COVID-19 News Bulletin 04/06/2020

Daily Press Conference
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps gave today’s press conference. There has been a
welcomed drop on the use of public transport. Considerably higher testing numbers, as
we have seen over the course of this week and in the 24 hours to 4 June, 220,057 tests
completed or posted out. Mr Shapps stated that as of Monday 15 June, face coverings will
become mandatory on public transport in England, with exceptions for young children.
adding that the government are going on what other countries are doing and that we need
to ensure that every precaution is taken. Todays conference said that face coverings offer
some, albeit it limited, protection. And that those on public transport who don’t comply
can be stopped from travelling and passengers can be fined. Earlier today, Scotland First
Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said that her government were considering making the wearing
of face coverings mandatory in enclosed public spaces in Scotland.


Further news from today press briefing is that the Cycle to Work tax break is being
extended to apply to e-bikes. Travel companies have a duty to offer a refund for cancelled
holidays if the customer does not want a voucher for a later booking. And business
Secretary Alok Sharma is self-isolating and has been tested for coronavirus after falling ill
yesterday.


Latest updates from us
Its fair to say that many of us over the last few months have been looking at our finances,
seeing where we can trim a few pounds each month and make savings. And I am all for
that! With mortgage rates at historically low levels, is now a good time to make a purchase
or review your current mortgage deal?


Covid-19 has certainly had a major impact on the property market, and on the back of
Brexit, it has been a turbulent 6-months. We started the year with house prices rising on
the back of a new government and a Brexit plan. By contrast, at the start of April the
property market was brought to a virtual standstill with the government advising people
not to move house and physical valuations unable to be completed by surveyors. However,
the last few weeks have shown evidence of a bounce back.


Mortgage rates remain at historically low levels and there are very attractive long-term
fixed rates available for both residential and Buy-to-Let properties. Perhaps now is a good
time to make further investments on the back of potentially negotiating a discount on the
purchase price due to the current market conditions.


It is also a chance for self-employed to reflect on their own financial situation. Many of our
dentists with private contracts have seen a dip in income. From a lenders perspective they
will look at April 2018 and April 2019 accounts when assessing affordability and for Buyto-
Let purchases the rental income is the important factor. Most lenders don’t require April
2020 accounts until October 2020. So as long as the lender is confident your business will
still be viable (which of course it will be!) you should have no issue obtaining a mortgage
for either a residential or Buy-to-Let purchase.


money4dentists can provide you access to expert advice and help plan a personal strategy
for you. We are offering an initial review without charge so please get in touch to discuss
how we could help you save money and provide financial security for your future.

 

 

In anticipation of
practices being able to
open on Monday, some
of our clients have
informed us of this PPE
provider who have stock
available and ready for
immediate dispatch, so I
wanted to include this in
tonight’s bulletin. As
ever, do feedback your
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You may be aware from the Chancellor’s speech last Friday that the Furlough scheme is
changing from 1st July 2020. There is more specific information on this further into
tonight’s bulletin. But I wanted to ensure you were aware of the key point that the scheme
will close to new entrants from 30 June.
 

From 1st July, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed
for a full 3-week period prior to 30 June. This means that the final date by which an
employer can furlough an employee for the first time will be 10 June in order for the
current 3-week furlough period to be completed by 30 June.


I wanted to highlight this to you as you plan the reopening of your business and give
consideration to your staffing requirements over the coming months.


For further information please refer to the following link;
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme


The Prime Minister has updated the guidance and information on returning school children
to education and gov.com has been updated this afternoon with this information. If you
would like to read about the decision to return and the governments basis of the evidence
and the future move forward with wider opening of education and childcare, you can click
on the below for the latest.


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june?utm_source=a9a4635c-06f8- 434c-897b-d91d62d37920&utm_medium= email&utm_campaign=govuk notifications&utm_content=immediate


Update on the markets


A flat day on the global markets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And for those with an interest in monitoring the
crypto market;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share markets have had a positive week overall, with most assets rising, despite
increasing political tensions between the US and China over Beijing’s imposition of security
laws in Hong Kong. There were widespread demonstrations in the city and markets were
cautious ahead of President Trump’s speech on Friday in which he would outline his
response. There was however a sigh of relief when Trump’s address lacked any threat of
direct action against China or any intention to pull out of the first phase of the trade deal.


As a result, US markets closed effectively flat at the end of last week and UK and global
markets railed on Monday, having lost ground ahead of his speech at the end of last week.


Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed on Friday that the furlough scheme will be gradually
unwound. Starting from August. Amended limits Are;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, in summary, this means that from August, employers will have to pay employer
national insurance and pension contributions for furloughed staff. In September,
employers will have to pay 10% of wages, rising to 20% in October. However, companies
with furloughed staff will be able to bring staff back on a part-time basis from 1 July, a
month ahead of what was first proposed, giving companies some flexibility.


The general sense within the market seems to be that the worst of the virus is over and
that the re-opening of the economy will proceed.


Should you have any concerns or questions, we are here for our clients and will happily
arrange a telephone or video call appointment to provide guidance, please either call our
practice mobile 07543 368 478 or email enquiries@money4dentists.com to arrange your
appointment.


I hope you enjoyed this weeks’ update and if you need to discuss anything in
todays bulletin, do get in contact.

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