Previous COVID-19 Announcements - Financial Support
Previous COVID-19 Announcements - Financial Support

Previous COVID-19 Announcements - Financial Support

  • Temporary measures brought in to support businesses from insolvency during the pandemic will be phased out from 1 October. New measures will be brought in to help smaller companies get back on their feet to give them more time to trade their way back to financial health before creditors can take action to wind them up. This will particularly benefit high streets, and the hospitality and leisure sectors, which were hit hardest during the pandemic. (10 September)
  • Headline scheme rules for the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme have been published by DCMS. The scheme will support live events across the country — such as music festivals, conferences and business events — that are at risk of being halted or delayed due to an inability to obtain COVID-19 cancellation insurance. Cover will be available to purchase alongside standard commercial events insurance for an additional premium. (7 September)
  • If your business is claiming employee wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, claims for furlough days in August 2021 must be made by 14 September 2021. The government will pay 60% of wages up to a maximum of £1,875. (2 September)
  • The Kickstart Scheme terms and conditions for employers and gateways receiving the Kickstart Scheme grant from the Department for Work and Pensions has been amended to include a new annex ‘Annex 5: Proof of Concept’. (24 August)
  • Find out when you may need to make a change to your Self-Assessment tax return for Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) payments, and how to do it. You need to check your Self-Assessment return if you’ve already submitted your 2020 to 2021 Self-Assessment tax return online or claimed a SEISS grant before 6 April 2021. (19 August)
  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be ending on 30 September 2021. Claims for September must be submitted by 14 October 2021 and any amendments must be made by 28 October 2021.
  • The Kickstart Scheme Grant information has been updated with new information about advertising vacancies yourself, remittance advice employers receive when they get the funding, and updated instructions for adding more jobs to the grant agreement following launch of the ‘online route for employers’.
  • As the economy reopens with the lifting of Covid restrictions, getting the right kind of insurance is acting as a barrier for some events organisers. The government has partnered with Lloyd’s to deliver the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme as part of the Plan for Jobs. The scheme will see the government act as a ‘reinsurer’ – stepping in with a guarantee to make sure insurers can offer the products events companies need.
  • From yesterday, Sunday 1 August, the amount that businesses will have to pay towards the wages of furloughed employees under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will rise to 20% from 10%. The government will contribute 60% of wage costs. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was been extended to 30 September 2021.
  • There will be changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from Sunday 1 August, when employer’s contributions to their employees’ wages increases.
  • The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme online service for the fifth grant is now available and claims must be made on or before 30 September 2021. However, the fifth grant is different. In most cases, individuals will need to provide 2 turnover figures when they make a claim. These will be used to work out how much individuals will get. Turnover figures are not needed if you started trading in 2019 to 2020.
  • Organisations and groups in Chester-le-Street and surrounding areas are being invited to bid for thousands of pounds worth of funding, to help their communities tackle the impacts of Covid. More than £100,000 is available, through the Chester-le-Street and District Area Action Partnership (AAP), to fund projects which support residents and businesses to recover from the challenges of the Covid pandemic. (29 July)
  • A video sharing details about the fifth grant of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme has been published. The video contains details about who can apply, how much they may be entitled to and how to claim. (29 July)
  • The VAT Deferral Scheme for payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 is now closed, however the page has been updated with information to advise that if you did not pay in full or make an arrangement to pay by 30 June 2021, then you may be charged a 5% penalty or interest. (28 July)
  • New National Lottery funding will boost digital skills in the heritage sector by helping organisations develop digital volunteering opportunities. Full information is now available, including details on eligibility and how to apply. Project Enquiry Forms must be submitted by 12 noon on 16 August and full applications by 27 September. (26 July)
  • If you’re getting less work or no work because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you might be able to claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. (26 July)
