FSB Friday newsletter: May 22

News 22 May 2020

Welcome to your new-look newsletter
We've changed the format of our weekly brief slightly. You'll still get the same news, advice and opportunities from our Westminster office each week, but in a slightly different way. It's free to join and you can share this link with new subscribers.

Mental Health Awareness Week
We know the Covid-19 pandemic is having an effect on people's wellbeing as the spread of the virus causes stress and worry for small businesses and the self-employed. That's why we've created our dedicated wellbeing hub, which includes resources which can help.

You can also find more on ACAS. FSB members also have access to a free medical welfare service provided by FSB Care. 

Managing Stress: LGBTQ+ panel discussion
To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, Series Q is hosting a special online panel discussion touching on the intersectionality of mental health, entrepreneurship and the LGBTQ+ community. The session starts at 2pm on Friday, May 29 and registration is essential.

In conversation with Mental Health England
FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry was a guest on the Mental Health First Aid England JACPodcast. He spoke to the charity's Chief Executive, Simon Blake, about mental health and small businesses.

Tune into our podcast
This week, FSB members Rich Bishop and Sarah Windrum had a chat with Faye McGuinness, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind about how small business owners and staff are coping with their mental health during Covid-19.  Tune in for tips on looking after your own mental wellbeing and that of others.

Covid-19: the latest
FSB is continuing to lobby for as much help and support as possible for the small business and self-employed community during this difficult time. We have lots of information and resources on our dedicated support hub.  

Meanwhile, FSB's Facebook group, giving small businesses the chance to discuss how the lockdown is affecting them, now has over 4,000 members.

Latest advice and opportunities
Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

The Government is launching the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme for small businesses on Tuesday, 26 May, as FSB called for. The repayment will cover up to two weeks starting from the first qualifying date of sickness.

Get new skills with online courses 
UK Learns is a new online platform that provides a curated selection of online courses, from data science to childcare, to help the UK workforce and businesses acquire new skills and earn qualifications and accreditations. 

Latest news and highlights 
Secretary of State Liz Truss joins webinar 

Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, discussed small businesses, the global trade and the recovery of the economy post Covid-19 during an FSB webinar on Wednesday.

Landlords banned from chasing businesses for rent
Mike Cherry responded to news that landlords will be temporarily unable to make legal claims for rent owed by businesses hit by Covid-19 thanks to new legislation introduced in the House of Commons on Wednesday. He told The Times that this will go some way to mitigate some of the problems small businesses are facing.'

Politics, UK Parliament and FSB
FSB is taking part in regular departmental conference calls involving different business groups and trade bodies to discuss what more the Government could be doing to make the support packages as accessible as possible.

-       We continue our weekly digest mailout to MPs every Thursday, driven by case studies, helping inform the many conversations we've had by phone and e-mail with MPs and Peers on what further support we can deliver

-       Opposition MPs have tabled an Early Day Motion calling on the Government to announce and implement a second phase of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme between June and August, and a third between August and October to ensure the self-employed aren't disproportionately affected as we exit the initial peak

-       The Immigration Bill, which allows the Government to end free movement and pave the way for the Points Based System, passed a second reading on Tuesday. This will go to committee stage where we can expect plenty of amendments  

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