Updates to Government Covid Initiatives: August 18 — September 10

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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 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, various grant programmes, the Kickstart Scheme, and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). 

The first change is to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough), which winds up on 30 September 2021. On that date employers must decide to either bring employees back to work, terminate their employment (redundancy rules apply), or agree to changes to the terms of their employment. Find out what to do when furlough ends by following the link. 

SMEs interested in the latest estimates by local authorities for payments made under the Additional Restrictions Grant, Local Restrictions Support Grant, Christmas Support Payment or Restart Grant should visit the linked page. 

Want to know how to add more jobs to your Kickstart Scheme grant? The government has released additional information and a link on the associated landing page. You can also find newly published remittance advice for employers in the section.  

There’s updated guidance on the right to work checks required by employers during the coronavirus pandemic — the end date has now been extended to 5 April 2022. 

If you included your SEISS grants in an incorrect part of your self-assessment tax return, you can make amendments by phoning the calling this new number: 0800 024 1222.

Finally, discover the UK government’s Help to Grow Scheme, supported by Barclays, a 12-week programme that advises small and medium enterprises on how to innovate, reach new customers and grow. Eligible businesses will be given vouchers to get up to 50% off the purchase of new productivity-enhancing software — up to £5,000 each. 


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