Coronavirus – Payroll Co-funding Scheme

Apply Here for Phase 1

Download Phase 1 application form guidance

When can I apply for support?

This scheme  is open for phase 1 applications.

 

You will receive the grant after you have paid the salary/wages of you and your staff.

There are 2 phases in this package of support: 

Phase 1: Support from 20th March to 31st March 2020

From 20th March to 31st March there will be support of £200 per employee per week for a worker who has been paid either: 

  • At least £320 per week or 
  • At least £1390 per calendar month
  • For workers earning lower weekly or monthly amounts, the support will be 60% of their wage. 

You will need to make an application with details of your March payroll costs and will receive payment in the first full working week in April.

If your business operates in these sectors IT IS eligible for support:

  • Hotels 
  • Restaurants 
  • Bars 
  • Wholesale 
  • Retail (excluding food) 
  • Fisheries 
  • Hairdressing and other beauty treatment 

Full guidance on the principles of phase 1 is available here.

If you have any queries on your eligibility or how to apply please contact the Government team on: [email protected]

Phase 2: Support from 1st April to 30th June 2020

From 1st April the scheme will pay 80% of monthly payroll costs to a maximum of £1600 per worker

You will need to make an application at the end of April, May and June and payments will be made in the 1st week of each subsequent month.  

Phase 2 of the co-funded payroll scheme is available to a wider range of industries than for phase 1. As of 1 April 2020, the following industries are intended to be included and excluded from Phase 2 of the scheme:

Included in the scheme

Excluded from the scheme

If you have further questions about these industry classifications or the application process please email: [email protected]

If you have queries about the construction industry email: [email protected]

Inclusions and exclusions - by industry sector

If your business operates in these sectors IT IS eligible for support in Phase 1:

  • Hotels 
  • Restaurants 
  • Bars 
  • Wholesale 
  • Retail (excluding food) 
  • Fisheries 
  • Hairdressing and other beauty treatment 

If you have any queries on your eligibility or how to apply please contact the Government team on: [email protected]

Phase 2

More detail on business activity classifications can be found here:

Activities Included included in phase 2

Activities excluded in phase 2

If you have further questions about these industry classifications please email: [email protected]

If you have queries about the construction industry email: [email protected]

 

What other criteria does my business need to meet?
  1. Your business must have experienced severe disruption due to Covid 19 restrictions.  
  2. Your business must continue to employ some or all of its staff and where staff have been retained, they are being paid at their normal rate. 
  3. The scheme is available to all types of workers, including fixed term contract and zero hours workers who were due to work throughout the period and also includes Class 2 individuals who are employers and sole traders. 
  4. The worker must have the opportunity to remain in employment with the business throughout the scheme period. If the employee chooses to resign, they will not be included in the scheme. 
  5. Where your business provides staff accommodation, any worker in that accommodation immediately prior to the start of the scheme must be given the opportunity to remain in that accommodation for the duration of the scheme, whether or not they remain employed by the business.   
  6. Where the business has spare capacity from staff included on the scheme, those staff must be made available as needed to government to help with any appropriate activity required to support the government and community actions needed during the coronavirus period. 
  7. The business must provide written confirmation that the wages have been paid.  
What costs are covered?

The scheme will apply to wage costs based on the normal weekly or monthly pay for the worker.  It will apply in the same way to the business owner, self-employed and sole traders.  

In Phase 1, from 20th March to 31st March there will be support of: 

  • £200 per employee per week for a worker who has been paid either: 
  • At least £320 per week or 
  • At least £1390 per calendar month 
  • For workers earning lower weekly or monthly amounts, the support will be 60% of their wage 

In phase 2, from 1st April to 30th June, the scheme will: 

  • Pay 80% of monthly payroll costs to a maximum of £1600 per worker 
When will I get paid?

Payments will be made early in the month following the application for support.  

How do I apply for support?

You will need to complete an online form (which will be available on 1st April and provide the following details:

Information on your business: 

  • Your name and contact details 
  • Business name and industry sector 
  • Bank details for payments 

Information on your employee: 

  • Their name 
  • Their social security number 
  • Their gross pay for that month

You will need to upload a file or input data with details of each worker you are making a claim for or type in the details line by line 

You will also need to complete a declaration confirming your eligibility for the scheme.