Following the range of updates over the last several weeks, we have now rounded up the latest information from the government on specific schemes where additional detail was released. This update covers measures through to 22 May. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) On 12 May the Chancellor announced the extension of the CJRS by four months to the…

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The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted many aspects of life which had previously gone unnoticed or ignored and found the holes.  The full extent to which supply chains are global is an obvious example. Our reliance on internet connections and their surprising robustness when the world turned to Netflix and Zoom is another. Of crucial importance…

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The government could end up borrowing five times as much as it expected on Budget day.  In the Budget on 11 March, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) estimated that in 2020/21, the government would have to borrow about £55bn to make up the difference between what it spent and what would be raised in…

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One perhaps unsurprising side-effect of the Covid-19 pandemic has been an upsurge of interest in wills and estate planning. However, the lockdown is constraining options.  Press reports have suggested that the increased interest in will writing has been particularly high among those in the older age brackets who are more vulnerable if they become infected. …

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The Covid-19 pandemic has seen the values of many investments fall. But lower values can have a useful upside.  ‘It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.’ So it is with the drop in the value of shares and investment funds that has occurred since the start of 2020. It’s worth remembering, however, that…

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