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York pub sells beer for £1 a pint – but you have to book your collection slot
Here’s one brief Brucey bonus from lockdown.
York pub the Edinburgh Arms is selling off its draught Black Sheep beer supplies for £1 a pint today (Thursday, 5 November) – as long as you book in advance.
The great Black Sheep beer takeout is on at the Fishergate pub.
On Facebook, they said: “Book your time slot, let us know roughly know how much you want, bring your own container and we’ll fill it up for you for a knockdown price of £1 a pint (the more you get we may even make it cheaper!!)
“YOU CAN COLLECT YOUR ORDERS BETWEEN 5PM -8PM at the carpark entrance. **Booked time slots only**”
To book your slot please ring on 01904 623085, or comment on the original Facebook post here.
Sunak extends jobs furlough scheme to the end of March
The jobs furlough scheme set up in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak is to be extended until the end of March, Rishi Sunak has told the Commons, writes PA.
In a major U-turn by the Government, the Chancellor said the move is needed because of the economic situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr Sunak said the Government’s highest priority remains “to protect jobs and livelihoods”.
He had previously extended the furlough throughout November due to the second national lockdown in England.
The Chancellor told the Commons: “We can announce today that the furlough scheme will not be extended for one month, it will be extended until the end of March.
“The Government will continue to help pay people’s wages up to 80% of the normal amount.
“All employers will have to pay for hours not worked is the cost of employer NICs and pension contributions.
“We will review the policy in January to decide whether economic circumstances are improving enough to ask employers to contribute more.”
Nearly one-third of hospitality businesses have little confidence they will survive the next three months
Many hospitality businesses are fearful for their future, new government figures reveal.
The latest survey of the impacts of coronavirus on businesses by the ONS found that “the accommodation and food service activities industry had the highest percentage of businesses with no or low confidence that their businesses would survive the next three months, at 32%”.
Other findings include:
- The accommodation and food service activities industry had the lowest percentage of businesses currently trading, at 75%, compared with 85% across all industries.
- Between Wave 12 (10 to 23 August 2020) and Wave 16 (5 to 18 October 2020), the trend in the percentages of businesses experiencing a decrease in turnover has flattened.
- In Wave 16 (5 to 18 October 2020), 8% of the workforce were on furlough leave, compared with 30% in Wave 7 (1 to 14 June 2020).
- The accommodation and food service activities industry had the highest percentage of businesses with no cash reserves, at 6%, compared with 3% across all industries.
- Of businesses not permanently stopped trading, 17% intend to use increased homeworking as a permanent business model in the future.