The government will expand its Job Support Scheme (JSS) to protect jobs and support businesses closed due to local lockdowns. The business had to close their doors due to local lockdowns as the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continues to rise in some areas.
So, under the JSS extension, the government will pay two-thirds of employees’ salaries to protect jobs over the coming months.
The government will increase cash grants for businesses required to close as a result of local lockdowns are being up to £3,000 per month. There are firms with premises legally shut for some period over winter as part of a local or national lockdown. They will receive grants to pay the wages of employees who cannot work under the expansion.
Further, the government will support eligible businesses by paying two-thirds of each employee’s salary. If the salary is up to a maximum of £2,100 a month.
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Who will be eligible for the Job Support Scheme (JSS)?
The scheme begins on 1 November 2020 and will be available for six months. The government will review the scheme in January 2021.
In response to the expansion, Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), said:
‘The steep rise in infections in some areas means new restrictions to curb numbers feel unavoidable.’
‘The Chancellor’s more generous job support for those under strict restrictions should cushion the blow for the most affected and keep more people in work.’
‘But many firms, including pubs and restaurants, will still be hugely disappointed if they have to close their doors again after doing so much to keep customers and staff safe.’
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