Guidance for employees, the self-employed, employers, charities and businesses
The Government has announced a number of measures to support businesses, large and small, and their employees during the COVID-19 outbreak.
I am a business and an employer
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:
- a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
- a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
- a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
- small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief. These is managed by your local district council
- additional grant payments to small businesses (not previously covered by other small business schemes) who can demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restrictions measures can apply for a maximum of £25,000. This 'top up' grant scheme is also managed by your local district council
- grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000. (This scheme is managed by your local district council)
- the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank. View an infographic containing a summary of the CBILS scheme [PDF] or for more information visit the British Business Bank website.
- a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
- the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme
- a new Term Funding Scheme aimed at SMEs
- Covid Corporate Financing Facility for larger firms
Support for businesses with their Covid-19 staffing issues, be it urgent recruitment or the careful management of redundancies, can be provided through the D2N2 LEP and Futures Group and the Redeployment Triage Service.
I am an employee
If you are an employee, the Government advises that you work from home unless it is impossible to do so.
You can find out more about this from the Government's staying at home guidance
As an employee, there is also advice for:
- receiving sick pay due to COVID-19
- furloughed workers
- claiming benefits
I am self-employed
The Chancellor has unveiled measures to support those who are self-employed during the COVID-19 outbreak.
This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed.
You can apply if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and you:
- have submitted your Income Tax Self Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018-19
- traded in the tax year 2019-20
- are trading when you apply, or would be except for COVID-19
- intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020-21
- have lost trading/partnership trading profits due to COVID-19
Your self-employed trading profits must also be less than £50,000 and more than half of your income come from self-employment. This is determined by at least one of the following conditions being true:
- having trading profits/partnership trading profits in 2018-19 of less than £50,000 and these profits constitute more than half of your total taxable income
- having average trading profits in 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19 of less than £50,000 and these profits constitute more than half of your average taxable income in the same period
If you started trading between 2016-19, HMRC will only use those years for which you filed a Self-Assessment tax return.
I run a charity
The Chancellor has announced that charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak:
- £750 million pot for frontline charities across the UK – including hospices and those supporting domestic abuse victims
- £360 million direct from government departments and £370 million for smaller charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund
- government will match donations to the National Emergencies Trust as part of the BBC’s Big Night In fundraiser later this month – pledging a minimum of £20 million
I am concerned a business is ignoring guidance
To report concerns about a business which you believe is not following current Coronavirus guidance, please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.
There are currently several teams within Nottinghamshire advising businesses on their obligations and it will depend upon the type of business and the trader's location as to whether your concerns will be dealt with by Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards, a district council team or another partner agency. Following your call to the above number, your concerns will be forwarded to the appropriate team.
I employ young people aged 13-16 years
Nottinghamshire County Council wishes to enable young people for whom work permits have been issued to continue to work where it is safe to do so and especially where they are employed in a keyworker role such as newspaper delivery. Here is some guidance for those employing young people aged 13-16 years (inclusive) during the Coronavirus pandemic:
- Ensure risk assessments are up to date, signed and dated by parent/guardian, along with having emergency contact details for the young person.
- If any young person or their parent wishes to not continue with their work, then of course they should be released from their duties. Waiver normal leaver notice periods if people really want to give up.
- Issue notices to parents to reassure them and respond promptly to any concerns or objections. Pass on web links to Government and PHE information pages.
Businesses should ensure the young person is able to keep to the rules regarding social distancing when at work. This advice applies to both inside the business and in the external public areas. If this is not possible then the young person should be released from their role until social distancing rules are relaxed.
Young people should be reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds and more frequently than normal.
Provide tissues and hand sanitiser in the shop/business for the young people to use before during and after their shift.
If the young person presents at work with Covid-19 symptoms you must send them home and inform the parents straight away.
If the young person needs to self-isolate they should not be in work.
In the case of newspaper deliveries:
Ensure the young workers do not come into contact with the householders in their course of their work, being able to drop newspapers on door steps and through letter boxes. They should not be knocking on doors or obtaining signatures
Make arrangements for gloves and masks where required. The World Health Organisation has confirmed that the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low, and therefore the risk of contracting Covid-19 through receipt of a printed paper is infinitely small: www.inma.org/blogs/earl/post.cfm/zero-incidents-of-covid-19-transmission-from-print-surfaces
Young people should be delivering the round alone or with a member of the same household.
Consider options to deliver at a time that suits the worker if they feel more comfortable delivering when it is likely that there are fewer people about (though most deliver in the morning anyway) ensuring this still meets employment bylaws.
For further help and support please contact the Child Employment, Entertainment and Chaperone Team on firstname.lastname@example.org / 0115 8546082 email@example.com / 0115 8546070 or firstname.lastname@example.org / 0115 8546040.