COVID-19 Business Update 13/05/2020

Good morning,
 

FURLOUGH SCHEME EXTENTION 

Furlough Scheme extended to October. No changes until end of July.
 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the Government will continue to pay 80% of wages to those who claim until the end of July.
 

From August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards their salaries. This will be subtracted from the Government’s contribution so the furloughed worker will continue to receive 80% of salary up to £2,500 a month - the finer details are still being worked on, with more information by the end of the month.

 

WORKPLACE SAFETY 

The Government continues to emphasise the importance of a "COVID-19 Secure" workplace - with additional funding allocated for the Health and Safety Executive who could conduct "spot checks" on businesses. Please look at the industry-specific guidelines applicable to your business. 

 

You can also read the Business Secretary's letter regarding COVID-19 Secure workplaces

Transport guidance 
 

Transport Guidance for PASSENGERS and OPERATORS released by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps yesterday. Applies to all modes of public and private transport.

KEY INDUSTRY UPDATES
 

CHARITIES: If you are running a front-line food aid project, you can apply for a grant to continue to provide food for the vulnerable. Check eligibility and how to apply here.

NURSERIES AND SCHOOLS: Guidance for education and childcare settings - The Education Secretary will be providing more information on plans to reopen schools tooday, so there may be further updates on the future for childcare and early years. 

Adult social care: Health and wellbeing resource page

Schools: Information for parents and carers 

Driving? General guidance for people who work in or from vehicles.

Take care,

Holly