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  • Writer's pictureSally Charlesworth

Here we go again

As another national lockdown looms large, the chancellor has announced some further changes to the support business can receive:


The furlough scheme has been extended for November, the government will fund up to 80% of unworked hours (up to £2,500pm) with the employer paying the NI and pension costs (similar to the CJRS in August) - claims will be for a minimum of a 7 day period.

To qualify staff must have been employed on 30th October, flexi furlough will be available and the staff doesn't have to have been furloughed on a previous occasion.

Further details are yet to be announced.

Local grants are also available for businesses forced to close, up to £1,334 per month for those with a rateable value of less then £15k - these are to be claimed via local government.


Unfortunately there have been no changes announced so far on the level of help available to the self-employed - at the date of this post - the level remains at 40% of your average monthly trading profits, to cover the next 3 months (Nov-Jan) capped at £3,750, this will be available to claim on 14th December 2020.

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