techUK Bulletin, 6 May: COVID-19 Taskforce

Today’s bulletin focuses on:

  • Contact tracing app
  • Update on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme 

techUK's dedicated mailbox is open for any queries, questions and concerns you may have.

For more information and the latest guidance please visit techUK’s COVID-19 information hub which is updated daily. 

Contact Tracing App

The NHS launched a trial of its test, tracking and trace capabilities on the Isle of Wight. From Thursday residents will have access to the new NHS contact tracing app, designed to speed up contact tracing and limit the spread of the virus.

The trial marks another step towards its expected mass roll-out in mid-May. While contact tracing apps are not a panacea to avoiding a resurgence of COVID-19, they can help in the broader strategy that includes testing and tracing.  

It is critical that contact tracing apps be built and implemented in a way that engenders public trust, this is key to their success. You can read our blog on five steps we believe can help make that happen. 

Update on Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

The Treasury announced that the introduction of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will be brought forward from June to 13 May. HMRC will begin contacting eligible self-employed individuals this week by email, text and letter to inform them if they can apply.

In addition, the Treasury included updated guidance in response to industry feedback, including around the time period that can be claimed for, parental leave, and detail on how individuals or their business can be “adversely affected” by COVID-19, in order to claim the grant. 

Further to this, the Government published guidance on which expenses are taxable if your employees work from home due to coronavirus.

How we are supporting our members

techUK continues to support our members and the wider tech industry through this period.

Please visit techUK’s COVID-19 Information Hub for the latest information and guidance. Listen to this month's techUK Podcast on healthtech during COVID-19.

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  • Harri Turnbull

    Harri Turnbull

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