Business: Coronavirus

Treasury written question – answered on 31st March 2020.

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Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Public Health and Primary Care)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to ensure that businesses (a) receive comprehensive advice and consistent support when accessing the economic package of help that has been put in place in response to the covid-19 outbreak and (b) will be compensated if the planned measures prove to be insufficient.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The government has announced a significant package of financial support for businesses and organisations. Details of this package are available at: www.businesssupport.gov.uk. Businesses and individuals will also benefit from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), Statutory Sick Pay refunds and Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), which will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. More detail on the CJRS can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme and https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme.

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