Please see the most recent COVID-19 bulletin below.
Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan: The Bounce Back Loan Scheme enables smaller businesses to access finance more quickly during the coronavirus outbreak. New options are available to top up existing loans, extend the loan period, make interest-only repayments, or pause repayments.
The scheme is open to applications until 31 January 2021. If you already have a Bounce Back Loan but borrowed less than you were entitled to, you can top up your existing loan to your maximum amount. You must request the top-up by 31 January 2021. For more information about the scheme click here.
Claiming Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to Coronavirus: Find out if you can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees’ coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). The online service to claim back SSP is now available. For more information on who can use the scheme, click here.
Restaurants, pubs and cafes will get automatic freedoms to provide takeaway services for another year. This was due to end on 23 March 2021 but will now be extended by another year. To know more about the automatic freedoms to provide takeaway services for another year, click here
How HMRC will continue to support customers and the economy: HMRC’s work has been at the centre of the government’s response to COVID-19. HMRC have issued a briefing on how they will work with customers and stakeholders over the coming months, while COVID-19 continues to impact the country.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Guidance has been updated with details of how to claim for periods after 1 November 2020. 30 November 2020 is the last day employers can submit or change claims for periods ending on or before 31 October 2020. Eligibility criteria has been made clearer for employees who are made redundant on or after 23 September 2020 and you have re-employed and employees that have a fixed term contract that expired after 23 September. The dates relating to TUPE eligibility have also been corrected.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Company directors with an annual pay period: Guidance for company directors with an annual pay period has been updated here
Businesses in Scotland: Information for Scottish businesses has been updated to reflect updates to UK government business support from 5 November. For more information, click here.
Guidance for Restaurants, pubs, bars, and takeaway services: Guidance on working safely during coronavirus has been updated. Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. Sale of alcohol is permitted via pre-order for collection or delivery services only. Anyone who can work from home, should and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals should not attend work if they can’t work from home for this period of restrictions. For more information, click here
Freight exemption removed for UK haulage drivers arriving from Denmark: UK haulage drivers arriving from Denmark are now required to self-isolate on entry to England. All non-British national or resident travellers who had been in or through Denmark in the last 14 days will now be denied entry upon arrival. Non-UK resident HGV drivers have now been added to those restrictions, while all passenger vessels and accompanied freight from Denmark will be halted. For more information, click here.
Up to date travel advice is available here, including information about countries that are currently part of the UK travel corridor.