Updated Business Closure Guidance

There’s updated business closure guidance for those who have been forced to close due to government restrictions. You can get up to date information from your local council, or contact us at Jones Harris.

Some of the Updated Business Closure Guidance –

Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

The Bounce Back Loan Scheme enables smaller businesses to access finance more quickly during the coronavirus outbreak. New options are available to top up existing loans, extend the loan period, make interest-only repayments, or pause repayments.

The scheme is open to applications until 31 January 2021. If you already have a Bounce Back Loan but borrowed less than you were entitled to, you can top up your existing loan to your maximum amount. You must request the top-up by 31 January 2021. For more information about the scheme click here.

Claiming Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to Coronavirus

Find out if you can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees’ coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). The online service to claim back SSP is now available. For more information on who can use the scheme, click here.

Restaurants, pubs and cafes will get automatic freedoms to provide takeaway services for another year.

This was due to end on 23 March 2021 but will now be extended by another year. To know more about the automatic freedoms to provide takeaway services for another year, click here

How HMRC will continue to support customers and the economy –

HMRC’s work has been at the centre of the government’s response to COVID-19. HMRC have issued a briefing on how they will work with customers and stakeholders over the coming months, while COVID-19 continues to impact the country.

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