- The Business Support Helpline number in England has changed to FREEPHONE 0800 998 1098. The helpline provides free, impartial business support and signposting services to businesses in England – which currently includes business advice on Covid-19.
OTHER FINANCIAL SUPPORT:
CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME: step by step guide for employers: The step-by-step guide has been updated to reflect recent changes to the scheme, and a new key dates guide has also been published. There are now monthly deadlines for claims. This means that you may need to submit earlier than you have in previous months. Use this list of dates to help you submit your claim before it’s too late. Check the step by step guide.
Guidance on holiday pay has been updated with further clarity on when employees can be furloughed.
It is not yet known if the original scheme (for Employers who bring workers back from furlough and retain them in employment until the end of January 2021 will qualify for a £1,000 bonus) will be removed or deferred. More information to be given January 2021.
TIME TO PAY SERVICE:
The below will be reviewed in January 2021.
- VAT – for payments due between 20.3.20 and 30.6.20 – deferred to 31.3.21
- self assessment payment on account due 7.20 deferred to 31.1.21
- Contact HMRC helpline if unable to pay other tax bills
- up to 2 weeks of SSP for every eligible employee. Must maintain records of staff absences and payments for SSP – don’t need a GP fit note .
- Scheme launches 26th May 2020.
- Receive repayments at the relevant rate of SSP that has been paid to current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020.
- Employers are eligible if they have a PAYE payroll scheme that was created and started before 28 February 2020 and they had fewer than 250 employees before the same date.
- Businesses with supply chains which rely on Trade Credit Insurance and who are experiencing difficulties maintaining cover due to Coronavirus will get support from the government
- The guarantee will be delivered through a temporary reinsurance agreement with insurers currently operating in the market.
- The government will work with businesses and the industry on the full details of the scheme to ensure firms are supported and risk is appropriately shared between the government and insurers.
- The guarantees will cover trading by domestic firms and exporting firms and the intent is for agreements to be in place with insurers by end of this month.
- The guarantee will be temporary and targeted to cover CV-19 economic challenges, and will provisionally last until the end of the year. It will be followed by a review of the TCI market to ensure it can continue to support businesses in future. Further details will be announced in due course.