The Job Support Scheme helps individuals and businesses deal with the challenges created by coronavirus (COVID-19) by helping employers retain their employees. This was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 24 September 2020 and added to on 9 October 2020 and 22 October 2020.
Whilst some businesses have managed to return to levels of demand near to what they experienced before the start of coronavirus, or have found creative and innovative ways to adapt to the new economic reality, others continue to face challenges.
The Job Support Scheme provides different types of support to these businesses so they can get the right assistance, at the right time, according to their situation. Businesses that are operating but facing decreased demand can get support for wages through JSS Open. Those businesses that are legally required to close their premises as a direct result of coronavirus restrictions set by one or more of the four governments of the UK can get the support they need through JSS Closed.