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As the Coronavirus continues to impact the operations of businesses, learn more about the steps that Chamber members can implement to minimise impact on local communities and support the UK government’s strategy.
A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.
All information can be found here on the government’s website. This helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.
*Pages last updated 2nd July 2020*
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NEW – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – flexible furloughing
Employers can now claim a more flexible grant for any employee they have previously received a CJRS grant for, and who now returns to work on reduced hours. They can also continue to claim for employees who stay fully furloughed. Guidance on eligibility and how to claim for flexibly furloughed employees is now available.
What employers need to do next:
– claim for periods ending on or before 30 June, by 31 July – this is the last date they can make those claims;
– agree the hours and shift patterns that they want their employees to work from 1 July, if changing; and
– pay their employees’ wages for the time they are in work and apply for a job retention scheme grant to cover the remainder of their usual hours for which they are still furloughed.
NEW – Lincolnshire Better Business for All Toolkit
The Lincolnshire Better Business for All Toolkit has many resources to help businesses become COVID-secure, resume trading safely and protect staff and customers as lockdown is eased.
This toolkit aims to provide businesses with the information they need about their regulatory and legal responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic and was created by Business Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire Trading Standards.
NEW – Check if you should go back into work
The UK government has developed a tool to help employees in England easily assess if they can return to work. The tool guides employees through questions that may influence their ability to go back to work safely.
Employers can share this tool with employees to aid discussion on how employees can return to work safely.
Prime Minister’s speech encourages Britain to ‘Build, Build, Build’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a “New Deal” which puts jobs and infrastructure at the centre of the government’s economic growth strategy.
The government is investing £5bn to accelerate infrastructure projects, fuelling jobs and economic recovery.
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Future Fund expanded
More start-ups and innovative firms will now be able to apply for investment from the government’s Future Fund.
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This Toolkit helps businesses become COVID-secure, resume trading safely and protect staff and customers.
Jobcentre Plus provide support to employers and employees in redundancy situations.
The Sustainable Innovation Fund will help companies keep their cutting-edge projects and ideas alive.
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