Coronavirus Update 24th March 2020

UK Government is issuing frequent updates on its advice to employers which can be seen at

Government advice for employees can be seen at

Government advice on the temporary restrictions to people’s free movement notified on 23rd March, can be found at

Government definition of key workers can be seen here and includes workers in the oil and gas sector for educational provision purposes

Government support for business includes

  • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,001 and £51,000
  • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank
  • a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
  • the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

Further details can be found at: