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Thousands of Guernsey businesses to benefit from further government support

A new scheme has been announced to make sure businesses are well-positioned to resume trading as soon as conditions allow. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Thousands of businesses and self-employed workers in Guernsey will receive further financial support from the government.

The Policy & Resources Committee today announced a new Payroll Co-Sharing Scheme and a grant scheme, which will help make sure businesses are well-positioned to resume trading as soon as conditions allow.

How will it work?

The States will fund 80% of employee wages, based on the minimum wage of £8.50 per hour which equates to a gross payment of £238 for a standard 35 hour week, pre income tax and States insurance contributions. This would be on the basis that employers contribute a minimum of 20% to reach the full minimum wage although employers can opt to pay more given many employees will be on higher rates.

How long will it last?

The initial period of support proposed is three months (13 weeks) which will cover the period to late June.

Does it include all businesses?

Specific sectors have been identified as being sufficiently impacted by the crisis to which the support will be restricted initially. These are:

  • hospitality and tourism
  • passenger transport and travel
  • rental and leasing of cars and recreational goods
  • manufacturing
  • recreation and entertainment
  • event management and event services
  • personal service activities such as hairdressers, beauticians and animal boarding
  • commercial fishing
  • private extra-curricular education such as dance and riding schools
  • non-food and non-pharmacy retail
  • advertising and marketing
  • construction.

In terms of size of business, there is no restriction on the size of the business.

The number of businesses that could potentially qualify is estimated at 1,700 with total employees of 10,500.

A further measure confirmed is the award of a £3,000 grant to all businesses and the self-employed with fewer than ten employees.

The Coronavirus Payroll Co-funding Scheme will enable the States to support businesses in the way that many of them have requested – providing funding to keep employees in post, ensuring they are ready to support businesses when they enter the recovery phase.

The scheme also helps individuals stay in employment. It means that they and their families retain an income, which provides some comfort and support during this challenging time for all of us.

– Deputy Lyndon Trott, Vice-President of the Policy & Resources Committee

Businesses who require support should send their details to business.support@gov.gg.

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