Job Support Scheme expanded

To protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of local and national coronavirus restrictions, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has expanded government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS).

Extension to the Job Support Scheme

When originally announced, the JSS – which will come into effect on 1 November – saw employers paying a third of their employees’ wages for hours not worked, and required employers to be working 33% of their normal hours.

On Thursday 22 October government reduced the employer contribution to those unworked hours to 5%, and reduced the minimum hours requirements to 20%, so those working just one day a week will be eligible. That means that if someone was being paid £587 for their unworked hours, the government would be contributing £543 and their employer £44.

Employers will continue to receive the £1,000 Job Retention Bonus. The Job Support Scheme Closed for businesses legally required to close remains unchanged.

Which businesses are eligible?

Businesses will only be eligible to claim the grant while they are subject to restrictions and employees must be off work for a minimum of seven consecutive days.

How can affected businesses apply for the additional support?

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 Job Support Scheme, payments to businesses will be made in arrears, via a HMRC claims service that will be available from early December.

Employees of firms that have been legally closed in the period before 1 November are eligible for the CJRS.

More details on how affected businesses can apply will be available at soon.

What other financial support is available for businesses legally required to shut for some period over winter?

The government is increasing cash grants to businesses shut as part of local and national lockdowns to support with fixed costs. These grants are linked to rateable values

  • small businesses with a rateable value of or below £15,000 can now claim £1,300 per month
  • medium sized businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 can claim £2,000 per month
  • larger businesses can claim £3,000.

Where can I find more information about the expansion to the Job Support Scheme?

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