As the UK continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic the chancellor has announced his Winter Economy Plan to try and project jobs.
With the new restrictions expected to last for six months and the furlough scheme ending soon, it was hoped that the Chancellor would help the DJ and wider Entertainment industry, as many of us have not worked since March 2020 and do not have a secondary income in which to rely on.
Here’s the main points to note from the Commons address:
- A new jobs support scheme – which will replace furlough – will see the government “directly support” the wages of people in “viable” jobs working a at least a third of their normal hours.
- The government will top up a third of the worker’s salary that would have otherwise been lost as a result of working reduced hours – capped at £697.92 a month – which means a third will go unpaid.
- It will start in November and run for six months – with all small and medium-sized businesses eligible for the scheme.
- Larger firms will have to prove their profits have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in order to utilise it.
- Businesses will not be able to issue redundancy notices to employees while taking part in this scheme.
- The self-employed grant will be extended on similar terms as this new support scheme.
- A “pay as you grow” scheme to allow companies more time to repay bounce back loans over a period of up to 10 years rather than six. Those struggling to pay them back will now be able to choose to make interest-only repayments and “anyone in real trouble” can suspend repayments altogether for up to six months.
- VAT will remain at 5% for hospitality and tourism until 31 March 2021 – rather than reverting back to 20% in January.
- The deadline for taking out a coronavirus business interruption loan will be extended until 30 November, with the government guarantee on them extended for up to 10 years.
The hospitality and entertainment sectors have raised concerns about the new measures, due to the inability of venues like nightclubs and theatres to open.
With another frustrating announcement from the Government which seemingly overlooks many of our members and colleagues, it has never been more important to get our voice heard. If you haven’t already, please get behind the Save DJ Entertainment campaign and contact your local MP (and maybe even your opposition party MP) as a matter of urgency.
You can find out more about the Save DJ Entertainment campaign and associated campaigns over at www.savedjentertainment.org.