Here’s the latest information from Cytûn’s Policy Officer, Revd. Gethin Rhys.
- Welsh Government has published regulations for re-opening Wales following the firebreak lockdown on November 9. The Government promised that these new regulations would be “simpler” than the previous ones. The – unfortunate but not unexpected – result is that they have grown from 34 to 56 pages in the process of simplifying them, with a multitude of cross-references internally and to other legislation. The attached is, therefore, an initial attempt to explain them, and I will welcome corrections, questions and improvements. We hope that these regulations, or amendments to them, will now be in force for some months. Unfortunately, not all the related guidance – including guidance on places of worship, community centres and cafes – has yet been updated. As changes occur, our website will be updated at https://www.cytun.co.uk/hafan/en/covid-19-briefing-paper/ and you should seek the latest information there.
- The UK Government has announced the extension of the Job Retention (furlough) scheme until the end of March 2021. HMRC’s announcement about the extension is available here –https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/extension-to-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme/extension-of-the-coronavirus-job-retention-schemeThe scheme is available to businesses whether they are open or closed, but the full regulations will not be published until November 10. Taxation law is a specialised field, and you are advised to seek professional advice if you are unsure how to proceed.
- I also take the opportunity to attach a letter to faith communities from Deputy Minister Jane Hutt.