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Please Note: All information correct at time of writing on 20 March 2020. We do our very best to make sure our information is as up to date as possible, but we’d encourage you to check out our latest articles and to check the government website for updates as they happen.
This afternoon the PM and Chancellor held a joint press conference to explain the next phase of the government’s measures to delay the spread of Covid-19 and provide immediate financial support directly to workers.
The economic measures were striking but we did not see the formal imposition of self-isolation restrictions on vulnerable groups which the PM had announced would be implemented “before the weekend”.
Whether this was a deliberate omission indicating a deliberate change in direction or a reflection of their wish not to dilute the key economic message of direct wage support for workers, remains to be seen.
The key points discussed at this evening’s press conerence were:
During the question and answer session following the formal announcement The Chancellor was asked whether the wage protection scheme would cover zero-hours contracts and if so, how would their wages be determined and who will determine them?
An excellent question and the Chancellor responded that the scheme would cover everyone on the PAYE system (therefore workers as well as employees) and detailed guidance will be published shortly.
On a final note, it was announced earlier that there has been a relaxation of EU drivers’ hours with effect from today up to and including Friday 3 April 2020.This applies to drivers in England, Scotland and Wales involved in the delivery of food, non-food (personal care and household paper and cleaning), over the counter pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies when undertaking the following journeys:
As always, we’re keeping our eyes on the government updates as they happen and helping translate them into real, actionable insights for your business.
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