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Department for Work and Pensions: CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL UPDATE 13th March 2020
March 13, 2020
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Coronavirus support for employers, benefit claimants and businesses 
Following announcements in the Budget, we are making temporary arrangements for those impacted by coronavirus. Please share this information with your members, frontline workers and clients. Information about coronavirus and claiming benefits is available on Understanding Universal Credit.   
For people already claiming support 
Special arrangements will be in place for people in receipt of benefits who cannot attend reassessments or jobcentre appointments because they are required to stay at home or are infected by coronavirus. Claimants who cannot attend a reassessment for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit will continue to receive their payments while their assessment is rearranged. People who need to claim ESA or Universal Credit because of coronavirus will not be required to produce a Fit Note.
When claimants tell us in good time that they are staying at home or that they have been diagnosed with coronavirus, they will not be sanctioned. We will review their conditionality requirements in their claimant commitment, to ensure they are reasonable. Claimants who are staying at home as a result of coronavirus will have their mandatory work search and work availability requirements removed to account for a period of sickness. 
For people who need to make a new claim for financial support 
We understand people who are required to stay at home or are infected by coronavirus may need financial support. Those affected by coronavirus will be able to apply for Universal Credit and can receive an advance without physically attending a jobcentre.The seven waiting days for Employment and Support Allowance for new claimants suffering from coronavirus or required to stay at home will not apply, so it will be payable from day one.
Employees and self-employed people 
To make sure people in work can take the necessary time off to stay at home if they are suffering from coronavirus or to prevent its spread, changes have been made to Statutory Sick Pay and how Universal Credit supports self-employed claimants. People who cannot work due to coronavirus and are eligible for Statutory Sick Pay will get it from day one, rather than from the fourth day of their illness. We intend this measure to apply retrospectively from 13 March.Statutory Sick Pay will be payable to people who are staying at home on Government advice, not just those who are infected, this measure will apply from 13 March. Employers are urged to use their discretion about what evidence, if any, they ask for.If employees need to provide evidence to their employer that they need to stay at home due to coronavirus, they will be able to get it from NHS 111 Online instead of having to get a Fit Note from their doctor. This is currently under development and will be made available soon. Self-employed claimants on Universal Credit who are required to stay at home or are ill as a result of coronavirus will not have a Minimum Income Floor (an assumed level of income) applied for a period of time while affected. 
Businesses 
The Government wants to ensure businesses are supported to deal with the temporary economic impacts of an outbreak of coronavirus. Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be able to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay for employees unable to work because of coronavirus. This refund will be for up to two weeks per employee.  

For more information visit the following websites: Understanding Universal Credit for more information about claiming benefits Guidance for employers and businesses     
ESFA Update: 10 July 2019

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

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ESFA Update further education: 10 July 2019
ESFA Update academies: 10 July 2019
ESFA Update local authorities: 10 July 2019
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Items for further education
Informationstatement of expectations about the services providers of apprenticeships and adult education budget delivery, including traineeships, should offer their subcontractors
Informationhow T Levels will be funded in 2020 to 2021 academic year
Informationchange in payment dates from August 2019
Your feedbackyour experience working with ESFA
Items for academies
Informationnew guidance available for setting executive pay
Informationhow T Levels will be funded in 2020 to 2021 academic year
Items for local authorities
Informationupdated institution level high needs import/export data
Informationhow T Levels will be funded in 2020 to 2021 academic year

Published 10 July 2019

ESFA Update: 3 July 2019

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

Documents
ESFA Update further education: 3 July 2019
ESFA Update academies: 3 July 2019
ESFA Update local authorities: 3 July 2019
Details
Information for further education
Actionwe’re turning off the Hub soon – get prepared now
Actionfinal chance to register expression of interest to test the apprenticeship service
Actionin-year qualification achievement rates for 2018 to 2019
Information16 to 19 funding guidance for academic year 2019 to 2020
Information2018 to 2019 year-end forecast funding claim – indicative reconciliation statement
Informationupdate to the adult education budget funding and performance management rules 2019 to 2020
Informationupdate to the Advanced Learner Loans funding rules 2019 to 2020
InformationLearning Records Service (LRS) new guidance video
InformationKeeping Children Safe in Education
Informationfire safety advice for building owners with balconies
Informationchange in payment dates from August 2019