  • If an individual is told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app, they may be eligible for a payment of £500 from their local authority through the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme. The scheme is also open to parents and guardians who have not been told to self-isolate, but who need to take time off work to care for a child who is required to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. Individuals will need an NHS Test and Trace Account ID to apply. (26 July)
  • Updated information and examples on how to calculate your turnover in 2020-21, 2019-20 and other tax years so you can claim the fifth SEISS grant. (19 July)
  • Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme mean that from 1 August 2021, the government will pay 60% of wages for furlough employees up to £1,875. (16 July)
  • new video is available about what you can do to prepare a claim for the fifth Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant. (16 July)
  • recorded webinar on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been published. (12 July)
  • Individuals and businesses eligible for the fifth grant of the SEISS based on their tax returns will be contacted by HMRC from mid-July with details on the claims service. It will be given either by email, letter or within the online service. The online service to claim the fifth grant will be available from late July 2021 and the claim must be made on or before 30 September 2021. (7 July)
  • The COVID-19 Bus Service Support Grant (CBSSG Restart) is now closed to new applicants – a recovery funding package was announced on 6 July 2021 and further information will be provided in due course. (7 July)
  • UKInbound has launched a call to save inbound tourism through the creation of a Tourism Export Recovery Fund’ to help businesses wholly reliant on international visitors until the return of the market in Spring 2022 and support the UK’s economic recovery. (6 July)
  • New guidance has been published to help individuals find out if and when they may need to make a change to their Self-Assessment tax return for SEISS payments, and how to do it. (5 July)
  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended to 30 September but from today 1 July the scheme starts to wind down. The government will pay 70% of wages up to a maximum cap of £2187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough. Employers will top up employees’ wages to make sure they receive 80% of wages (up to £2,500) in total for the hours the employee is on furlough. The scheme changes again from 1 August. (1 July)
  • The VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme has now closed. (1 July)
  • The temporary changes to the rules on notifying an option to tax land and buildings during COVID-19 has been extended to 31 July 2021. The time limit is 90 days from the date the decision to opt was made. (30 June)
  • Guidance about claiming the fifth grant of the Self-Employment Support Scheme will be available from early July. (28 June)
  • Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced that the final £300 million of the Government’s £2 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) is due to open for some parts shortly. It is hoped that thousands of arts, heritage, cultural and creative organisations will be supported. (25 June)
  • new template is available for Employers claiming Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for 16 or more employees. (25 June)
  • Owners of mobile and home-based businesses in County Durham are reminded that there is still time to apply for financial support with the claim deadline extended to 30 June. (24 June)
  • Guidance on how to pay deferred VAT payments from 20 March-20 June 2020 has been updated. Businesses should either pay their deferred VAT in full, join the VAT deferral new payment scheme (deadline is today, 21 June), contact HMRC by 30 June 2021 if they need extra help to pay or risk being charged a 5% penalty or interest. (22 June)
  • The terms and conditions of the Kickstart Scheme have been superseded with terms effective from 21 June 2021. (22 June)
  • Information on Gateway Plus organisations has been added to the Kickstart Scheme. It includes how they can help smaller organisations, such as sole traders and partnerships, apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant. (21 June)
  • An employer’s prospectus has been added to the Kickstart scheme promotional materials page. (21 June)
  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance has been updated with a reminder that from 1 July 2021, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a maximum cap of £2187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough. (18 June)
  • Further to the update to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) guidance for Local Authorities yesterday, the guidance for businesses to check if they are eligible for the ARG grant has also been updated to clarify which sectors are eligible to receive it and encouraging Local Authorities to help sectors that remain closed or are severely impacted by the extended restrictions. (18 June)
  • The Additional Restrictions Grant guidance for Local Authorities has been updated to account for the 4 week delay in moving to Step 4 of the Roadmap, and the spending allocation deadline extended to 30 July 2021. (17 June)
