Our thoughts are with all the communities affected by the COVID-19 virus. If you are sick, or caring for a sick family member, or separated from loved ones, our thoughts are with you. We especially recognise those in the healthcare community, whose sacrifice and dedication have been truly inspiring.
 
Get Work are continuing to serve tradespeople as normal during the Coronavirus outbreak and we are doing our part to fight the spread of COVID-19 and to keep healthy. All of our team have been working effectively from home for the past two weeks, this includes our co-founders Natasha and Leon, who will continue to provide expert support and guidance whilst working remotely, so it’s business as usual at our end.
 
As market conditions present unusual challenges and opportunities for us all, Get Work is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between you and your customers. We are keeping a close eye on search trends and volumes, we speak regularly with Google representatives to ensure our strategies are in line with market direction, and we will keep you updated with our ongoing findings.
 
Reassuringly at this point, search volumes for home services have remained positive, especially for external works such as roofing, driveways and landscaping, and essential services such as electrical, plumbing and heating. We expect search volumes to increase further as more and more people are forced to work from home and more incomes become protected by the UK government.
 
Whilst some business owners are likely to bury their heads in the sand, and hope for the best, it’s vitally important that you use this time effectively. By working on your businesses now, you’ll be ready to take advantage of the economy as soon as people return to their everyday lives; and are in need of everyday services, your services. Our aim is to ensure you’ll be firmly ready when this happens.
 
As such, we have prepared some information, guidance and support to help you and your business in these uncertain times, which will be released over the coming days. We have tried to cover as much ground as possible and will update this content as we progress underneath this message. Sections include:

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Please do reach out if you have any further questions.
 
From everyone at Get Work, stay safe and act responsibly.
 
The Get Work Team
Nick, James, Holly, Natasha and Leon


Introduction

Updated: 27 March 2020
With information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak changing almost hour by hour, and no central resource for tradespeople, we have decided to prepare some information, guidance and support to help our customers during this difficult time.
 
Within each section below you will find an “Updated” notice. It is important that you check the “Updated” date to see when each section was last updated. If you have any reservations about our guidance, please visit these key resources:


Government Advice for Tradespeople

Updated: 27 March 2020
The current government advice for tradespeople, as outlined in their closure guidance (published on the 23rd March and last updated on the 25th March), confirms that tradespeople undertaking domestic work can continue to do so, as long as they follow Public Health England guidelines.
 

Work carried out in people’s homes, for example by tradespeople carrying out
repairs and maintenance, can continue, provided that the tradesperson is well and
has no symptoms. Again, it will be important to ensure that Public Health England
guidelines, including maintaining a two metre distance from any household
occupants, are followed to ensure everyone’s safety.

No work should be carried out in any household which is isolating or where an
individual is being shielded, unless it is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the
household, such as emergency plumbing or repairs, and where the tradesperson is
willing to do so. In such cases, Public Health England can provide advice to
tradespeople and households.

No work should be carried out by a tradesperson who has coronavirus symptoms,
however mild.

Whilst this is the government’s advice, in these uncertain times, there are a number of factors to consider before proceeding to work.


Get Work’s Advice for Tradespeople

Updated: 27 March 2020
Unfortunately, there isn’t a one size fits all approach to the situation we are facing. You should assess a combination of the following factors to help decide whether the government’s advice is in your best interests. We will try to provide you with the same advice we would give to our closest family and friends in the sections below:

  • Family Safety
  • Cash Flow
  • Local Demand
  • Supply Chain
  • Employees & Subcontractors

Family Safety

Our advice is to prioritise your family’s safety and to stay at home. Whilst we believe the government are doing an incredible job, especially with the timescales and resources available to them, they have to balance your safety with the impact of changes on the economy.
 
Your family’s safety should always be your number one priority. We recommend that if you can afford to shut down temporarily and weather the storm, you definitely should, although we understand that many are not in a position to do this indefinitely.
 
The recommendation to stay at home and protect your family, stems from the incubation period of the COVID-19 virus. According to the World Health Organisation, the COVID-19 virus has an incubation period of 1-14 days. This means that many people won’t show symptoms or realise that they have the virus, so to be as safe as possible, you should avoid contact with people outside of your household.

