The Executive Committee has been working hard to liaise with both the farriery regulatory and examination bodies in addition to the wider equine organisations during this unprecedented period.
We understand the frustrations shared by so many but also appreciate our own individual roles and responsibilities in doing our bit to slow the spread of this awful virus.
We have sought further clarification as to whether farriers will be able to continue to work should a full shutdown be implemented. At the time of writing we are awaiting responses from DEFRA and other government and welfare organisations and as soon as we know more, we will let you know.
The information below has been adapted from Kinder Pocock accountants, and we express our sincere thanks to them -
To summarise announcements from the government last week –
Pubs, Restaurants, Gyms, Clubs closed on Friday 20th March.
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Questions on the 80% HMRC grant for employees
The Chancellor announced on Friday that any employees being furloughed (temporarily laid off) would be paid 80% of their wage, so here’s what we know so far.
How will the 80% be paid?
How much will be paid?
What do you need to do as employer?
When will the grant be paid from?
Can employers top up the remaining 20%
Do employers still need to make pension contributions?
If my employee is self-isolating, will we get the 80% grant?
Do I still need to pay PAYE?
Questions we don’t know the answer to yet:
If my employees are working from home, will we get the 80% grant?
If my employees could work from home, but can’t as they are looking after their children, will we get the 80% grant?
My employee has only recently started, will we get the 80% grant?
My employee goes back to college in September, do I have to pay them until that date?
Will directors of their own companies be included?
Do we have to prove we need financial support?
Don’t forget! Assistance for BFBA members
• Make the most of your membership benefits with suppliers - https://www.forgeandfarrier.co.uk/bfba/bfba-membership.htm
• BFBA members are reminded that they can contact Daniel Kindell at Morrish Solicitor’s for half an hour’s free legal advice. Daniel can be contacted on 033 3344 9600.
• BFBA ATF members also benefit from half an hour advice with HR consultant Andrea Brereton, Mercer Brereton Ltd. To take advantage of advice from Andrea please contact the BFBA Head Office on 024 76 696 595 for further details.
Please note, while the guidance is current at the point of publication, it may quickly be superseded following further government updates, or changes to the situation. Please bear with us while we make these changes.