Key dates for Coronavirus support schemes

Key dates for Coronavirus support schemes

With numerous Government schemes open to businesses and individuals to help deal with the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, there are dozens of key dates to be aware of in the coming months, including:

31 August 2020

Eat Out to Help Out closes to customers.

1 September 2020

Grants from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) taper down to 70 per cent of a furloughed employee’s usual wages up to £2,187.50 a month, with employer required to contribute another 10 per cent, so that furloughed employees continue to receive 80 per cent of their usual wages.

30 September 2020

The deadline for venues to claim from the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

1 October 2020

Grants from the CJRS taper down to 60 per cent of a furloughed employee’s usual wages up to £1,875 a month, with employer required to contribute another 20 per cent, so that furloughed employees continue to receive 80 per cent of their usual wages.

31 October 2020

CJRS closes. Employees can no longer be furloughed after this date.

30 November 2020

Last date for making claims for the CJRS.

31 January 2021

Deadline for Self-Assessment payments on account deferred from 31 July 2020.

Date until which staff previously furloughed under the CJRS, who have been brought back and paid £520 on average from October to January must be continuously employed for the employer to qualify for a £1,000 Job Retention Bonus.

31 March 2021

Deadline for payments of VAT payments deferred between March and June 2020.

We have also prepared a grid of Government support timeframes to help clarify the support available at any point in time over the coming months.

Eat Out to Help Out opens for claims

Eat Out to Help Out opens for claims

With the first week of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme now concluded, the online portal is opening for pubs, bars, restaurants and certain other hospitality venues to claim funds from the scheme.

The scheme offer grants covering the whole cost to restaurants, cafes and pubs that sell food of providing a 50 per cent discount, capped at £10 per head, on food and non-alcoholic drinks purchased for consumption on the premises from Mondays to Wednesdays in August.

Eat Out to Help Out is open to businesses that were registered with their local authority as food businesses on or before 7 July 2020, provides or shares a dining area for eat-in meals and sells food for consumption on the premises.

Those offering the scheme have been able to register since 13 July to take part, however, it has only been possible to make claims from the scheme since 7 August 2020.

Participating venues can only claim seven days after registering and can only claim once each week, with payments being made within five working days of claiming.

The deadline for making claims is 30 September 2020.

To claim, venues must record and submit:

  • total number of diners who have used the scheme discount
  • total value of all eat in food and non-alcoholic drink sold where the scheme discounts were given
  • total value of scheme discounts given and claimed for

Venues must submit claims themselves and cannot use an agent to do so on their behalf.

Green Homes Grant guidance published

Green Homes Grant guidance published

The Government has published further details of the Green Homes Grant, announced by the Chancellor at his Summer Economic Update on 8 July.

The scheme provides vouchers worth up to £5,000 for most homeowners or £10,000 for households on low income to install energy-saving primary measures, including:

Insulation: Solid wall, cavity wall, under-floor, loft, flat roof, a room in roof, park home.

Low carbon heat: Air source heat pump, ground source heat pump, solar thermal

Householders installing or upgrading primary measures, can then also use them towards secondary measures, including:

  • Draught proofing
  • Windows and doors: Double/triple glazing (where replacing single glazing), secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing), upgrading to energy-efficient doors (where replacing doors installed before 2002).
  • Heating controls and insulation: appliance thermostats, hot water tank thermostats, hot water tank insulation, smart heating controls, zone controls, delayed start thermostat, thermostatic radiator valves.

However, funding towards secondary measures is capped at the level of funding provided for primary measures.

The funding can be used for properties, including:

  • All owner-occupied homes (including long-leaseholders, shared ownership)
  • Landlords of private rented sector domestic properties
  • Landlords of social sector domestic properties (including LA owned homes)
  • Park home owners (for residential sites including Gypsy and Traveller sites)

However, new-build domestic properties and non-domestic properties are not eligible for the scheme.

Later in August, households in England will be able to access advice on improving energy efficiency through the Simple Energy Advice Service, which will suggest home improvements. Households will then be able to apply for vouchers covering around two-thirds of the cost.

They will be provided with a list of approved TrustMark and MCS-registered tradespeople in the local area who can carry out the work.

It is expected that the first vouchers will be issued from the end of September.