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COVID-19 – support grants and loans update

This week has seen a flurry of changes to the various government support schemes. We have summarised a few in this article.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

The HMRC portal – where you formally register your claim – should be live as from 20 April 2020. HMRC have published a “user” guide to the claims process. In the general information about the scheme the guide says:

To be eligible for CJRS an employer must agree with the employee that they are a ‘furloughed worker’.
Employees must be notified that they have been furloughed.
Employees must be furloughed for a minimum of three weeks.
The employee cannot do any work for the employer that has furloughed them.
You can claim 80% of wages up to a maximum of £2,500 per month per furloughed employee.
A separate claim is needed for each PAYE scheme.
You can only claim for furloughed employees that were on your PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020.
An 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.

The Chancellor has also confirmed that due to the extension of the lock-down period for a further three weeks, claims can be extended to 30 June 2020.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Schemes (CBILS)

A reminder that banks cannot ask for a personal guarantee if the loan is below £250,000.

For loans over £250,000, personal guarantees will be limited to 20% of any amount outstanding on the CBILS loan after any recoveries from business assets have been considered.

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