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12/10/2020 Latest Business newsletter from Wiltshire Council (see more)

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Claims for the second taxable grant, worth 70% of a self-employed person’s average monthly trading profits, must be submitted on or before 19 October 2020. Eligible applicants will receive a single instalment covering 3 months’ worth of profits, capped at £6,570 in total. You can claim for the second grant even if you did not make a claim for the first grant.

The grant is being extended from 1 November 2020 for a period of six months. Two grants will be paid in lump sum instalments, each covering a three-month period. The first will cover the period from the start of November until the end of January and the second will start in February until the end of April 2021. Full details on how to claim will be available soon.

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Check if you can claim the Job Retention Bonus

Employers can now check whether they are eligible to claim the Job Retention Bonus and what they need to do to claim it.

This scheme provides the employer with a £1,000 one-off taxable payment for each eligible employee that was furloughed and kept continuously employed until 31 January 2021.

Claims for the bonus can be made between 15 February and 31 March 2021.

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Self-isolation payment scheme

When people are told to self-isolate this can increase financial pressures at an already difficult time. If a member of your staff is required to self-isolate, they may be entitled to a £500 payment if they are working and on a low income and will lose money because they cannot work from home.

To receive this payment, they must:

*   have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace after 28 September 2020 and have a unique Test and Trace number provided by the NHS
*   be employed or self-employed
*   have lost income by being unable to work from home while self-isolating
and be receiving at least one of the following benefits:

*   Universal Credit
*   Pension Credit
*   Housing Benefit
*   Income Support
*   income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
*   income-based Employment Support Allowance
*   Working Tax Credit
We are in the process of developing a system to allow people to claim for this payment as quickly and easily as possible. This system will be live soon. People who are eligible for this payment will be able to make a backdated claim to 28 September 2020.

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NHS COVID-19 app

Just a reminder for businesses to download the NHS QR code to support the NHS COVID-19 app. The NHS QR code poster should be visible on entry so customers who have downloaded the app can use their smartphones to easily check-in. This will allow contact tracers to track down customers in order to provide public health advice in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Businesses who are already using their own QR system are being encouraged to switch to the NHS Test and Trace QR code.

Assets, including the NHS QR poster, are available to download from the NHS website.

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Tech Swindon Summit 2020

This week-long summit, from 2 to 6 November 2020, aims to showcase the scale and diversity of the tech community in Swindon and its surrounding regions. It also serves to provide an opportunity for connection, collaboration and knowledge sharing with the wider tech community.

With over 2,000 attendees expected and the full schedule now announced, register your interest so you don’t miss out.

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Skills Toolkit

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From computer essentials and practical maths to digital marketing, coding, leadership and project management, there’s something for everyone.

The courses have been developed with top quality providers including The Open University, Google, Amazon and Microsoft.

Boosting the nation’s digital skills is a first step towards recovery, helping people build up the skills employers need and boosting growth and productivity.

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Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices

COVID-19 has undoubtedly had a big impact on the economy, resulting in some apprentices being made redundant without completing their apprenticeships, while others are at risk of redundancy. To assist businesses in supporting apprentices, the Department for Education has launched the Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices.

The service provides clear, accessible advice and guidance to individuals on the impact of redundancy, their options and next steps. It

*   provides apprentices with advice and guidance on the impact of redundancy
*   signposts apprentices to local and national support services
*   provides an apprenticeship vacancy sharing service to make redundant apprentices aware of new opportunities
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New plans for UK to be world leader in clean wind energy

The government has set out new plans for the UK to lead the way in green energy as part of its commitment towards net zero emissions by 2050.

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New mental health course

The Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems Level 2 is aimed at SMEs who want to understand and support their staff during these uncertain times.

It is an online course, working with a dedicated assessor, and provides a good understanding of the following areas:

*   understanding mental health
*   understanding stress
*   understanding anxiety
*   understanding phobias
*   understanding depression
*   understanding postnatal depression
*   understanding bipolar disorder
*   understanding schizophrenia
*   understanding dementia
*   understanding eating disorders
*   understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
*   understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
*   understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Subject to eligibility, the course can be fully funded. For further information and to see if you are eligible please contact skillssupport@serco.com<mailto:skillssupport@serco.com>

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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day takes place on Saturday 10 October 2020. MIND have launched their ‘Do one thing’ campaign which provides helpful tips and ideas on how you and your staff can make positive changes for better mental health.

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Useful links

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