Guernsey's payroll co-funding scheme extended due to lack of travel activity

Should the situation improve very quickly and more travel resume in the short-term, the States says support may be reviewed again. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Guernsey's payroll co-funding scheme will be extended until the end of March 2021 for sectors currently eligible.

It was due to end in December, but due to high coronavirus rates in other jurisdictions, travel activity has not increased, so the government has decided the business support will continue.

Should the situation improve very quickly and more travel resume in the short-term, support may be reviewed. Guernsey's government says businesses will be given advanced warning ahead of any changes.

The following sectors continue to be eligible and claims will only be considered from businesses whose last claim was eligible in the October –December period:

  • Travel agents and tour operators

  • Event companies such as those working in corporate events or weddings

  • Taxi operators, subject to a cap of 80% payroll support

  • Exceptions considered for businesses heavily impacted by travel restrictions

Our rules for the borders are now designed so that travel to the Island is less restrictive for those coming from low-risk jurisdictions and that means we can expect to see more travel once the situation improves elsewhere, but for right now our neighbours and many countries globally are going through a difficult period and that inevitably impacts on some of our business sectors.

Deputy Mark Helyar, Policy & Resources Committee