Highlights of Rishi Sunak's Summer Statement
Rishi Sunak got to splash the cash again today. Here are the main points from today's Statement
Rishi Sunak has made announcements relating to everything from Vouchers to VAT, the furlough scheme, Stamp Duty etc. in an effort to restart the UK economy. Today was probably the easier of the upcoming statements from the Chancellor. The Autumn budget will see Sunak explaining how all the COVID response schemes will be paid for. Here are todays highlights:
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS)
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is winding down and will gradually cease, with a finish date of Oct 2020.
A New Job Retention Bonus
A once off bonus of £1,000, per employee, will be paid to employers for bringing back, and retaining, furloughed employees.
These employees must be paid at least £520, on average, per month, from Nov to the end of Jan 2021.
This new scheme will pay employers who employ 16 to 24 year olds (who are in receipt of Universal Credit or at risk of long-term unemployment), for a minimum of 25 hours per week, at the minimum wage. The jobs must be new additional jobs. The scheme will directly pay the employer the wages of these young employees for 6 months, a value of approx £6,000. Employers can apply to take part from August, with the idea that employees can start in their new jobs by the Autumn. There is no cap on places available.
The government will pay employers a cash incentive to take on trainees and hire young people. These new incentives are in addition to the existing £1,000 payment already provided for taking on new 16-18-year-old trainees and certain other apprentices aged over 25.
- Employers will also be paid £2,000 for every newly created apprentice place.
- A £1,500 payment will be made for taking on apprentices aged over 25 years old.
Universal Credit Supports
Rishi Sunik announced the following to help those on Universal Credit get back to work:
- Doubling the number of career "Back to work" coaches in job centres
- Extra £1b in funding for DWP
- Extending the Rapid Response Service and expanding the Work and Health Programme.
- Increasing the Flexible Support Fund, which provides help for jobseekers.
- A job-finding support service for those out of work for less than three months, costing £40m
Further increased funding for roads, hospitals, towns, schools.
Green Homes Grant
A new grant to be made available from Sept 2020, to homeowners and landlords who want to make their homes more energy efficient. This grant will be paid in the form of vouchers, which will help support the local trades people. These vouchers will cover at least 2/3rd's od the cost of the renovation measures, up to a value of £5,000 per household. For low income households, the grant will cover up to 100% of the costs, up to the value of £10,000, per household.
Other Green initiatives announced were:
- £1b to improve the energy efficiency of public buildings
- Measures to de-carbonise social housing.
Temporary Stamp Duty Cuts
The current Residential Stamp Duty Threshold will be temporarily increased from £125,000 up to £500,000. This Stamp Duty cut will be in place until 31st March 2021 and will take effect from today.
The Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure sectors will receive a VAT rate cut for 6 months. VAT on food, accommodation, leisure admission fees for cinemas, zoos etc., is cut by 20%, with the new rate being 5%. This VAT rate cut begins next Wednesday, the 15th July, and will continue for 6 months until the 12th January 2021.
Food and non-alcoholic drinks in restaurants, pubs and cafes, as well as hot takeaway food will be covered. Accommodation in hotels and B&Bs and admission to attractions such as theme parks and cinemas also affected Expect further guidance from HMRC to be published on the particulars of this new VAT rate, in the next few days.
Eat Out to Help Out
For the month of August, everyone will receive a 50% voucher to spend in participating restaurants, cafes and pubs, on their meal.
- The voucher can only be used from Monday to Wednesday.
- Every diner, including children, will be entitled to a 50% discount up to the value of £10 each, at participating restaurants.
- This voucher can be used an unlimited amount of times, on food and non-alcoholic drinks, for the month of August, across the UK.
- Participating establishments can then claim the discount given, back from the government, who have promised they will receive payment within 5 working days.
- To become a participating establishment, businesses need to register online, which they can do from next Mon, the 13th.
- Customers do not need to do anything to claim their discount as this will be automatically applied to the bill, so long as the venue has signed up to the Government's scheme.
There you have it..Rishi Sunak's plan to invigorate the economy. As more information and guidance becomes available from HMRC, we will update this article.