Could the government support businesses with CJRS and rates relief refunds, potentially worth billions?
With pressure on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to provide more support to businesses in the latest lockdown, the Midlands managing partner of national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm Crowe has suggested the Chancellor could recycle the repayments of financial support made by many major businesses.
Johnathan Dudley, who is also National Head of Manufacturing at Crowe, said: “In the very early days of the pandemic, the government committed huge sums of money to support packages such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).
“Many businesses – particularly larger organisations – have found they have fared better than they originally anticipated. As a result, by September last year, the UK government saw volunteer repayments of CJRS totalling over £200 million.
“In addition, some major supermarket chains have repaid the business rates relief they accepted from the UK government to help to deal with the pandemic – totalling more than £850 million.”
Dudley pointed out that this is an unexpected windfall for the government and, across all sectors of business, involves substantial sums that are now back in the public purse.
“There has been a lot of comment in the media asking for more help for businesses in need, but few suggestions as to where the money should come from.
“Repaid funds could be earmarked specifically to offer more targeted support to businesses most adversely affected by the lockdowns, of which there have now been three on a national scale. These funds provide a further option to the government, to offer financial support to business, in addition to the existing extensions of CJRS and the loan guarantees schemes.
“It is a time for creative thinking. At Crowe we are committed to helping our clients understand how they can support their businesses through the next three to six months, until a significant number of the working population have received their vaccinations.”
Contact Johnathan Dudley on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 543 1900.
Miriam Sherwood, Senior Marketing Manager (Regions), Crowe. Tel: 0121 543 1900
Notes to Editors:
Crowe is a national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm offering global reach and local expertise. We are an independent member of Crowe Global, the eighth largest accounting network in the world. With exceptional knowledge of the business environment, our professionals share one commitment, to deliver excellence.
We are trusted by thousands of clients for our specialist advice, our ability to make smart decisions and our readiness to provide lasting value. Our broad technical expertise and deep market knowledge means we are well placed to offer insight and pragmatic advice to all the organisations and individuals with whom we work. Close working relationships are at the heart of our effective service delivery.
For more information, visit: www.crowe.co.uk
Crowe industry recognition
- UK Member of the 8th largest accounting network in the world (International Accounting Bulletin World Survey 2020)
- Top charity auditor (Charity Financials Auditor Benchmarking and Charity Finance Audit Survey, 2009 – 2020)
- Leading advisors to the UK mid-market, ranked 8th AIM and Main Market auditor (By number of audits of listed companies, FRC Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession, Figure 38, October 2020)
- 9th largest audit firm in the UK (UK fee income of audit firms that audit PIEs – by fee income on audit, FRC Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession, Figure 33, October 2020)
- Awarded Bronze for Accountancy Firm of the Year – Large (2020 Citywealth Magic Circle Awards)
- Global Mobility Provider of the Year (Global Payroll Awards 2020)
- Employment Tax Specialist of the Year (Global Payroll Awards 2019)