Cash Flow

Unfortunately, our primary recommendation above isn’t an option for some due to financial constraints. We do advise that you pay close attention to the Government Support for Tradespeople and Financial Support from Get Work sections at the bottom of this page, before making any decisions, as there may be support available, which will allow you to stay home in the short-term.

Local Demand

At present, search volumes for home services have remained positive; especially for external works such as roofing, driveways and landscaping, and essential services such as electrical, plumbing and heating. We expect search volumes to increase further as more and more people are forced to work from home and more incomes become protected by the UK government. We will continue to monitor search volumes for all customers and relay any significant changes, as we’re aware that this may impact your decision to stay at home.

Supply Chain

Many tradespeople are reporting the closure of local and national builders merchants and plant hire rental companies. If you are unable to source materials, supplies and tools, this will again impact on your decision to continue trading. We advise that you keep an eye on your local supply chain and react accordingly.

Employees & Subcontractors

Depending on the size of your company, and whether you employ or subcontract workers, the availability of your people will again affect your decision to stay operational. It is important to stay in close contact with workers to ensure you’re up to date with their intentions and/or availability. If you are worried about supporting your workers, there’s help outlined in the Government Support for Tradespeople section.


Continuing To Work Safely

Updated: 27 March 2020
According to government guidelines, tradespeople can continue to provide services at and within people’s homes, provided that they;

  • Have no symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.
  • Do not enter households that are isolating.
  • Do not enter the households of individuals being shielded, other than to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household, such as emergency plumbing or repairs.

If after assessing your options in our Government Advice and Get Work Advice sections above, and you feel you have no choice but to keep working, it’s imperative that you follow Public Health England guidelines:

  • Keep two metres away from others at all times.
  • Ensure you are washing your hands numerous times during the day, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water.
  • Use hand sanitiser when you are out and about (if soap and water is not available).
  • Make sure you wash your hands when you: Get home or into work, Eat or handle food, Blow your nose, sneeze or cough.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Always cough and sneeze into a tissue (or your sleeve), then bin the tissue immediately and wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces regularly, such as your tools, equipment, phone and steering wheel.
  • If you develop symptoms, however mild, you’ll need to stay at home for 7 days (symptoms include a new, continuous cough and/or high temperature); or, if you are believed to have been in contact with someone who has symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, you need to self isolate for 14 days.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Special consideration needs to be given to the current shortage of PPE available to our health care workers. Without face masks, eye protection and single-use gloves; doctors, nurses and other medical personnel are at an increased risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Our front line health care workers deserve the best protection. Consider donating your PPE to local hospitals to help those most in need.
 
If it were not for the shortage mentioned above, we would recommend the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to safeguard you, your team, and the homeowners you serve. This would also provide reassurance to customers that you are carrying out the necessary precautions to limit transmission. As such, we recommend that you monitor the situation and only wear PPE if our health care workers are not affected.
 
Keep reading for further information and our recommendations about using PPE for COVID-19:

Face Masks

The use of face masks will provide protection against hand-to-mouth transmissions, as long as the recommended guidelines are followed. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has provided advice for the public, outlining when and how to use masks.
 
There are different types of face masks available for your protection that can be broadly categorised as; surgical masks and respirators.
 
Surgical/Disposable Masks: There has been no conclusive proof that surgical masks offer protection from airborne cough droplets, which is thought to be the main route of transmission for COVID-19. However, they will protect the wearer from hand-to-mouth transmissions, with studies showing that we touch our faces up to 23 times an hour.
 
Respirators: Respirator masks are designed to protect the wearer from particles in the air. To be effective, the mask must form a perfect seal to your face so there are no gaps to allow the airborne virus to enter. Respirators can come as a disposable or as a re-usable mask.

Single Use Gloves

Regularly washing your bare hands offers more protection against the COVID-19 virus than wearing gloves. Gloves can still become contaminated with COVID-19, increasing the risk of virus transmission if used incorrectly.
 
We recommend against using gloves, unless they form part of your usual armoury. Consider the following advice on glove use from the World Health Organisation (WHO) if you are already or plan on using gloves:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly (or use an alcohol-based handrub) before donning gloves.
  • Place the gloves using the correct technique which prevents their contamination.
  • Use the correct technique for removing gloves which prevent your hands from becoming contaminated.
  • Dispose of your gloves safely.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or with an alcohol-based handrub after removing gloves.
  • Do not reuse single-use gloves.

