In response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Chancellor has announced a package of measures to help boost the recovery of the UK economy.
Rishi Sunak’s Mini-Budget focused on the hospitality and housing sectors as well as providing a boost to encourage jobs and training, with additional measures to support green initiatives.
We bring you a round-up of the key announcements from Mr Sunak.
Hospitality and Tourism
A £4bn boost for the hospitality industry comes in the form of a VAT cut on food, non-alcoholic drinks, accommodations and attractions for the period 15th July 2020 to 15th June 2021. For this period the VAT rate comes down to 5% for relevant businesses.
To help the catering industry recover from months of lockdown, participating businesses can offer an “eat our to help out” discount and offer 50% off meals purchased Monday to Wednesday during August. The initiative covers up to £10 per head.
Jobs and training
The Chancellor used his Summer Statement to focus on helping businesses retain their workforce to protect employees and boost employment.
A retention bonus of £1,000 will be paid to businesses for each furloughed worker brought back and employed until 31st January 2021. Eligible employees will be earning an average of more than £520 per month in November, December and January. They also must be continuously employed.
Additionally, the introduction of the Kickstart Scheme will create government-subsidised jobs for 16 to 24-year-olds by asking employers to offer six-month placements. The Government will meet 100% of the National Minimum Wage for each employee for up to 25 hours per week.
Traineeships and apprenticeships also see a funding boost. A grant of £1,000 per trainee payment will be offered, capped at ten jobs per business. For apprenticeships, the Government will offer up to £2,000 per new apprentice under 25. There will also be a payment of £1,500 for each new apprentice aged over 25 hired.
A stamp duty holiday has been introduced to help the property market. The holiday means that buyers will now be exempt from stamp duty on the first £500,000 of their property purchase price. This holiday is running until 31st March 2021.
Making the recovery eco-friendly
Homeowners will be able to access a fund of £2bn in grants to upgrade their homes to be more energy-efficient. The scheme will provide at least £2 for each £1 spent by homeowners on these projects.
Additionally, up to £40m is provided to a Green Jobs Challenge Fund aiming to create 5,000 jobs at environmental charities and public authorities. An extra £10m will be granted to new electric car development projects.
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