Cre­at­ing and pro­tect­ing jobs

Here’s how the UK Gov­ern­ment is sup­port­ing busi­nesses and em­ploy­ees as they re­cover from the ef­fects of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - DISTRICT NEWS -

YOUNG PEO­PLE

The Kick­start Scheme is a six-month paid job with a lo­cal em­ployer, funded by the UK Gov­ern­ment.

Jobs from the Kick­start Scheme will be open to 16-24-year-olds who are claim­ing Uni­ver­sal Credit and are at risk of longterm un­em­ploy­ment.

Em­ploy­ers from a va­ri­ety of in­dus­tries are now sign­ing up, which means there’ll be a wide range of ex­cit­ing jobs.

Young peo­ple who go into these jobs will be paid and also re­ceive train­ing that will give them the skills to help them find em­ploy­ment once they’ve com­pleted the six-month scheme.

EM­PLOY­ERS: HOW TO AP­PLY

If you can cre­ate 30 new jobs then you can ap­ply di­rectly for the Kick­start Scheme.

For smaller firms cre­at­ing fewer than 30 job place­ments, other or­gan­i­sa­tions – eg, a group of sim­i­lar em­ploy­ers, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, trade bod­ies and regis­tered char­i­ties – can ap­ply on your be­half.

Fund­ing is avail­able for em­ploy­ers for 100 per cent of the min­i­mum wage for 25 hours a week, plus Na­tional In­sur­ance con­tri­bu­tions and em­ployer min­i­mum au­to­matic en­rol­ment con­tri­bu­tions.

SUP­PORT­ING EX­IST­ING JOBS

The Coro­n­avirus Job Re­ten­tion Scheme ends in Oc­to­ber, but a Job Re­ten­tion Bonus will be in­tro­duced to help firms keep hold of fur­loughed work­ers.

UK em­ploy­ers will re­ceive a one-off bonus of £1,000 for each fur­loughed em­ployee who re­mains con­tin­u­ously em­ployed through to the end of Jan­uary 2021. Em­ploy­ees must earn above the lower earn­ings limit (£520 per month) on av­er­age be­tween the end of the Coro­n­avirus Job Re­ten­tion Scheme and the end of Jan­uary 2021. Pay­ments will be made from Fe­bru­ary 2021.

A tem­po­rary VAT cut to 5 per cent for hospitalit­y was in­tro­duced in July to en­cour­age peo­ple to safely en­joy eat­ing out, days out and to make the most of the sum­mer sea­son. It ap­plies right across the UK un­til March 31, 2021.

JOBS FOR THE FU­TURE

The UK Gov­ern­ment will also cre­ate thou­sands of jobs by bring­ing for­ward work on £8.8bil­lion of new in­fra­struc­ture, de­car­bon­i­sa­tion and main­te­nance projects.

This in­cludes a £3bil­lion green in­vest­ment pack­age that could help sup­port around 140,000 green jobs, up­grade build­ings and re­duce emis­sions.

And a £1bil­lion pro­gramme will make pub­lic build­ings – in­clud­ing schools and hospi­tals – greener, help­ing the UK meet its net zero tar­get by 2050, while in­vest­ing in our fu­ture pros­per­ity.

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