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COVID-19 UPDATE FOR SELF-EMPLOYED & CIS SUBCONTRACTORS

There are no changes to report this morning, the 80% Net Pay support package has not yet been finalised.

We can expect a Government update by the end of the week

As of now Universal credit and ESA along with Mortgage relief and Renter’s protection remain about the only Government assistance on offer.

Update to Universal Credit: Waiting queue number is more than 130,000 it is almost impossible to get through. It will then take approximately 5 weeks to receive a payment.

You must apply as a couple if you live with a partner, even if you are not married. Your partner’s income may affect your eligibility.

If you had a universal credit account before, you do not need to go through the full application again, you should be able to reapply through your existing account.

MOT Update: All cars, vans and motorcycles which would normally require an MOT from March 30 will have the requirement deferred for six months under a new law which will remain in place for 12 months.

Drivers can still be prosecuted if their vehicles are unsafe and the government says mechanics will remain open for “essential repair work”.

NHS Staff: Parking charges for NHS staff will be lifted while they fight the coronavirus outbreak, the Government has said, with the move following a public outcry.

NHS workers will also be able to park for free in council-owned car parks and parking bays, and Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said the move was in response to the “unprecedented challenge” faced by the NHS.

For the time being construction sites are allowed to remain open, although we expect this to change soon.

You are legally allowed to work if you choose to, and can remain more than 2 meters apart.

You also are not legally required to work, if you choose not to.

Most suppliers will be shutting soon, which will force closure in most cases.

For the time being, remain patient, sit tight, stay healthy and stay home.

A Big Thankyou to more than 500,000 people who have come forward as NHS Volunteers.

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