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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin 9 April 2020

09 April 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Employer and Employee Guidance

The latest guidance for employers on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is available here. Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave ('furlough') due to coronavirus. The online service you’ll use to claim is not available yet. HMRC have been working hard to develop this scheme and we expect it to be available by the end of April 2020. Employee Guidance is also available.

Chancellor sets out extra £750 million coronavirus funding for frontline charities

Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak. £360 million will be directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. £370 million will also be allocated for small and medium-sized charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund for those in England. The application system for the National Lottery Community Fund grant pot is expected to be operational in the coming weeks. You can find more information here.

New Updates and Guidance


Coronavirus: letter to the retail sector

Letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to those working in retail. The letter thanks all those who are working in retail during the coronavirus pandemic. The latest guidance on operating safely in the workplace during coronavirus for the retail sector is available here. The British Retail Consortium has also developed sector specific guidance on social distancing in warehouses and distribution centres aligned with this advice.

Coronavirus: letter to the manufacturing sector

Letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to those working in manufacturing. The letter thanks all those who are working in manufacturing during the coronavirus pandemic. Read the latest guidance on operating safely in the workplace for manufacturing and processing businesses during coronavirus.

Slides and datasets to accompany coronavirus press conference: 8 April 2020

How your business can help the coronavirus response

NEW: Help the government increase coronavirus (COVID-19) testing capacity

The government wants help from businesses to increase testing capacity in the UK as part of its strategy to protect the NHS and save lives. Find out more here.


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Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

Some aspects of business support are devolved. Specific information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales is available. In England, Growth Hubs can advise on local and UK Government business support.