- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
- Specialist wikis
Last edited 15 Mar 2021
Winter Support 2020 - 2021 packages for businesses
In October 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced substantial additions to the Winter Support package, with increased support to businesses through the forthcoming Job Support and Self-employed Schemes.
 The Job Support Scheme (JSS)
When originally announced in September 2020, the JSS – in effect from 1 November 2020 – required employees to work at least 33% of their normal hours and employers to pay a third of wages for hours not worked. The October 2020 announcement reduces the minimum hours requirements to 20%, so those working only one day a week will become eligible. It also reduces the employer contribution for unworked hours to just 5%.
Note: separately from the JSS, employers are still eligible to claim a £1,000 Job Retention Bonus for all previously furloughed employees who are still employed at the end of January 2021.
 Self-employed grant (SEISS)
SEISS will also be amended so that the amount of profits covered by the two forthcoming self-employed grants will rise from 20% to 40% (e.g. the maximum grant will increase from £1,875 to £3,750).
This article originally appeared on the ECA website under the headline, 'Chancellor announces further business financial support'. It was published on 23 October 2020.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Articles by the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA).
- Budget 2020.
- Budget 2021.
- Construction apprenticeships.
- Coronavirus and the construction industry.
- Get ready for green jobs and upgrade projects.
- January 2021 construction output figures.
- Organisations prompt government to Build Back Green.
- Payments for recruiting new apprentices.
- The future of the coronavirus furlough.
 External resources
Featured articles and news
Study examines how adjustable arrangements can succeed.
Government announces plans to improve accessibility.
Resource addresses pandemic-related NEC4 contract issues.
Incorporating EDI into the provision of fair access.
Government announces global innovation strategy.
An architectural biography. Book review.
The house where the future king of France lived.
The teacher, architectural technologist and mum offers her insights.
Careful planning needed as supply chain issues continue.
The sensitive conversion of a neglected Cornwall structure.
Plan stresses local involvement in city, town and village development.
Environment Agency publishes BAT guidance.