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Coronavirus COVID-19 Business Support Update - Thursday 26th March 2020

26th March 2020, 11:03
Covid 19
COVID 26.03

Support for the self-employed

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at yesterday's daily press conference that measures for the self-employed will be unveiled by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak later today.

After giving thanks to the 405,000 people who have signed up to the NHS Volunteers scheme, Mr Johnson said the Government had given “unprecedented support” to businesses and employees of all kinds.

Discussing the announcement coming later today, Mr Johnson explained that it had taken longer to come up with further support for the self-employed because of the complexity of their working arrangements.


Latest Guidance 

Business Premises closures:

Guidance on the closure of all retailers that sell non-essential goods and other non-essential premises, as part of further social distancing measures has been updated to include additional details to the list of businesses and premises that must remain closed. Guidance has also been added on work carried out in people’s homes. The guidance is available here.

Companies House accounts filing extension

Companies House have announced that businesses will be given an additional three months to file accounts to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impacts of COVID-19.

Full guidance on applying for an extension can be found

COVID-19 advice for accommodation providers

Guidance and advice for those providing hotel and other accommodation in the UK has been published for the first time here.

DIT support for UK businesses trading internationally

The advice for UK businesses that export or deliver goods and services abroad and have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19 has been updated. You can find it here

Employers do not have to report gender pay gaps

Enforcement of the gender pay gap reporting deadlines are suspended for this reporting year (2019/20) due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The decision means there will be no expectation on employers to report their data.


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