Our Latest Newsletter - with self employed income support information
4th June 2020: TNL2
I hope you are all keeping well, there are some green shoots on the horizon although it still looks to be a long process before we all get back to normal levels of face to face training. Here at Junction 17 we are beginning our preparations so that we are ready to deliver our training at whatever level we can and as soon as clients have gained a confidence to resume their training programmes.
We have as I reported in our last newsletter been conducting some low volume deliveries of remote training for Driver CPC. We hope that before too long it may be possible to deliver face to face training even with restricted distance and we are monitoring what the schools are doing so that we can develop a best practice when this type of training becomes possible again. There are large quantities of advice being published about ensuring cleanliness of delivery venues and about the requirements of the venues to currently afford 2 metre separation. We are taking account of all these and will ensure clients are aware of their responsibilities before we accept training requests. We will also provide information to our training teams when they undertake deliveries on our behalf for these contracts. Each contract and venue will require to be risk assessed separately and we will provide this information to you before the work is undertaken. You will also have to conduct dynamic risk assessments to support you and any delegates when deliveries begin.
There looks to be a possibility that on road training may also be possible from July although we have no firm dates for this yet. Again, risk assessments will need to be conducted to support this type of delivery full details of how we will conduct this will follow in another newsletter.
Until then several of you may still be eligible to make claims under the Self – Employment Income Support Scheme which the Chancellor has extended. Dave Fox at our accountants kindly provided me with the below information should you wish to follow it up.
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
The Chancellor also announced plans to extend the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) for those people whose trade continues to be, or is newly, adversely affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus). Eligible self-employed people will be able to claim a second and final SEISS grant in August; this will be a taxable grant worth 70% of their average monthly trading profits for three months, paid out in a single instalment and capped at £6,570 in total.
The eligibility criteria for the second grant will be the same as for the first grant. People do not need to have claimed the first grant to claim the second grant: for example, their business may have been adversely affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus) more recently.
Claims for the first SEISS grant, which opened on 13 May, must be made no later than 13 July. Eligible self-employed people must make a claim before that date to receive the first SEISS grant (a taxable grant of 80% of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months' worth of profits, and capped at £7,500 in total). So far, we’ve seen over 2.3 million claims worth £6.8 billion.
It's really important to note that as with the first SEISS grant, the eligible individual must make the claim themselves. If you attempt to make a claim on behalf of your client, this will trigger a fraud alert and will result in significant delays to payment. However, you can help to prepare your clients by ensuring they have the relevant information ready. The claims process is simple: we will calculate the amount of self-employment support individuals will receive; they don’t need to do this themselves.
More information about the second SEISS grant will be available on GOV.UK on 12 June.
I hope this Newsletter was of some interest and I look forward to working with you all again as soon as circumstances allow. I will update you with further information as it becomes available in the interim keep safe.