techUK Bulletin, 15 May: COVID-19 Taskforce

Today’s bulletin focuses on:

  • Self-Employment Income Support Scheme 
  • Quarantine at Arrival 
  • Roadmap Taskforces 
  • Trade Credit Insurance 
  • Safer Transport Toolkit and Holiday Entitlement 

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.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme is now open for claims. HMRC contacted self-employed individuals last week to let them know they could be eligible, and also launched its eligibility checker. The checker provides eligible self-employed individuals with a confirmed date between 13 and 18 May from which they will be able to apply for their grant. 

Quarantine At Arrival

The Home Office announced that all international arrivals not on a short list of exemptions will need to self-isolate in their accommodation for fourteen days on arrival into the UK. 

Small exemptions to these measures will be in place to provide for continued security of supply into the UK and not to impede national security or critical infrastructure. All journeys within the Common Travel Area will also be exempt from these measures. 

techUK has called for exemptions to be built into any new measures to ensure that those individuals travelling for business purposes, in the areas determined by Government as ‘key/critical’ (such as engineers) , can do so without the need to self-isolate.  

We welcome thoughts or case studies of any similar concerns around quarantine at arrival and how it may impact your business.

Roadmap Taskforces

The Government has created five new ministerial-led taskforces to develop plans for how and when closed sectors can reopen safely, following publication of the UK’s roadmap to rebuild Britain. The taskforces include one on ‘non-essential retail’ being led by BEIS.

Trade Credit Insurance

The Government announced it will temporarily guarantee business-to-business transactions currently supported by Trade Credit Insurance, ensuring the majority of insurance coverage will be maintained across the market. 

Details are to be finalised with industry and insurers, with an agreement aimed to be in place by the end of the month. The guarantee will be temporary and will provisionally last until the end of the year. It will be followed by a review of the TCI market as a whole.

Safer Transport Toolkit & Holiday Pay

DfT has created a Safer Transport toolkit to help inform the businesses and the public on the necessary steps they should be taking to stay safe when they travel using any form of transport. 

In addition, BEIS has published an explanation of how holiday entitlement and pay operate during the coronavirus pandemic, where it differs from the standard holiday entitlement and pay guidance.

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.

techUK continues its work supporting Government. If you wish to make an offer of support you can do so by emailing our dedicated inbox.


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