14th Jan 2021

Increasing data allowances on mobile devices to support disadvantaged children

This scheme temporarily increases data allowances for mobile phone users on certain networks. This is so that children and young people can access remote education if their face-to-face education is disrupted.

Who can get help

Schools, trusts and local authorities can request mobile data increases for children and young people who meet all 3 of these criteria:


6th Jan 2021

Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Find out if you’re eligible, and how much your employer can claim if they put you on temporary leave ('furlough') because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 April 2021.

Claims for furlough days in December 2020 must be made by 14 January 2021.

You can no longer submit claims for claim periods ending on or before 31 October 2020.


18th Dec 2020

Chancellor extends furlough and loan schemes

The furlough scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021 with the government continuing to contribute 80% towards wages – giving businesses and employees across the UK certainty into the New Year, the Chancellor announced today.


8th Dec 2020

Updated guidance on workplace inclusion & Covid19

A revised version of the Disability Confident / CIPD guide for line managers on disability employment has been published. The guide has been updated to reflect the changes in the world of work since the coronavirus outbreak.

Disabled people have undoubtedly faced difficulties during the pandemic. However, the changes many employers have made to their ways of working present some real opportunities to adapt to the needs of disabled workers in future.


8th Dec 2020

Last call for Peer Networks

Applications close this Friday 11th December 2020

Peer Networks is a free peer-to-peer networking programme for SME leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success. ​Participants will take part in virtual sessions where common Covid-related business challenges will be discussed, such as finding new customers and using digital, data and technology such as customer record management and websites to adapt a business model.


8th Dec 2020

Export Academy

A pilot Export Academy scheme has been introduced to support smaller businesses begin their exporting journey. Applicable to a wide range of businesses, whether you want to start exporting, or you’re aiming to enter new markets, WECA’s partner Business West will help you overcome many of the common challenges that small businesses can face. The Export Academy will deliver a series of activities that will build your capabilities, creating a new cohort of confident businesses ready to trade.