Jobs Support Scheme expansion: What does it mean for you?

Melanie Richardson




The Chancellor Rishi Sunak, is expanding the Jobs Support Scheme. The scheme will be extended to support businesses across the UK who are required to close their premises because of coronavirus restrictions.


Key notes


  • The Job Support Scheme will be expanded to help businesses across the UK required to close their premises due to coronavirus restrictions
  • The government will pay two thirds of employees’ salaries to protect jobs over the coming months
  • Cash grants for businesses required to close in local lockdowns have also been increased to up to £3,000 per month


Which businesses are eligible?


The scheme applies to all business premises legally required to close.


That includes those told to operate on a collection or delivery only basis.  Unlike the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) for open businesses, all affected firms will pay is the Employer’s National Insurance and employees’ pension contributions.  The government will support eligible businesses by paying two thirds of each employee’s salary (or 67%), up to a maximum of £2,100 a month.


The Jobs Support Scheme opens 1 November


Whether for open or closed businesses, the Jobs Support Scheme will open on 1 November.  The scheme will:


  • Begin on 1 November
  • Pay grants from early December
  • Remain open for six months with a review in January


New scheme announced


In addition to expansion of the JSS, the government is increasing the cash grants made to businesses in England which have shut in local lockdowns.  If you’re a business in England and have been legally required to close, the government will also give you a cash grant. These measures will sit alongside the original Job Support Scheme and the Job Retention Bonus.


  • The smallest businesses can now claim £1,300 per month
  • Medium sized businesses – with properties with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000 can claim £2,000 per month
  • Larger businesses can claim £3,000, all paid in two fortnightly instalments



For more information on the above please see the government announcement here



Further guidance on the scheme will be set out by HMRC in due course

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