Government announces support for employees / Details on how to access Covid-19 government support



| 25 Марта 2020, 13:51

Support for businesses and employees affected by COVID-19

 

 

The Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer today announced measures that focus on employee/individual support and strengthened the tone on social distancing.

Measures on employee protection:

  • The Government will be stepping in to pay people's wages with a new scheme. A grant will cover 80% of wages up to £2,500 for those employees kept on the payroll. This will be backdated to 1 March, open for three months (may be extended). This will cover businesses of any size. HMRC is working to get the scheme running within weeks, with first payments made by end of April. In the Q&A the Chancellor stated that the scheme will cover everyone on PAYE (including zero-hours contracts). Further details will be published on Gov.uk shortly.
  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme interest free period will be extended to 12 months. The Scheme, announced in the 2020 Budget on 11 March, is expected to be available in week commencing Monday 23 March.
  • Cash flow support via the tax system. Deferring next quarter of VAT payments. No business will pay VAT from now until the end of June. The payments will not be due until the end of the financial year.
  • New national advertising campaign to communicate business support. Chancellor calls for people to consider the support carefully before laying people off.
  • Increasing the Universal Credit standard allowance by £1,000 a year. Working tax credit basic element will also increase by £1,000.
  • Suspending the minimum income floor for everyone impacted, allowing the self-employed to access Universal Credit up to the level of statutory sick pay.
  • Self-assessment payments are deferred until January 2021.

Additional announcements: 

  • New measures include closing bars, restaurants, pubs, theatres, nightclubs and gyms (although take-out services are still allowed). Measure to be reviewed monthly.
  • Further details about the Small Business Grant Scheme and the Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme, announced earlier in the week, have been published today: COVID-19: guidance for businesses
  • An online sick note system for COVID-19 absences is now available.

 

Latest Government updates

Over the weekend, the Government released a statement confirming that visits to second homes, campsites, caravan parks etc. do not constitute essential travel. They advise people to stay in their primary residence to limit pressure on services. 


The statement follows Friday’s announcement of business support measures including extending the interest-free period on the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and cash flow support via the tax system including the deferral of VAT payments. Further details to support this have been launched today. In addition, a dedicated Government website that collates information on the support available for businesses is now available. 

COVID-19 tourism industry impact survey
We have reopened our tracker survey to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on all aspects of the UK tourism industry. The results will provide impact data to brief Ministers, the Government and COBR to help support the industry through these challenging times. Please fill in this survey and circulate to your members or tourism business contacts. The survey will close 17.00, Monday 30 March.

Advice for tourism and event businesses affected by COVID-19 

We have published a dedicated page on our Business Advice Hub to help tourism businesses quickly access information and support during COVID-19. You will find signposts to the latest Government health advice, how to manage staff, cleaning guidance and financial support available to tourism businesses. 
Join our marketing response 

We have launched a social marketing campaign to keep Britain top of visitors’ minds during international travel bans. The campaign aims to share inspirational content based on popular British culture such as recipes, TV and film shows, literature and more, for people to enjoy in their own homes. Join the conversation via @lovegreatbritain and #lovegreatbritain on:

For all the latest updates on COVID-19 for the tourism industry, visit our webpage

See all COVID-19 updates for businesses


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