COVID-19 support for Midlands Engine businesses

COVID-19 support for Midlands Engine businesses

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To ensure that businesses have up to date access to COVID-19 business support, the Government has collated and consolidated all of the available information and support measures in one place.

Visit the Government page for full information on:

  • Access to funding and support
  • Responsibilities as an employer
  • Advice and guidance for managing your business during Coronavirus
  • How you can help

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Chancellor has announced that the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October.
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Additional clarifications to the scheme include:

  • Confirmation of what should form the basis for furlough pay for employees furloughed on return from (maternity/paternity/shared parental/adoption/sick/parental bereavement) leave
  • Confirming employees subject to TUPE transfer/ business reorganisation/ payroll consolidation can be furloughed
  • Confirming position for contractors in scope of IR35 in the public sector
  • More information on what information employers need to claim the grant
  • Clarifying circumstances where an employee shouldn’t be furloughed by multiple employers

The Government has also produced guidance on:

For a full list of FAQs summarising what you can and can’t do based on the new guidance please click here.

Business support from Midlands Engine Local Enterprise Partnerships

Midlands Engine LEPs have been quick to respond to the business need for guidance and support, and have put together dedicated resources for organisations in their areas:

Midlands Engine partnership – Responding to Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic is negatively affecting every part of the UK but research shows that the Midlands is likely to be the most adversely affected region. Extraordinary work is already being undertaken by Midlands Engine partners in response. As a partnership, we work towards collective action in all we do and right now, this includes addressing immediate challenges and enabling informed decisions to be made together, as we plan for the future of the Midlands economy.

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