Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

26 Mar 2020 by Helen Clarke @HMGNorth

Self-employment Income Support Scheme: bit.ly/SelfEmployedSupport

In addition, we have pulled together FAQs relating to the scheme, which can be found here:


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Given the live nature of Covid-19, we have been updating guidance as much as possible to respond to the questions and concerns businesses have raised. 


We have just launched a new FAQ section on the business support website, which can be found here: https://bit.ly/FAQsStayHome

The FAQs highlight that with the exception of the businesses the Government ordered to close - please find the full list here: https://bit.ly/BizClose - there has been no Government ordered closure of any other business. 

Where businesses continue to stay open, employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home. If your employees cannot work from home - e.g. if they operate machinery, work in construction or manufacturing or are delivering front-line services - then employees can still travel to work, provided they are well and no one in their household is self-isolating. 

Employers who have people in their offices or onsite should ensure that employees are able to follow Public Health England guidelines including, where possible, maintaining a 2 metre distance from others, and washing their hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds (or using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available). Where that is not possible, and there are many types of jobs where that will be challenging, the PHE/Chief Medical Officer Advice is that it is okay to come to work.