  • Businesses that have had to remain closed during the pandemic and are unable to pay rent on their commercial property will continue to be protected from eviction. Legislation will be introduced in this parliamentary session to ringfence outstanding unpaid rent that has built up when a business has had to remain closed during the pandemic. Landlords are expected to make allowances for the ring-fenced rent arrears from these specific periods of closure due to the pandemic, and share the financial impact with their tenants. The existing measures in place to protect commercial tenants from eviction will be extended to 25 March 2022. In order to ensure landlords are protected, the government has said that businesses who are able to pay rent, must do so. Tenants should start paying their rent as soon as restrictions change, and they are given the green light to open. (17 June)
  • The Insolvency Service has announced that regulations are set to be laid that will mean restrictions on statutory demands and winding up petitions will remain for a further three months until 30 September 2021 with a view to protecting companies from creditor enforcement action where their debts relate to the pandemic. (17 June)
  • Version 2 of the guidance and FAQs for local authorities has been published for the Welcome Back Fund which is to enable local authorities in England to put in place additional measures to create and promote a safe environment for local trade and tourism (16 June)
  • New terms and conditions that will be effective from 21 June 2021 have been added to the Kickstart Scheme. (14 June)
  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme template for claiming for 16 to 99 employees has been updated. (11 June)
  • Further guidance has been added on what to do if you’ve missed the claim deadline for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. (11 June)
  • VisitBritain has launched the Domestic Support Fund designed to offer financial support to kick start the return of business events and to showcase that the UK is ready to meet again and has adapted to new ways of meeting in a COVID-19 secure environment. Applicants must be UK not-for-profit organisations, and meetings and conferences must target the domestic audience. All activities need to take place between 21 June and 17 December 2021. (10 June)
  • The Restart Grant scheme which supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, will close for applications on 30 June. (8 June)
  • The Bus Service Support Grant page has been updated with information on how to report fraud, bribery, theft or corruption associated with the grant. (7 June)
  • Applications for the Zoo Animals Fund closed on 28 May 2021. (7 June)
  • The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) has now closed for claims on the fourth grant. A fifth grant covering May 2021 to September 2021 will be open to claims from late July 2021. (4 June)
  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance has been updated with an example on how to calculate the amount you should claim for an employee who is flexibly furloughed during June 2021. (4 June)
  • Information on applying for COVID-19 funding support for commercial airports and ground handlers in England  has been updated. (1 June)
  • New information on how to correct over claims in your next claim has been added to the Pay Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants back page. (28 May)
  • new template is available for employers claiming for 16 to 99 employees through CJRS for claims made on or after 27 May 2021. (28 May)
  • The government and the Association of British Insurers (ABI) have announced that the temporary Trade Credit Reinsurance (TCR) scheme will close on 30 June as planned. (27 May)
  • written statement to Parliament has been published on GOV.UK regarding the Airport and Ground Operators Support Scheme, which gives funding to airports and airport ground crews affected by COVID-19. The statement explains that the government remains committed to supporting the sector and has recently announced that the scheme will be renewed for the first 6 months of the financial year 2021/22. (26 May)
  • Businesses that deferred VAT payments last year have one month left to join online to pay in monthly instalments under the VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme. The online portal for the new payment scheme closes on 21 June 2021. (21 May)
  • Durham County Council has decided to extend the Additional Restrictions Grant support for mobile and home-based businesses beyond the original deadline, giving businesses until 30 June to claim. Under the scheme, eligible businesses with monthly fixed costs of between £100 and £200 receive a one off payment of £500, those with monthly fixed costs of £200 to £400 are given a one off payment of £1,000 and those with a monthly fixed cost of over £400 receive a payment of £2,500. (20 May)
  • The recorded webinars for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – fourth grant and Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme have been updated on the help and support if your business is affected by COVID-19 page. A YouTube video for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – fourth grant has also been added. (20 May)
  • New information has been added to the page on telling HMRC and paying back a SEISS grant, explaining when and how to tell HMRC about a tax return amendment if it affects your eligibility or grant amount. Links to more information on penalties and how HMRC can recover overpaid grants have also been added. (19 May)
