10 February

England Second Lockdown - Business & Job Protection Measures w.e. from Nov 2020

Furlough scheme extended as England prepares for second national lockdown

Boris Johnson has announced a second national lockdown for England from 00:01 GMT on Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December.

The new lockdown measures must pass a vote in parliament this Wednesday to be implemented. If approved, the following will apply.

• People must stay home and can only leave home for specific purposes

such as:

To shop for essential items such as food and medicine, to attend work if work cannot be done from home, to exercise outdoors or attend an outdoor public place (with the people they live with, alone, with a support bubble, or with 1 person from another household), to attend school, college or university, to access medical treatment, escape the risk of harm (e.g domestic abuse), to provide care for a vulnerable person or access a support bubble. Children can move between households where parents live separately.

• Parents will still be able to access some registered childcare and other childcare activities (including wraparound care) where reasonably necessary to enable parents to work, or for the purposes of respite care.

• Pubs, bars, and restaurants will be legally required to close but can continue to provide takeaway.

• Leisure and entertainment facilities including gyms, cinemas, galleries, and museums will close.

• Non-essential retail will also close but can provide delivery and click-and-collect services.

• Personal care facilities such as hairdressers, tattoo parlors, and spas will close.

• Hotels and hostels can remain open for limited reasons such as to

provide accommodation for those who have to travel for work.

• Workmen and women can continue to enter premises. E.g plumbers, cleaners

• Clinically vulnerable people have been advised not to attend the workplace.

A full list of business closures will be published by the government and set out in the law. Until Thursday, local tiered restrictions remain in place.

Financial support – An extension to the furlough scheme

The Job Support Scheme due to start on 01 Nov, will now be replaced by an extension of the furlough scheme until December. The exact date for the furlough scheme extension has not yet been confirmed. The furlough scheme will revert to the government contributions we saw in August. Employees will receive 80% of their current salary from the government for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.

*Employers will be responsible for paying National Insurance and pension contributions.

*If employers want to bring staff back to work on a part-time basis, the flexible furlough will also be an option and a furlough grant will be available for unworked hours. To be eligible for the furlough scheme employees need to have been on employers PAYE payroll before midnight on 30th October.

*If you had planned to place employees on the Job Support Scheme from 01 November, you will now need to communicate the change to them regarding the extension of the furlough scheme. Self-employed workers will be able to claim government support worth 80% of trading profits as England prepares to enter a new lockdown, Boris Johnson has announced today 2nd Nov 2020

Self-employed workers will be able to claim government support worth 80% of trading profits as England prepares to enter a new lockdown, Boris Johnson has announced today 2nd Nov 2020

"Government protected almost 10 million jobs and have extended the Furlough Scheme throughout November.

"Government has paid £13.7bn to help the self-employed, for November, we will double our support from 40% to 80% of trading profits.

Additional support

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"The chancellor will also extend the deadline for applications to COVID loan schemes from the end of this month to the end of the next, to ensure

small businesses can have access to additional loans if required."

Mortgage Payment Holidays

As part of the support available during the latest lockdown, mortgage payment holidays will no longer end in October. Borrowers who have been impacted by a coronavirus and have not yet had a mortgage payment holiday will be entitled to a six month holiday, and those that have already started a mortgage payment holiday will be able to top up to six months without this being recorded on their credit file.

Grants

Businesses required to close in England due to local or national restrictions will be eligible for the following:

• For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per month or £667 per two weeks;

• For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants to be £2,000 per month or £1,000 per two weeks;

• For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants to be £3,000 per month or £1,500 per two weeks.

Source HR Dept Ealing & Park Royal Tel: 02087029997 Email:

Lance.Hobbs@hrdept.co.uk

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