Thursday update from Chamber
Thursday already, and I marvel at social media with its many suggestions of how to fill your time at home…oh how we wish! Chamber HQ has not eased up, and the questions have moved to plenty of Why? How? When? And Who?
Government launches co-funded payroll scheme The statement arrived late last night and you can read it HERE.
Why - has my business been excluded from funding? - Those providing professional services to the retailers, hospitality and construction industries, accountants, advertising agencies, recruitment companies, architect, building engineers and others are asking us. We hope for further consideration – this is down to the political will of the Council of Ministers to give more funding and the longer the crisis goes on the more will be brought into those needing funding.
How – do I apply for Phase 2 funding? – Sit tight and wait the form is not out yet.
When – will there be more information? – There was more (see below) Information published on 1 April 2020 which outlines in more detail the business sectors included and excluded in Phase 2 of the scheme and general information on how the scheme may operate. However, the scope and operation of Phase 2 is still under development and final information on this will be published on 10th April 2020.
The team have updated this to April 9th (the 10th is Good Friday)
And Who – do we talk to? Well us of course. The guys in Government are working long and hard to deliver payments (quicker than the UK) and there is also an email address to go direct to the Government team. Email the Economy team.
More questions and answers to come.
The Government support for business is gaining clarity and the Phase 1 payroll form is now out.
It now has added Informal FAQ’s for Phase 2 which give some more clarity.
Confusion for some in Construction
The Government has recently commented that ‘Government is committed to support all construction industry areas including building, engineering, civil works, maintenance and design services'. It goes on to say, 'It is important the industry has confidence in our ability to provide meaningful assistance at both a strategic and tactical level.'
Chair of the Jersey Chamber of Commerce Building & Development Committee, Cathy Elliot, is urging Government to reconsider the exclusion of Architectural and engineering activities and related technical consultancy, known as Division 71 on the exclusions list:
“One statement is clearly at odds with the others. All construction industry areas should mean All construction industry areas. Can we at least challenge why they have chosen to exclude a large portion of the design team. Many projects have already been put on hold or cancelled. When the sites close on Friday a further element of our work, including any site management will also come to a temporary end. I appreciate that the phase 2 payroll scheme is not yet fully developed and would urge Government to re-consider their exclusion of a large portion of the design team before the next details are issued mid-April or there could be some serious effects felt when the industry is able to return to work.”
Coronavirus testing update: Island-wide testing confirmed
The Government announced today that it is establishing an on-Island Coronavirus antibody testing programme, following the purchase of 150,000 tests from a UK supplier, with the first batch of 50,000 tests due to arrive in the next few weeks. This is to help determine who is and who is not immune to the virus. Read more HERE.
Chamber recognises what an important game changer this could be. If those determined immune can be identified, of course this firstly aids the health efforts, but could also release those back into workplaces. A while to go yet, but significant.
Support for registered workers in hardship
Today, the Minister for Social Security has launched CRESS, an emergency scheme to support registered people who have been working in Jersey for less than five years and who have lost their full-time employment income because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more HERE.
Schools stay open in Easter Holidays for critical workers
The Education Minister has announced that schools and nurseries will remain open during the Easter holidays to support childcare for critical workers and some vulnerable children. Read more HERE.
Cases so far as of 3:05pm
872 Confirmed negative
96 confirmed positive
JHA are seeking help for someone: ‘We have been contacted from one of the islands care companies who have no facemasks due to orders due to arrive being cancelled. If anyone has any spare they don’t need could you let me know straight away as they have now run out and are desperate’. Please contact Simon Soar www.jerseyhospitality.com
Shelley Kendrick of Kendrick Rose is offering help to businesses: 'I can assist with interview advice or job advice or help out any of your businesses in that area, remote access interviewing etc. Any advice on present market in terms of what we are seeing, candidate and client views then would be happy to share with you.’ Info@KendrickRose.com
Food and Drink and more in Members Corner…
Delighted that good local firm and Chamber stalwarts Romerils are up and running online https://www.romerils.com
In our drinks corner tonight, Randalls have a home delivery service and will deliver next day. Visit www.randalls-jersey.co.uk/drinks-home-delivery/
And for that special lunch out – but in… There are a variety of takeaway services including the Atlantic Hotel. https://www.theatlantichotel.com/dining/takeaway-menu
Seymour Hotels are also in the home delivery market and so delicious dishes on offer here for both cooking and freezing.
Stay well, stay safe and stay in touch.
CEO, Jersey Chamber of Commerce.