All your coronavirus (COVID-19) questions answered here
After just four weeks as Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has used his inaugural Budget Speech to unveil £30bn worth of measures to boost the economy through the coronavirus outbreak.
He described his budget as a “temporary, timely and targeted response” to the current situation, but vowed that “we will get through this together.
More specifically, he outlined a three-point plan that is designed to protect people, but also businesses as they face the unprecedented rise in COVID-19 cases in the UK.
Sunak pledged that the NHS will get whatever funding it needs to cope with COVID-19.
If people fall ill or can’t work (through self-isolation) the government will help support their finances through a number of measures:
The Chancellor said that protecting people means protecting their jobs. He announced a number of measures, particularly focused on small and medium-sized businesses, to cushion the financial impact of the virus on their businesses:
We do not yet have a date for implementation of the new entitlement to SSP from day one or the entitlement to SSP rebate, as the legislation allowing for this had not yet been introduced. We will update as soon as this date is known.
We’re keeping a close eye on how the impact of coronavirus COVID-19 will affect businesses from both an HR & Employment Law and Health & Safety point of view.
We’ll be updating our coronavirus advice, so remember to keep returning to our Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions for regularly updated advice.
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