Flexible Furloughing – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

On 1 July, changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) saw flexible furloughing introduced, so employees will no longer have to be furloughed for a minimum period of three weeks.

Following the change the CJRS has more flexibility to allow claims on a pro rata basis. Employers will be able to permit employees to work some of the week and be furloughed for the rest.

An employee needs to have been furloughed for at least three consecutive weeks between 1 March and 30 June to be eligible for furlough from 1 July. Additionally, after 1 July, employers may be subject to a cap on the number of employees that can be claimed for in a CJRS claim they are able to make.

The CJRS changes have effect from 1 July until the closure of the scheme on 31 October.

Parents returning from statutory maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, shared parental leave and bereavement leave are broadly exempt from the CJRS furlough changes. So parents who are returning to work over the coming months will be eligible for the CJRS despite the scheme closing to new entrants on 30 June.

Additionally, from 1 August, the level of the grant will be reduced each month. From August the employer will need to pay employer national insurance and pension contributions for the time the employee is furloughed. For August, the government will continue to pay 80% of wages up to a maximum of £2,500 proportional to the hours the employee is furloughed. For September, the government will pay 70% of wages up to £2,187.50, and for October, the government will pay 60% of wages up to a maximum of £1,875. During these months employers will have to top up employees’ wages to ensure they receive 80% of their wages up to the £2,500 cap.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-which-employees-you-can-put-on-furlough-to-use-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

Yes, schools should still be charged and expected to pay EBP’s for their services during the COVID 19 outbreak!

The information and guidance from the Cabinet Office public bodies on payment of their suppliers is very clear that they should be paying suppliers as normal (even if their delivery is disrupted or suspended. The majority of EBPs are not centrally funded and are operating as small businesses who need the support from public bodies to ensure they are still in a position to resume normal contract delivery once the outbreak is over.

The full information and guidance are detailed clearly in the Procurement Policy Note 02/20 released in March. Available  HERE

“Proud Member” logo released

Today the AEBP have released its now “Proud Member” logo available for all our members to use on emails footers and other promotional materials.

A special logo for its members to use was asked for by many of our members at our two most recent events and is something we are delighted to make available.

It utilises our existing logo with its striking colours and is available in three different sizes.

The logo’s are available in the new “resources” section of the website. Which can be found by clicking HERE

Heathrow At-Home Learning Resources

Running low on ideas to keep the kids entertained? Look no further than Heathrow’s fun, new educational resources aimed at 7-11 year olds.

At Heathrow, our number one priority is always the safety of our passengers and colleagues. Our colleagues and partners are working around the clock to respond to the fast-moving impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), whether that be helping our passengers get to where they need to be as safely as possible or rearranging their travel plans.

We are also doing our part to help the local community during this challenging time. We have produced a number of fun and engaging educational activities to help primary schools and parents with at-home learning. These activities are suitable for children aged 7-11 and feature exciting aspects of the airport such as cargo and communications. Each activity takes around 45 minutes to complete.

Please access and download the Heathrow At-Home Learning Resources at www.heathrow.com/education:

  • Cargo Challenge
  • Communications Challenge
  • Quiz

Please share these activities with pupils, parents and any community organisations which may benefit.

We will be adding further activities in the coming weeks, so do check the website regularly for updates.

If you use these activities, or have any feedback, we’d love to hear from you at education@heathrow.com.

These activities form part of Heathrow World of Work, a youth employment movement to inspire future careers at the airport and beyond.

Best regards,

The Education & Skills Team

Heathrow Airport

Claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave (‘furlough’) due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you cannot maintain your current workforce because your operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), you can furlough employees and apply for a grant that covers 80% of their usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributions (up to the level of the minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contribution) on that subsidised furlough pay.

This is a temporary scheme in place for 3 months starting from 1 March 2020, but it may be extended if necessary and employers can use this scheme anytime during this period. It is designed to help employers whose operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to retain their employees and protect the UK economy. However, all employers are eligible to claim under the scheme and the government recognises different businesses will face different impacts from coronavirus.

For full up-to-date information check out the government website and advice

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

 

Budget 2020: measures to help business fight coronavirus

In the first Budget since October 2018, new Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out a comprehensive set of measures to support business and households through the coronavirus crisis with business rate relief, time to pay tax deferrals and underwriting the cost of statutory sick pay for smaller businesses

With coronavirus as the major concern facing the country, Sunak set out details of a £7bn fiscal stimulus to support British businesses and households through the crisis, while setting aside a £5bn funding pot for the NHS to deal with anything thrown up by covid-19.

‘What everyone needs to know is that we are doing everything we can to keep this country’s people healthy and financially secure,’ Sunak said.

‘Our economic response to bring stability and security. Let me say that we will get through this together. We will rise to this challenge. This virus is the key challenge facing our country today, but it is not the only challenge.

‘As we deal with coronavirus it is a Budget that deals with security today, but plans for prosperity tomorrow.’

‘There is likely to be a temporary disruption to our economy and business supply chains are being disrupted. For a period our productive capacity will shrink and there will be a reduction in consumer spending. This will have a significant impact on the UK economy but it will be temporary – people will return to work… life will return to normal. For a period it will be tough but we will return to normal.’

‘We need to support those who get sick or can’t work, we need to supply a bridge for businesses – we need a response that is temporary, timely and targeted.’

Sunak also said that he had been working closely with the Bank of England which announced a series of measures earlier today including cutting the base rate and releasing funding for small to medium sized businesses (SMEs).

Three-point plan

The Chancellor said the government would use ‘fiscal action to support public services, households and businesses, with a three-point plan’.

‘Whatever extra resources our NHS needs to cope with coronavirus they will get, whether it’s billions of pounds or millions of pounds, we stand behind our NHS

‘During the immediate crisis, we will make sure that our safety net remains strong enough for people to fall back on.

Statutory sick pay (SSP) will be available from day one for all those who are told to self-isolate and employees will be able to contain a sick note by contacting 111 rather than going to a GP. For those self employed and working in the gig economy, Sunak said the government planned to ‘make it quicker to access benefits. £1bn commitment to support financial stability of people.

Those on contributory employment and support allowance will be able to claim from day one instead of day eight.

Support for businesses

‘The measures on SSP are crucial for those who need to take time off work. If we expect 20% of workforce to be unable to work, so cumulative cost to SMEs would hit them hard. For businesses with fewer than 250 employuees.the cost of providing SSP for up to 14 days will be refunded by the government in full – this is equivalent to £2bn for small businesses.’

HMRC will also scale up the time to pay service to allow businesses and self employed to defer tax payments. A new helpline has been set up with 2,000 staff standing by ready to help.

Sunak also said banks would offer loans of up to £1.2m to support SMEs.

On business rates, Sunak said he was taking an ‘exceptional step to abolish business rates for live venues totally for this year and this will be extended as a 100% retail discount to any eligible retail operation.

For any businesses with rateable value below £51k, this will be waived equal to a tax cut worth £1bn for next financial year.

‘Nearly half of all business properties in England will not pay business rates,’ Sunak said.

‘On small business rates relief there will be a £3,000 cash grant per business to 700,000 of smallest businesses, and this is part of a £7bn support package for coronavirus.’

To assist small and medium businesses a new temporary business interruption loan will be made available to help with cashflow.

The overall package also sets aside up to £5bn for NHS to deal with coronavirus crisis, while the entire package equates to a £30bn fiscal stimulus to support British businesses and people.

HM Treasury: Support for those affected by Covid-19