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Payroll support extended to shops, gyms and salons

Payroll support extended to shops, gyms and salons

Thursday 03 February 2022

Payroll support extended to shops, gyms and salons

Thursday 03 February 2022

Retailers, hairdressers and beauty salons, driving schools and gyms will now be able to access co-funded payroll scheme support for January 2022.

Eligible businesses will be able to claim up to £1,250 per employee if their income for January 2022 fell by more than 20% compared to January 2020.

It comes a survey by the Chamber of Commerce highlighted how retailers and close contact services had suffered over December 2021 and January 2022.

Almost 90% of those responding reported a drop in their January 2022 turnover, compared to the same period in 2019.

A quarter of those taking part in the survey saw a drop of 50% or more in their 2019 January figures, with half of all questioned seeing a decline of between 20% and 50%.

Just over 50% of those completing the survey felt that the recommendations to work from home and the mandatory wearing of masks drove down turnover in January.

That data was then delivered to Ministers, who yesterday announced that they would be extending the Co-funded Payroll Scheme (CFPS) to more sectors - a full list can be found below.

"The CFPS is the most effective tool we have to respond to the impact that public health measures have had on businesses. When we brought back the scheme in December, we committed to keeping it under review to ensure it was able to provide support to all the sectors that were severely impacted, and this latest change shows we have done this," Treasury Minister Deputy Susie Pinel said.

She added that this is expected to be the "final extension of the scheme."

"The CFPS, together with other business support schemes, has protected the livelihoods of 15,000 islanders throughout the pandemic. Now that public health measures have been withdrawn, we are entering a new phase of the pandemic and we look forward to a brighter year ahead, where the economy is able to operate free from restrictions," she commented.

Sectors now eligible...

Wholesale and retail (excluding ‘essential retail’):

  • Other retail sale not in stores, stalls or markets.
  • Retail sale of watches and jewellery in specialised stores.
  • Other retail in non-specialised stores.
  • Other retail sale of new goods in specialised.
  • Retail sale of clothing in specialised stores.
  • Retail sale of cosmetic and toilet articles in specialised stores.
  • Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods in specialised stores.
  • Retail sale of footwear and leather goods in specialised stores.
  • Retail sale of other household equipment in specialised stores. 
  • Retail sale of second-hand goods in stores.
  • Retail sale via mail order houses or via internet.
  • Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco (where majority of sales to hospitality).
  • Non-Specialist Wholesalers (where 75% of sales are tourism-related).

Education, health and other services:

  • Other personal service activities not specified elsewhere.
  • Physical wellbeing activities.
  • Hairdressing and other beauty treatment.
  • Driving school activities.
  • Other human health activities.
  • Sports activities (including gyms).
  • Sports and recreation education.
  • Cultural education.
  • Other education not elsewhere specified.
  • Child day care activities.
  • Pre-primary education.

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Posted by Jon Jon on
For heavens sake close the purse! You can't blame this all on covid now, if people won't go shopping for goods,We are all tightening our belts as the cost of living rises, we don't eat out as often because of the increase in prices, we only buy certain goods if we need them.Certain businesses were over paid we read and the government tries to get it back I read a few days ago, they won't get it back !
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