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05 November 2020 16:38

Teessiders are now under a second national lockdown as non-essential shops and businesses are forced to close.

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Teessiders are now under a second national lockdown as non-essential shops and businesses are forced to close. It means thousands more workers will be placed on furlough, which had now been extended to the end of next March. A second national lockdown is now under way in England, forcing non-essential shops and businesses to close. It means thousands more workers will be placed on furlough as businesses including pubs, restaurants, clothing stores and entertainment venues close their doors for the next four weeks. The furlough system has been extended to pay 80% of employee wages until December 2.

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If you're unable to work from home but are classed as 'extremely vulnerable', you should be able to claim sick pay for your time off work over the next four weeks. Those unable to leave home may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay, Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Borrowers who have already reached the maximum six-month mortgage holiday and are still facing difficulty making repayments are being advised to speak to their lender about a tailored support plan. Holidays cancelled - get a refund or a new date It your travel agent or airline cancels your package holiday, you are entitled to a full refund (which should be paid within 14 days). The Treasury has agreed to extend furlough in line with new closures, and it's reinstating the 80% payout, meaning the government will foot the majority of your wages.

People are being urged to work from home with new lockdown measures and it means you can get a tax break for the inconvenience. The Treasury is extending its emergency business loan scheme and will allow firms to "top up" their borrowing as part of new rules meant to keep businesses afloat during the second lockdown. Gyms are once again closing, so if you've paid in advance, you should be allowed to pause, cancel or get a refund on your membership. When the UK went into lockdown in March, most retailers agreed to extend their returns periods to 90 days or more.

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