Latest news from Surrey Chambers CEO July 2020

28th July 2020

1) Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme updates

The government has launched a new calculator to help employers with their next CJRS claims.

Employers can use the calculator to work out how much they have to pay their furloughed and flexibly furloughed employees, how much they can claim for employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributions and how much they can claim back.

You can access the new job retention calculator here:

Please note that the calculator will be updated to reflect changes to the scheme over the coming months.

In addition, employers can now also download a template if you’re claiming for 100 or more employees through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (for claims on or after 1 July 2020).

You can download the new template here:


2) Better Health campaign

Public Health England has today (27 July) launched the Better Health campaign to support people to live healthier lives and reduce their risk of serious illness, including COVID-19.

The campaign – unveiled as part of the government’s new Obesity Strategy – calls on people to embrace a healthier lifestyle and to lose weight if they need to, supported by a range of evidence-based tools and apps providing advice on how to lose weight.

Measures in the plan include:

  • Banning unhealthy food adverts before 9pm;
  • Ending ‘buy one get one free’ offers on foods high in fats and or sugars;
  • Calorie labelling on food sold in large restaurants, cafes and takeaways with more than 250 employees;
  • Calorie labelling on alcohol;
  • Expanding NHS weight management services so more people get the support they need to lose weight; and
  • Launching a new consultation to gather views and evidence on the current ‘traffic light’ labelling system to learn more about how this is being used by consumers and industry, compared to international examples

Full details on the campaign can be found here –

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