As the Coronavirus continues to impact the operations of businesses, learn more about the steps that Chamber members can implement to minimise impact on local communities and support the UK government’s strategy.
A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.
All information can be found here on the government’s website. This helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.
*Pages last updated 9th April 2020*
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NEW – Job Retention Scheme date announced
During an evidence session with the Treasury Select Committee, HMRC’s Chief Executive, Jim Harra, announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be open for claim submissions in the week commencing 20 April, with payments starting to arrive by 30 April.
More information is expected for employers next week on how to prepare applications.
NEW – Chancellor announces aid for charities
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a £750m package to keep struggling charities afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.
The measures involve cash grants direct to charities providing key services during the crisis.
As part of the scheme, £360m will be directly allocated by government departments to those charities. Another £370m will go to small local charities, including those delivering food and essential medicines and providing financial advice.
NEW – Working in manufacturing and industry
A recent letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma MP confirms that there is no restriction on manufacturing continuing under the current rules and reminds employers and employees of the latest guidance on operating safely in the workplace.
Social distancing in the workplace: sector guidance
This is a list of tailored advice for different scenarios as an example of how social distancing and other measures might be implemented by employers to help protect their workforce and customers from coronavirus while still continuing to trade.
Click here for more information.
Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave can carry it over into the next 2 leave years.
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