Hairdressers say they are ready to open within weeks

A group representing hairdressers in the UK says politicians are taking too long to give salons permission to open. Read more: Hairdressers say they are ready to open within weeks

Hairdressers say they are ready to open within weeks

A group representing hairdressers in the UK says politicians are taking too long to give salons permission to open.

The Hair and Barber Council, which represents 11,000 salons, estimates most of its members would be ready by mid-June.

The Department for Business has told the BBC that 4 July remains the earliest date they can open in England.

Salons have been closed since the lockdown began on 24 March.

Keith Conniford, the CEO of the Hair and Barber Council, says many salon owners want to open on June 15, alongside other non-food retail outlets.

He says: “I have spoken to a number of practitioners I know within barbering and hairdressing and resoundingly they said yes.”

The July date applies only in England – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are setting their own strategy for opening up businesses.

But Keith says if any national government in any part of the UK gives them two weeks notice then they will be ready to open.

Businesses are being asked to be “Covid-ready” before opening.

The UK government aid that they are currently working with the industry to provide more specific advice, but have set out some initial guidance for situations where people cannot work 2m apart. These include:

  • Keep the activity time involved as short as possible
  • Use screens or barriers to separate each other
  • Use back-to-back or side-to-side working
  • Stagger arrival and departure times
  • Introduce teams in store to reduce contact

Baz Rifat’s salon in north London has spent thousands of pounds getting Covid-ready.

The owner has created booths and knocked down walls and introduced a text system with customers to confirm they have had no symptoms.

“We’ve been spacing it out so we’ve got social distancing.”

Baz tells us customers will be asked to wear face coverings, while she will wear a shield.

There will be no waiting area and staff will work in teams so if someone gets ill one team will isolate while the other keeps the salon open.

Fewer staff will make contact with people’s hair when they come in.

“Normally we have assistants washing our clients’ hair but I will be doing everything”.

The Hair and Barber Council lobby MPs to promote industry-wide standards but the group is concerned any additional rules to the ones already out there will stop hairdressers being able to do their job.

A Department for Business spokesperson told us: “The Government has set up taskforces to work with industry representatives to develop safe ways for businesses such as hairdressers to open at the earliest point at which it is safe to do so.”

There is pressure to get the economy moving by allowing businesses to reopen so the government can stop paying the wages of tens of thousands of workers under the furlough scheme.

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Originally written by Timothy Adler on Small Business Coronavirus government statutory sick pay – and how to apply for it UPDATED: The government has opened its long-awaited Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme to employers of small and medium-sized companies. Businesses with fewer than 250 employees can apply to recover the costs of paying out SSP throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme was Coronavirus government Statutory Sick Pay – how to apply for it

Coronavirus government Statutory Sick Pay – how to apply for it

Originally written by Timothy Adler on Small Business

Coronavirus government statutory sick pay – and how to apply for it

UPDATED: The government has opened its long-awaited Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme to employers of small and medium-sized companies.

Businesses with fewer than 250 employees can apply to recover the costs of paying out SSP throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

The scheme was originally announced in this year’s Budget speech.

Am I eligible for the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme?

Employers must have a PAYE scheme that was created and in place by 28 February 2020 and had no more than 250 employees by the same date.

You can claim for full-time and part-time employees as well as those on agency contracts and gig worker/zero-hour contracts.

Tax agents who are authorised to do PAYE online for you can apply on behalf of your business.

Connected companies and charities can also access the scheme if they had 250 or fewer employees on or before 28 February 2020.

Repayment will cover up to two weeks of SSP from either 13 March 2020 – if the employee had coronavirus, symptoms or was self-isolating because someone they live with had coronavirus – or from 16 April if they were shielding because they were vulnerable.

If an employee was asked to shield but wasn’t furloughed, they’d be covered by up to two weeks of sick pay from 16 April.

SSP is £95.85 per week – employers can pay more if they wish but will only be reimbursed at the basic rate.

How do I apply for the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme?

Head over to the government website and enter information on the employees that you’re claiming for. Once you’ve made the application, the money should be in your account within six working days.

Make sure you have all of the information you need before you begin:

  • The number of employees you are claiming for
  • Start and end dates of your claim period
  • The total amount of coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay you have paid to your employees for the claim period – this should not exceed the weekly rate of SSP that is set
  • Your Government Gateway user ID and password that you got when you registered for PAYE Online – if you do not have this find out how to get your lost user ID
  • Your employer PAYE reference number
  • The contact name and phone number of someone we can contact if we have queries
  • Your UK bank or building society account details (only provide account details where a Bacs payment can be accepted) including:
    • bank or building society account number (and roll number if it has one)
    • sort code
    • name on the account
    • your address linked to your bank or building society account

I’m claiming for wage costs through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

You can claim back from both the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme for the same employee but not for the same period of time.

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Coronavirus help for self-employed

  • For the self-employed not eligible for SSP, contributory Employment and Support Allowance will be payable, at a rate of £73.10 a week if you are over 25, for eligible people affected by coronavirus or self-isolating in line with advice from day one of sickness, rather than day eight.

For more information about coronavirus government statutory sick pay, go to the Department for Work & Pensions website here.

Grants can sometimes be combined with other forms of funding, such as banks, grant makers, and other lenders. In fact, we have teamed up with FundingOptions.com to help you find the right finance for your business. You can find their page here.

We support small businesses with useful guides and advice – especially with the recent outbreak of coronavirus. Submit your details to receive daily updates direct to your inbox.

This page will be continually updated as more information from government becomes available.

Further reading on coronavirus

Coronavirus: what are your sick pay obligations if your staff self-isolate?

Coronavirus government Statutory Sick Pay – how to apply for it

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