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COVID-19: Recovery Roundtables and Furlough Scheme Updates

The Government has turned its attention to looking at how the UK can best recover from the Pandemic. We’ll be covering the launch of ‘Recovery Roundtables’ for UK growth, updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and which businesses and venues are reopening in the coming weeks.

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Business Secretary Launches Working Groups To Help Unleash Britain’s Growth Potential

Beginning this week, Mr Sharma will chair the first meetings of new ‘recovery roundtables’ bringing together businesses, business representative groups and leading academics. They will consider measures to support economic recovery and ensure we have the right skills and opportunities in place for our workforce over the next 18 months.

They will also explore key domestic and global challenges to support a green and resilient recovery and ensure the UK is at the forefront of new and emerging industries.

Focused on 5 key themes, each group will explore how business can work with government to deliver economic growth and jobs:

  • The future of industry: How to accelerate business innovation and leverage private sector investment in research and development
  • Green recovery: How to capture economic growth opportunities from the shift to net zero carbon emissions
  • Backing new businesses: How to make the UK the best place in the world to start and scale a business
  • Increasing opportunity: How to level up economic performance across the UK, including through skills and apprenticeships
  • The UK open for business: How to win and retain more high value investment for the UK

This initiative builds on the close engagement between the UK’s business community, the Business Department and across Whitehall as we have responded to the pandemic.

See: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/business-secretary-launches-working-groups-to-help-unleash-britains-growth-potential?utm_source=95271f04-649e-4202-9aa5-c9dbdd066689&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Businesses And Venues In England – Who Can Open And Who Must Stay Closed For Now

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, as quickly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect the NHS. The strategy sets out a roadmap to easing existing measures in phases. 

All businesses and venues outlined in the table below must not open to the public: failure to follow the law relating to these closures can lead to the individual responsible for the business being issued a prohibition notice, a fixed penalty notice or being prosecuted.

Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with guidance below. Online retail and click and collect services may continue.

Employers who have people in their offices or onsite are advised to ensure that employees are able to follow the government’s guidelines on working safely.

See: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close-guidance

Updated News On The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing:

From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant for their normal hours not worked. When claiming the grant for furloughed hours employers will need to report and claim for a minimum period of a week.

The scheme will close to new entrants from 30 June. From this point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full 3-week period prior to 30 June.

This means that the final date by which an employer needs to agree with their employee and ensure they place them on furlough is 10 June. Employers will have until 31 July to make any claims in respect of the period to 30 June.

Further guidance on flexible furloughing and how employers should calculate claims will be published on 12 June. Find out more information on how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing.

See: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/work-out-80-of-your-employees-wages-to-claim-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme?utm_source=87f40ebb-df6b-4d74-8886-19c77c76524c&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

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