Coronavirus Financial Support

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.

This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

Some aspects of business support are devolved. For business support outside of England go to ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

The UK-wide support available is:

Job Support Scheme Expanded To Firms Required To Close Due To Covid Restrictions

Under the expansion, firms whose premises are legally required to shut for some period over winter as part of local or national restrictions will receive grants to pay the wages of staff who cannot work - protecting jobs and enabling businesses to reopen quickly once restrictions are lifted.

Key Points:

  • The Job Support Scheme will be expanded to support businesses across the UK required to close their premises due to coronavirus restrictions;
  • The UK Government will pay two thirds of employees’ salaries to protect jobs over the coming months – applicable across the UK;
  • Cash grants for businesses in England only required to close in local lockdowns also increased to up to £3,000 per month; and
  • Devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to receive £1.3 billion increase to their guaranteed funding for 2020-21.

The government will support eligible businesses by paying two thirds of each employees’ salary (or 67%), up to a maximum of £2,100 a month.

Under the scheme, employers will not be required to contribute towards wages and only asked to cover NICS and pension contributions, a very small proportion of overall employment costs. It is estimated that around half of potential claims are likely not to incur employer NICs or auto-enrolment pension contributions and so face no employer contribution.

Businesses will only be eligible to claim the grant while they are subject to restrictions and employees must be off work for a minimum of seven consecutive days.

The scheme will begin on 1 November and will be available for six months, with a review point in January. In line with the rest of the JSS, payments to businesses will be made in arrears, via a HMRC claims service that will be available from early December. Employees of firms that have been legally closed in the period before 1 November are eligible for the CJRS.

These measures will sit alongside the original JSS - which is designed to support businesses that are facing low demand over the winter months - and the £1,000 Job Retention Bonus (JRB) which encourages employers to keep staff on payroll.

Further guidance on the scheme will be set out by HMRC in due course, SCC will share this once it is available. 

The Scottish Government today outlined further details on business support it plans to support businesses through the new restrictions announced earlier this week. SCC is awaiting further information on how the UK Government’s announcement will affect SG’s planned support.

Scottish Government Support for Businesses: 

The Scottish Government has announced a package of measures worth £2.2 billion to support Scottish businesses.

Changes have been made to business rates in Scotland for 2020-2021 along with extra rates relief:


Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with a rateable value between £18,001 and up to and including £50,999 will be able to apply for a one-off grant of £25,000.

A one-off grant of £10,000 will also be available to small businesses who get Small Business Bonus Scheme relief/ Rural Relief.

You can also get this grant if you applied for Nursery Relief, Business Growth Accelerator Relief or Disabled Relief but are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

You do not have to repay these grants. See links below for local grants:

WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE businesses, please refer to -

EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE (downloadable pdf available at page link below) -

Businesses in Scotland can apply to the Business Support Fund for a grant to help them deal with the impact of the outbreak.

Business can use the Scottish Enterprise business support finder to find out what is available to them.