COVID-19: National Audit Office warns up to 60 per cent of Bounce Back Loans may not be paid back

The Government’s spending watchdog, the National Audit Office (NAO), has warned that up to 60 per cent of businesses may not pay back the 100 per cent Government-backed Bounce Back Loans Scheme (BBLS) because of fraudulent applications and minimal credit checks. Continue reading

Businesses return £215 million furlough payments to the Government

According to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), more than £215 million of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) payments have been willingly returned to the Government by UK firms, out of £35.4 billion worth of claims up until 16 August. Continue reading

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme rejects claims after employer accounting errors

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has warned businesses to get “their data right” or face delays receiving grants under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Continue reading

The second round of  the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opens for applications

The second stage of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is now open, and applications must be submitted before the deadline on Monday 19 October 2020. Continue reading

COVID-19: UK businesses owed more than £133 billion since lockdown began

UK businesses are owed more than £133 billion since the lockdown measures began in March, with the average business waiting on £148,917 for work that was completed before the lockdown. Continue reading

COVID-19: Government’s Bounce Back Loan Scheme distributes £23 billion in finance

The Government’s Bounce Back Loans Scheme has provided more than £23 billion in finance to more than 780,000 businesses, according to the latest research. Continue reading