Eye Protection

It may be possible that a person can contract COVID-19 by touching an object or surface contaminated with the virus and then touching their eyes, however this is not thought to be a common route of transmission.
 
If eye protection already forms part of your regular health and safety routine, then continue to wear your PPE as normal. If eye protection does not form part of your regular health and safety routine, please consider our health care workers during this time. Good hand hygiene and refraining from touching your eyes will prevent hand-to-eye transmissions.
 
The above recommendations have been made using World Health Organisation (WHO) advice.


Operational Considerations

Updated: 27 March 2020
How you choose to operate going forward will largely depend on your decision to work from home or at homeowner properties. As such we have made some operational recommendations based on both situations.

Continuing to Work

We understand that many tradespeople will need to continue working to provide for their families. If you fall within this bracket, we ask that you follow all guidance in our Continuing To Work Safely section. In addition to the advice, you should also consider the following:

  • Contact your customers for any upcoming jobs: Reassure them that you are on track to commence work on time, are following COVID-19 guidance from Public Health England and have the required PPE/antibacterials needed to complete their job. Ask if anyone in the household is displaying any symptoms or is self isolating, if so, reschedule the appointment. Reassure the customer that you are not showing any symptoms and are taking necessary precautions.
  • Contact suppliers (if they are operating): Try to maintain a secure supply of materials, tools and equipment for upcoming jobs. It is worth contacting your merchant and plant hire suppliers where needed for assurances.
  • Contact your employees and subcontractors: It’s important to get regular updates from your team so you know who is available to complete outstanding work.

Working from Home

If you’re working at home, you now have the unique opportunity to prepare for the resurgence of the economy. The financial packages put in place by the UK government, and the restrictions on where you can currently spend money will see individuals and households cope for the short-term. People are likely to be more prudent with their money during this time and save where possible. The opportunity for tradespeople is to be ready when these restrictions are lifted, and especially if restrictions are lifted early, with homeowners saving all they can in case of a long-term situation.
 
Here are some steps that you can take to be prepared when the restrictions are lifted:

  • If you can afford it, continue advertising: We hope that you take this advice at face value, and of course this will be dependent upon your financial situation, but most tradespeople will now look to cut their marketing budgets and bury their heads in the sand. This in turn reduces the amount of competition you’re up against, and makes it much easier to get your company in front of homeowners. As we mentioned earlier, people are still searching for your services and we anticipate that this will only increase as more people work from home. Make use of the time to fill your order book with larger jobs. Find people with buying intent and sell yourself, with a view to completing work when restrictions are lifted.

General Considerations

The following are operational considerations that apply whether you’re continuing to work, or working from home:

  • Contact any main contractors or customers that owe you money: It’s important to do this as quickly as possible. Ask for settlement to preserve your cashflow.
  • Avoid taking cash payments, instead accept payment by bank transfer or card where possible.

Improvements to Our Service

Updated: 27 March 2020
We’ve made informative changes to your ads and landing page to reassure prospective customers that you are taking all precautions in respect of the COVID-19 virus. All ads and landing pages will be changed irrespective of whether you are continuing to work or not. This will provide the most flexibility going forward, as we are aware that your decision to continue working may change.

Ad Copy

We are in the process of including “COVID-19 Prepared” in your ads to reassure homeowners that you are following advice from the Department of Health & Social Care, Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). We anticipate this will improve click through rates at this time. Please let us know if you are not following these guidelines so we can remove the notice. An example ad can be found below:
 

Landing Page

We’ve also added an information bar to your landing page to inform prospective customers of your intent. We anticipate this will improve conversion rates at this time. Please let us know if you are not following these guidelines so we can remove the notice. An example of the notice can be found below:
 

 
The notice reads:

We are following all measures from the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC), Public Health England (PHE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to ensure we continue to work safely. Our team is equipped to visit your property with personal protective equipment (PPE) and in most cases we can assess and carry out work on your property without any direct contact with you or your family. We will continue to support you, stay safe.

