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Minister updates the Assembly on the state of the economy during Covid-19 crisis

This is the most serious health and economic crisis any of us has ever lived through and Northern Ireland needs bravery, compassion, support and leadership to get through it. The Minister said it is her priority to mitigate against the impact on our economy. She emphasised that help is available and highlighted measures - introduced by...
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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

What is it? Under the coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. This applies to employees who have been asked to stop working, but who are...
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DVA suspends testing of lorries, trailers and buses

The Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) will suspend the testing of HGVs (lorries) and trailers, and buses for three months from the last test today, following the latest advice about the spread of the Coronavirus. All HGV and PSV vehicles except taxis, with an MOT, will be issued...
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Covid-19 surge plans detailed in Assembly

Health Minister Robin Swann today detailed the first phase of health service surge plan measures to deal with growing transmission of Covid-19. A core aim of the surge plans - covering the immediate period to mid-April - is to prioritise essential services and free up capacity across the system. The Minister spelt out the plans in a...
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How soap absolutely annihilates the Coronavirus

You’re not just washing viruses down the drain. Soap destroys the coronavirus, a chemistry professor explains. As Covid-19 cases in the US surge to more than 1,000 and fear sweeps the country, there’s one consumer product critical to our great national battle to “flatten the curve,” or slow the epidemic: soap. Humble, ancient,...
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Coronavirus (UK Wide)

A number of measures designed to support small businesses with the impact of coronavirus have been announced. These include: • For any company with less than 250 employees (as of 28 February 2020) the Government will refund Statutory Sick Pay for up to 14 days for each employee who is unable to work as a result...
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PSVAR

Vehicle requirements Buses and coaches which can carry more than 22 passengers and which are used on scheduled services must be fitted with both wheelchair & general accessibility features. ‘Bus’ means a public service vehicle designed and built for both seated and standing passengers (more than 22 passengers) ‘Coach’ means a public service vehicle designed and built...
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M1 and M2 Bus Lanes

Further to opening the bus lanes on the M1 and M2 in March 2019, the Department for Infrastructure,  (DfI), are considering a further length of bus lane on the M1. This is at Junction 8 (Blaris), running to Junction 7 (Sprucefield), see attached location plan. This would operate the same as the other bus lanes. Originally...
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