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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - JOB SUPPORT SCHEME

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.

The following are some edited bullet points, taking out those references that specifically apply to the extended scheme:

  • The scheme will begin on 1 November and will be available for six months, with a review point in January.
  • In line with the rest of the JSS, payments to businesses will be made in arrears, via a HMRC claims service that will be available from early December.
  • The scheme is UK wide and the UK Government will work with the devolved administrations to ensure the scheme operates effectively across all four nations.
  • Further guidance on the scheme will be set out by HMRC in due course.

You can get more information from the web-pages covering both the initial announcement of the JSS (at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/job-support-scheme) and the extended scheme for business forced to close by Government restrictions (at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/job-support-scheme-expanded-to-firms-required-to-close-due-to-covid-restrictions).

We will, of course, provide further details of how the scheme will work and how to apply as soon as these are announced by the Government.