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Rishi Sunak prepares to announce further measures

Sunak tweaks Job Support Scheme for second spike


The Chancellor is aiming to calm fears of a second spike by expanding the Job Support Scheme for areas and businesses forced to close their doors as part of local or national restrictions. Rebecca Cave and Richard Hattersley report. 

9th Oct 2020
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Under the latest variation to its job support initiative for businesses required to close temporarily due to Covid-19 protective measures, the government will pay two thirds of each employee’s salary.

This re-worked job retention scheme is more generous than the job support scheme (JSS), but the employer will still have to pay the employee’s wage upfront plus any employer’s NIC and the minimum employer’s pension contributions on those wages.

In addition to the expansion, the Chancellor also rolled out further local lockdown grants for businesses.

Rishi Sunak confirmed a restricted furlough 3.0 scheme in a Friday afternoon announcement as the rate of infections creep back on a steep incline.

“Our economic priority is simple: we need to protect jobs. The way we do that needs to evolve as the crisis and our health response evolves,” he said.  

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By Kirsty McGregor
09th Oct 2020 21:00

Waiting to see how they’ll decide upon eligibility eg - what if a business is registered in an area which isn’t in lockdown but with staff employed in outlets in lockdown towns?

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By SXGuy
10th Oct 2020 10:06

What happens if the business owners home town is in lockdown but the place of work isn't? I'm guessing they can't travel to work, so are they covered?

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By quintodc
12th Oct 2020 10:18

Tests are producing massive false positives. it does not test for the virus as the virus has never been isolated and purified. There is no pandemic, it is all a control system. Another term for State funded employment in the commercial sector is communism. Let's rise up and take this country back for the freedom of the people. #stopbeingduped.

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By cfield
12th Oct 2020 11:13

Shouldn't you be on the American site?

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By bendybod
12th Oct 2020 10:19

One of those occasions when I'm glad that I live in the south and have very few clients for whom I will need to figure out the permutations, at least until they are well bedded down.

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Replying to bendybod:
12th Oct 2020 11:24

I'm with you there. Heartily grateful most of my clients can't be further South or they would be in the sea! And like you, should the worst happen "down here" we will at least have had the time to get our head round it all.

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By Ian McTernan CTA
12th Oct 2020 11:40

Blick Rothenberg’s Shah said ' should have acted sooner'...typical garbage. No understanding of how long it takes civil servants to get anything done, even if it's a complete emergency.

Redesigning or making a new scheme necessarily takes time- it's not something you can think of on Monday and have up and running Tuesday. A few weeks is operating at breakneck speed for the Treasury (anyone who has dealt with them will tell you).

The Govt are coping as well as expected- they aren't perfect, and are totally reliant on civil servants to get things done. All the constant moaning and sniping and perfect 20/20 hindsight just highlights what a miserable lot the country is becoming- with nothing of any use coming from those that moan.

The scheme has been designed to help people- it's not going to be perfect and will have flaws, but let's concentrate for once on how many the schemes HAVE helped rather than picking faults and saying 'what if' and coming up with outliers...

It's a bit like testing and track and trace. Here's some stats: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploa...

We are now testing 600k+ people a week, and track and trace are finding 74% of those testing positive , almost 70% of contacts were reached- which are pretty good statistics given how people tend to behave and the attitude of certain sectors of society who seem to think it's OK to have huge parties and then moan when they get isolated!

Try and have at least one positive moment a day, you will live longer (and be less annoying too).

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Replying to Ian McTernan CTA:
12th Oct 2020 11:57

And to be fair after The Treasury its passed down to HMRC and then on to the payroll software providers who are themselves struggling.
What would have made it easier is that it reverted to 80% as per original Furlough where everything is in place other than revised calculations on "normal average"

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By petestar1969
12th Oct 2020 13:01

This is all very well but I believe its about time all this lockdown nonsense is kicked into the long grass and everyone should get back to work...

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