Job Support Scheme (now removed)

5 November 2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced his Winter Economy Plan including a new Job Support Scheme on 24 September 2020. He was under pressure to come up with a replacement for the furlough scheme which was due to end in October 2020. This was to operate from 1 November 2020 to 30 April 2021.

The Job Support Scheme was updated on 22 October. The 22 October changes were targeted as additional support for employers whose businesses are open but are experiencing considerable difficulty, including those under Tier 2 restrictions.

The operation of JSS was postponed on 31 October until after the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended planned at that time to run to 2 December 2020.

The legislation for the Job Support Scheme was not published although a further checklist as to the temporary working agreement and more details on the eligibility conditions for partially closed businesses were to be issued on 6 November with claim process details promised to be published later.

On 5 November the Chancellor announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was (further) extended until 31 March 2021 with a review of the value of the grant support for unworked hours in January 2021.

It must be assumed that the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will replace the JSS up to 31 March 2021 at least. It is unclear whether the JSS will be in place from 1 to 30 April 2021. 

The Government guidance on JSS is stated to have been withdrawn and we have therefore removed the remainder of our note as to details of the JSS until the position on whether JSS is to operate at all is clear.