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Other Government guidance and support for business, including furlough schemeOther Government guidance and support for business, including furlough scheme

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response. This is Government's more general advice on how it is responding to COVID-19.


Advice for businesses


Working safely

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) updated 10 February 2021. On helping employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the pandemic. Includes COVID-19 risk assessments which employers need to do and publish to be 'COVID-19 Secure'.

Guidance - Closing certain businesses and venues in England, updated 14 January 2021.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP - Podcast - returning to work, post-lockdown

HSE guidance - Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak

HSE guidance - Regulating occupational health and safety during the coronavirus outbreak

Guidance - Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 14 January 2021.

 

Furlough scheme (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - CJRS) and Job Support Scheme

Extension of furlough scheme to April 2021, news release 17 December 2020.

Anthony Collins legal briefings:

- Extended furlough; an upgrade or a refurb? published 6 November 2020.

- Extended furlough guidance - a birthday cake full of surprises?, published on 11 November 2020.

- The Government gives.... then takes away!, published on 16 November 2020.

News story, Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced, published 31 October 2020.

Check if you can claim the Job Support Scheme, published 30 October 2020.  NB This guidance was withdrawn on 1 November 2020 as the CJRS has been extended.

Expansion of Job Support Scheme updated 12 October.  Now postponed. See above.

Collection, Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, updated frequently.

Guidance - Check if you can claim the Job Retention Bonus from 15 February 2021, published 2 October 2020.

Check if you can claim for your employees' wages through the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Schemeupdated 12 February 2021.

Step by step guide for employers to CJRS, updated 23 December 2020.

Guidance - Steps to take before calculating your claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, updated 4 February 2021.

HMRC links to getting help with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Direction from HM Treasury to HM Revenue and Customs (various)

COVID-19 Updates and briefings by Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP on various topics, including the CJRS and SSP.

Guidance - Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, updated 4 February 2021, which sets out how the scheme will operate, from the employee's perspective.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has issued Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employers, undated, which considers selecting employees fairly for furlough or redundancy.

 

Financial support

£4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs published 5 January 2021.

COVID-19: financial support for businesses, collection, updated frequently. Includes support for businesses affected by local restrictions.

Guidance: Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) Watch videos and register for the free webinars.

Guidance - Apply for the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme, updated 18 December 2020.

Guidance - Apply for a coronavirus Bounce Back Loan, updated 8 February 2021. This scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to apply for loans of up to £50,000.

Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 23 February 2021.

Guidance - Check which expenses are taxable if your employee works from home due to coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 12 June 2020.


Workforce, annual leave, SSP, apprenticeships

Guidance - Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 10 November 2020.

SSP Online Claim Service through Government Gateway.

Guidance - Holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus (COVID-19), published 13 May 2020.

Guidance - Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus outbreak, updated 2 February 2021.


Self-employment

Self-employment income support scheme grant extension, updated 5 November 2020. Extends support from 1 November 2020.

Check if you can claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme, updated 16 February 2021. This scheme is for people who are self-employed or part of a partnership that has lost income due to the coronavirus outbreak and is subject to conditions. Includes details of second stage of support scheme.


Schools and Education

Guidance - Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak, updated frequently.

Guidance for schools, updated frequently.

Guidance - What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak, updated 3 February 2021.

Guidance - Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings. updated 8 January 2020. Updated 'Critical workers' section to clarify that parents and carers who are critical workers should keep their children at home if they can.

The Department for Education's The Skills Toolkit online training courses help people furloughed or in lockdown acquire new skills. The course covers basic maths, computer coding, getting started online, digital skills, producing online content and online marketing.

Transport

Guidance, Safer travel guidance for passengers, updated 11 February 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): MOTs for cars, vans and motorcycles due from 30 March 2020, gives vehicle owners a 6-month exemption if they were due an MOT between 30 March and 31 July. There is no extension in the January 2021 lockdown, so MOTs need to be obtained as usual. Garages remain open.


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