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Coronavirus/COVID-19: Update 8 April 2020

We continue to get positive feedback in relation to our daily updates regarding the COVID-19 business support measures. It is good to know they are of help.

There have been no new announcements in relation to financial interventions. Our teams are working hard accessing any funds or schemes on behalf of clients, as you will see from the CJRS information below.

Therefore, we are taking the opportunity to update you on the efforts we are making to highlight those individual or businesses who will still receive little or no benefit from the support announced thus far. Also, a reminder that our team are all working ‘as normal’, albeit remotely, but our offices have a strict regime to ensure thorough hygiene security is maintained.

COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

We have covered CJRS in previous updates and following an update by HMRC can confirm the following individuals are covered:

  • Employees on any type of employment contract including zero-hours, flexible, part-time or fixed term
  • Apprentices
  • Agency workers (including those employed by umbrella companies)
  • Owner-managed businesses (including company directors) – but only on PAYE income
  • Salaried members of Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs)
  • Nannies and other domestic staff.

If as an owner-managed business you do make a claim, you will be furloughing yourself. As a result, you must not undertake any income generating work.

HMRC has indicated that a standalone portal will be introduced by the end of April 2020 (we understand it may be as early as 20 April) to allow the CJRS grants to be claimed. We are already contacting clients for whom we manage payroll, to collate the necessary information we require to make the claims on behalf of their employees. We are planning to be as prepared as possible as early as possible.

If you have any concerns or questions about CJRS we would encourage you to contact our payroll team who will be happy to help.

GWA is Open for Business

Once again, the message we want to get across is our offices may be closed but GWA is definitely open for business. It is only the way we have to conduct business that has changed.

Please continue to contact us by phone and to send us your documents and records. Where possible, electronically. We have a GWA online portal, which can be used to pass information between ourselves and our clients. If you don’t have access to this option please do get in touch as it is a simple operation to get this up and running.

If you are unable to send documents digitally, our offices can still be used as a drop off/pick up point. There are strict procedures that need to be followed in order to do this to both protect the health of our employees and our clients. These procedures can be found in our previous update.

Those Falling Outside Government Measures

In spite of the financial and economic support being the most far-reaching in living memory, we are very aware that there are businesses and individuals who still fall outside the scope of these measures.

We have now been in touch with local MPs, councillors along with key business, financial institutions and organisations on both sides of the border highlighting those areas that require further clarification and individuals that require further support.  An outline of our areas of concern can be found in our previous update.

We have been encouraged that the feedback from this communication has been very supportive. We hope that our efforts combined with those of others in applying consistent and high-level pressure will result in measures being extended to assist those that may currently run a serious risk of being left behind.

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