Chancellor’s latest update for business and charities – 8 April

This afternoon, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, led the government’s daily Coronavirus press conference.  Here he announced several updates on matters affecting business and charities.

We’ve outlined the key points below.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC has that it will look to have the portal access up and running for claims to be made by 20 April. This date is earlier than expected, so may slip, but we will keep an eye on this.

If you do want Inspire to help make your claim, we will need authority to liaise directly with HMRC on your behalf. This usually takes around a week to come through. Therefore, please register here so we can help get the necessary details in place with HMRC, in order that we can help you make the claim as soon as it becomes possible.

Chancellor’s announcement

There were measures announced for a number of charities today by the Chancellor.  He was keen to say that no one would be forgotten and that charities were part of our social fabric. As such:

  • £750m will be made available to charities.
  • £370m of that will be made available to small local charities via the National Lottery Community Fund.
  • £360m will be directly allocated by Government departments.
  • A minimum of £20m will be allocated to the BBC’s The Big Night In

This is of course welcome, and hopefully further information will be available to Charities and Trustees shortly.

Bank holidays and Furloughed workers

The issue of whether to pay (or not pay) furloughed workers normal bank holiday pay, for the upcoming bank holidays, is one that is making a few of us stop and think right now. As is the issue of whether to allow employees to request their normal holiday entitlement during a period of furlough leave, given employees and workers must get their usual pay in full, for any holidays they take.

Currently there is no clear government guidance on the relationship between furlough and holiday. We would thus encourage all employers to seek their own HR or legal advice on this issue.

For more info, we’d refer you to both the ACAS and CIPD guidance, which have both recently been updated on this issue.

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