

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Originally posted by:
BBC News
May 11th, 2020

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Research has shown millions of renters are choosing between paying rent or putting food on the table during the lockdown. Photograph: Paul Maguire/Alamy Stock Photo

 

Thinktank wants three-month suspension during Covid-19 pandemic to protect financially vulnerable

More than a million renters in Britain risk losing their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic and should be protected by an immediate rent freeze, according to a thinktank.

Calling on the government to suspend all private rents for three months as an emergency measure to protect those most at risk, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) said 1.2 million people living in privately rented homes could fall into severe financial hardship otherwise.

These people are among 5.6 million it identified who will miss out from the government’s Covid-19 job retention scheme, due to having their hours cut or being made redundant rather than being furloughed. It also includes people ineligible for the self-employed income protection scheme.

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Originally posted by:
Richard Partington
The Guardian
May 4th, 2020

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The competition watchdog has received almost 21,000 complaints linked to coronavirus since early March and 80% of those it's now getting are about cancellations and refunds, with concerns that travel firms are making refunds hard to claim and pressuring customers to accept vouchers instead.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has set up a Covid-19 taskforce to watch and respond to consumer and competition problems arising from the pandemic.

And in its latest update, the taskforce says while a large proportion of complaints received were originally focused on unjustifiable price increases, the bulk now are about cancellations and refunds.

The watchdog hasn't given a precise figure for the number of complaints it's getting about travel refunds, but it's likely to be thousands. It says four out of every five complaints it now receives are about cancellations and refunds, with travel a particular area of concern, and overall it averaged more than 600 complaints a day last week. 

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Originally posted by:
Callum Mason
www.moneysavingexpert.com
April 24th, 2020

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If you're self-employed and have been putting money aside to pay your self-assessment tax bill, this WON'T reduce the amount of universal credit you're entitled to claim, the Government has confirmed.  

Usually, if you – and your partner, if you have one – have savings (or, technically, capital) of more than £6,000, if you apply for universal credit, payouts are reduced. If you've savings worth £16,000 or more, you can't claim any universal credit at all.

However, many self-employed people sensibly put part of their income aside throughout the year to make sure they have enough money to pay their self-assessment tax bill.

And with many self-employed people turning to universal credit for the first time because their earnings have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic, many are worried the money they've set aside for tax will mean they're due less universal credit.

Publised on MSE 15 April 2020 Naomi Schraer

Read more here:  https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/04/self-employed-with-cash-saved-to-pay-tax--it-won-t-be-counted-as/

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In a new piece of video analysis, MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis explains that while more employees may be eligible for support from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme after the eligibility date was extended to 19 March 2020, the change may not help quite as many people as the Government claims.

Watch the video here: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/04/video--martin-explains-how-many-people-will-really-be-helped-by-/ 

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Chief Marketing Officer of Tappit, Jenni Young reveals how it is not a one size fits all approach.

What challenges can technology bring to your business and how do you overcome these obstacles?

In a rapidly evolving market, it is important for SMEs to implement innovative technology in order to grow and scale-up. However, there is often a big question mark when it comes to exactly what type of technology to use. Businesses are also faced with rising speculation of whether artificial intelligence can take over and leave workers redundant. Speaking on the first day Elite Business’ live event on March 9, Jenni Young, Chief Marketing Officer at Tappit revealed how to choose the right technology for your business to bring long-term growth and success. She discussed the challenges with new technology and why it is important to invest in a product that fills in the gap and provides a solution to your business operations.

Published on Elite Magazine Written by Latifa Yedroudj on Friday, 03 April 2020.

Read more here: http://elitebusinessmagazine.co.uk/interviews/item/how-do-you-pick-the-right-technology-for-your-businesses-for-long-term-growth-chief-marketing-officer-of-tappit-jenni-young-reveals-how-it-is-not-a-one-size-fits-all-approach

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Amongst the stringent measures introduced by the government in response to the recent coronavirus (COVID- 19) outbreak, was advice to businesses that staff should work from home wherever possible. Whilst some companies may be well versed in how to manage staff working from home, for others it will be new territory. You will want to ensure that despite having less regular contact with your staff, your business can carry on as normally as possible. 

