Further Government Support

Toolkit download

You can download two toolkits to help amplify important messages about the current situation to your colleagues and networks.

  • The toolkit for business support can be found here
  • The toolkit for protecting against the spread of the virus can be found here
  • Guidance for employers, businesses and workers on test and trace can be found here

Your business can get advice and financial help from government-backed schemes. Enter your details and select the type of support you need.

Get financial support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can also get:

If you’re unemployed or on benefits you may be able to get extra help through your Jobcentre Plus work coach.

You can contact the government’s Business Support Helpline for free advice on:

Business Support Helpline (England)
Telephone: 0800 998 1098
Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm
Find out about call charges

This scheme will be open from 6 April 2021 until 31 December 2021. It takes over from the Bounce Back Loan Scheme and the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme which both ended on 31 March 2021.

The Recovery Loan Scheme is designed to help businesses recover and grow after disruption caused by coronavirus.

Businesses of any size, in any sector, can apply for funding of up to £10 million from accredited lenders.

You can use the funding for any legitimate business purpose, including growing and investing in your business.

The government guarantees 80% of Recovery Loans but the borrower is fully liable for the debt.

You’re eligible for a Recovery Loan if your business:

  • is currently trading in the UK.
  • is viable or would be viable were it not for the pandemic.
  • has been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

To apply, you’ll need to choose a lender and apply directly with them.

The list of accredited lenders and more information about the Recovery Loan Scheme will be available on the British Business Bank’s website.

If you cannot maintain your workforce because your operations have been affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), you can furlough employees and apply for a grant to cover a portion of their usual monthly wage costs where you record them as being on furlough.

For periods ending on or before 30 April 2021 , you can claim for employees who were employed on 30 October 2020, as long as you have made a PAYE RTI submission to HMRC between the 20 March 2020 and 30 October 2020, notifying a payment of earnings for that employee. This may differ where you have made employees redundant, or they stopped working for you on or after 23 September 2020 and you have subsequently re-employed them. You do not need to have previously claimed for an employee before the 30 October 2020 to claim.

For periods starting on or after 1 May 2021, you can claim for employees who were employed on 2 March 2021, as long as you have made a PAYE Real Time Information (RTI) submission to HMRC between 20 March 2020 and 2 March 2021, notifying a payment of earnings for that employee. You do not need to have previously claimed for an employee before the 2 March 2021 to claim for periods starting on or after 1 May 2021.

For periods ending on or before 30 June 2021 you can claim 80% of an employee’s usual salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. From 1 July 2021, the level of grant will be reduced each month and you will be asked to contribute towards the cost of your furloughed employees’ wages.

You do not need to have previously claimed for an employee before the 30 October 2020 to claim.

Employers can furlough employees for any amount of time and any work pattern, while still being able to claim the grant for the hours not worked.

You will need to pay for employer National Insurance contributions and pension costs. Find out more information on employer contributions to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

A new Job Support Scheme will be introduced to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus. Under the scheme, which will run for six months, the government will contribute towards the wages of employees who are working fewer than normal hours due to decreased demand.

Employers will continue to pay the wages of staff for the hours they work - but for the hours not worked, the government and the employer will each pay one third of their equivalent salary. In order to support only viable jobs, employees must be working at least 33% of their usual hours. The level of grant will be calculated based on employee’s usual salary, capped at £697.92 per month. The Job Support Scheme will be open to businesses across the UK even if they have not previously used the furlough scheme, with further guidance being published in due course. 

Agents who are authorised to do PAYE online for employers will be able to claim on their behalf.

Payments of £500 are available for residents who have received a notification from NHS test and trace to self-isolate, providing that period of self-isolation started on or after 28 September 2020.

The payment is to support those on low incomes, who would also lose income as a result of self-isolating, and to encourage people to get tested if they have symptoms.

The scheme will operate until 30 June 2021.

Eligibility for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment is restricted to people who:

  • have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive;
  • are employed or self-employed;
  • are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result; and
  • are currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.

Legislation is to be brought forward to allow small- and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19.

Small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, can now apply to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees.  

Employers are able to make claims to the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme through a new online service.

Find out more about the eligibility criteria for the scheme here

All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service.

These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities.

Find out more about eligibility and accessing the scheme here

A new Practice guide 80: useful information for conveyancers provides information about changes made to facilitate conveyancing and registration before and during the coronavirus outbreak. 

From 8 June 2020, new regulations will be in force requiring transport operators to ensure that passengers travelling to England from outside the common travel area are provided with public health information throughout the passenger journey. New guidance sets out the information that must be provided to passengers, and the manner in which it must be provided. 

New guidance has been published to help providers of higher education in England to understand how to minimise risk during the coronavirus outbreak and provide services to students. You can find the guidance here

The Universities Minister has also set out measures to support international students and the higher education sector including flexibility on visa regulations, and announcing the appointment of Sir Steve Smith as an International Education Champion to boost the numbers of international students in the UK. You can find more information here 

Healthcare providers can order additional personal protective equipment (PPE) through the portal to top up their existing supplies for COVID-19 in an emergency. The PPE portal can be used by  small social care and primary care providers. Providers who can use the service will receive an email invitation to register. Find out more here

Companies House have updated information on strike-off policy. From 1 June 2020, there will be an exception to the suspension of strike off activity. In cases where our law enforcement partners have concluded that companies are no longer in operation following an investigation, the registrar will continue with strike off action for those companies. Find out more here

The government wants help from businesses to increase testing capacity in the UK as part of its strategy to protect the NHS and save lives. We want to hear specifically from companies who can manufacture and supply:

  • consumables and equipment for coronavirus testing, in particular test kits (such as nose and throat swabs, transport media and vials) and RNA extraction lab consumables (such as reagents, plates and pipette tips)
  • new or existing types of coronavirus tests for antigens or antibodies.
  • public or private sector organisations that can offer laboratory capacity.

Find out more here

Last updated: 17 June 2021, 12:03