Information for academies

ActionEarly Career Framework – the procurement for support is now live
InformationAcademies Financial Handbook 2019
Informationacademies planning calendar 2019 to 2020
Informationupdate to the teachers pay grant supporting information
Information16 to 19 funding guidance for academic year 2019 to 2020
InformationKeeping Children Safe in Education
Informationfire safety advice for building owners with balconies

Information for local authorities

ActionEarly Career Framework – the procurement for support is now live
Information2019 to 2020 mainstream school funding formulae published
Informationupdate to the teachers pay grant supporting information
Information16 to 19 funding guidance for academic year 2019 to 2020
InformationKeeping Children Safe in Education
Informationfire safety advice for building owners with balconies

Published 3 July 2019

ESFA Update: 26 June 2019

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

Documents

ESFA Update further education: 26 June 2019
ESFA Update academies: 26 June 2019
ESFA Update local authorities: 26 June 2019

Details

Items for further education
Actionsubcontractor declaration for adult delivery, including apprenticeships and traineeships
Informationfurther education phishing alert
Information2018 to 2019 year-end forecast funding claim, indicative reconciliation statement
InformationEducation and Skills grants and contracts for 2019 to 2020
Informationin-year qualification achievement rates for 2018 to 2019
Informationdeveloping a new transparency table for apprenticeship standards qualification achievement rates (QARs)
Informationupdated high needs operational guide
Informationchange in payment dates from August 2019
Items for academies
Actionbudget forecast return 3 year
Informationacademies phishing alert
Informationupdated high needs operational guide
Informationpupil premium allocations for 2019 to 2020
Informationuniversal infant free school meals (UIFSM) allocations and conditions of grant
Informationupdate to guidance on the teachers’ pension employer contribution grant
InformationEducation and Skills grants and contracts for 2019 to 2020
Informationsave up to 15% on your gas and electricity bill
Items for local authorities
Informationlocal authority phishing alert
Informationupdated high needs operational guide
Informationpupil premium allocations for 2019 to 2020
Informationuniversal infant free school meals (UIFSM) allocations and conditions of grant
Informationupdate to guidance on the teachers’ pension employer contribution grant
InformationEducation and Skills grants and contracts for 2019 to 2020
Informationsave up to 15% on your gas and electricity bill

Published 26 June 2019

ESFA Update: 19 June 2019

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

Documents

ESFA Update further education: 19 June 2019

ESFA Update academies: 19 June 2019

ESFA Update local authorities: 19 June 2019

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Items for further education
Actionsubmit your college financial plans by Wednesday 31 July 2019 via IDAMS
Informationregister of apprenticeship training providers (the register) – Ofsted grade exemptions
Informationlist of further providers selected to deliver T Levels
Informationrecording accurate data on the individualised learner record (ILR)
Informationqualification achievement rate (QAR) – in-year data release for 2018 to 2019
Informationqualification achievement rate (QAR) technical specification documents and in-year guidance for 2018 to 2019
Informationminimum standards 2018 to 2019
Informationchange in payment dates from August 2019
Items for academies
Reminderrelated party transactions (RPTs)
Informationlist of further education providers selected to deliver T Levels
Items for local authorities
Informationlist of further providers selected to deliver T Levels

Published 19 June 2019

ESFA Update: 12 June 2019

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

ESFA Update: 5 June 2019

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

ESFA Update: 15 May 2019

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

ESFA Update: 8 May 2019

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

ESFA Update: 1 May 2019

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.