key update from John Bridge OBE DL

With just 27 days to go until the UK’s new start at the end of the transitional period and still no trade deal agreed, businesses must ensure they are prepared for all eventualities.
The end of the transition period will affect businesses and you should take action now to prepare for guaranteed changes and new rules from January 2021.
Ask HMRC - An update on how to prepare your business for Customs Transition
15 December, 2.00-3.00pm

From 1 January, new rules will apply for any trade with EU countries. In this webinar, HM Revenue and Customs will update on key actions to take and where you can find additional help and support on importing and exporting.

Register here >

To support business preparations the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take. Follow this link and click on a sector or topic below to register to attend a live webinar which will provide information on key actions for businesses to take.

Following the live events, the webinars are available to watch on demand. 

You can also access the Chambers post transition Brexit checklist here.  

New and Updated Guidance for Covid-19

New Guidance

High Street opening hours for Christmas shopping extended: From Wednesday 2 December retailers will be able to extend their daily opening hours from Monday to Saturday in the run up to Christmas and through January. For more information check here

Test to Release for international travel: The Test to Release for International Travel scheme is for people who need to self-isolate on arrival in England. Under the scheme you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test. The earliest you can take the test is at least five days after you left a destination not on the travel corridor list. If the result is negative, you can stop self-isolating.

The scheme is voluntary and applies to those self-isolating in England only. The Test to Release scheme starts on 15 December. Find out more here

VAT on admission charges to attractions: The VAT reduced rate for tourism and hospitality has been extended to 31 March 2021. More information here .  

Transition risk in the hospitality sector: A Policy paper in transmission risk in the hospitality sector has been published. There are four types of evidence currently available to understand where transmission is occurring; each has limitations, but they are consistent in supporting the view that hospitality venues are a significant risk for transmission.

Updated Guidance

Claim for the third grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme: The online service for claiming the third grant is now available . Guidance has also been updated to provide clarity on verifying your eligibility with HMRC after having a new child.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme -  step by step guide for employers: The step-by-step guide has been updated to reflect recent changes to the scheme, and a new key dates guide has also been published. There are now monthly deadlines for claims. This means that you may need to submit earlier than you have in previous months. Use this list of dates  to help you submit your claim before it’s too late. Check the step by step guide

Other Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme updates:
  • Check the updated information on how to give further detail about if your fixed-rate employee’s first pay period ends after 30 October 2020 and if your variable-rate employee’s first wages are payable after they begin furlough here 
  • Guidance on holiday pay has been updated with further clarity on when employees can be furloughed
  • Find new examples to help you calculate your employees’ wages. 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Open businesses): Payment period changed from 28 to 14 days. Eligible businesses may be entitled to a cash grant from their local council for each 14-day period under local restrictions. Check if you are eligible here

Driver and rider trainer guidance: Guidance for driving instructors and motorcycle trainers has been updated to confirm driving lessons can restart in all areas in England from Wednesday 2 December and driving tests will restart in tier 1 and 2 areas on Wednesday 2 December, and in tier 3 areas on Thursday 3 December. More information here

Working safely during coronavirus guidance for shops and branches: has been updated with information on items that have been returned, donated, or brought in for repair.  

Covid-19 and the private security industry – FAQs: The FAQ document has been updated .  

Guidance for personal trainers in tier 3 areas has been updated . Personal training is permitted for 1:1 sessions only, and should not take place in private houses.

Testing guidance for employers: has been updated

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