Grants for employees during local lockdowns

Job scheme extended

Additional grant money will be available to pay for the employees of businesses who are forced to close due to coronavirus lockdowns.

The grant will cover 67% of employee pay for those unable to continue working due to legally required coronavirus business closures (max of £2,100 per employee per month). The employer will only have to cover NI and pension contributions.

If businesses are not legally required to close, the lower amount of grant payment will be available. This pays 1/3 of hours not worked, regardless of local lockdowns. It was first announced in the Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan.

Both schemes will be available for 6 months and will start at the beginning of November. You will be able to claim from the beginning of December using HMRC’s web portal.

For more details, please see the Government’s guidance.

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