Published in Elite Magazine Written by Francesca Mundy on Tuesday, 07 April 2020. Posted in Commercial lawLegal

Read more here: http://elitebusinessmagazine.co.uk/legal/item/how-to-manage-staff-working-from-home-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak

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Including languages, guitar, Open University courses & more

 

With most of us staying home over the coming weeks, we've heard from MoneySavers looking to use this time as an opportunity to develop new skills or broaden their knowledge  so I've rounded-up some free ways to learn something new at home.

There are tons of free online and app-based resources that can help you learn and develop new skills in a fun way, from free courses, to tutorials and quizzes. Of course, I can't cover everything, so I've picked some favourites below...

 

Learn a new language

 

Whether you want to learn a whole new language or just see how much you can remember from your French test at school, here are some suggestions for how you can pick up a second (or third, fourth) language for free.

A favourite with MoneySavers is Duolingo (also available as an app for Android / iOS / Windows). You can learn 30+ languages such as Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Greek. For Game of Thrones fans, there's even High Valyrian, and Trekkies can brush up on their Klingon.

Each bite-size lesson has a mix of learning methods, and you can generally complete a lesson in under 10 minutes. You can also ‘compete’ with fellow users or friends which helps motivate you to carry on.

There is a paid-for version of the app which gives a few added features, but it's not necessary and you can do an entire course for free.

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Originally posted by:
Laura Berry
www.moneysavingexpert.com
March 23rd, 2020

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Hiring the right people in your team is essential when it comes to achieving commercial success and expanding your business. But how do you attract the right talent? Julian Hearn, founder of Huel, Jenny Knighting, founder of Nutcracker and Mark Wright, Founder and Director of Climb Online spoke about how to drive sales in the commercial business growth panel on the first day Elite Business’ live event on March 9. They discussed the various challenges when it comes to bringing the right people into your team, marketing strategies and how to achieve commercial growth in a digital era.

Written by Latifa Yedroudj on Friday, 27 March 2020. Posted in Interviews

Read more here: http://elitebusinessmagazine.co.uk/interviews/item/how-do-you-employ-the-right-talent-and-create-a-driving-force-to-excel-your-business

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Self-employed workers will be able to apply for taxable grants worth up to 80% of their average monthly profits to combat loss of income due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Chancellor announced today. But the grants will be capped at £2,500/month and not everyone will be able to claim them – we've full details below on who's eligible, when you'll get the money and what to try in the meantime if you're struggling.

Published by MSE  Naomi Schraer, News Reporter 26 March 2020

Read more here: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/03/chancellor-announces-help-for-self-employed/

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The Government has urged those with imminent house moves to delay their moving date while measures are in place to stop the spread of coronavirus.

New advice published last night says that homebuyers and renters should, where possible, delay any planned move to another property. It follows the nationwide lockdown implemented by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday, which stipulates that people should not leave their homes other than for food, health reasons or work if they cannot work from home, for at least three weeks.

The Government advice says that if you have already exchanged contracts – the point at which the sale becomes legally binding – and the property is occupied, you should work with the current occupants and the estate agent to delay the move or resolve the matter another way.

Published in MoneySavingExpert.com   News 2020 March

Read more here: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/03/home-buyers-and-renters-urged-to-delay-property-moves/

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The coronavirus epidemic has been particularly tough for self-employed workers who rely on regular work to get income. UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak has recently announced that the UK’s self-employed can apply for grants worth 80% of their monthly profits to help them cope with the financial impacts of coronavirus in a multi-billion pound support package.

The UK Chancellor unveiled the new Self-Employed Income Support Scheme yesterday, set to provide direct cash grants to the self-employed worth 80% of their average monthly trading profit over the last three year, allowing them to receive grants of up to £2500 per month. Rishi Sunak told the self-employed: "You have not been forgotten." The scheme would cover 95% of people who receive the majority of their income from self-employment. This comes as part the government’s latest announcement to protect businesses and individuals during the coronavirus outbreak, after facing widespread criticism for failing to provide support self-employed and freelance workers in its earlier package of economic measures. 

