Further financial assistance available for employers

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Louise Brittain, Partner

Louise is a Partner at Wilkins Kennedy. She is head of Contentious Insolvency and specialises in high profile fraudulent and litigious insolvencies and international asset tracing.

June 1, 2020


 The Financial Assistance Scheme

The Financial Assistance Scheme for Employers unable to pay statutory redundancy payment

As an employer, if your plan to survive the Covid-19 Crisis requires workforce reduction, the Government has a scheme in place to help to fund the costs of statutory redundancy.

The Financial Assistance Scheme for Employers unable to pay statutory redundancy payment can be accessed via a part of the Government’s Insolvency Service; the Redundancy Payments Service (“RPS”).

If an employer cannot afford to pay their employees’ redundancy pay they can apply to the RPS for financial assistance, if the application is approved the RPS will make payment directly to the redundant employees. The assistance takes the form of an interest free loan.

To be eligible, an employer must provide evidence that they cannot afford to pay their employees statutory redundancy pay and that the employee has a valid claim.

The application requires disclosure of full financial information, including robust business forecasts demonstrating a repayment plan and evidence that you have taken all reasonable measures to raise the necessary funds.

This scheme may prove to be a very useful tool available to business as part of an overall plan to restructure and to build a healthy business model for the future.

We are here to help

If you would like to discuss the support available, have any other queries, or require more information, please get in touch with your local Business Restructuring and insolvency team.

Please also refer to our insights page for further COVID-19 related information, which is regularly updated with the latest news, insight and details of the economic support and measures as they are announced by our Government.

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