Hour by Hour Research

We are keeping a close eye on search trends and volumes, we speak regularly with Google representatives to ensure our strategies are in line with market direction, and we will keep you updated with our ongoing findings.


Government Support for Tradespeople

Updated: 27 March 2020
There’s a whole host of financial support available for UK tradespeople as a result of the COVID-19 virus. We’ll let you know what’s available and how you can get your hands on it. To the best of our knowledge, our customers fall into one of two groups; the self employed (Sole Trader or Business Partnership) or directors (Private Limited Company). We will therefore tag each package of financial support with the group that is eligible to apply; Self Employed or Directors.
 
Information about the financial support available to UK tradespeople is being released by the day. We will update this page as information is released. Visit HM Government’s Business Support website for more information. We’ll try to condense all of the support available for tradespeople here, which includes:


Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Applicable to: Self Employed, Directors
 
The temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme supports small and medium-sized businesses with access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million and for up to six years. The Government will also make a Business Interruption Payment to cover the first 12 months of interest payments and any lender-levied fees, so smaller businesses will benefit from no upfront costs and lower initial repayments. The scheme will be delivered through commercial lenders, backed by the Government-owned British Business Bank. There are 40 accredited lenders able to offer the scheme, including all the major banks.

Eligibility

  • UK based business
  • Less than £45m turnover
  • Borrowing proposal
  • More than 50% of business turnover from trading activity

How to Apply

You should apply via your lender’s website or through one of the 40 accredited finance providers offering the scheme (and not the British Business Bank).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This section will be updated as questions are asked. Please don’t hesitate to email questions about the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) to support@getwork.co.uk and we’ll try our best to answer them.
 
How long will CBILS run for?
CBILS will initially run for six months.
 
Will the CBILS funds run out so I can’t access the scheme?
No. Government has confirmed that the amount of funding available under the scheme will be demand-led. Therefore there is no immediate need to approach a lender if you do not need finance in the short-term. The scheme will initially run for six months.
 
Are sole traders and partnerships eligible?
Yes, as long as the business activity is operated through a business account. The scheme is open to sole traders, freelancers, body corporates, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships or other legal entity carry out a business activity in the United Kingdom, with annual turnover of up to £45m, operating in all sectors
 
I am getting other kinds of aid to help respond to COVID-19 – can I still get a loan?
Yes. The eligibility criteria for CBILS does not require Lenders to take into account the other forms of government support that SMEs may be benefiting from e.g. business rate reliefs or grants unrelated to the CBIL scheme.


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Applicable to: Directors
 
Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers with a PAYE scheme that was created and started on or before 28 February 2020, will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. This applies to employees who have been asked to stop working, but who are being kept on the pay roll, otherwise described as ‘furloughed workers’. HMRC will pay employers a grant worth 80% of an employee’s usual wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that subsidised wage. This is to safeguard workers from being made redundant. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will cover the cost of wages backdated to March 1st if applicable and is initially open for 3 months, but will be extended if necessary.

Eligibility

All UK-wide employers with a PAYE scheme that was created and started on or before 28 February 2020 will be eligible including:

  • UK business
  • UK bank account

How do I access it?

You will need to designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers,’ and notify your employees of this change – changing the status of employees remains subject to existing employment law and, depending on the employment contract, may be subject to negotiation. Once HMRC’s new online portal is live, submit information to HMRC about the employees that have been furloughed and their earnings. Your accountant would be best placed to help with this.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This section will be updated as questions are asked. Please don’t hesitate to email questions about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) to support@getwork.co.uk and we’ll try our best to answer them.
 
When can I access the support?
HMRC are working urgently to set up a system to pay these grants. HMRC expect the first grants to be paid within weeks, and are aiming to get it done before the end of April. If your business needs short term cash flow support, you may be eligible for a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan.
 
Can directors be furloughed?
In theory directors can be furloughed in the same way as other employees. However, a condition of furloughing is that the individual must not undertake work of any kind for the company during this time. This is harder for a director to justify, particularly if they are the sole director. It may be necessary for a sole director to notify all suppliers, customers and other business contacts that the business has been suspended pending the end of the Coronavirus crisis. In many cases this is impractical and undesirable because the director may wish to use this time working on improving the business so that when trading recommences the business performs well quickly. In these circumstances, furloughing is not permitted. Remember also that this only relates to PAYE income, not dividends.
 
