TSL Update

On 13 May 2020 Judith Blake sent a comprehensive update. Here is an extract of relevant information for the Third Sector Leeds.

Cases and Mortality
Nationally, as of 9am on the 12 May 1,460,517 people had been tested, of whom 226,463 tested positive. As of 5pm on 11 May, of those who have tested positive for the coronavirus in the UK, across all settings, 32,692 have sadly died. Locally, as at 5pm on 11 May the number of confirmed cases within Leeds stood at 1,661. Sadly, the total number of reported deaths of people who tested positive with COVID-19 in Leeds hospitals up to 5pm on 11 May is 281.  As you know, Leeds City Council death registrations includes all deaths where ‘COVID-19’ or ‘coronavirus’ is mentioned on the death certificate, whether the only or main cause of death or as a contributing factor. A broader definition than nationally reported deaths in a hospital trust, figures include suspected but unconfirmed cases. It should be noted that all hospital deaths are confirmed by testing however not all community and care home deaths will have had a confirmatory test. To date, since 27 March, of the 511 covid-19 related deaths registered so far, 499 (98%) were Leeds residents, 291 (57%) were in hospitals, 191 (37%) were in care homes, 9 (2%) in a hospice, and 20 (4%) in their own home.  To date, 34% of all deaths registered in Leeds since 27 March have been covid-19 related.  
Discretionary business support
We have had a number of queries about an allocation of c £8m for additional discretionary business support. By way of update we are still awaiting government guidance in relation to the scheme, which is not straightforward. We are doing what we can in terms of local analysis to prepare for the arrival of that guidance so we can implement the scheme as swiftly and efficiently as we have done with previous schemes as the expectation is that initial payments will be made on 1 June. Please bear with us while we await and process the Government advice – members will be updated as soon as there is more detail on the scheme  
Furlough scheme extended
The Chancellor has announced that the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October. Furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500 a month. From the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff. 
If you’d like the whole update please see the PDF document attached below.
Thank you TSL


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