Update – 24th March 2020


Update 24 March 2020

1.Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – NOTE

As an employer you must correctly communicate to workers by way of letter that they are being ‘furloughed’.

2.Support of Self-Employed workers

What is available?


There is currently a bill being discussed in parliament which will ensure that the self-employed/Freelancers are supported in line with the rates being used for employees. This of course could change.

An extract of this is below.


3.Hardship Fund

What is available?

The governments hardship fund will provide council tax relief to vulnerable people and households to help those affected most by coronavirus. The Hardship Fund will support those in receipt of Local Council Tax Support schemes by reducing their council tax liability for 2020 to 2021. The level of support is decided by the council, taking account of local circumstances, but will provide a reduction on council tax bills to lower income households, taking account of income and savings.

Who do I ask?

Your local authority – updates should be available through their website.


The Government is keen to ensure that support is provided as quickly as possible to individuals who are eligible. Council tax reductions should be applied as soon as possible from the beginning of the 2020-21 financial year and billing authorities should rebill council taxpayers as quickly as practical.

4.Corona Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) – UPDATE

What is available?

In the last hour we have been provided with this information from a commercial finance broker highlighting some key additional details.

  • Loans are available for £25,001 up to £5m.
  • Loan Term – 1 – 6 years.
  • No arrangement fees.
  • No security fees.
  • No interest payments for 12 months.
  • Up to 12 months Capital Repayment Holiday also available meaning nothing to pay for 12 months.
  • Loans in the scheme are limited to a maximum of 25% of 2019 turnover or double the annual wage bill, whichever is greater.

Who do I ask?

Your bank relationship manager in the first instance.

When is it available?

You can contact your bank now

Government Link  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

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Previous updates

18 March, 19 March, 21 March

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