Where can I find more information?
For more information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme please read the guidance for employers by HM Government Business Support.


Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

Applicable to: Self Employed
 
The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
 
HMRC will use the average profits from tax returns in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 to calculate the size of the grant. The scheme will be open to those where the majority of their income comes from self-employment and who have profits of less than £50,000. The scheme will be open for an initial three months with people able to make their first claim by the beginning of June.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the scheme you must meet all the criteria below:

  • Be self-employed or a member of partnership;
  • Have lost trading/partnership trading profits due to COVID-19;
  • File a tax return for 2018-19 as self-employed or a member of a trading partnership. Those who have not yet filed for 2018-19 will have an additional 4 weeks from this announcement to do so;
  • Have traded in 2019-20; be currently trading at the point of application (or would be except for COVID 19) and intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020 to 2021
  • Have trading profits of less than £50,000 and more than half of your total income come from self-employment. This can be with reference to at least one of the following conditions; Your trading profits and total income in 2018/19; OR Your average trading profits and total income across up to the three years between 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19.

How do I access it?

Individuals should not contact HMRC now. HMRC will use existing information to check potential eligibility and invite applications once the scheme is operational. HMRC will then pay the grant directly to eligible claimants’ bank account. HMRC is urgently working to deliver the scheme; grants are expected to start to be paid out by beginning of June 2020. For eligible individuals who have not submitted their returns for 2018-19, they will have 4 weeks’ notice from the date of the announcement to file their returns and therefore become eligible for this scheme.
 
HMRC are publishing guidance on the scheme, available here. This guidance will continue to be updated.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This section will be updated as questions are asked. Please don’t hesitate to email questions about the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEIIS) to support@getwork.co.uk and we’ll try our best to answer them.
 
When can I access the support?
HMRC is urgently working to deliver the scheme; grants are expected to start to be paid by the beginning of June 2020. This time is necessary to ensure that the scheme is both deliverable and fair. In the interim the self-employed will still able eligible for other government support including more generous universal credit and business continuity loans.
 
Where can I find more information?
For more information about how to claim your SEISS grant visit GOV.uk


Small Business Grant Funding

Applicable to: Self Employed, Directors
 
The Government is providing additional funding for Local Authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBRR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief. This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs.

Eligibility

  • Your business is based in England* AND
  • In receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief as of 11 March AND
  • You are a business that occupies property

*Some aspects of business support are devolved. For business support outside of England go to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

How to Apply

You do not need to do anything. Your Local Authority will write to you if you are eligible for this grant.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This section will be updated as questions are asked. Please don’t hesitate to email questions about Small Business Grant Funding to support@getwork.co.uk and we’ll try our best to answer them.
 
When can I access the support?
Local Authorities will write to all eligible businesses with information on how to claim this grant. Any enquiries on eligibility for, or provision of, the reliefs and grants should be directed to the relevant Local Authority. To find your Local Authority, use this search tool.


Statutory Sick Pay Rebate

Applicable to: Self Employed, Directors
 
The Government will bring forward legislation to allow small and medium-sized businesses to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for staff sickness absence due to coronavirus. This refund will cover up to 2 weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of coronavirus.

Eligibility

  • Your business is UK based AND
  • Your business is a small or medium sized and employs fewer than 250 employees as of 28 February 2020.

How to Apply

A rebate scheme is being developed, further details will be provided in due course.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This section will be updated as questions are asked. Please don’t hesitate to email questions about the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate to support@getwork.co.uk and we’ll try our best to answer them.
 
When can I access the support?
The Government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible. Existing systems are not designed to facilitate employer refunds for SSP.


Time to Pay

Applicable to: Self Employed, Directors
 
All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service. These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities.

Eligibility

  • Your business pays tax to the UK Government
  • Your business has outstanding tax liabilities

How to Apply

If you’ve missed, or are worried about missing, your next tax payment due to coronavirus, please contact HMRC. You can also call the HMRC helpline for advice on 0800 024 1222. For more information on late payments, check with HMRC. If you’re worried about a future payment, please call HMRC nearer the time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This section will be updated as questions are asked. Please don’t hesitate to email questions about the Time to Pay scheme to support@getwork.co.uk and we’ll try our best to answer them.
 
