South Hams and West Devon Councils - Business Update

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3 July 2020

Business Help and Support Webinars

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Watch videos and register for free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus.

Webinars include:

  1. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  2. Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and flexible furloughing
  3. Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
  4. Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme
  5. Other help available

Flexible Furlough Scheme Starts


From Wednesday 1 July, businesses will now have the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work part time.

The scheme will be open until the end of October to support jobs and business as people return to work.

Individual firms will decide the hours and shift patterns their employees will work on their return, so that they can decide on the best approach for them - and will be responsible for paying their wages while in work. Find more information here.

Check examples to help you calculate your employee's wages, National Insurance contributions and pension contributions if you're claiming through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Deferral of VAT Payments


The VAT payments deferral scheme has now ended. 

If you have cancelled your Direct Debit to HMRC to take advantage of the deferral, you now need to set up a new Direct Debit ready for the first payment after 30 June.

Payments due after 30 June must be paid in full as normal and you must continue to file your VAT return on time. Find out more here.

What's the Latest on MOTs?


MOT expiry dates are being extended by six months to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended if it’s due between 30 March 2020 and 31 July 2020.

For those MOTs due on or after 1 August 2020, there is no extension so you will need to book your MOT as usual. MOT centres are now open so don't get caught out.

Don't take your vehicle to be tested if you’re self-isolating as you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms or you are shielding.

Some MOT centres will collect your vehicle, carry out an MOT, and return it if you’re being shielded. Contact your local MOT centres to find out if they offer this service.

More information can be found here.

HMRC Contact - Beware of Scams


We know there are a lot of scams at the moment linked to coronavirus. So how do you know when you're being contacted genuinely by HMRC or one of their partners?

Here is a link to HMRC's current research contacts, acting on their behalf via email and telephone.

If you think you've been affected by a scam, go to National Trading Standard's Friends Against Scams page for further information on where to go for help and support.

Test and Trace - How You Can Help?

A reminder of what the NHS test and trace service is and how it will help keep the virus at bay. It makes sure that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus.

It's up to all of us to play our part. So how can you help?

If you:

  • develop symptoms, you must continue to follow the rules to self-isolate with other members of your household and order a test to find out if you have coronavirus
  • test positive for coronavirus, you must share information promptly about your recent contacts through the NHS test and trace service to help us alert other people who may need to self-isolate
  • have had close recent contact with someone who has coronavirus, you must self-isolate if the NHS test and trace service advises you to do so

You can find more information on the Test and Trace service here.

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Collecting Customer Details

Deli worker wearing a mask while serving customers

The Government is asking Hospitality Businesses which are reopening this weekend to collect customer details to help with Test and Trace.

If you're planning to reopen, you will need to take some simple steps to help the NHS Test and Trace Service contain outbreaks before they occur.

These steps include:

  • Collecting the names and phone numbers of staff working at the premises
  • Making a record of the name and contact number of any customers or visitors
  • Recording the date, arrival and departure time of all visitor
  • Storing the information for 21 days, after which it should be safely deleted.

For more information, please see the Gov.UK website

The full guidance can be found here.

Local Outbreak Management Plan

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New measures to contain and reduce cases of coronavirus in Devon and safeguard the health of local people have been revealed.

They detail plans to provide a fast response to any future outbreaks of the virus across the county and help prevent it spreading.

The plans involve close partnership working between local organisations and alongside businesses and key industries such as tourism. Read more from Devon County Council here.