  • A catch up webinar for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme fourth grant is available to watch. (11 May)
  • Claims for furlough days in April 2021 must be made by 14 May 2021. (7 May)
  • The 11th release of Official Statistics on CJRS is available. This release provides analysis of claims for periods up to 31 March 2021. The data used includes claims submitted to HMRC by 14 April 2021. (7 May)
  • Guidance for local authorities has been updated with information on payment deadlines being extended for the following schemes to 14 May 2021: LRSG (Open), LRSG (Sector), LRSG (Closed), LRSG (Closed) Addendum, LRSG (Closed) Addendum: Tier 4, LRSG (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards (first 6-week payment only) and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment. (5 May)
  • The support for businesses affected by coronavirus page has been updated with a new video about the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme. (30 April)
  • Find out how to report on your Self-Assessment tax return support payments relating to self-isolation due to coronavirus (COVID-19), on your Self-Assessment tax return. (28 April)
  • A YouTube video about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme and a webinar for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) – fourth grant have been added. (21 April)
  • The online service to claim the fourth grant of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will be available from late April 2021. If you’re eligible based on your tax returns, HMRC will contact you in mid-April to give you a date that you can make your claim from. It will be given to you either by email, letter or within the online service. You must make your claim on or before 1 June 2021. (12 April)
  • Guidance for people who are self-employed and getting less work or no work because of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been updated with the latest rates effective from 12 April 2021. (12 April)
  • Public fundraising (door-to-door, street and private site) will be permitted to return from Monday 12 April, as part of the next phase of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. (12 April)
  • Maximum wage tables and claim dates have been updated when calculating how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. (9 April)
  • If you’ve received a grant under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme but were not eligible or you’ve been overpaid, find out what penalties you may have to pay of you do not tell HMRC. (9 April)
  • Check examples to help you calculate your employee's wages, National Insurance contributions and pension contributions if you're claiming through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. (9 April)
  • Some mobile and home-based businesses in County Durham are now able to apply for financial support during the coronavirus pandemic following an extension to the Additional Restrictions Grant. (8 March)
  • The new Recovery Loan Scheme is now open for applications. The scheme, which was announced at the budget and runs until 31 December 2021, will be administered by the British Business Bank. (7 March)
  • The Pay VAT deferred due to coronavirus (COVID-19) page has been updated with information about the maximum number of instalments that are available to members of the VAT Deferral New Payment scheme. (25 March)
  • The Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme page has been updated with dates for when employers can make a claim, information about if an employee does training and a new section for an employee who has caring responsibilities has also been added.
  • The Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance has been updated to explain that the earliest you can make a claim for May 2021 is 19 April 2021.
  • The UK Government has extended temporary insolvency measures. The measures, that are being extended to the end of June 2021, were introduced in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act in March 2020, including protecting businesses from aggressive creditor enforcement and removing personal liability on company directors, and have been previously extended.
  • The Pay VAT deferred due to coronavirus (COVID-19) page has been updated with information about the maximum number of instalments that are available to members of the VAT Deferral New Payment scheme.
  • A new £56 million Welcome Back Fund will help councils boost tourism, improve green spaces and provide more outdoor seating areas, markets and food stall pop-ups – giving people more safer options to reunite with friends and relatives when able to do so.
  • The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) has been updated to include guidance for local authorities. It encourages local authorities to support businesses from all sectors that may have been severely impacted by restrictions, but are not eligible for the Restart Grant scheme. This may include, but is not limited to group travel and tour operators, other tourism businesses (including B&Bs and event industry suppliers), wholesalers, English language schools, breweries, freelance and mobile businesses (including caterers, events, hair, beauty and wedding related businesses), wraparound care providers, and other businesses that may have not received other grant funding.
