Department of Work & Pensions Update
Extension of furlough and support for the self-employed
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended until the end of September 2021. Employees will continue to receive 80% of their current salary for hours not worked. The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will continue with a fourth and a fifth grant. Many people who became self-employed in 2019-20, may now be able to claim direct cash grants under SEISS.
Universal Credit uplift and advances repayments
The Government confirmed a temporary 6-month extension to the £20 uplift and a one-off payment worth £500 for Working Tax Credit claimants.
New claimants will be able to spread Universal Credit advances repayments over a 24-month period and the maximum rate of deductions from Universal Credit will be reduced for all to 25%.