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Discretion in Scottish COVID-19 grant scheme means eligible agencies should get help

04 June 2020

The Scottish Government has responded to concerns raised by Propertymark on behalf of its members, following reports that some Scottish agents had been denied access to business support schemes when local authorities declared the grant is not available to their sector. Read More...

How agents can help vulnerable tenants during self-isolation

03 June 2020

Some tenants who are self-isolating because they are higher risk may face other challenges apart from the direct risk and impact of the virus, Agents are a key part of local communities and can provide housing and support to those in need. Read More...

Furlough scheme update from the Chancellor

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announced that the Government support for furloughed employees is extended for four months until the end of October 2020.

He went on to say that there will be no changes to the scheme before the end of July. Between August and October, he committed to greater flexibility to support businesses where they need to bring back employees on a part-time basis. 

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In response to a question on job losses in the aviation industry, Sunak said: The best way to help in the end is for us to find a way to control this virus, live with it, and indeed re-open those parts of the economy that are currently closed.

There was cross-party agreement that the furlough scheme, which reimburses businesses to the value of 80 per cent of an employee's salary up to a maximum of £2,500 per month, has been essential to the survival of businesses and communities across the UK.

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Further details of forthcoming changes to the scheme will be made available later today. Propertymark continues to talk to the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government in seeking guidance for the safe re-opening of the property sector and will share an update as soon as any details are available.