Government Self-Employment Income Support Scheme & Safe Working

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Government Self-Employment Income Support Scheme & Safe Working

Following the announcement of the Government Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, the team at Window Warehouse would like to ensure that our customers are able to access clear information.

If you are self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) you may be eligible to make a claim. The scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant of 80% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months. This temporary scheme is currently capped at £7,500 and may be extended.

The grant does not need to be repaid but will be subject to Income Tax and self-employed National Insurance. HMRC will work out if you’re eligible and how much grant you may get.

We wanted to ensure that the key information is clear for our customers and have laid out guidance on how you can apply for this scheme.

You can claim if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and all of the following apply:

• You traded in the tax year 2018 to 2019 and submitted your self-assessment tax return on or before 23 April 2020 for that year
• You traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020
• You intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020 to 2021
• You carry on a trade which has been adversely affected by coronavirus

Your business could be adversely affected by coronavirus if, for example:

You are unable to work because you:
• are shielding
• are self-isolating
• are on sick leave because of coronavirus
• have caring responsibilities because of coronavirus

You have had to scale down or temporarily stop trading because:

• your supply chain has been interrupted
• you have fewer or no customers or clients
• your staff are unable to come into work

One of the benefits of this scheme is that if you are eligible to receive the grant you can continue to work. It is key for all employers, employees and the self-employed workers in the UK understand how to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Employers and self-employed workers have a duty to reduce workplace risk to the lowest reasonable level by taking preventative measures. Employers must work with all staff and contractors sharing the workplace so that everybody’s health and safety is protected.

In the context of COVID-19 this means working through these steps in order:

• Increasing the frequency of handwashing and surface cleaning.
• Businesses and workplaces should make every reasonable effort to enable working from home as a first option. Where working from home is not possible, workplaces should make every reasonable effort to comply with the social distancing guidelines set out by the government (keeping people 2m apart wherever possible).
• Where the social distancing guidelines cannot be followed in full, in relation to a particular activity, businesses should consider whether that activity needs to continue for the business to operate and if so, take actions where possible to reduce the risk of transmission between their staff.

Further mitigating actions include:

• Increasing the frequency of handwashing and surface cleaning.
• Keeping the activity time involved as short as possible.
• Using screens or barriers to separate people from each other.
• Using back-to-back or side-to-side working (rather than face-to-face) whenever possible.
• Reducing the number of people each person has contact with by using ‘fixed teams or partnering’, so each person works with only a few others.
• Finally, if people must work face-to-face for a sustained period with more than a small group of fixed partners, then you will need to assess whether the activity can safely go ahead. No one is obliged to work in an unsafe work environment.
• In your assessment, you should have particular regard to whether the people doing the work are especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

The team at Wimbledon Warehouse would like to encourage all of our customers to continue to work safely, following Government guidelines regarding social distancing in the workplace and taking every opportunity to reduce risks where possible.
We would like to remind our customers that the team at Window Warehouse are here to help and that we will endeavour to provide professional advice and support throughout this difficult time. Simply give us a call and we will be happy to help!

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