The government has introduced a zero-rate of VAT on the sale of personal protective equipment (PPE) for Covid-19. The temporary measure will apply from 1 May 2020 until 31 July 2020 unless any further extensions are announced. This move will save care homes and businesses dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak more than £100 million.
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has today (12 May 2020) announced significant changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, now commonly referred to as the furlough scheme. The scheme had been due to run until at least 30 June 2020. The Chancellor has now confirmed to the House of Commons that the furlough scheme will be extended for a further 4 months until the end of October and kept open for all sectors. By the end of October, the scheme will have been running for an astonishing eight months.
The present lock-down has created a raft of employed persons described as furloughed.
One of the criteria that employers and employees are required to abide by to benefit from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – that funds furloughed employees – is that employees cannot work whilst furloughed.