JOB RETENTION BONUS
UK employers will receive a one-off bonus of £1,000 for each furloughed employee and still employed as of 31 January 2021.
Young People between the ages of 16 and 24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment will be eligible. Funding available for each six-month job placement will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week – and employers will be able to top this wage up.
VAT reduced for the period 15 July 2020 to 12 January 2021, from 20% to 5% for the following:
- eat-in or hot takeaway food from restaurants, cafes and pubs
- accommodation in hotels, B&Bs, campsites and caravan sites
- attractions like cinemas, theme parks and zoos
For further information please visit the GOV.UK website:
WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE SELF-EMPLOYED AND GETTING LESS WORK OR NO WORK
If you’re getting less work or no work because of coronavirus you might be able to claim a grant through the coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme.
You might also be able to get New Style Employment and Support Allowance if one of the following applies to you or your child, now or sometime in the past:
- you’re at high risk because you have an underlying health condition (shielding)
- you’re self-isolating because you have symptoms of coronavirus
- you’re self-isolating because you came into contact with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus, or you were told to self-isolate by a test and trace service
For further information please visit the GOV.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-what-to-do-if-youre-self-employed-and-getting-less-work-or-no-work?utm_source=9138fd51-f825-4e45-be07-982056b92f83&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate
Guidance on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) has been updated with new examples for how a business could be adversely affected by coronavirus and with information on how different circumstances affect the scheme.
For further information please visit the GOV.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-different-circumstances-affect-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have published a range of guidance and advice for employers and businesses to help them during the coronavirus pandemic including the following:
- COVID-19 specific risk assessment to help you manage risk and protect people
- advice on protecting vulnerable workers during the coronavirus outbreak
- advice for employers and businesses in the manufacturing sector that are returning to work
There are also links to other useful coronavirus-related guidance and details on the HSE website:
LIFTING OF WALES’ CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS
First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced a three-week package of measures to further lift Wales’ coronavirus restrictions.
The measures will be phased in every Monday over the next review cycle and will see large parts of Wales’ visitor, hospitality, leisure and tourism industries re-open.
Pubs, cafes and restaurants will open outdoors, and hairdressers, barbers and mobile hairdressers will re-open by appointment from Monday 13 July 2020.
The First Minister also signalled to the wider beauty industry, including tattooists, to begin to prepare to re-open from 27 July 2020, if conditions allow.
For further information please visit the GOV.Wales website: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-restrictions-relaxed-further-support-tourism-and-leisure-sectors-wales
REGISTER YOUR ESTABLISHMENT FOR THE EAT OUT TO HELP OUT SCHEME
You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to offer a discount to diners and encourage them to eat at your restaurant.
You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme:
- all day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 2020
- to offer a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to diners for food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in
to claim the money back from the government you can register if your establishment:
- sells food for immediate consumption on the premises
- provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals
- was registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7 July 2020
You cannot register:
- an establishment that only offers takeaway food or drink
- catering services for private functions
- a hotel that provides room service only
- dining services (such as packaged dinner cruises)
- mobile food vans or trailers
- Alcohol and service charges are excluded from the offer.
Registration will close on 31 August 2020.
For further information please visit the GOV.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/register-your-establishment-for-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme