Support for businesses
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COVID-19: support for businesses
Business Impact Survey
We have launched a second COVID-19 Business Impact survey. Businesses are encouraged to complete the survey by 5pm on Monday 25 May 2020 in order for us to have a clear picture of the local impact.
Local and national reports are being received of:
- trading in contrary to directions to close
- sale of goods not in line with either safety or manufacturer requirements
- unreasonable price hiking
We are monitoring such reports, and as far is possible, will intervene to protect public safety and the rights of consumers. We will work the police and other agencies as is necessary.
Guidance to restaurants and pubs operating takeaway and home delivery services
In light of government guidance and new laws recently put in place, businesses can continue to operate on a takeaway or home delivery basis, or both. Any planning restrictions, such as use class have been relaxed to allow this, but licensing restrictions have not been relaxed. As such, premises may only serve alcohol on a takeaway or home delivery basis if they hold a premises licence or other licensing authorisation that permits “off sales”.
See the latest update on licensing restictions.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
The government has announced a new package of support to businesses to avoid making redundancies. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is open to all UK employers. HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. HMRC is working urgently to set up a system for reimbursement.
Support for self-employed
Following the Chancellor's announcement, self-employed people may receive 80% of their average profits of the last three years, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next three months. For full details of this scheme visit the government business support website. You can find FAQs here.
If you need employment advice please email email@example.com with your queries and we will provide or signpost you to the right information, advice and guidance.