Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the Winter Economy Plan today to help individuals and businesses through the coming 6 months after new restrictions were put in place last week.
The highlights are:
- A new job support scheme starting 1st November. Designed to run alongside the Jobs Retention Bonus, this scheme will enable an employee to work for 33% of their normal time and be paid for this by their employer with the Govt and the employer picking up the additional 66%...so in essence, the business will contribute 66% of the employee’s wages.
- SEISS will continue and there are potentially two grants that will be open to the self-employed – but with caveats. Only those currently eligible for the current SEISS scheme can apply…there will still not be any help for those who went self-employed during the 2019/20 tax year or since then.
- Tax cuts and deferrals – reduced VAT rates to continue, VAT payment deferrals extended and there is an additional 12-month extension on the “time-to-pay” for self-assessment taxpayers.
- The flexibility of Loan Repayments: repayment of “Bounce Back Loans” extended from 6 years to 10 years.
In addition to this more money will be made available for our public services.
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