  • The CMA has published an update on its actions in relation to cancellations and refunds in a number of sectors throughout the pandemic, including package holidays and holiday lets. (16 March)
  • The ban on commercial evictions has been extended to 30 June, and the bailiff enforced eviction ban further extended to 31 May to protect residential tenants. (11 March)
  • Guidance for local authorities on paying grants to support businesses during national lockdown periods and periods of local restrictions has been updated and includes: closing dates added; subsidy allowance guidelines amended; requirement for a business to have been trading before restrictions were announced in order to be eligible for funding has been clarified. (9 March)
  • Updated information has been added to the Kickstart Scheme guidance on ‘How you will get the funding’ and more detail to the steps in ‘Getting the young people into the job placements’. (8 March)
  • Information on applying for the Zoo Animals Fund has been updated to reflect the extension of the deadline to 28 May, and the scheme deadline to 30 June 2021. (5 March)
  • New policy paper has been published detailing updates to tax charges when a person is no longer eligible to Self-Employment Income Support Scheme payments. (4 March)
  • range of measures to help the recovery of tourism and hospitality has been announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of today’s budget. Six month extension of reduced VAT, Business Rates relief and furlough extended, as well as new recovery grants and investment in culture. (3 March)
  • The pay in instalments section of Making your Self-Assessment and Class 2 National Insurance Contributions guidance has been updated to show you can set up a Time to Pay arrangement online for amounts up to £30,000 up to 60 days after 31 January 2021 without having to contact HMRC. (3 March)
  • If you're an employer looking to create jobs placements for young people, you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme – you no longer need a minimum of 30 job placements to apply directly for a grant. (3 March)
  • Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s budget on Sky News ‘Ridge on Sunday’, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new £5billion Restart Grants scheme that will help support businesses in the hospitality, leisure, accommodation and retail sector as we follow the roadmap out of the pandemic. (1 March)
  • The government has published its latest round of business grants data showing the government funding delivered to each council in England to support their local businesses. (25 February)
  • The VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme is now open and will close on the 21 June 2021. If you are on the VAT Annual Accounting Scheme or the VAT Payment on Account Scheme, you will be invited to join the new payment scheme later in March 2021. (24 February)
  • If businesses deferred VAT payments due between 20 March and 30 June 2020 and still have payments to make, they can pay the deferred VAT in full, on or before 31 March 2021 or join the VAT deferral new payment scheme – the online service for which is open between 23 February and 21 June 2021. The new scheme lets businesses pay deferred VAT in equal instalments, interest free or choose the number of instalments, from 2 to 11 (depending on when you join). Businesses on the VAT Annual Accounting Scheme or the VAT Payment on Account Scheme, will be invited to join the new payment scheme later in March 2021. (10 February)
  • The Chancellor has announced repayment flexibilities for Bounce Back Loan borrowers, with the ability to tailor payments according to individual circumstances. The scheme provides the option for small and medium-sized businesses to access finance more quickly during the coronavirus outbreak. If a business already has a Bounce Back Loan but borrowed less than they were entitled to, the existing loan can be topped up to the maximum amount. The top-up request must be made by 31 March 2021. (9 February)
  • The Financial Conduct Authority has produced a Policy Checker to help you find out if your insurance policy will cover business interruption losses caused by COVID-19 (4 February)
  • To facilitate the process of excise duty reclaim on spoilt beer and cider from HMRC, the British Beer & Pub Association has created a Keg & Cask Returns website. The website helps publicans easily request permission from each brewer listed whose draught beer or cider is stocked,  to destroy where it is unsaleable due to the current closure period and to provide evidence of its destruction. (4 February)
  • The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched round two of the broadband competition for event venues, which is now open to applicants until 2 March 2021.  This round is open to event venues with a minimum capacity of 250 delegates. Venues are allowed to demonstrate involvement in plans to bid for international events in the next five years, rather than the next year only (which was required during the first round of the competition). Applicants who applied for first round funding but were not successful and now feel they meet the new eligibility criteria are welcome to apply for second round funding by submitting a new application. (4 February)
  • The list of regional and national contacts for employers and Kickstart gateways to get help with the Kickstart Scheme has been updated. (3 February)
  • The Christmas Support Payment (CSP) supports wet-led pubs that have been severely impacted over the Christmas period due to temporary local restrictions. The deadline for applications for the Christmas Support Payment has been extended to 28 February 2021. (2 February)
