COVID-19 Government Support Initiatives

Updated: 3rd March 2021

The government has introduced a number of measures to support businesses impacted by COVID-19 that require temporary financial relief including the furlough scheme and emergency loans.

Initiatives available include:

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme 

To help UK businesses retain their staff on the payroll when business has been forced to stop. 

  • Wage subsidy which covers 80% of a qualifying employee’s wage, at a monthly cap of £2,500
  • Employers must identify ‘furloughed’ workers and notify them that their status has changed 
  • Employers can top up salaries above this level if they choose
  • Scheme will run from 1 March 2020 and has been extended until the end of September 2021
  • From July 2021, employers will be required to contribute towards the scheme 

Business Rates Holiday 

A reprieve from paying business rates for those in the retail, leisure, and hospitality sector regardless of their rateable value.

  • The business rates holiday is available to all sizes of companies within this sector
  • Automatic entitlement with no application necessary
  • Business rates holiday will run until the end of June 2021, with the remaining nine months of the 2021-22 financial year discounted by two thirds for closed businesses
  • A business rates holiday will also be introduced for nurseries in England for the 2020–21 tax year

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Reimbursed 

UK-based companies with fewer than 250 employees will now be able to reclaim SSP which has been paid to employees for up to two weeks. 

  • Employees will be eligible for SSP from the first day of illness rather than the fourth
  • When illness is directly related to coronavirus, employers can claim back the cost from the government to cover a two-week absence

Re-Start Grant Scheme

Non-repayable cash grants will be made available to help those in the retail, leisure, and hospitality industry hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. 700,000, pubs, clubs, bars, hotels, restaurants, gyms, and hair salons will being given up to £18,000 each, while non-essential retailers will receive £6,000 per premise.

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