regular update from John Bridge OBE DL

Kickstart Scheme – How to register your interest

As previously advised on Wednesday the Kickstart Scheme is now live.

The scheme is planned to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 who are at risk of long term unemployment.

Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

To help smaller businesses, employers offering fewer than 30 placements will be asked to make a bid through an intermediary, who will then bid for 30 or more placements as a combined bid.

Working in partnership with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) we are planning to provide this service initially through a portal for you to register your interest.

If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, register your details and a member of the CPCA team will be in touch to help you with your application.

On Thursday 10 September at 4.00pm our Championing Business event will focus on the Kickstart scheme with the opportunity to have your questions answered. Find out more and register here

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Please remember the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing: 

  •  From 1 September the government will pay 70% and employers will pay 10% of employees’ wages for the time they are being furloughed. Employers will also continue to pay their National Insurance and pension contributions
  • From 1 October the government will pay 60% and employers will pay 20% of employees’ wages for the time they are being furloughed. Employers will also continue to pay their National Insurance and pension contributions
  • Employers will continue to pay employees wages at a minimum of 80% at the contracted rate for the hours they work for you.

The scheme ends on 31 October. Find out more here .

Learning for government from EU Exit preparations

The report issued today by the National Audit Office (NAO) draws on the breadth of its work on EU Exit to share its perspectives on what government can learn from this experience.1 The learning is relevant to the ongoing work to prepare for the end of the transition period and for other cross-government challenges, such as the response to COVID-19 and moving to a net zero carbon economy.

It makes the point that Government still has a lot to do to manage the end of the transition period, particularly on preparations for the border. It now also has to respond to the demands of a global pandemic, which like EU Exit requires a fast-paced response, coordinated action and effective external transparency and communication.

Today’s report from the NAO highlights nine insights which fall into four key areas: planning, oversight, collaboration and financial management. The key points include:
  • The need for government to improve how it deals with uncertainty by planning for scenarios which will have a significant impact and could reasonably occur, even if some of these may not be the desired outcome
  • The importance of government developing clear structures for quick decision-making and clear accountability. It should also draw on expertise in implementation from the start as a routine part of policy development, to build a realistic understanding of the scale and complexity of the task
  • The need to engage early with partners, stakeholders, businesses and individuals to understand and communicate what is required of them
  • The importance of strong financial management and the need to track spending from the outset.
As previously stated this report draws on the breadth of the NAO’s EU Exit work to identify and share their perspectives on what government can learn from its experiences. It sets out key learning points which have relevance for the civil service’s continued work on managing the UK’s exit from the EU and more widely as well as providing the timeline of key events with particular relevance of those going forward.

The report issued today can be found here .

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