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The federal government has promised to pay two-thirds of workers’ salaries if their enterprise is compelled to shut on account of native or nationwide coronavirus restrictions.
Employers will solely must cowl the nationwide insurance coverage and pension contributions of their workers, and may declare as much as £2,100 a month for every particular person on their payroll.
It’s anticipated that the federal government will announce a brand new three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions early subsequent week to exchange the patchwork of present native restrictions.
Areas with lower than 100 circumstances per 100,000 are understood to fall beneath tier one and will probably be required to observe nationwide restrictions such because the ‘rule of six’, whereas areas with an infection charges above 100 will probably be topic to stricter guidelines akin to bans on family mixing.
Tier three areas—these with considerably increased ranges of an infection—will possible face full lockdowns, with solely supermarkets, faculties and different important companies allowed to remain open.
This new system is anticipated to return into pressure in mid-October, whereas the contemporary assist introduced by the federal government will change into accessible to companies as soon as the Job Assist Scheme (JSS) begins on 1 November.
The JSS—which succeeds the federal government’s furlough scheme—will probably be accessible for six months pending a assessment in January, and companies who’ve been compelled to shut previous to the beginning date can nonetheless declare the two-thirds of their workers wage.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak stated: “All through the disaster the driving pressure of our financial coverage has not modified.
“I’ve at all times stated that we are going to do no matter is important to guard jobs and livelihoods because the state of affairs evolves.
“The enlargement of the Job Assist Scheme will present a security internet for companies throughout the UK who’re required to quickly shut their doorways, giving them the fitting assist on the proper time.”
The announcement comes after council leaders and regional mayors turned more and more irate with Downing Road on Friday on what native lockdown measures they need to anticipate, and when.
Conferences that had been scheduled for this morning have been later cancelled after which put within the diary once more for this afternoon and early night.
There’s a rising feeling that native authority leaders and mayors haven’t been saved within the loop as many learnt about potential new measures from briefings showing in newspapers.
One regional mayor advised PoliticsHome that the small print round new restrictions for the north had been chaotic and no-one from No 10 may say that they had been consulting with the areas usually with “a straight face”.
The Treasury stated at the moment’s announcement “comes alongside intensive engagement with native leaders at the moment on potential measures are coming of their areas”.
Tonight Eddie Lister, a senior adviser to the prime minister who labored with Boris Johnson when he was mayor of London, will give every metro mayor a 30-minute briefing about what the brand new restrictions will imply for his or her space.
Considerations are rising that complete areas will probably be moved into tier three, although they’ve a low variety of circumstances.
There are explicit worries that Wakefield will probably be categorised as tier three, although it has far fewer circumstances than Leeds.
Likewise Rotherham’s circumstances are decrease than Sheffield, which is anticipated to maneuver into tier three.
An area authorities supply stated: “The metro mayors needs to be getting this information from a minister, they don’t know why it’s an adviser. I feel No 10 is feeling a bit of chastened by the power of feeling notably from the north of England that we’ve got not been correctly concerned.
“There will probably be disquiet from these areas that might be tier two that will probably be advised they want to enter tier three aswell.”
The nation’s Metro mayors – which have been championed by ex-Chancellor George Osborne – had their first assembly of the complete pandemic with the communities and native authorities secretary Robert Jenrick solely this week.
That they had one nose to nose assembly with Boris Johnson final September.