Wednesday 13th May – Applications Open for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
Weeks ahead of the original June launch date, applications for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme have opened. The scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant of 80% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months, and capped at £7,500 altogether.
You can claim if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and all of the following apply:
✔️you traded in the tax year 2018 to 2019 and submitted your Self Assessment tax return on or before 23 April 2020 for that year
✔️you traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020
✔️you intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020 to 2021
✔️you carry on a trade which has been adversely affected by coronavirus
💷Applications made today will be paid by 25th May.
👉For further information and to check your eligibility, click here.
👉To make a claim, click here.
Tuesday 12th May – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended to October
Employees have been given the long-term assurance that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which allows employers to furlough workers and claim wages up to £2500, will be extended until the end of October.
Up until the end of July, the scheme will continue with no changes.
From August to October the scheme will continue, for all sectors and regions of the UK, but with some changes to support the transition back to work.
🔁 Furloughed workers can be brought back part-time as businesses begin to scale up back to normal trading levels.
💷 Employers will start sharing, with the Government, the cost of salaries as businesses resume trading.
Further details will be published at the end of May providing ample notice before any changes to the scheme take place but one thing that is certain is that at all times a worker is furloughed they can expect 80% of their salary, up to £2500.
Further information can be found here
Monday 13th May – Guide to Easing Lockdown
On Sunday (10th May) the Prime Minister outlined a potential route out of lockdown. Each step featured adjustments to current restrictions and offered further progress to a return to normality.
As the Prime Minister stressed last night, this is only a potential route with advisory dates. At each step, the Government will be reviewing the impact on the R rate and the number of infections to assess whether to progress to the next stage of relaxing lockdown, stay at current the current level, or even revert back to stricter measures if necessary.
In this post I hope to clarify the latest updates and provide further information on the Prime Minister’s announcement. As always, if you still have any queries please send an email to email@example.com so I can assist with the matter.
From Monday 11th May:
↔️ Social distancing measures REMAIN – stay more than 2 metres from others who are not part of your household
💻CONTINUE to work from home – those who can work from home, should keep doing so.
🏗 Some industries, such as construction and engineering, should return to work IF safety measures are in place. Please consult your manager for further details if this applies to you.
🚫 AVOID public transport if possible.
📆 From WEDNESDAY 13th May:
🚴♂️ Take UNLIMITED amounts of exercise.
🏌️♀️ Use OUTDOOR sports facilities such as tennis courts and golf clubs. You can do so with members of your household or one member of another household if social distancing measures are observed.
🚗 DRIVING to do exercise will be permitted.
🧺 Spend time outdoors WITHOUT exercising – sitting on a park bench, picnicking or sunbathing are now permitted.
🧒↔️🧒MEET one person from another household if social distancing measures are observed.
🌷GARDEN CENTRES will be allowed to reopen
⚠️ Despite restrictions being relaxed, it is important to stress that SOCIAL DISTANCING measures remain. You still CANNOT:
❌Visit friends or family in their homes.
❌Exercise at an indoor gym or sports centre, or go swimming in a public pool.
❌Use an outdoor gym or playground
❌Socially gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of your own household)
📆 From June at the earliest (IF the evidence shows it is safe enough to do so):
👩🏫 A PHASED return to schools focusing on Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 being taught in SMALLER class sizes. Year 10 and Year 12 pupils should receive SOME face to face contact before the end of the academic year to support home learning.
🛍 Non-Essential RETAIL to reopen where it is safe to do so.
⚽️ Cultural and Sporting events to take place BEHIND CLOSED-DOORS for broadcast.
🚌 PUBLIC TRANSPORT timetables to begin to resume normal service.
📆 From July at the earliest (IF the evidence shows it is safe enough to do so):
💇♂️Reopen personal care businesses, including BARBERS and HAIRDRESSERS.
⛪️Reopen public places. such as CHURCHES, MOSQUES, TEMPLES and SYNAGOGUES.
🍻Reopen the hospitality sector, such as PUBS, CAFES and RESTAURANTS.
🎥Reopen leisure facilities, such as CINEMAS.
❌Not ALL businesses in these categories will necessarily reopen. Some venues which are, by design, crowded and where it may prove difficult to enact distancing may still not be able to re-open safely at this point, or may be able to open safely only in part.
As I stated at the beginning of this post, this is only a PROVISIONAL plan for easing lockdown. At each stage, the Government will review the evidence and assess what steps to take.
For now, you must:
👩🏼💻 Where possible continue working from home
🚫 Limit all contact with those outside of your household
↔️ Ensure you stick to the 2m social distancing rule
🚰 Wash your hands regularly
🌡️ Self-isolate if you, or anyone in your household, experiences any of the Covid-19 symptoms
FAQs about the latest update to guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/…/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can…
Guidance on staying safe outside your home can be found: https://www.gov.uk/…/stayin…/staying-safe-outside-your-home…
The FULL plan released by the Government can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/…/our-plan-to-rebuild-the-uk-governments…