Lockdown 3: What Support is Available for Businesses?

Following the latest announcements from Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon, England and Scotland have now joined Wales in new national lockdowns.

The new restrictions mean that people should only leave home for an essential purpose, such as to buy food or medicine. This means that, along with schools, large swathes of businesses now need to close their doors.

While some shops and hospitality businesses will still be able to offer click and collect and takeaway services, they are likely to see a dip in sales. Many other businesses may also see their revenue fall as demand dries up, similar to the first lockdown in March 2020.

To help support businesses through his latest period of uncertainty, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced some additional funding alongside some older schemes that are still open to businesses.

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Employers guide to the new Coronavirus Job Support Scheme

Many business leaders welcomed the Chancellor’s recent statement where he spelled out the Government’s latest plans to support the economy through the coronavirus crisis. The headline announcement was a new Job Support Scheme that will follow the closure of the furlough scheme.

Rishi Sunak said that the new scheme would “support only viable jobs”. Some business leaders complained that it would not be enough to prevent widespread job losses, particularly in hard hit industries like hospitality and tourism.
To help employers make the most of the new scheme, we have answered some of your most important questions below.

Payroll furlough tools added to FreeAgent and Xero

The UK’s Coronavirus Job Retention Schemes provides a lifeline for businesses struggling to come to terms with the pandemic.

Eligible employees can be ‘furloughed’ and the government will pay 80% of their pay, up to £2,500 per month. Employers can also top this pay up to 100% if they wish.

You can find out more details about the scheme on the government website.

To make it easier for businesses to access this scheme, Xero and FreeAgent have added new tools to their payroll systems.