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April 2020

COVID-19: Returning to work in the NHS

If you have returned to work in the NHS after retiring, your tax affairs have just become more complicated. This is far from ideal at a time when your focus is on helping the country get through the COVID-19 crisis. We are here to help.

COVID-19: Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will repay employers the current rate of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) SSP that they pay to current or former employees for periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020.

COVID-19: Business Interruption Loan criteria relaxed

The UK’s largest small business lenders have relaxed the evidence requirements for applications to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).    

COVID-19: Testing expanded to include those who can’t work from home

The government announced yesterday (Tuesday 28 April 2020) an expansion of coronavirus testing to include those over 65 as well as anyone who has to leave the house to work if they are showing coronavirus symptoms.   

COVID-19: New 100% government backed Bounce Back loan scheme

In another measure designed to ease pressure on businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis and keep small businesses operating, the government yesterday (Monday 27 April,) announced a new 100% government backed loan scheme for small and medium businesses.

COVID-19: Companies House announce new measures to help businesses avoid being struck off

Companies House has announced a temporary pause of the strike off process to help businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis.  Voluntary DS01 applications can still be filed, but the company will not be struck from the register.  

COVID-19: Job Retention Scheme Claim Portal now live

The coronavirus Job Retention Scheme online service is now live, and businesses can now submit their claims for furloughed workers. 

COVID-19: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended

The cut off date for the coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended to 30 June 2020. In addition, the date when the employee had to have been on the employer's payroll so as to qualify to be furloughed has changed from 28 February to 19 March 2020. 

COVID-19: Information needed to claim under the Job Retention Scheme

If you’re eligible for the Job Retention Scheme, there are things that you can do now to be ready to make your claim when the system is up and running later this month.

COVID-19: Business Rates Relief

The Chancellor has announced a raft of measures designed to help businesses during the coronavirus crisis.  One of the headline measures announced in the Spring Budget was the Business Rates Holiday - 100% relief from Business Rates for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses in England for 2020/21. 

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