Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from 1 July

Find out how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is changing and share with your members in the UK. Review and share the updated guidance on eligibility, calculating a claim and how to claim through the scheme.

For detailed information, see and share the CJRS FAQs on our Coronavirus Hub which have been updated by the BCC policy team and our colleagues at Quest to reflect these changes. Contact the BCC policy team with any queries.

UK travel guidance

It is now mandatory for passengers to wear face coverings on public transport in England. This applies to trains, buses, trams, ferries and planes. Guidance remains to work from home if you can and avoid public transport where possible. Review the detailed guidance for passengers and operators and share with your members:

General travel guidance for passengers
Air travel guidance for passengers


General transport guidance for operators
Aviation guidance for operators

Travel guidance for employers

As businesses in the UK return to on-site working and more people begin to use public transport, the Department for Transport has produced guidance for employers to help provide a safe return to work on the transport network including encouraging active travel and travel outside peak hours. UK Chamber should share with your members.

Travellers exempt from English border rules

Some travellers will be exempt from new border rules in the UK. This means they may not need to provide their journey or contact details or self-isolate for 14 days after they arrive. Review and share the updated information explaining what documentation exempt travellers need to provide at the border to enter the UK.

ONS employment statistics

Take a look at the responses from BCC’s Adam Marshall and Suren Thiru to the publication of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) employment statistics this morning. While the number of workers on payroll decreased by 600,000 between March and May, the figures do not yet fully reflect the likely toll Coronavirus has taken on the labour market.

BCC responds to post-Brexit border controls

Take a look back at our response to the government’s announcement on post-Brexit border controls, including the additional £50m of grant funding to support customs agents.

Review the comprehensive briefing note from Liam Smyth, our Director of Trade Facilitation, and a further briefing note on what this means for traders. Contact the BCC policy team with any queries.


Diversity in the workplace

Last week, Adam Marshall, Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith and Sarah Howard sent a letter to Chamber CEOs and Presidents following the death of George Floyd in the US and subsequent protests around the world. We welcome thoughts from across the Chamber Network as we reflect on the next steps that we need to take as a movement. Following requests, please see Baroness McGregor-Smith’s review of race in the workplace.

Coronavirus – screening of foreign direct investment- EU regs

Following queries from some markets in Europe about recommendations on restricting foreign direct investment (FDI) to EU markets adopted by some countries, our colleagues in Brussels have shared their research. Take a look at the key issues covered under the EU-level mechanism coordinating the screening of foreign investments. If you have any further questions, contact the BCC policy team.

T Levels: Prior Information Notice

The Department for Education has published a Prior Information Notice for a 2-year contract from 1 November 2020 to appoint a national delivery partner(s) to design and deliver a package of support for T Level and T Level Transition Programme providers, including the successful delivery of industry placements. UK Chambers should share with your members.