Government's Plan For Jobs To Support The Economy
On 8 July 2020, the Chancellor announced a package of measures to support the UK’s economic recovery. Cobweb Information reported the measures will include:
Job retention and creation
• Employers will receive a one-off payment of £1,000 for every furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until the end of January 2021.
• The £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will provide six-month work placements for young people aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit.
• Employers in England will receive £2,000 for every new apprentice they hire up to age 24, and £1,500 for each new apprentice aged 25 and over.
Skills and training
• An additional £111 million will fund traineeships for 16-24-year-olds in England.
• An additional £17 million will be provided to increase the number of sector-based work academy placements in England.
• The National Careers Service will receive an additional £32 million over the next two years.
Hospitality and tourism
• The Eat Out to Help Out scheme will enable food service establishments to provide customers with a 50% discount of up to £10 per head on meals throughout August 2020. The Government will reimburse the 50% discount.
• VAT will be reduced from 20% to 5% on food and non-alcoholic drinks sold in food service establishments and on tourist accommodation and admission to attractions across the UK from 15 July 2020 to 12 January 2021.
Housing and construction
• House buyers in England and Northern Ireland will pay no stamp duty on residential properties worth up to £500,000 until 31 March 2021.
• A £2 billion Green Homes Grant will provide homeowners and landlords with grants to make their homes more energy efficient.
• The Construction Talent Retention Scheme will help retain construction skills and match talented workers who are at risk of redundancy with other job opportunities.
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