Boris Johnson announced England will be under national lockdown restrictions again from November 5 until December 2. The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme allowed employers to furlough their staff, and a percentage of staff wages would then be paid by the Government. The scheme was due to end on October 31, but the Prime Minister announced the scheme will now be extended to cover the new England-wide lockdown.
The furlough scheme will cover 80 percent of employee wages, capped at a maximum of £2,500, while the stricter lockdown measures are in place nationally.
Business premises which are forced to close in England, such as restaurants, bars and retail shops, will also receive grants worth up to £3,000 per month under the Local Restrictions Support Grant.
Local authorities will also be given a further £1.1billion, distributed on the basis of £20 per head, to be used as one-off payments to support businesses.
The Prime Minister said during Saturday’s Downing Street briefing: “I am under no illusions about how difficult this will be for businesses which have already had to endure hardship this year. I am truly, truly sorry for that.
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“This is why we are also going to extend the furlough system through November.
“The furlough scheme was a success in the spring. It supported people and businesses in a critical time. We will not end it. We will extend it until December.
“There will be some differences compared to March. These measures above all will be time-limited, starting next Thursday, November 5.
“They will end on Wednesday 2 December, when we will seek to ease restrictions, going back into the tiered system on a local and regional basis according to the latest data and trends.”
The grant was originally planned to cover 20 percent of average monthly trading profits, capped at a total of £1,875 for the three-month period.
However the Chancellor later doubled this amount.
The third grant was due to give claimants 40 percent of average monthly trading profits, capped at £3,750 for the three-month period.
But it has now been announced the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme’s third grant will be increased to reflect the national lockdown in November.
The portion of the grant for November will cover 80 percent of profits.
This means the November to January grant will be worth 55 percent of profits.
The total over three months will be capped at a maximum of £5,160.
The scheme will open from November 30 for applications for the third grant.