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Businesses are given more time to start repaying Bounce Back Loans (BBLS)

Businesses are given more time to start repaying Bounce Back Loans (BBLS)

Businesses that took out government-backed Bounce Back loans to get through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will now have greater flexibility to repay their loans, the government has announced.

Under the existing scheme, businesses are not required to make any loan repayments in the first year, and no interest is charged during this period. However, many businesses face having to start making loan repayments in May, at a time when economic recovery is still expected to be weak. This has led to concerns that many businesses will be forced to close.

Government Announcement to Help Businesses

1. Pay as You Grow repayment flexibilities now include the option to delay all repayments for a further six months. This means businesses can choose to make no payments on their loans until 18 months after they originally took them.

2. Enables borrowers to extend the length of their loans from six to ten years, which reduces monthly repayments by almost half.

3. Businesses can also make interest-only payments for six months to tailor their repayment schedule to suit their individual circumstances.

The Pay as You Grow options will be available to more than 1.4 million businesses which took out a total of nearly £45 billion through the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS).

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said: 'Businesses are continuing to feel the impact of extended disruption from COVID-19, and we're determined to give them the backing and confidence they need to get through the pandemic.

'That's why we're giving Bounce Back loan borrowers breathing space to get back on their feet, through greater flexibility and time to repay their loans on their terms.'


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