COVID-19: measures for UK businesses

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.
The government's Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme went live for applications from today (23 March).
We set out a summary of the salary support and tax deferral schemes that were announced on 20 March 2020.
The UK economy is facing its 'worst recession in modern history'.
British banks must keep lending to businesses through the coronavirus crisis to ensure viable companies do not fail, the government and financial regulators have urged.
On the 26 March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a scheme to help self-employed workers who have been hit by the COVID-19 crisis.
Businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and are seeking to make use of the VAT deferral have been urged to cancel their direct debits 'as soon as they can'.
HMRC has published guidance on recognising genuine contact from the tax authority during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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