Government Advice and Guidance

The latest Government advice and support for employers, employees and businesses, and how to apply for the Government grants.

Reopening your business

Advice and resources to help you safely reopen your business can be found here.

Working safely 

View the government guidance on working safely during the pandemic.

Face coverings

From Friday 24 July it became mandatory to wear a face covering in shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies, and post offices, etc – as well as public transport, indoor transport hubs and health providers. Unless you are exempt for health, age or equality reasons.

Your face covering must cover your nose and mouth at all times.

Face coverings must also be worn on public transport including airports, rail stations and terminals, ports and terminals and bus, coach and tram stations and terminals.

Government guidance for passengers

Government guidance for operators. 

Dudley Council have produced an exemption card for use by anyone with legitimate health reasons.  This is available to download now to print or use on mobile devices.

Government guidance for face coverings

Download the poster here.

Financial support 

The latest information on financial support for businesses can be found here

Outbreaks of Coronavirus

The early outbreak management information has been created to make sure that people who run businesses or organisations:

  • Know how to recognise and report an incident of coronavirus; and
  • Are aware of measures local health protection teams may advise in order to contain it

Government guidance on outbreaks for businesses.

Test and trace 

The test and trace workplace guidance can be downloaded here

And you can download the FAQs for businesses here.

We are working with the government on its financial packages for Dudley borough businesses which include:

  • A full year of 100% Business Rate relief for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses and nurseries
  • Grants of £10,000 for most businesses with a Rateable Value (RV) of up to £15,000
  • Grants of £25,000 for businesses in retail, leisure and hospitality with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000. 

Dudley Council officers are working hard to identify businesses that qualify for this money.

If you believe you may be entitled to either of the above grants, please complete the online form

Full details on the grant funding can be found here

To support the measures set out above, we took the decision to cancel our scheduled Business Rates Direct Debit on 1st April. This allowed us to recalculate bills reflecting the new Business Rate relief where eligible. For businesses that still have a Business Rates liability, we will reschedule Direct Debits over the remainder of the year and will publish further detail on this when we have it.

Furlough scheme - information on the furlough scheme which has been extended until October 2020 can be found here

Bounce back loans - the government has announced that small businesses can apply to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 with the cash arriving within days. Find out more

Self-employment - view government guidance regarding the self-employment income support scheme

View self-employment income support scheme FAQs

Employers should be aware that there will be changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) from 31 July.

What employers need to do before 31 July:

  • Submit CJRS claims for periods ending on or before 30 June 2020 by 31 July 2020. This is the last date to make those claims. Employers need to have made a claim at any point on or before 31 July to be able to make a claim for future months.
  • Amend previous claims to add any additional employees that may have been missed off in error. After 31 July they will not be able to add any new employees for periods ending on or before 30 June.
  • From 1 August 2020 the scheme will no longer fund employers’ National Insurance (NI) and pensions contributions. Employers will have to make these payments from their own resources for all employees, whether furloughed or not.

What employers need to do from 1 August:

HMRC has published guidance yesterday (28 July) outlining what employers who have claimed too much, or not enough, from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme need to do.

Information has also been published on the penalties for not telling HMRC about Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant overpayments.

Useful links

You can find further support and advice via the links below:

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