Guide East Devon business coronavirus update - 9 July 2020

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2. Plan for jobs

Government has announced its plan for jobs, including:

Register your restaurant or establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme from 13 July;

* a one-off payment of £1,000 to UK employers for every furloughed employee who remains continuously employed through to the end of January 2021. Employees must earn above the Lower Earnings Limit (£520 per month) on average between the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the end of January 2021;

* a new Kickstart Scheme, a £2 billion fund to create thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit;

* £111 million this year for traineeships in England, to fund high quality work placements and training for 16-24 year olds;

* funding for employers who provide trainees with work experience, at a rate of £1,000 per trainee;

* £2,000 to employers for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and a £1,500 payment for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over, from 1st August 2020 to 31st January 2021;

* £40 million in a Green Jobs Challenge Fund for environmental charities and public authorities to create and protect 5,000 jobs in England;

* From 15 July 2020 to 12 January 2021, to support businesses and jobs in the hospitality sector, the reduced (5%) rate of VAT will apply to supplies of food and non-alcoholic drinks from restaurants, pubs, bars, cafés and similar premises across the UK;

* From 15 July 2020 to 12 January 2021, to support businesses and jobs, the reduced (5%) rate of VAT will apply to supplies of accommodation and admission to attractions. Check if this applies to you.

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