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Websters Service  12 June

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Furlough Extended

The Chancellor has extended the Furlough scheme until October 2020 to avoid a cliff edge at the end of June. As expected the terms will become less generous from 31st July - but there will be more flexibility.

Self-employed Grant Portal now open

The Self-employed income support scheme (SEISS) service portal has now opened allowing the self-employed to claim a grant if they have suffered a loss due to the crisis.

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Andrew Webster   Last updated 12 June 2020 08:32

Statement from the Chancellor

Primary goal is unchanged, it is to support people’s jobs.

The furlough scheme was the right thing to do at the time when businesses were closed but will end as planned as businesses are now open.  A new scheme will begin in November and last for a period of six months.

The Jobs Support Scheme will only support viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to COVID-19, to help keep their employees attached to the workforce.  The scheme will open on November 1, 2020 and run for 6 months.  The employer will continue to pay the employee for time worked, the hours not worked will be split between the employer and the Government (through wage support) and the employee (through a wage reduction), and the employee will keep their job.  The Government will pay a third of hours not worked up to a cap (£697.92 a month), with the employer also contributing a third.  This will ensure employees earn a minimum of 77% of their normal wages, where the Government contribution has not been capped. 

All employers with a UK bank account and UK PAYE scheme can claim the grant.  The support will be targeted to those that need it the most so all SME’s will be eligible.  Larger businesses will only be eligible if turnover has fallen during the crisis and will have to meet a financial assessment test.

Employees must be on an employer’s PAYE payroll on or before September 23, 2020.  In order to support viable jobs, for the first three months of the scheme the employ must work at least 33% of their usual hours.  After 3 months, the Government will consider whether to increase this minimum hour’s threshold.  Employees will be able to cycle on and off the scheme and do not have to be working the same pattern each month, but each short time working arrangement must cover a minimum period of seven days.

Grant payments will be made in arrears, reimbursing the employer for the Government’s contribution.  The grant will not cover Class 1 employer NICs or pension contributions – these will remain payable by the employer.        

The scheme is open to all employers, even if they have not used the furlough scheme.  Businesses using the job support scheme can also still claim the Retention Bonuses.

Self-employment grant has been extended.

Bounce Back Loans – now pay as you grow.  Loans have been extended from 6 to 10 years, can choose to interest only payments or can suspend payments for up to 6 months (no impact on credit rating).

Coronavirus Loans – guarantee extended to 10years.

Deferred Tax due March 2021, VAT payments can now be spread over 11 payments with no interest.

Self-assessment payments extended 12 months from January.

Hospitality and tourism keeping 5% VAT rate till March 2021.