The Federation of Master Builders says ‘extension of the Job Support Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme are important interventions’, but ‘greater clarity with regards to lockdown restrictions’ and ‘no confusion about how these are communicated’ is also required.
Following today’s (22nd October) announcement of increased financial support for businesses and workers by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has called for greater clarity from all levels of Government as to the timetable and nature of restrictions on businesses.
Whilst the FMB welcomed the extra support, which includes assistance for open businesses to keep staff on through increased contributions to wage costs from government under the Job Support Scheme, alongside business contributions dropping to 5%; an expansion of business grants to cover those in particularly affected sectors in high-alert level areas; and grants for the self-employed doubled to 40% of previous earnings, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said it was crucial that UK and devolved governments communicated the messaging around lockdown restrictions clearly. He explained: “I welcome the extension of the Job Support Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme as important interventions to protect businesses at this critical time. Small builders have made use of the financial support available, particularly at the start of the crisis. What they need, however, is greater clarity from the UK and devolved governments, with regards to lockdown restrictions and no confusion about how these are communicated. These also need to be joined up and in line with Government supports. Unfortunately, this hasn’t always been the case.”
This call for clarity comes on the back of the confusion caused by the Welsh Government’s U-turn on their guidance for working in people’s home during the Firebreak lockdown in Wales.
View the Chancellor’s full announcement on increased support for businesses and workers here.