Government update on the CoronaVirus crisis
Monday, April 27th

Dear members,

I trust you had an enjoyable weekend and were able to make the most of the sunshine before wetter weather descends!
Just a short information summary for you today which includes updates from Government regarding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), some additional information on the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) and new details on supply routes and apprenticeships.
1. Further CJRS help and  new information for furloughed workers regarding parental leave entitlement
Members who have furloughed workers who may have been planning to take paid parental or adoption leave should be aware that the employee is entitled to pay based on their usual earnings rather than a furloughed pay rate; further information regarding this can be found here.
Also, anyone still looking to take up the CJRS may want to watch at a new HMRC webinar entitled ‘How To Make A Claim’ for guidance which is available here.

2. Update to Covid-19 small business grant funding 
The SBGF and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund has been updated with clarification regarding tax. See here.

3. Vital routes for supplies and people kept open through Coronavirus support package
As of last Friday vital routes for supplies and people have been protected to keep the flow of goods and services running smoothly in and out of the UK, and around the country, throughout the pandemic. Find out more here.

4. Providing apprenticeships during the Coronavirus outbreak
Updated information on furloughed apprentices, end-point assessment, functional skills apprentices and qualification certification can be found here.

Finally, just to remind you there’s still time to sign up for our webinar “Coming out of lockdown, is redundancy your only option?”  taking place this Wednesday (29th April) at 11am.
I will be hosting the discussion with Mark Dyer and Adam Davey of Petaurum Solutions HR Consultancy, focusing on what needs to be considered, what the options are and what action you need to take if redundancy is the only solution to your situation.
You can register here. and I very much look forward to hearing your challenges and helping to find solutions with you.

Stay safe and smiling,


Lucy Reece-Raybould, BFA CEO