Published Thursday, 9th July 2020

Yesterday afternoon the Chancellor announced a new round of measures to support the economy as we recover from the impact of coronavirus.

The key Announcements Are:

Help for Hospitality

  • VAT on food, non-alcoholic drinks, accommodation and attractions will be cut from 20% to 5% from Wednesday 15th July 2020 until 12th January 2021. Further guidance on the scope of this relief is expected to be published by HMRC in the next few days.
  • Every Briton will be given an "eat out to help out" discount. Meals eaten at any participating business Monday to Wednesday in the month of August will be 50% off at up to £10 per head. 

Housing Market

  • An emergency stamp duty holiday has been announced meaning home-buyers will be temporarily exempt from paying the tax for the first £500,000 of any property price.
  • This is expected to save an average of £4,500 and up to £15,000 on each purchase.
  • The 3% higher rate for purchases of additional dwellings will continue to apply on top the revised standard rates.
  • The increase in the stamp duty threshold from £125,000 to £500,000 is effective immediately and will run until the end of March 2021. 

Furlough: Job Retention Bonus

  • The chancellor re-confirmed that the furlough scheme will come to an end in October.
  • Businesses will be paid a £1,000 Job Retention Bonus by the government for every furloughed worker that is brought back and employed until the end of January 2021. Payments will be made from February 2021.
  • To qualify, workers must have been continuously employed and earn an average of more than £520 per month in November 2020, December 2020 and January 2021.
  • It will apply to all furloughed employees, with no cap on numbers.
  • Further details on this element of the furlough scheme are expected to be announced in July 2020. 

Kickstart Scheme

  • A new Kickstart Scheme fund will create government-subsidised jobs for unemployed young people.
  • Employers will be able to offer a six-month placement for people on Universal Credit aged between 16-24, who are at risk of long-term unemployment. The Treasury will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for up to 25 hours per week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions, for each young employee. 
  • There is no cap on the number of places available.
  • Businesses will need to prove that the roles offered are additional rather than replacement roles, as well as provide training and support to help individuals find permanent jobs. 
  • The scheme will be open for applications in July 2020 with the first jobs expected to commence in the Autumn. 

Training and Jobs

  • From August 2020 to January 2021, apprenticeships and training will be supported by bonuses for businesses.
  • Businesses will be offered a £1,000 per trainee payment with the grant capped at 10 jobs per firm.
  • £2,000 is also available for every new apprentice under 25 and £1,500 for every new apprentice above 25 hired. 

Greening the Recovery

  • Vouchers and grants of up to £10,000 will be issued to homeowners to pay for energy efficient upgrades to homes, such as loft and wall insulation.

Full details from here.

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