Home News & views New Job Support Scheme expansion
Tuesday 13 October 2020
The UK government has announced an expansion of the Job Support Scheme to provide temporary support for businesses and employees that are legally required to close their premises due to the Coronavirus restrictions at local or national level.
The scheme covers all four nations of the UK.
To be eligible, your place of employment must have been instructed to close as a result of restrictions set by one or more of the four governments in the UK.
You must be instructed to and stopped work for at least seven consecutive days.
You must also have a UK bank account and been registered with the HMRC PAYE scheme on or before 23 September 2020.
Employees in the scheme will receive 2/3 of their normal pay up, to a maximum of £2,100 per month.
Your employer has to pay your National Insurance and pension contributions, but can choose whether or not to pay a top up of wages.
It is your employer that applies if they agree to using the scheme.
Your employer must use the scheme to cover your wages and pay relevant payroll taxes. The whole of the grant must be used to meet employee costs.
The scheme will be available from 1 November 2020 for six months and will be reviewed in January next year.
The New Job Support Scheme will operate alongside the ‘in-work Job Support Scheme‘, which has already been announced to help workers and businesses through the winter months.
More information about the scheme
For more information, see the government’s factsheet.
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