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Government help schemes explained

COVID-19
Help for Business

HMRC HAVE ANNOUNCED THE JOB RETENTION SCHEME PORTAL FOR APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN ON APRIL 20TH

The government said it would not block furloughed employees from taking on additional work during the coronavirus crisis with a different company. EG A furloughed employee can get a job in a supermarket to boost their income if they wish.

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. Lesser & Co have reviewed the guidance, translated it into a user friendly graphical format and put additional helpful interpretations to help clients navigate the support that is relevant to their individual circumstances. See below for links to the relevant summaries and templates:

sole trader

New guidance on Government help and furlough scheme

New “guidance” on the extension was issued straight away. However, that guidance is far from complete, and many questions need answering before we can advise with any level of certainty.

Click here to find out what we know so far
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(Archived - out of date information) Job support scheme

This scheme has changed see the latest summary on government help

Click here to see a summary on the present government help scheme
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(Archived - out of date information) Rishi Sunak’s post-furlough plan

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered a statement setting out plans to help workers and businesses hit by new coronavirus restrictions.

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Temporary stamp duty cut

Temporary Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) cut – The government will temporarily increase the Nil Rate Band of Residential SDLT, in England and Northern Ireland.

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kickstart and job retention bonus

The government will introduce a new Kick start Scheme in Great Britain and also covered in the document the Job Retention Bonus.

Click here to see more info on both schemes
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Flexi furlough scheme

This guidance page was updated on 12 June to include details on how the scheme will change from 1 July.

Click here to see more info on the changes to the Job Retention Scheme
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Job Retention Scheme will continue until end of October

Furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500

Click here to see more infomation on the job retention extension
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SEISS Accountants can’t claim for clients - 4th May

Its been announced that the sole traders cannot ask their Accountant to make the claim on their behalf.

Click here to see more infomation on the new announcement
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Another grant from government for businesses - 2th May

who missed out on the previous grants of £10k and £25k

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Small firms are to get access to 100% taxpayer-backed

After they raised concerns about slow access to existing coronavirus rescue schemes.

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Submitting your furlough application

Submitting your application to Lesser & Co, our fees and receiving payment

Click here to see infomation on Submitting your furlough application
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Lesser & Co during lockdown

12 key points on how Lesser and Co have adapted and are now operating through this difficult period

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How does it work for Sole Traders (Updated - 02/11/20)

Contrary to the confusion caused by the Chancellor, his announcement regarding the self employed was for sole traders only, not Directors of Ltd companies. Directors of Ltd companies instead come under the job retention scheme.

Click here to see full infomation for Sole traders
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Can I furlough myself ?

Basically, you are asking two questions.
Can I Furlough my self ? Can I claim back 80% of my salary (normally £719 per month) from the government?

Click here to see full infomation for directors
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Job Retention Scheme

The Government has issued revised guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

click here to view the revised guidance as of April 4th
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Job Retention Scheme Latest (April 14th 2020)

Application process, reimbursement and other latest developments .

click here to view the Latest guidance as of April 14th
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Business Loan Scheme

CBILS has been significantly expanded along with changes to the scheme’s features and eligibility criteria. The changes mean even more smaller businesses across the UK impacted by the coronavirus crisis can access the funding they need.

Click here to see a key summary on the business loan scheme Click here to see information on how to apply for the scheme
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