Updated Tuesday 9 June
The UK government is enacting a range of measures to support businesses dealing with the impact of the virus. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has summarised a number of these measures on its website. The government has also launched its Business Support website to help businesses find the right support, advice and information to help with the impact of COVID-19. The FAQ’s section in particular is proving popular.
Current guidance is that where it is impossible for people to work from home, for example on construction sites and in manufacturing operations, then assuming they are not displaying symptoms and do not need to self-isolate, they should go to work. Full guidance on staying at home and away from others (Section 4 – Going to Work).
The following updates links below might also be of use to CAB members:
- New measures at the UK border to protect against a second wave of the pandemic were introduced from 8 June 2020. Road haulage, freight workers and some manufacturing services engineers will now be exempt from the 14 days of self-isolation.
- Government announces extension to the Furlough Scheme
- The Future Fund will provide UK Government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors. The fund will be open for applications from Wednesday 20 May 2020.
- Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme :From Tuesday 26 May 2020, small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, will be able to apply to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees. Employers will be able to make claims to the scheme through a new online service.
- The Department for International Trade are running a series of webinars to help businesses through coronavirus:
- How construction workers who show C-19 symptoms would be able to get tested.
- Bounce Back Loans scheme for £2k-£50k available from 4 May
- Government launches new coronavirus business support finder tool
- The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has opened, with A step by step guide for employers prepared by HMRC (20 April)
- COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses
- Secretary of State for Business letter to the Construction Sector
- Secretary of State for Business letter to the Manufacturing Sector
- Social Distancing in the workplace during Coronavirus (Covid-19):Setor Guidance – Construction (7 April)
- Social Distancing in the workplace during Coronavirus (Covid-19):Setor Guidance – Manufacturing (7 April)
- Guidance from the Scottish Government for the construction sector (6 April)
- The Welsh government’s ‘New Rules to protect workers during the coronavirus outbreak’
- Specific information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales is available
- Remediation and COVID-19: Building Safety update
- Guidance on the closure of all retailers that sell non-essential goods and other non-essential premises
- Companies to receive a 3 month extension period to file accounts during COVID-19
- Forms and guidance on what manufacturers need to do to place test kits on the market
- Closing certain businesses and venues – compliance
- Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do
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