Published on Elite Magazine Written by Latifa Yedroudj on Friday, 27 March 2020. Posted in PoliticsAnalysis

Read more here: http://elitebusinessmagazine.co.uk/analysis/item/government-to-provide-direct-monthly-cash-grants-for-self-employed-workers-amid-coronavirus-outbreak

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This evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation with his latest update on coronavirus and the next steps the UK will take to safeguard the nation and combat the epidemic. Mr Johnson has today announced he will order police to enforce a complete lockdown of the UK, banning people from leaving their homes in a bid to effectively enforce social distancing. But what does this mean for SMEs across the UK? As the economy comes to a grinding halt.

Elite Business Magazine - Written by Latifa Yedroudj on Tuesday, 24 March 2020. Posted in PoliticsAnalysis

Read more here: http://elitebusinessmagazine.co.uk/analysis/item/boris-johnson-announces-uk-coronavirus-lockdown-how-will-smes-be-affected

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The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response providing support to address the mental health and psychosocial aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak, alongside colleagues at Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care.

 

Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current Coronavirus (COVID-19), can be scary and can affect our mental health. While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during such times.

Here are some tips we hope will help you, your friends and your family to look after your mental health at a time when there is much discussion of potential threats to our physical health.

 

Looking after your mental health while you have to stay at home

 

The government is telling us to stay at home and only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work, to stay two metres (six feet) away from other people and wash our hands as soon as we get home.

This will mean that more of us will be spending a lot of time at home and many of our regular social activities will no longer be available to us.

It will help to try and see it as a different period of time in your life, and not necessarily a bad one, even if you didn’t choose it.

It will mean a different rhythm of life, a chance to be in touch with others in different ways than usual. Be in touch with other people regularly on social media, e-mail or on the phone, as they are still good ways of being close to the people who matter to you. 

Create a new daily routine that prioritises looking after yourself. You could try reading more or watching movies, having an exercise routine, trying new relaxation techniques, or finding new knowledge on the internet. Try and rest and view this as a new if unusual experience, that might have its benefits.    

Make sure your wider health needs are being looked after such as having enough prescription medicines available to you.

 

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Credit:
www.mentalhealth.org.uk
Last updated: March 24th, 2020

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Business rates will be cut for thousands of small UK firms in retail, leisure and hospitality industries along with policies to reduce the pressures of coronavirus on businesses

Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the UK’s £30 billion spending package in a series of measures to relieve the pressures of coronavirus on the economy and to save small businesses with a temporary exemption on business rates, ensuring the government is “doing everything” to keep the UK “healthy and financially secure”.

In a major milestone, thousands of small firms in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors will be exempted from paying tax for a year, but only those with a rateable value of below £51,000. Business rates have been a major concern for small enterprises who have faced massive closures across Britain’s high streets, and the new scheme hopes to boost the UK’s economy amid the coronavirus outbreak. The chancellor has also extended the 100 percent discount to all eligible retail and leisure businesses, including museums, galleries, gyms, nightclubs and guesthouses.

Written by Latifa Yedroudj on Thursday, 12 March 2020. Posted in Elite Business Magazine

Read more here: http://elitebusinessmagazine.co.uk/analysis/item/budget-2020-what-does-this-mean-for-uk-s-small-and-medium-businesses

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The base rate is the Bank of England's official borrowing rate – ie, what it charges other banks and lenders when they borrow money – and it influences what borrowers pay and savers earn. 

The surprise rate-cut decision was taken at a special meeting of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee on Tuesday. The Bank said the cut was a response to the "economic shock" of coronavirus and would "help to support business and consumer confidence at a difficult time, to bolster the cash flows of businesses and households, and to reduce the cost, and to improve the availability, of finance". 

 

Published: Naomi Schraer, MSE News Reporter, 11 March 2020

Read more here: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/03/all-travel-between-the-us-and-continental-europe-to-be-suspended/ 

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