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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an update to the UK-wide Job Support Scheme (JSS), including for workers in England where tier 2 restrictions apply.
Instead of a minimum requirement of paying 55% of wages for a third of hours, as announced last month at the launch of the Winter Economic Plan, employers will have to pay for a minimum of 20% of usual hours worked, and 5% of hours not worked.
The government will now fund 62% of the wages for hours not worked. This more than doubles the maximum payment to £1,541.75. In the most generous case, the state will now go from funding 22% of wages to just under half.
Although the aim of the change was to close the gap in support for businesses in tier 2 areas, the revamped support scheme is available across the UK.
The chancellor also announced additional funding to support cash grants for struggling firms of up to £2,100 per month, mainly for businesses in the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sector.
He said the grant