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We would like to assure all our members that we are working tirelessly on your behalf in these difficult and unprecedented times. We are working throughout each day to clarify government policy and interpret it for our members, whilst also lobbying the government to introduce measures to protect the interests of our members and their employees. We know that these are frightening and uncertain times for all of you and we are here to help with any questions you have.

Please check this webpage for daily updates, or call us if you need to talk to someone. There is a list of contacts here. We are also sending out daily e-shots – if you are not getting these emails then please contact and ask them to update your contact details. The latest communications to members can be found via the link below:

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Summary of latest update 1 June - HTA Daily Update Member communication on Coronavirus

  • The Government has announced that it will introduce a 'flexible furlough' scheme, with employers being asked to gradually increase wage contributions to furloughed workers between August and October. It has also announced that those eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will be able to claim a second final grant in August. Further details are available here.
  • The Department for Transport has confirmed that the temporary relaxation of GB delivery drivers' hours rules will continue until the 14 June - which includes delivery drivers in the horticultural sector. The temporary relaxation of EU delivery drivers hours rules ended on 31 May. Further information is available at this link.
  • The Forestry Commission is urging the public to report any sightings of Oak Processionary Moth via its tree alert online portal.

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Businesses can contact HMRC’s new dedicated COVID-19 helpline from 11 March 2020 for advice and support. If you are concerned about being able to pay your tax due to COVID-19, then call HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559. For more information, please check the HMRC site here.For the latest updates please visit the Government’s information and advice page (updated daily at 2 pm)