Updates to Government Covid Initiatives:
Nov 30–Dec 15

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

Government guidance has been updated to reflect changes to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), the furlough scheme and other coronavirus-support packages. Here’s a selection of government updates from the end of November to mid-December.

The biggest change is to SEISS, which is now open for applications for the third grant. The third grant is stricter than the previous two, and you must satisfy three new criteria, but if you employ freelancers or contractors or you own a company, you may be eligible to claim.

To see how others are using SEISS, take a look at new statistics for November 2020.

Furlough guidance has also been updated now that the 30 November claims deadline has passed. You can find out how it impacts the employees you can put on furlough by clicking here. The furlough step-by-step guide has also been updated to reflect these changes.

To reflect the new local tier system implemented on 2 December 2020, there is updated guidance on how to request and record customer details to break the chain of transmission.

Public Health England has also updated its Commercial Workplace Action Cards, a selection of documents designed to be printed or downloaded to keep on-hand in case your business is impacted by coronavirus. Cleared for use in England only, the Action Cards are aimed at the owners and managers of single or multi-floor offices. 

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