'We go further': Chancellor unveils three extra support measures for businesses

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has vowed to “go further” as he announced three new measures in a bid to help workers and businesses get through the winter and a coronavirus second spike.

Speaking in the House of Commons, he said cash grants of up to £2,100 a month will be given to firms in Tier 2 areas – enough for all affected hospitality, accommodation and leisure premises.

They will be retrospective, so any area which has been under enhanced COVID-19 restrictions can backdate their claim to August.

The value of grants for people who are self-employed will also be doubled.

And there will be changes to the Job Support Scheme – for companies experiencing lower demand due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Employees will only need to work one day a week to be eligible and the government will significantly reduce the amount employers have to contribute.

Announcing the measures, he said: “It is clear that even businesses that can stay open are facing profound uncertainty.”