May 2021 – Coronavirus Support Update

Both the Job Retention Scheme and the Self Employment Income Support Scheme have been extended until September 2021. The total support for employees on furlough will remain at 80 per cent of normal salary, capped at £2,500 a month but the government will introduce an employer contribution of 10 percent in July and 20 per cent in August and September.

Universal Credit – the £20 uplift will continue to be paid for six months from April 2021.

Working Tax Credit (WTC) – the uplift introduced in 2020/2021 will not be extended but a one-off payment of £500 will be made to anyone who was entitled to WTC on the 2 March 2021. Payments will be made automatically and are expected to be disregarded as income for other benefits. Changes that treat WTC claimants as being in work while on furlough will continue until the end of September 2021.

Employment Support Allowance (ESA) – the provision to treat someone as having limited capability for work immediately they are infected with coronavirus or in isolation and so eligible for ESA without serving any waiting days is due to expire on the 12 May 2021.

Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) – a provision allowing someone to remain on JSA while affected by coronavirus is also due to expire on the 12 May 2021.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) – an employee can be treated as incapable of work up to the date of notification of a negative test result, until the date they are notified of if they are contacted by the NHS contract tracing scheme or for the period notified up until they have no symptoms if they receive a positive test.

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