The Government have today announced that the Job Support Scheme coming in from 1 November 2020 will be expanded to support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions.
Businesses whose premises are legally required to close as part of local or national restrictions will receive grants to pay the wages of staff who cannot work. The Government grant will pay two thirds of employees’ salary up to a maximum of £2,100 a month.
Employers will not be required to contribute towards wages but will have to cover the national insurance and pension contributions for their employees.
Businesses will only be eligible to claim the grant while they are subject to local or national restrictions to not open and employees must be off work for a minimum of seven consecutive days.
The expanded scheme which will be UK wide will begin on 1 November in line with the new Job Support Scheme and will be available for six months. Grants will be paid in arrears starting in December and will be claimed through a HMRC claims portal.
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