When can I access the support?
You can access this support now.


VAT Deferral

Applicable to: Self Employed, Directors
 
HMRC will support businesses by deferring Valued Added Tax (VAT) payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020.

Eligibility

  • All VAT-registered UK businesses are eligible

How to Apply

This is an automatic offer with no applications required. UK Registered businesses will not need to make VAT payments normally due with VAT returns during this period. Taxpayers will be given until the end of the 2020-21 tax year to pay any liabilities that have accumulated during the deferral period. VAT refunds and reclaims will be paid by the government as normal.
 
Customers who normally pay by direct debit should cancel the direct debit with their bank if they are unable to pay. Please do so in sufficient time so that HMRC do not attempt to automatically collect on receipt of your VAT return.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This section will be updated as questions are asked. Please don’t hesitate to email questions about VAT Deferral to support@getwork.co.uk and we’ll try our best to answer them.
 
When can I access the support?
The deferral will apply from 20 March 2020 until 30 June 2020.


Deferral of Self-Assessment payment

Applicable to: Self Employed, Directors
 
The Self-Assessment payment on account, that is ordinarily due to be paid to HMRC by 31 July 2020 may now be deferred until January 2021.

Eligibility

If you are due to make a self- assessment payment on account on 31 July 2020 then you are eligible for the deferment. The deferment is intended to assist self-assessment taxpayers, including those who are self-employed, who are suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus.
 
The deferment is optional and any persons still able to pay their second self-assessment payment on account on 31 July 2020 should still do so.

How to Apply

This is an automatic offer with no applications required. No penalties or interest for late payment will be charged if you defer payment of your July 2020 payment on account until January 2021.
 
HMRC have also scaled up their Time to Pay offer to all firms and individuals who are in temporary financial distress as a result of coronavirus and have outstanding tax liabilities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This section will be updated as questions are asked. Please don’t hesitate to email questions about the Deferral of your Self-Assessment payment to support@getwork.co.uk and we’ll try our best to answer them.
 
When can I access the support?
On 31 July 2020 when your self-assessment payment on account, ordinarily due to be paid on that date, may be deferred until 31 January 2021.


Financial Support from Get Work

Updated: 27 March 2020
The type of support we can offer going forward will largely depend on your decision to work from home or at homeowner properties and your financial position. As such we have a number of options to suit either situation.

Continue to Get Work


Let your ads continue as normal; whether you’re working or not. This option is for those that want to continue booking jobs. The number of advertisers has reduced and more people are staying at home. This is an opportunity to reach homeowners with little competition; either completing work straight away or filling your order book ready for when restrictions are lifted. We will monitor search volumes if you choose this option.

Pause Your Ads


Pause your advertising, pay as normal and roll your budget over. The money we would usually spend on Google to advertise your business will accumulate and continue to rollover until you’re back to work. This option is for those that want to save up their ad spend, ready to pick up lots of extra work when restrictions are lifted.

Downgrade Your Subscription


Cut costs, reserve your area and still bring in work. Simply downgrade your subscription to Founder at £250+VAT. You can combine your downgrade with either of the above options, i.e: Continue to Get Work (Letting your ads continue as normal) or Pause Your Ads (Letting your budget roll over).

Reserve Your Area


If you don’t plan on working or filling your order book, we have a final option for you, our Holding Subscription.
 
We only work with one company in an area and don’t tie our customers into long-term contracts, but for this to work, we rely on a monthly income from our customers. When a subscription isn’t paid, we usually offer the area to another business to ensure we can continue to operate. In these unprecedented circumstances, we don’t want to offer areas to other companies, but we do ask that you pay a small holding fee to support us in keeping your area reserved.
 
This is £100+VAT per subscription and allows us to reserve your area and continue as a business. We would really appreciate your loyalty and support at this difficult time.
 
Our team will continue to operate as normal throughout this period to support our customers and the sector in general where possible. We will also increase efforts to secure work and support for our customers. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Leon or Natasha to discuss any of the options above.
 
The Get Work Team
Nick, James, Holly, Natasha and Leon

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