Six new laws and rule changes coming in September and how they affect you

This month Brits will need to be aware of some changes and laws that could be affecting their day to day lives.

Six new laws and changes will begin from September 2020, including changes in coronavirus laws as well as home improvements.

Along with this, changes surrounding the furlough scheme, planning and wearing face masks have also been issued.

The changes around furlough scheme have been announced by the chancellor Rishi Sunak, reports Birmingham Live.

This month will also spell the end of Mr Sunak's incentive to get Brits back into restaurants.

However, some chains have announced their own deals in a bid to keep customers coming back.

Below is an explanation of rule and law changes coming into force in September 2020.

Home extensions

The new rules will mean full planning applications will not be required to demolish and rebuild unused buildings as homes, while commercial and retail properties can be quickly re-purposed to help revive high streets and town centres, with the aim being to provide more space for new businesses and help them to adapt quickly to what consumers and businesses need.

Homeowners will also be able to add up to two additional storeys to their home to create new homes or more living space for growing families through a fast track approval process, with a requirement to carefully consider the impact on neighbours and the appearance of the extension.

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Housing secretary Robert Jenrick said: "We are reforming the planning system and cutting out unnecessary bureaucracy to give small business owners the freedom they need to adapt and evolve, and to renew our town centres with new enterprises and more housing.

"These changes will help transform boarded up, unused buildings safely into high quality homes at the heart of their communities.

"It will mean that families can add up to two storeys to their home, providing much needed additional space for children or elderly relatives as their household grows."

Green home grants

The government grant will aim to cover at least two thirds of the cost of improvement, up to £5,000 per household, but some low income households will be able to get the entire cost covered, up to £10,000.

You need to also be installing insulation or low carbon heating at the same time to be eligible, and the vouchers cannot be used to replace what is already in the property.

You can capitalise and get improvements on everything from double or triple glazing to energy efficient heating controls, and even insulation.

Announcing the scheme in the Commons, Mr Sunak said: "From September, homeowners and landlords will be able to apply for vouchers to make their homes more energy-efficient and create local jobs."

Furlough scheme changes

From August 1 employers had to start picking up national insurance and pension contributions for furloughed workers.

But bigger changes come into play from September as the government will pay 70% of wages up to a cap of £2,187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough.

Employers will pay national insurance and pension contributions and top up employees' wages to ensure they receive 80% of their wages up to a cap of £2,500, for time they are furloughed.

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This will then lead to the final month of the scheme in October where the government will pay 60% of wages up to a cap of £1,875 for the hours the employee is on furlough.

Employers will pay national insurance and pensions and top up employees' wages to ensure they receive 80% of their wages up to a cap of £2,500, for time they are furloughed.

Extension on evictions

A four-week extension of the eviction ban has been confirmed, after the Government was warned that hundreds of thousands of renters could lose their homes.

Charities have said they fear mass evictions around Christmas if the Government does not give judges powers to stop automatic evictions of tenants affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Renters have been protected during the crisis by a ban announced in March and extended in June, but it was due to end next week.

If lifted without extra protection, charities have warned that tens of thousands of outgoing tenants could be unable to access affordable homes, prompting a "devastating homelessness crisis".

The move was confirmed in a letter to judges by Master of the Rolls Sir Terence Etherton after a meeting of the civil procedure rule committee (CPRC), which makes rules for county courts.

He said the extension would last until September 20.

Face mask guidance for children

Further guidance on face coverings in England's schools has been published by the Government, which sets out when they are required and pupils that are exempt.

It says that in local lockdown areas face coverings should be worn by staff and students moving around schools in communal areas and corridors from September 1.

Should new local restrictions be imposed, schools will need to communicate "quickly and clearly" the new arrangements to staff, parents and pupils.

It says that all schools and colleges will have the discretion to require face coverings in communal areas where social distancing cannot be safely managed – such as when the layout of a school makes it difficult to do so.

Where a student or staff member is struggling to access a mask, or if it soiled or unsafe, the guidance says that schools should take steps to have a "small contingency supply" available, adding no-one should excluded on the grounds that they are not wearing a face covering.

Exemptions to the new measures include those who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability, or if a person is speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate.

No more Eat Out to Help Out

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme is ending from September 1.

The popular initiative, which sees the cost of eat-in meals reduced three days a week, is due to finish at the end of August.

The Government announced the scheme, in which diners' meals are slashed to half price up to the value of £10 per head during August, to help the hard-hit hospitality industry cope with the coronavirus crisis.

Some restaurants and pub groups are launching their own discounts in September.

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