official guidance and resources

Information updated: 25/03/20

Official guidance

HM Government

  • Portal for all Government advice on COVID-19
  • Guidance for Employers: Guidance for all employers (including charities) on responding to COVID-19, including financial support.
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: HMRC will reimburse employers (including charities) 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month, backdated to 1st March.
  • Support for Businesses: The government has announced a number of measures to support individuals and organisations to respond to COVID-19. We are expecting more clarity in the week of 23rd March of how much of this support charities are eligible for:
    • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: Interest free loans for businesses. The eligibility criteria suggests that charities will need to generate more than 50% of their income through trading activity to qualify.
    • VAT deferment: Organisations will not need to make VAT payments from 20 March 2020 until 30 June 2020.
    • Statutory Sick Pay relief package: Employers will be reimbursed up to 2 weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID-19.
    • The DCMS Committee and a group of 100 MPs have written to the Government requesting more government support for charities affected by COVID-19.

Greater London Authority (GLA)

Charity Commission

  • Guidance for charities on responding to COVID-19 and use of funding, AGMs, and reporting to the commission. Find out how to request an extension to filing annual returns.
  • Find out more here



Youth Work Support

  • A portal for advice and resources for youth services and youth workers, specifically in response to COVID-19.
  • Published by NYA, UK Youth and The Mix.
  • Find out more here


Charity Finance Group

  • Useful finance-related resources for charities responding to COVID-19.
  • Find out more here

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