  • Claims for the third SEISS grant have now closed. The last date for making a claim for the third grant was 29 January 2021. Details about the fourth grant will be announced on 3 March 2021. (2 February)
  • Applications are open for the Government’s Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme (AGOSS). The scheme is now open to commercial airports and ground handlers who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Commercial airports and ground handlers will be able to apply for up to £8 million each to support with fixed costs while travel restrictions remain in place. (1 February)
  • More than 120,000 jobs for 16 to 24 year olds have now been created through the government’s flagship Kickstart Scheme. Ministers are urging more employers to get involved. From 3 February 2021, employers will be able to apply to the Kickstart Scheme without a minimum threshold of 30 jobs. (1 February)
  • Self-Assessment customers will not receive a penalty for their late online tax return if they file by 28 February. More than 8.9 million customers have already filed their tax return. HMRC is encouraging anyone who has not yet filed their tax return to do so by 31 January, if possible. But anyone who cannot file their return by the 31 January deadline will not receive a late filing penalty if they file online by 28 February. (26 January)
  • The government has announced changes to the kickstart scheme, which provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on universal credit. The Government has removed the minimum requirement of creating 30 vacancies to apply direct. Employers have a choice to apply direct or through one of the Kickstart gateways. (26 January)
  • Following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, there have been no changes to subsidy control and state aid conditions for all National and Local Restriction coronavirus support grants. Local councils will set out the eligibility requirements for each grant and government will publish further guidance on subsidy rules in due course. (22 January)
  • A new section on correcting errors on VAT returns relating to the VAT payments deferral scheme has been added to the Pay VAT deferred due to coronavirus (COVID-19) page. The new section includes information on how to defer any extra payments resulting from error corrections and HMRC VAT assessments. (21 January)
  • The application deadline for an animal welfare grant of up to £730,000 for zoos or aquariums affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) has been extended to 26 February 2021. (21 January)
  • The Eligibility section of the Claiming financial support under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme page has been updated to state people can make a claim for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme or a discretionary payment up to 28 days after the first day of their period of self-isolation. (20 January)
  • An overhaul of the Prompt Payment Code (PPC) to crack down on delayed invoices owed to small businesses has been announced by the government. Under new reforms, companies that have signed up to the Prompt Payment Code will be obliged to pay small businesses within 30 days - half the time outlined in the current Code. (19 January)
  • The Supreme Court has substantially allowed the FCA’s appeal on behalf of business interruption insurance policyholders. The legal process for impacted policies is now complete and means that covered policyholders will now have their claims for coronavirus-related business interruption losses paid. The FCA has published draft guidance for policyholders on how to prove the presence of coronavirus, which is a condition in certain types of policy. The FCA will issue finalised guidance as soon as possible after the consultation which closes on 22 January. (18 January)
  • Durham County Council has enhanced the Christmas Support Payment for Bars and Pubs to provide support to ALL pubs and bars in the county over the Christmas period. Previously, the grant was open to pubs and bars that do not serve meals or where the turnover from meals is less than 50% of their income. The payment offers extra grants of £1,000 to pubs and bars severely impacted over the Christmas period due to temporary local restrictions. Applications are now being accepted and the closing date is 31 January. (14 January)
  • Guidance to local authorities on paying grants to support businesses has been published covering national lockdown from 5 January. (14 January)
  • A new £5million Business Recovery Grant is now available for businesses in all sectors based in County Durham who have been affected by the pandemic. (14 January)
  • A new summary of existing economic support has been published by government. (11 January)
  • Find out about taxable expenses and benefits when they are paid to employees because of coronavirus and how to report them to HMRC. (8 January)
  • Eligibility for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been updated to include information for people with caring responsibilities, including caring for children who are at home as a result of school or childcare facilities closing. (6 January)
  • The Chancellor has announced that businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000. The new one-off grants come in addition to billions of existing business support, including grants worth up to £3,000 for closed businesses, and up to £2,100 per month for impacted businesses once they reopen. (5 January)
  • The furlough scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021 with the government continuing to contribute 80% towards wages, the Chancellor announced today. (17 December)
  • Today is the deadline for November claims to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. (14 December)
