Job Help Scheme modifications what they imply for your corporation

Originally written by Timothy Adler on Small Business

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has made changes to the Job Support Scheme, making it more generous, offered grants for businesses in Tier 2 regions with their business restricted due to Covid restrictions and doubling help for the self-employed.

Mr Sunak made the announcement about changes to the Jobs Support Scheme, grants for restricted businesses in Tier 2 and increased help for the self-employed in the House of Commons this morning, responding to the worsening Covid pandemic.

Job Support Scheme changes

  • The Job Support Scheme has been made more generous, with employers only contributing 5 per cent of wage bills for employees on days not worked. And, rather than having to work at least half their usual hours, now employees only have to work 20 per cent of minimum hours, so those working just one day a week will be eligible
  • The Self-employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be more generous, with the government covering an average of 40 per cent of lost profits compared to the current 20 per cent, meaning the maximum grant will increase from £1,875 to £3,750
  • Any business in Tier 2 with its business restricted, such as hospitality, accommodation and leisure, can now claim a monthly grant of £2,100 backdated to August. This is 70 per cent of the £3,000 grant available for business closed in the highest Tier 3 level

Tier 2 means that only households can meet inside for a drink or a meal, outside gatherings are limited to six people and businesses have to close at 10pm.

Mr Sunak said he had talked to business leaders in the hospitality sector and “the impact is worse than they hoped with a strong reduction in customer demand”.

This is the fourth time in as many months that the chancellor has had to revise his Covid business support package.

“I make no apology for responding to changing circumstances,” said Mr Sunak. “A regional tiered approach to Covid restrictions is the right one.”

Further reading

Job Support Scheme what it means for your small business

Job Support Scheme changes what they mean for your business

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