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23 June 2020
The Chancellor announced at the end of May that changes were being made to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS): In July  – Employees may return to work on a part-time basis (this is currently not permitted) In August  – Government will continue to pay 80% of wages for furloughed employees, but employers must take on payment of other costs. In September  – Government...
23 June 2020
Latest data from ONS show that inflation in the UK economy is weakening, Confidence Price Index Housing (CPIH) for  all items falling  from +0.9% in April to +0.7% in May. This is well below the government’s target rate of +2.0%. Inflation for food and drink is rising, however CPIH for these items moving from +1.4% in April to +1.9%.  This shows food has become more expensive w...
23 June 2020
Following a previous announcement by the Prime Minister of an easing of lockdown restrictions in England (see LINK ) , a staged relaxation of lockdown conditions is continuing in the devolved administrations. Here is a summary of some of the main changes for each: Scotland From 19 June A household not shielding can meet two other households, outside, up to a suggested maxim...
22 June 2020
Price is often cited as one of the top barriers to eating healthily - and has been since long before the COVID-19 pandemic. So, with more shoppers claiming to have spent more on food during lockdown than less 1 , and the UK once again on the brink of a recession, Registered Nutritionist Ruth O’Sullivan shares her top tips for eating well on a budget. Source: 1 IGD research. Base: 2,0...
22 June 2020
- New ground-breaking project from IGD follows the lives of 30 households during lockdown and beyond - During lockdown specialist food stores, such as butchers, fishmongers and grocers, have been most popular with younger shoppers (18-24 year-olds), as older age groups (65+) relied more on online services, according to a ground-breaking new community research project from IGD . Referring ...
21 June 2020
“Inspire your curiosity and learn how to break out of established ways of thinking with practical, actionable advice. In this webinar recording, we focus on four creative thinking habits that will help you see fresh and diverse perspectives. You will come away with a set of questions to inspire your thinking and an understanding of how to adapt them to your own preferences or workin...
18 June 2020
At a time with strict social distancing rules in place and many of us spending more time at home, our shopping habits have shifted significantly. Despite this, a recent survey suggests UK citizens have risen to the challenge of lockdown by making food they buy last longer and go further 1 . In this article, Dietitian Dr. William Cook shares five top tips on keeping food fresh and reducing...
16 June 2020
The Prime Minister has announced that there will be a review of the two-metre social distancing rule. Simon Case, the No 10 permanent secretary will chair the review and will take evidence from medical experts, economists as well as considering papers from SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies). The review will be completed in the next few weeks. This follows concerns r...
16 June 2020
As a response to coronavirus, both GB and the EU relaxed rules on maximum working hours for HGV drivers. The relaxation was intended to assist carriage of all types of goods, but various restrictions still applied, and safety could not be compromised The GB relaxation ran from 23 March to 14 June and has therefore now ended - normal practice has been resumed. The EU relaxation ran f...
16 June 2020
The Government has announced that an additional £63 million will be distributed to local authorities in England to help those who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to coronavirus. This funding is in addition to the £6.5 billion of support the government is providing through the welfare system. See LINK for further details. This comes at a time when shopper ...