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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - CHANGES TO JOB SUPPORT SCHEME

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 announcement reduces the employer contribution to unworked hours to just 5%, and reduces the minimum hours requirements to 20%, so those working just one day a week will be eligible.  That means that if someone was being paid £587 for their unworked hours, the government would be contributing £543 and their employer only £44.  Employers will continue to receive the £1,000 Job Retention Bonus.

The Job Support Scheme for businesses legally required to close (mostly in the hospitality sector so not affecting MTA members) remains unchanged.  In this area he also announced additional funding to support cash grants for businesses in the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sector who may be adversely impacted by the restrictions in high-alert level areas.  These grants will be available retrospectively for areas who have already been subject to restrictions and come on top of higher levels of additional business support for Local Authorities moving into Tier 3.

Finally, he also announced changes to the self-employed grant scheme which parallel those for JSS;  these will move from 20% to 40%, doubling the maximum value of the forthcoming grants.

You can read the news story on the announcement at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/plan-for-jobs-chancellor-increases-financial-support-for-businesses-and-workers.  There are also more details in the fact-sheet which is attached below (or there is a link on the web-page above which takes you to this).

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