Just a brief “up front” blog post regarding forthcoming COVID support.

The Government has announced additional economic support to help businesses most affected by the Omicron variant of coronavirus:

• businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises, and more than £100 million discretionary funding will be made available for local authorities to support other businesses

• the government will also cover the cost of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for coronavirus-related absences for small and medium-sized employers across the UK

• £30 million further funding will be made available through the Culture Recovery Fund, enabling more cultural organisations in England to apply for support during the winter.

For further information just search for ‘Omicron support for businesses’ on GOV.‌‌UK.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme

If you’re an employer with fewer than 250 employees and you’ve paid SSP to your employees for absences linked to coronavirus-related sickness or self-isolation, then you could be eligible for support.

Repayments will be made at the relevant standard rate of SSP that you paid to current or former employees for any eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 21‌‌ December 2021, for a period of up to two weeks. Claims will be able to be made retrospectively from mid-January 2022.

Full guidance including eligibility and how to make a claim will be published on GOV.‌‌‌‌UK shortly and we’ll update this post as and when we get more information. In the meantime, you can find out more information by searching for ‘COVID-19 economic support package’ at GOV.‌‌UK.

Time to Pay arrangements

If you’re facing difficulty in making a tax payment, HMRC will once again be offering Time to Pay arrangements, where you can pay these payments in affordable instalments.

HMRC will consider offering businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in particular the option of a short delay and payment in instalments, on a case-by-case basis as part of this. Search ‘Time to Pay’ on GOV.‌‌UK for more information.

Further information will be made available when we get it!

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