Plan B – What does it mean for you and your business?

As infection rates of the Omicron COVID-19 variant rise across the UK, the Government has decided to implement its Plan B measures to restrict the spread of the virus. Although this announcement was expected, and details of it widely publicised beforehand, here is what you need to know: The return of work from home guidance – From Monday (13 December), office workers should work from

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Take advantage of the extension to the Recovery Loan Scheme

Find out how your businesses can benefit from this Government-backed funding Although much of the COVID-19 financial support has been withdrawn, the Government still wants businesses to access funding to aid their recovery. That is why the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has extended the Recovery Loan Scheme until 30 June 2022 – instead of it ending on 31 December this year. Intended to bridge the gap

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The fifth round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is now open

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced that the portal for the fifth round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is now open. In recent weeks, the tax authority has been directly contacting taxpayers that it believes are eligible for the fifth round of the scheme, providing them with their personal claim date. These individuals can now make a claim from this date using

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Government updates self-isolation rules with limited exemptions for 16 sectors

While most Covid restrictions in England ended on Monday 19 July, the requirements for people testing positive and their close contacts to self-isolate will continue to apply until 16 August, when they will change for under-18s and double-vaccinated adults. However, with more than 600,000 people required to self-isolate as close contacts of a positive Covid case in the last week, fears are growing over consequent

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Guidance for the fifth round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) published

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published detailed guidance for the fifth round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), which will open for claims in the coming weeks. Instead of announcing a specific date on which the new round of the scheme will go live, HMRC will contact self-employed individuals it has identified as potentially being eligible for a grant from ‘mid-July’, with claims

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Businesses can still access the Recovery Loan Scheme

Businesses affected by Coronavirus can still access the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) launched in April, despite the closure of applications for other Government loan schemes, including the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). The RLS opened for application on 6 April 2021, following the closure of several other Government loan schemes on 31 March 2021. Finance worth up to £10 million, backed by a Government

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Fifth round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme to launch in late July

The fifth round of the Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will launch in late July, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed. This round of the SEISS will differ from previous rounds as it will be paid at two different rates, which depend on the reduction in turnover a self-employed individual experienced in the year from April 2020 to April 2021. Those whose turnover

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Government extends ban on commercial evictions until March 2022

The Treasury has reassured many distressed business owners by confirming that a moratorium on commercial evictions introduced in April 2020 will now be extended for another year. The ban, introduced more than a year ago, has already been extended twice and was due to expire at the end of June but will now remain in place until at least March 2022. Under the temporary rules,

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