  • Wet-led pubs (who predominantly serve alcohol rather than food) in Tier 2 and 3 areas can apply for extra £1,000 grants this Christmas. This is on top of monthly cash grant of up to £3,000. (14 December)
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced an additional £1,000 Christmas grant for ‘wet-led pubs’ in tiers 2 and 3 who will miss out on much needed business during the busy Christmas period. The payment will be a one-off for December and will be paid on top on the existing £3,000 monthly cash grants for businesses. This will cover those in tiers 2 and 3 forced to reduce their operations as a result of the latest regional measures put in place to contain transmission of the virus. (3 December)
  • New monthly deadlines have been announced for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). The final date to submit claims for November is by 14th December 11:59pm. (3 December)
  • The government has issued updated guidance for local authorities on paying grants to support business during local and national restrictions, including information on ‘Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) applicable from 2 December 2020 onwards. (1 December)
  • The online service for the third grant of the Self-Employment Income Support Grant is now available. You must make your claim on or before 29 January 2021. To make a claim for the third grant your business must have been impacted by coronavirus on or after 1 November 2020. If you’re unable to claim online you should contact HMRC for help. (30 November)
  • Self-Assessment customers are being warned about scammers posing as HMRC - criminals take advantage of the Self-Assessment deadline to panic customers into sharing their personal or financial details and even paying bogus ‘tax due’. The annual tax return deadline is on 31 January 2021. (18 November)
  • The Secretary of State for BEIS, Alok Sharma, confirmed that the Government will be distributing £2.2 billion to local authorities in England today, to allow them to make grant payments to businesses which have been affected. (13 November)
  • Following on from Alok Sharma’s announcement, Durham County Council has updated its COVID-19 Support Grants page with available grants and how businesses apply. There are three grants areas and if businesses are eligible for more than one grant, they need only complete one application:
  • Details around the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) have been updated. (11 November)
  • The appeal in the Supreme Court regarding the Business Interruption insurance test case presented by the Financial Conduct Authority will be heard from Monday 16 November and is expected to last for 4 days. You can sign up to receive email updates on the test case. (11 November)
  • New options are available to the Bounce Back Loan Scheme. Businesses in the UK can now top up existing loans, extend the loan period, make interest-only repayments or pause repayments. Read guidance on applying for a bounce back loan. (11 November)
  • The Chancellor has announced additional financial support for businesses and individuals with the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until the end of March 2021, and an increase to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. (5 November)
  • New guidance is available for local authorities on paying grants to support business during the November to December 2020 national lockdown and periods of local restrictions. (5 November)
  • The guidance for people who were employed and have lost their job due to coronavirus has been updated to clarify eligibility conditions for universal credit and new style jobseeker’s allowance, and to add pension credit as a benefit that can be claimed if you’ve lost your job. (4 November)
  • The government is increasing its support to the self-employed over the coming months and ensuring people get paid faster than previously planned. (3 November)
  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be extended through November. Workers in any part of the UK can retain their job, even if their employer cannot afford to pay them, and be paid at least 80% of their salary up to £2500 a month. The flexibility of the CJRS will be retained to allow employees to continue to work where they can. Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit are eligible and because more businesses will need to close, they will now be asked to pay just National Insurance and Pensions contributions for their staff during November. (2 November)
  • The Job Support Scheme will not be introduced until after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends. (2 November)
  • If you are ill or have a health condition or disability that limits your ability to work you may be able to get New Style Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). You can also apply for New Style ESA if you cannot work while you are self-isolating because of coronavirus (COVID-19). The New Style ESA is a fortnightly payment that can be claimed on its own or at the same time as Universal Credit (UC). New Style ESA is a contributory benefit. Normally, this means you may be able to get it if you’ve paid or been credited with enough National Insurance contributions in the 2 full tax years before the year you’re claiming in. (2 November)
  • Job Support Scheme - The employer contribution to employees’ wages for hours not worked is being reduced from a third to 5%, and the minimum hours required for employees to be working from 33% to 20%, so that those working one day a week will be eligible. That means that if someone was being paid £587 for their unworked hours, the Government would be contributing £543 and their employer only £44. This change will come into effect on 1 November. The Job Support Scheme for businesses legally required to close remains unchange