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 firstname.lastname@example.org and ask them to update your contact details. The latest communications to members can be found via the link below:
Summary of latest update 29 May - HTA Daily Update Member communication on Coronavirus
- The HTA and NFU have been presenting the case to Defra for financial support for ornamental growers. Government officials have asked for further information in light of garden centres reopening. Working with the NFU and AHDB, we will send on Tuesday a survey to growers on the financial impact of the coronavirus.
- To help promote the industry’s specific interests to policymakers about the negative economic impacts of COVID-19, we are compiling detailed responses to two Parliamentary consultations: The Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee and the Treasury Select Committee. Our responses will include evidence and statistics drawn from the data collection and analysis referenced above.
- It appears that the Government’s current exemptions on COVID quarantine requirements for seasonal workers coming to the UK does not include the ornamentals sector. We will be working with other industry stakeholders to persuade the Government to include the ornamental sector in its exemptions.
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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)