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Welsh Government Support
Dave Cowdery <>The Welsh Government today
announced a package of support worth more than £200m for small businesses to help them
during the coronavirus outbreak:
• Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or less will
receive 100% business rate relief and pubs with a rateable value of between £51,000 and
£100,000 will receive a £5,000 reduction on their bill.
• A further £100m will be available for a new grant scheme for small businesses Further
details on this new grant scheme will be confirmed as soon as possible.
For more details, please see
UK Government Support
Covid-19: Immediate support for SMEs
Measures to support businesses experiencing increases in costs or financial disruptions
Employment costs
Legislation will be enacted to allow small-and medium-sized businesses and employers to
reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19. The eligibility
criteria for the scheme will be as follows:
• The refund will cover up to 2 weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work
because of COVID-19
• Employers with fewer than 250 employees (to be determined with reference to number
employed as of 28 February 2020) will be eligible. Employers will be able to reclaim
expenditure for any employee who has claimed SSP (according to the new eligibility criteria)
as a result of COVID-19
• Employers should maintain records of staff absences, but employees will not need to
provide a GP fit note
• Eligible period for the scheme will commence the day after the regulations on the
extension of Statutory Sick Pay to self-isolators comes into force
• The government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the
repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible (possibly via the RTI system).
Existing systems are not designed to facilitate employer refunds for SSP
Coronavirus statutory sick pay is expected to be in the form of a refund. The Treasury says
that it is “working with employers over the coming months to set up a repayment
mechanism as soon as possible for employers reclaiming statutory sick pay”

COVID-19 Claiming SSP for a SME self-employed director
HM Treasury published guidance states:
Those who are not eligible for SSP, for example the self-employed or people earning below
the Lower Earnings Limit of £118 per week, can now more easily make a claim for Universal
Credit or Contributory Employment and Support Allowance:
• For the duration of the outbreak, the requirements of the Universal Credit Minimum
Income Floor will be temporarily relaxed for those who have COVID-19 or are self-isolating
according to government advice, ensuring self-employed claimants will receive support.
• People will be able to claim Universal Credit and access advance payments upfront
without the current requirement to attend a jobcentre if they are advised to self-isolate.
• Contributory Employment and Support Allowance will be payable, at a rate of £73.10 a
week if you are over 25, for eligible people affected by COVID-19 or self-isolating in line with
advice from Day 1 of sickness, rather than Day 8.
The government would be refunding direct to the employers once their system is all in place
in the next few weeks/months. Temporarily, the employers (company) can pay the SSP to
the director/ directors from the day they have to go to into self-isolation.

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