Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin – 22 April 2020

This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). All coronavirus business support information can be found at gov.uk/business-support

Contents:

  • Reminder – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Coronavirus Business Support Blog
  • New Updates and Guidance
  • Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin – 21 April 2020

This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). All coronavirus business support information can be found at gov.uk/business-support

Contents:

  • Business Support Checker Tool
  • New Updates and Guidance
  • Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

Read more: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin – 21 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin – 20 April 2020

This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). All coronavirus business support information can be found at gov.uk/business-support

Contents:

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Open for applications today
  • Billion pound support package for innovative firms hit by coronavirus
  • New Updates and Guidance
  • Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

Read more: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin – 20 April 2020

Guidance: Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Contents:

  1. Before you start
  2. What you’ll need
  3. How to claim
  4. After you’ve claimed

Chancellor extends furlough scheme to end of June

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended by one month to reflect continuing social distancing measures.

  • move will allow firms from across UK to continue to protect millions of jobs
  • scheme will continue to be monitored to ensure people and businesses can get back to work as soon as it’s safe to do so to drive UK economic recovery

The government’s unprecedented furlough scheme that is keeping millions of people in jobs will be extended for a further month, the Chancellor confirmed today.

Following on from yesterday’s announcement to keep the social distancing measures in place, Rishi Sunak said the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) would now be open until the end of June – providing businesses with the certainty they need.

The scheme, which allows firms to furlough employees with the government paying cash grants of 80% of their wages up to a maximum of £2,500, was originally open for three months and backdated from the 1 March to the end of May.

However, the Chancellor said he would keep the scheme under review and extend it if necessary.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said:

We’ve taken unprecedented action to support jobs and businesses through this period of uncertainty, including the UK-wide Job Retention Scheme. With the extension of the coronavirus lockdown measures yesterday, it is the right decision to extend the furlough scheme for a month to the end of June to provide clarity.

It is vital for people’s livelihoods that the UK economy gets up and running again when it is safe to do so, and I will continue to review the scheme so it is supporting our recovery.

The government has taken unprecedented action to help the economy and society bridge a period of national emergency so that as many people as possible can get back to work as the situation improves.

This week the Office for Budgetary Responsibility said the CJRS is limiting the impact on employment. Brewdog and Timpsons are among the thousands of businesses up and down the country furloughing their staff.

Future decisions on the scheme will take into account further developments on the wider measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus, as well as the responsible management of the public finances.

Read more: Guidance – Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

 

Climate Change Agreements (CCA) Newsletter 16 April 2020

In this newsletter:

  • CCA Extension Consultation
  • CCA Evaluation Report
  • Annual Charges Update

CCA Extension Consultation

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched a consultation on extending the CCA scheme for two years.  See: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/climate-change-agreements-scheme-extension-and-reforms-for-any-future-scheme

You have until 11 June 2020 to respond.

The consultation sets out how the scheme will re-open to new entrants.  You can now apply for your facilities to join the scheme although approval is subject to the outcome of the consultation. The guidance “setting up climate change agreement” tells you how to apply https://www.gov.uk/guidance/setting-up-a-climate-change-agreement-cca. The closing date for applications is 30 September 2020 but no new agreements will be issued until December 2020 at the earliest.

Please be aware that we intend to contact operators directly about the launch of the consultation, but will delay doing so until next week.

CCA Evaluation Report

BEIS has also published the report of its evaluation of the current CCA scheme.  See: www.gov.uk/government/publications/second-climate-change-agreements-scheme-evaluation.

Annual Charges

We can confirm that we will be issuing Memorandum of Accounts for the 2020/21 annual target unit charges to sector associations on 16 April 2020.

Given the delay in sending the MoAs out, we have extended the deadline for sector associations to advise us of the number of Direct Debit instalments they would like to use.  Please email cca-help@environment-agency.gov.uk to confirm arrangements by 27 April 2020.

Similarly, we ask that any sector associations that need to either set up or amend a previous Direct Debit instruction email SSCL (our finance service provider) at: sscl_directdebit_mailbox@gov.sscl.com by 27 April 2020.

Coronavirus

We recognise the wide range of challenges Coronavirus is causing across the country and that some customers are particularly affected by the recent moves to restrict the impact of the virus.

If you will experience difficulties in paying annual charges in a timely manner as a result of the impact of Coronavirus please email cca-help@environment-agency.gov.uk.  It may be possible to set up a payment plan as a result of your circumstances.

The Environment Agency will continue work to provide the appropriate level of regulation and services for our customers to ensure the environment is protected.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the content in this newsletter, contact us at cca-help@environment-agency.gov.uk

Trade and investment core statistics book

The most up to date snapshot of the UK’s trade and investment position, summarising trade statistics produced by ONS, HMRC, DIT and others.

Read more: Trade and investment core statistics book

Update from GOV.UK – great.gov.uk performance dashboard

Department for International Trade (DIT) statistics showing performance indicators for digital services on great.gov.uk.

Read more: Update from GOV.UK – great.gov.uk performance dashboard

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 16 April 2020

This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). All coronavirus business support information can be found at gov.uk/business-support.

Contents:

  • Continuation of Social Distancing Measures
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – extended eligibility
  • New Updates and Guidance
  • Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

Read more: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 16 April 2020