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Income – Loss of Earnings

Flexible Furlough

Updated: 13/07/2020

Job Retention Bonus - This is a one off payment of £1,000 to UK employers for every furloughed employee remaining in continuous employment through to the end of January 2021. Employees must earn above the Lower Earnings Limit (£520 per month) on average between the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the end of January 2021. Payments will be made from February 2021. Further details about the scheme will be announced by the end of July. 

Kickstart Scheme - The Government will introduce a new Kickstart Scheme in the UK, a £2 billion fund to create high quality 6-month work placements aimed at 16-24 year old's who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment. Funding will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage from 25 hours per week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. 

Hospitality Support

Eat Out to Help Out - Supporting around 130,000 businesses and helping protect the jobs of their 1.8 million employees, the Government will introduce the Eat Out to Help Out scheme to encourage people to return to eating out. Diners will be entitled to a 50% discount of up to £10 per head on their meal, at participating food service establishments. The discount can be used unlimited times and will be valid Monday to Wednesday on any eat-in meal (including non-alcoholic drinks) for the entire month of August 2020 across the UK. Participating establishments will be fully reimbursed for the 50% discount. Temporary VAT cut for food and non-alcoholic drinks, from 15th July 2020 to 12th January 2021, to support businesses and jobs in the hospitality sector. The reduced (5%) rate of VAT will apply to supplies of food and non-alcoholic drinks from restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes and similar premises across the UK. Temporary VAT cut for accommodation and attractions, from 15th July 2020 to 12th January 2021, to support businesses and jobs, the reduced (5%) rate of VAT will apply to supplies of accommodation and admission to attractions across the UK. Further guidance on the scope of this relief will be published by HMRC in the coming days. 

Further information on "A Plan for Jobs 2020" can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-plan-for-jobs-documents/a-plan-for-jobs-2020

*PLEASE FOLLOW ANY GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE OR GUIDANCE  SPECIFIC TO YOUR LOCAL AREA AS GUIDANCE ON THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) IS CHANGING DAILY. 


Key things employers need to know:

From 1st July workers can work ‘flexibly’ and the employer can determine how many days to work each week. The employer pays the normal rate of pay on working days.  The worker receives furlough pay on furlough days.

Placing employees on ‘flexible furlough’ will require agreement between employer and worker  

For the period from 1st July, claim periods will no longer be able to overlap months, i.e. employers will not be able to claim for part of July and part of August in one claim.  Minimum claim period for ‘flexible furlough is one week.

Where you have employees planning on returning to work after extended leave in the next few months they may be eligible for furlough if you have previously furloughed employees.

ACAS have produced a Furlough agreement template:

https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus/furlough-scheme-pay/start-extend-end-furlough

More information on the changes to the scheme are available here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme


Below is a summary of the Terms that will change month to month -

June: Scheme closes to new entrants on 30th June. Final date by which an employer can furlough a worker for the first time will be 10th June

July: Employers can start bringing furloughed staff back to work gradually on reduced hours. Government continues to pay 80% of furloughed worker’s wages

August: Government pays 80% of wages up to £2,500 cap but employers have to start paying National Insurance and pension contributions

September: Government pays 70% of furloughed worker’s wages up to 2,187.50 cap. Employers asked to pay 10% of wages to make up 80% total up to cap of £2,500

October: Government pays 60% of furloughed workers wages up to £1,875 cap Employers will pay 20% of wages to make up 80% total up to cap of £2,500


Access To Work

Access to Work have implemented new measures to ensure disabled people remain supported in work through COVID 19. If you are an employer who needs to support an individual in either transitioning them back in to the workplace or assisting them to remain working at home, below are some changes that can help prioritising new applications from critical workers and those starting work within the next 4 weeks extending the timeframe to submit claim forms to 9 months extending support worker awards that are coming to an end, by 6 months accepting employer and support worker signatures via email delivering workplace assessments and Mental Health Support Services via telephone or accessible alternatives

More information on Access to Work and claiming due to COVID-19 

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