Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update 30th July 2021

With the lifting of many of the Covid-19 measures on 19 July 2021, UK Government has provided a comprehensive listing of the remaining restrictions and risk management measures in addition to the changes that will take place after 16 August 2021 when remaining restrictions are lifted.

Click here to access the latest Coronavirus advice and guidance.

Furlough Scheme Changes

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021. From 1 July 2021, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a maximum cap of £2,187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough.

From 1 August 2021, the government will pay 60% of wages up to a maximum cap of £1,875 for the hours the employee is on furlough.

For claims from 1st July 2021, employers must top up employees’ wages to make sure they receive 80% of their wages (up to £2,500) for the hours they are on furlough. The caps are proportional to the hours not worked.

Find out more about how the scheme is changing.

Claims for furlough days in July 2021 must be made by 16 August 2021.

Working from Home

Employees may be able to claim tax relief for additional household costs if they have to work at home on a regular basis, either for all or part of the week. This includes if they have to work from home because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Tax relief cannot be claimed if they choose to work from home.

They may be able to claim tax relief for:

  • gas and electricity
  • metered water
  • business phone calls, including dial-up internet access

They cannot claim for the whole bill, just the part that relates to your work.

For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/tax-relief-for-employees/working-at-home

New Subsidy Control Bill

The new Subsidy Control Bill was introduced to Parliament on 20 June setting out the UK’s new subsidy control system following the UK’s departure from the European Union. The Bill will allow the UK to create a new system for subsidies that can enable key domestic priorities, such as levelling up economic growth across the UK and driving our green industrial revolution.

Find out more about the measures in the Subsidy Control Bill by reading the policy papers.