techUK Bulletin, 1 June: COVID-19 Taskforce

From today techUK’s COVID bulletin will move to one day a week – every Monday. 

Today's bulletin focuses on: 

• Furlough flexibility 
• Lockdown easing
• Testing capacity

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. 


Furlough Flexibility

 

On 12 May the Chancellor announced an extension of the Job Retention Scheme, with further details released on Friday. From 1 July 2020, businesses will be given the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back part time.

Individual firms will decide the hours and shift patterns their employees will work on their return, so that they can decide on the best approach for them - and will be responsible for paying their wages while in work.

From August 2020, the level of Government grant provided through the job retention scheme will be slowly tapered to reflect that people will be returning to work. For further details of how this tapering will work click here

The Chancellor also confirmed that those eligible under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be able to claim a second and final grant in August. The grant will be worth 70% of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months’ worth of profits, and capped at £6,570 in total.


Lockdown Easing

 

Today marks the first day of an ease in lockdown restrictions with some school years returning, outdoor markets and car showrooms being allowed to open and groups of 6 (in England) being allowed to meet as long as they maintain social distancing.

All other non-essential retail is preparing to reopen, tentatively pencilled in for 15 June, whilst a review has been ordered by the Prime Minister to examine whether the 2m social-distancing rule remains necessary or can be reduced. This review is expected to report in time to allow businesses to prepare.


Testing Capacity

 

Following the rapid expansion of coronavirus testing, the UK reached the 200,000 capacity target on Saturday 30 May, including capacity for 40,000 antibody tests a day. 

The Government hopes that with this new testing capacity the rolled-out test and trace programme will help identify and isolate new cases of the virus, controlling its spread and helping to gradually and safely ease lockdown measures.


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. techUK also 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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