Step 3 restrictions to remain in place

The government has announced a four week pause at Step 3 in the roadmap out of lockdown. You should continue to follow the national guidance on what you can and cannot do. It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July, though the data will be reviewed after two weeks in case the risks have reduced.

As a reminder, key rules for Step 3 include:

  • You can socialise indoors in a group of up to six people or two households, including for overnight stays
  • Up to 30 people can meet outside
  • Pubs, theatres and other venues can open indoors
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can open for people on holiday
  • You should work from home if you can.

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Patron: The Government announces increased support for the self-employed, Taylorcocks

Further to the announcement of the second lockdown and the extension of the Furlough Scheme, the Chancellor has made changes to the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme that will apply from 1st November 2020.

The Chancellor has increased the grant available for November from 40% to 80% of average trading profits, whilst the grant for December and January remains at 40% of profits. The cap for the grant for the 3 months ended 31 January 2021 has therefore been increased from £3,750 to £5,160.

In addition, the claims window will now open on 30th November until 14th December, so businesses that are adversely affected by COVID can access a larger grant sooner.

The Government has also extended the deadline for applying for Government-backed loan schemes to 31st January 2021.

If you require guidance on any of these changes, please contact your TC adviser on 0330 088 7111 or visit www.tc-group.com.