Chancellor pledges £750m for charities

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has pledged a £750 million package to help charities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sunak announced the measure last night in an attempt to address concerns that some charities are facing collapse. As part of the scheme, £370m will go to small...

More firms planning to furlough staff

An increasing number of businesses are planning to furlough staff over the next week, according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). The coronavirus job retention scheme enables employers to obtain grants to cover up to 80% of furloughed workers' wages, up to...

Landlords want Govt. to clarify rent advice

Landlords are calling for clarification to the Government's position on tenants paying rent during the coronavirus outbreak. The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) said some tenants believe lenders have given landlords a three-month mortgage payment...

Groups back increased support for crisis-hit firms

Business groups have welcomed the revamped coronavirus business interruption loan scheme and a new scheme for larger companies. Last Thursday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak bolstered access to business interruption loans for small firms hit by the COVID-19 lockdown. Sunak...

Public-sector contractors in furlough boost

Public-sector contractors who are unable to work on ongoing contracts due to COVID-19 may be eligible for the job retention scheme. ‘Contingent workers', such as doctors or locums, who operate through personal service companies (PSC) can furlough themselves in some...