Recovery from the impact of the pandemic will take time and the latest announcement from the Government is aimed at helping aid business recovery and the overall economy. The Chancellor has announced further incentives linked to the Job Retention Scheme in addition to sector-specific support to get the Economy “kick started”
On the the 8th July 2020, the government made an announcement concerning its support to businesses, employees and the alike to help reboot the economy following the Coronavirus Lockdown. This is part of its package of Coronavirus support measures.
During Rishi Sunak’s statement, he provided details on several schemes the government would be introducing over the coming months. These included help within the hospitality sector, apprentices and the general workforce as a whole. Below are further details on each scheme and what it may mean for employers.
The Job retention bonus includes providing employers a bonus of £1000 per furloughed employee/worker that is still employed in January 2021, subject to certain criteria, one of those criteria being they must be paid a minimum of £520 per month for November, December and January.
A new Scheme specifically geared towards 16 to 24 year olds has also been implemented. The scheme is to pay for the salary of those employees employed through this scheme for 6 months along with costs towards overheads. The conditions of the scheme are that the new recruits:
The scheme will start next month with the first employees as part of the scheme in the Autumn. Visit the Gov.uk website for further information.
There is also additional support for young people:
VAT will be cut from 20% to 5% from Wednesday 16 July 2020 until January 12th 2021. The cuts on VAT will apply to:
And finally, The Chancellor further announced a eat out to help out scheme directed specifically at the Hospitality Sectors where businesses are able to register to be part of the scheme and can then charge half of the price for a meal up to a maximum of £10 per person for food and non-alcoholic drinks.
The scheme will be applicable Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 03 August 2020 until 31 August 2020. Registration will be open from Monday 13 July 2020.
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