More than 2.7 million customers claimed at least one Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) payment up to April 5 2021. These grants are taxable and customers should declare them on their 2020/21 tax return before the deadline on January 31 2022.
Emergency legislation has been passed by the UK Government which temporarily extends the period for which individuals can self-certify their absence during a period of incapacity for work, for Statutory Sick Pay purposes, from 7 days to 28 days (including non-working days).
Would just like to emphasise that unfortunately further measures may be announced next week because the virus appears to be spreading like wildfire and authorities are concerned that it could overwhelm the NHS.
The government is reintroducing the legislation for shops, post offices, banks and public transport as part of the new Covid Plan B rules to fight the Omicron variant of the virus.
At a recent meeting between representatives of the Scottish district’s public affairs committee and the Scottish government’s retail minister Tom Arthur MSP, the minister urged retailers to help stem the tide of coronavirus cases by continuing to follow the safety measures in place.