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Lock down 2 – what support is there?

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Further reading and source:

Businesses required to close:

Restaurants, bars and pubs will be required to close but can continue to offer takeaway services. In addition, the following businesses will be required to close:

  1. all non-essential retail (clothing, electronics, betting, tobacco and vape shops, betting shops, tailors, car washes, vehicle showrooms and travel agents)
  2. indoor and outdoor leisure facilities (gyms, swimming pools, gold courses, dance studios, shooting ranges and stables/riding centres)
  3. entertainment venues (theatres, cinemas, bingo halls, casinos, zoos and animal attractions)
  4. personal care facilities (hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, non-medical acupuncture and tanning salons)

Non-essential businesses can continue to offer delivery and click and collect services.

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Job Retention Bonus

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A Job Retention Bonus of £1,000 will be paid where:

  • An employee was previously furloughed.
  • An eligible furlough claim was made for that employee.
  • The employee remains continuously employed from 1st November 2020 to 31 January 2021.
  • The employee is not serving notice
  • The employee must have been paid at least £520 a month average for the 3 months preceding 5th February 2021
  • Taxable income must have been paid in the 3 months preceding 5th February 2021

Claims will be made after 15th February 2021 and must be made by 31 March 2021

Employees claimed on the Job Support Scheme from 1st November 2020, will also be eligible.

Directors are also eligible for the bonus, if all the above are met.

Love Accountancy are planning to file these claims for our clients.

FAQ COVID19 self employed

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FAQs for the self employed

  • First Published: 27th March

Last Updated: See below 

As we get answers to questions (or have new advice), we’ll add them here and send out a WhatsApp broadcast, so we can help as many people as possible. Follow this link to join the broadcast list:


6th May 2020

Application details are now on this page

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Frequently asked questions (FAQS) – Employers, Directors, Business premises grant, Loans

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  • First Published: 23rd March 11:45

Last Updated: See below 

As we get answers to questions (or have new advice), we’ll add them here and send out a WhatsApp broadcast, so we can help as many people as possible. Follow this link to join the broadcast list:


2 June 2020

New updates to the furlough scheme – here

29th March 09:50

Further details on furlough for directors – here

Furlough for employees in public funding sector – here

26th March 20:30

Self Employment summary – added to the self employed section below

Watch Martin Lewis on ITV at 20:30 

26th March 16:45

Tool kit for employers, provided by HR specialists Peninsula

25th March 19:45

Self employed support package to be announced tomorrow. Will watch and digest in the evening with a view to update on Friday.

24th March 07:30

Further layout changes into categories. More detail on furloughed employees and assistance for employers (inc director only businesses). Slight revisions to grant pages (we do think it’s an idea to speak to your local authority, even though gov advice is to wait). Although putting extra strain on gov resources may be a negative.

23rd March 19:45

Layout changes to make it easier to read. Answers to questions about grants and self employed help.
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How to get added to our WhatsApp broadcasts

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We are using WhatsApp broadcasting feature to send out updates, as we make them, instantly. We urge you to join.

It’s much easier and faster than sending out emails – it’ll also help keep inboxes clearer.

To get added to our list:

  1. Download WhatsApp if you haven’t already done so :
  2. Send us a WhatsApp message to 07860039927 – saying you want to be added to the broadcast list or use this quick link :,%20please%20add%20me%20to%20your%20WhatsApp%20broadcast%20
  3. Add this number (07860039927) to your contacts – this is important, if you don’t do this step, you won’t get messages. This is WhatsApps way of preventing spam messages
  4. How to add a contact: iPhone / Android

Covid-19: What can I do now? Plus useful links and numbers:

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Published: 18th March 2020

Last updated: 20th March 2020 (morning amendments in italics – text in blue is as at 18:30 (which is mainly a summary of the press conference – we’ll know more as information is released early next week) re: government support – this is one of those unusual situations where we only know info as it’s officially released – which you can also follow using the gov link below

22nd March 2020: Layout changes and amendments.

Remember, we’re all in this together. We can help each other get through it. If you need to talk, just call 01392927647

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