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The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak announced a number of changes to the Job Support Scheme (JSS) which comes into effect on 1st November (replacing the Job Retention Scheme).  The employer contribution element of the JSS has been reduced, as has the minimum number hours to be worked.

The “live” news on Covid-19 this week has, of course, been the announcement of the new 3-tier system by the Prime Minister on Monday with the subsequent controversy around whether certain areas should be in Tier 3 (very high).  The main implications for business are around the hospitality sector (and it soften forgotten supply chain) and won’t have much bearing on MTA members other than the general advice to work from home if you can and to ensure that work places are operating in a Covid-...

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) comes to an end on 31st October and 30th November 2020 is the last day you can submit claims for periods ending on or before 31st October 2020.  After this date you will not be able to submit any further claims or add to existing claims.

The Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to support businesses across the UK required to close their premises due to coronavirus restrictions.  While this is unlikely to affect MTA members unless there is a move to a much more widespread lockdown, there is some information as to how the scheme will work which will, presumably, also apply to those using the JSS to support part-tine working.

MTA Associate Member Citation has produced a free guide for MTA members on how to managing employees with COVID symptoms or who’ve tested positive.

The announcements at the start of this week focused mainly on the social aspects of society with one of the headlines in the Prime Ministers statement being that “we are not issuing a general instruction to stay at home”.  However, the official Government web-site advice (see which has not be

A couple of weeks ago (see we highlighted that the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will be closing for applications on 30th September. 

The UK Government has updated its guidance on providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  This document sets out guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

There has been something of a rush of announcements this week and, at the risk of changes being made between writing and publishing this item, the following is a summary of the most important points affecting MTA members in business terms.

The UK Government has issued some updated guidance on a number of topics and we have highlighted those most relevant to MTA members: