The latest, and hopefully last, lockdown is not due to be completely lifted until at least 21 June, so it was no surprise to see Covid-19 relief measures extended in the Budget on 3 March. The furlough scheme will now run until 30 September and there will be two more self-employed grants, plus various other measures.
Furloughed employees can continue to receive 80% of their wages for hours not worked, up to a cap of £2,500 per month, until 30 September. By continuing for a few months after restrictions end, the scheme will help businesses slowly recover from the disruption they have faced.
The current level of support will continue until 30 June. In July, the scheme will then only cover 70% of wages for the hours not worked, up to a cap of £2,187.50. This will reduce to 60% for August and September, with a cap of £1,875. Employers will need to pay national insurance contributions and pension contributions throughout.
Self-employed grants (SEISS)
There are to be two more grants; a fourth grant in late April, and a fifth grant in late July. However, extra conditions will apply for the fifth grant.
A range of additional loans and grants were also extended to provide ongoing relief ahead of the gradual easing of lockdown measures: