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UK Gov Covid-19 Support Schemes – British Coronavirus support schemes

I found lots of confusions amongst most of the potential beneficiaries of the UK Gov Covid-19 support schemes. So thinking this will be helpful, I have prepared this extract for general information in a user-friendly way to help a clear understanding of all supports available in one place.

UK Gov Covid-19 Support Schemes
UK Gov Covid-19 Support Schemes

Coronavirus Support for business – Grants from the British Government to Business :

Please have a look as below different UK Gov Covid-19 Support Schemes.

  1. Small Business Grant
  2. – Small businesses that meet the conditions below are eligible for the grant:
    • Must be a business that occupies a non-domestic property
    • Must be registered with the local council (have business rates accounts in local council) on or before 11 March 2020.
    • Have rateable value below £51,000 (it’s a value of your business for business rate purposes)
  3. Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
  4. – Companies in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector that meet the below conditions are eligible for the grant:
    • If your business has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, you may qualify for a grant of £10,000.
    • If your company has a property that has a rateable value of over £15,000 but less than £51,000, you may be eligible for a grant of £25,000.
    • The grant is provided for each business property you have.
  5. Business rates holiday
  6. – for businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure sectors:
    • 100% relief from business rates for the 2020-21 tax year. This applies to all businesses in these sectors in England and Scotland.
    • In Wales relief is given to businesses with a rateable value below £500,000.
  1. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
    The employer continues to pay salary to the furloughed employees and can claim up to 80% of the gross salary, employer’s NI and Employer’s minimum statutory pension contribution. The money will be paid to the employer.
    Conditions to meet:
    • To be eligible for this scheme, an employer must agree with the employee that they are a ‘furloughed worker’.
    • Employees must be notified that they have been furloughed for a minimum of three weeks to the maximum for four months.
    • The employee cannot do any work for the employer that has furloughed them.
    • You can claim 80% of gross wages up to a maximum of £2,500 per month per furloughed employee.
    • You can only claim for furloughed employees that were on your PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020.
    • A Real Time Information (RTI) submission notifying payment in respect of that employee to HMRC must have been made on or before 19 March 2020.
    • You must have a UK bank account.
  1. Limited Company directors
    • The directors who were on payroll on 19th March 2020 can apply for 80% of their gross pay (maximum £2,500 per month) under Job Retention Scheme (the same way as the employees).
    • The directors who are taking dividends only are not eligible for any support, unfortunately.
    • There are people and lobbying groups trying to put pressure on the government to extend the support for company directors not taking a salary. The outcome is yet to see.
  1. Self-employed & Partnerships
    Self-employed individual or a member of a partnership can claim up to 80% of their average monthly profits for up to 3 months (maximum £7,500).
    You are eligible if the below conditions are met:
    • you carry on a trade which has been adversely affected by a coronavirus.
    • you traded in the tax year 2018 to 2019 and submitted your Self- Assessment tax return on or before 23 April 2020 for that year.
    • you continued your trade after 2018-19 and still trading and intent to remain.
    • Your trading profits must be no more than £50,000 and at least equal to your non-trading income (e.g. rental income, interest etc.).
    The grant amount will be paid by HMRC directly into your bank account, in one instalment, and expected to pay in June 2020.
  1. Loan Schemes for Small & Medium-sized businesses & self-employed people:
    a. Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
    • Small to medium-sized business (SME) may be able to apply for a temporary loan (80% guaranteed by the government) for up to 6 years with no interest and loan repayment in first 12 months.
    • It’s available for UK based business having viable borrowing proposal (business plan).
    b. Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan
    • If your business is affected by a coronavirus, you may be able to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 through a Bounce Back Loan scheme.
    • The government will guarantee 100% of the loan, and for the first 12 months, you will not have to pay any fees or interest, or make repayments.
    • This scheme supports UK based small & medium-sized business which were running smoothly until December 2019 and have been affected by Coronavirus.
    • Business already struggling for any other reason are not eligible for this scheme.
  1. Extension of deadline to pay the tax liabilities
  2. If you cannot pay your tax bill on time because of coronavirus, you may delay it without penalty using HMRC’s Time to Pay service.
    Type of liability you have & Extended Deadline
    (a) Self-assessment 2nd payment on account due by 31 July 2020 is now extended to 31 January 2021
    (b) VAT liability due between 20 March – 30 June 2020 is now extended to 31 March 2021
    (c) Other taxes – Talk to HMRC for help Call HMRC on 0300 200 3835

Universal Credit

Those who are not eligible for Covid-19 support scheme, can apply for Universal Credit. Here is the link for online application:
https://www.universal-credit.service.gov.uk/postcode-checker

I hope this is helpful on UK Gov Covid-19 Support Schemes. If you have any queries related to this, please contact L N Ghimire. Stay safe, take care of yourself and your families and friends.

Author : L N Ghimire

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