So Rishi’s slice and dice approach is revealed - and which will leave any business using dividends to pay the workers in the lurch. Which I suspect was the plan.
Good job IPSE, et al for going for the complicated options.
I wonder now if they will address the root cause - which is a lack of wage flow - and suggest that instead of settling up complicated schemes in HMRC that won’t see the light of day until June, that the chancellor simply hires all the spare labour at the living wage for 35 hours. Then it can be run via standard PAYE mechanisms and people can get wages by next Friday.
That solves furloughed self employed, those laid off, the redundant - even those previously unemployed - all via a simple mechanism that already exists and can be scaled easily (I’d use a copy of the GOV.UK petition site code and capture the NI number and bank account details - that system is already designed to take millions of hits in a short time).
Next week run a pass filter across the list and any NI number that has received a sufficient credit from any other PAYE system is excluded from the next payment run. Do that and the approach backs off automatically as we recover.
Why is it that politicians - and even trade bodies - never go for the simplest thing that will work and never look at the bigger picture.