Job Support Scheme Expanded - October 2020

Please note - this scheme has now been postponed following the government decision on 2 November to extend the furlough (job retention) scheme.


Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid Restrictions


  • The government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions, the Chancellor announced today, 9 October.
  •  Job Support Scheme will be expanded to support businesses across the UK required to close their premises due to coronavirus restrictions
  •  government will pay two thirds of employees’ salaries to protect jobs over the coming months
  •  cash grants for businesses required to close in local lockdowns also increased to up to £3,000 per month (England only)
Under the expansion, firms whose premises are legally required to shut for some period over winter as part of local or national restrictions will receive grants to pay the wages of staff who cannot work - protecting jobs and enabling businesses to reopen quickly once restrictions are lifted.

The government will support eligible businesses by paying two thirds of each employee's salary (or 67%), up to a maximum of £2,100 a month.


Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said:

Under the scheme, employers will not be required to contribute towards wages and only asked to cover NICS and pension contributions, a very small proportion of overall employment costs. It is estimated that around half of potential claims are likely not to incur employer NICs or auto-enrolment pension contributions and so face no employer contribution.


Businesses will only be eligible to claim the grant while they are subject to restrictions and employees must be off work for a minimum of seven consecutive days.


The scheme will begin on 1 November and will be available for six months, with a review point in January. In line with the rest of the JSS, payments to businesses will be made in arrears, via a HMRC claims service that will be available from early December. Employees of firms that have been legally closed in the period before 1 November are eligible for the CJRS.


The scheme is UK wide and the UK Government will work with the devolved administrations to ensure the scheme operates effectively across all four nations.


These measures will sit alongside the original JSS - which is designed to support businesses that are facing low demand over the winter months - and the £1,000 Job Retention Bonus (JRB) which encourages employers to keep staff on payroll.


Further information

  • Further details on the expanded JSS can be found on this factsheet: Job Support Scheme Expansion for Closed Business Premises (PDF, 72.1KB, 3 pages)
  • Further guidance on the scheme will be set out by HMRC in due course.
  • This scheme will cover businesses that, as a result of restrictions set by one or more of the four governments in the UK, are legally required to close their premises. This includes businesses that are required to provide only delivery and collection services from their premises. To be eligible employees must be employed and an RTI submission notifying payment in respect of that employee to HMRC must have been made on or before 23 September.
  • Under the scheme, employees will need to be furloughed for a minimum of seven consecutive days at any given time and the payments to employers will be made monthly in arrears.



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