Updates to Government Covid Initiatives: April - May 2021

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A roundup of recent startup and small business updates from GOV.UK.

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Government guidance has been updated to reflect changes to the SEISS grant scheme, the furlough scheme, apprenticeships in the UK, and more.

The most significant change is to the fourth SEISS grant, which is now live and can be accessed here. The fourth SEISS grant is set at 80% of 3 months’ average trading profits, paid out in a single instalment and capped at £7,500. The government has also released this supporting webinar. Applicants must sign up before 1 June 2021.

People who are self-employed and getting less work or no work because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can find the latest rates for the government’s various support schemes here.

A new YouTube video explains how employers can claim back some statutory sick pay (SSP) costs for employees forced to take time off work due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Also, for those who need advice on how to report support payments relating to self-isolation due to coronavirus (COVID-19) on your self-assessment tax return, click here.

The government has also released updated guidance on bringing apprentices in higher education back in for in-person teaching and learning on 17 May.

Finally, a reminder that claims for furlough days in April 2021 must be made by 14 May 2021. Visit the landing page here or if you’d like a recap on how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing, click here.

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