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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – update 24

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – update 24

1 May 2020

Remember that you can raise any issues with us and we will try to help.

National Cyber Security - sign-up for alerts on threats
As an Essential Service Provider, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) wants to help you mitigate any increased cyber threat at this critical time. It understands that speed is key in a cyber incident and identifying victims through their IP space is one of the biggest obstacles to providing timely incident response and notifications.

One key system that the NCSC uses to provide clarity on IP ownership is CNR. It has access to multiple sources of unique data provided to it on behalf of the international CERT community, industry and other partners. It uses CNR to translate this data into valuable and meaningful notifications that can be passed to organisations in a timely manner.

It is therefore extremely important that you sign up to the service to allow it to fully support your organisation.

A sign-up form is attached (click), as is a flyer about other NCSC services (click).

Deferral of VAT payments
HMRC has updated details about how which VAT payments can be deferred including payments on account and monthly and quarterly payments. For details click here

If you are a UK VAT registered business and have a VAT payment due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020, you have the option to:

  • defer the payment until a later date
  • pay the VAT due as normal.

HMRC will not charge interest or penalties on any amount deferred as a result of the Chancellor’s announcement.

New 100% government backed loan scheme for small business
Small businesses will benefit from a new fast-track finance scheme providing loans with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders. For more information click here

Plastic Packaging Tax consultation extended
The consultation Plastic Packaging Tax: Policy Design (click) was published on 11 March 2020. It was due to close on 20 May 2020. The government recognises that many sectors with an interest in this policy are affected by COVID-19. To give stakeholders time to submit their views, the consultation closing date is now 20 August 2020.

At Budget 2020, the government announced key decisions it has taken for the design of the Plastic Packaging Tax in light of stakeholder responses to the previous consultation in 2019.

This document provides more information on these announced areas, as well as asking for views on areas of the tax design which have been further refined ahead of the tax commencing in April 2022.

FPC will be submitting a response to the consultation so if you would like to contribute any feedback please email: sian@freshproduce.org.uk

If you have any issues and queries please contact us.

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