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MTA Members will have seen the announcement of the appointment of Kwasi Kwarteng MP as Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).  This came as a result of the previous incumbent, Alok Sharma MP, moving to focus entirely on his role of President of the UN COP26 climate conference.  The Association has written to Mr Kwarteng to congratulate him on his appointment and to outline our key messages for Government.

Announcements this week have placed the UK in a new phase of lockdown although with differences in approach between the 4 nations.  In general, the advice is to stay at home, including to work from home where you can;  however, manufacturing is specifically listed as an area which can stay open in all areas.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, in revealing that the next Budget Statement will be on 3rd March 2021, has committed to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – often referred to as the furlough scheme – to the end of April 2021;  it had been due to close at the end of March.

The Coronavirus Job retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended until the end of March 2021 for all parts of the UK.

Our partners at Croner have produced two sets of guidance for the festive season in the context of Covid-19.  These cover:

Advice for arranging Christmas parties New guidance for secret Santa activities

They are also putting on a webinar which will cover:

The Government has updated its guidance on how to travel safely in airports and on aircraft during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and this is available at

The COVID-19 pandemic has added a host of new challenges when it comes to managing your people, especially when it comes to dealing with holidays and furlough.  MTA Associate Member Citation’s HR and Employment Law experts have created this exclusive guide which takes a look at the key sticking points faced by business owners when it comes to calculating holiday for those on furlough.

Paying Deferred VAT

You can pay now or get ready to opt in to the VAT deferral new payment scheme.  If you deferred VAT between 20 March and 30 June 2020 and still have payments to make, you can:

Local Restriction Tier System

There are a variety of issues on which updates have been published.  The list is quite long but the following are those areas most likely to affect MTA members (for example, we have taken out those that apply to businesses that have been forced to close during lockdowns):