Supporting people

Financial support

If you have members of your team who are facing hardship in the current situation, they may be entitled to hardship grants from GroceryAid. This applies to colleagues of both retail and foodservice members of FWD. Details here

Furloughing Staff

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is now open for applications. Employers can now claim online for a grant for 80% of their furloughed employees’ salaries, up to a maximum of £2,500 per employee.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to making claims

May 14:  Holiday entitlement and pay

Guidance has been published outlining how holiday entitlement and pay operate during Covid-19, designed to help employers understand their legal obligations, in terms of workers who continue to work or have been placed on furlough.

May 12:  Expenses and benefits

HMRC has published guidance on taxable expenses and benefits that are paid to employees because of coronavirus.

April 28: Parental leave

Furloughed workers planning to take paid parental or adoption leave will be entitled to pay based on their usual earnings rather than a furloughed pay rate.

Statutory Sick Pay

May 20: The Government has announced that SMEs with less than 250 staff can recover coronavirus related Statutory Sick Pay payments made to their employees. Employers will be able to claim via the online service from May 26, and will be able to recover payments sating back to the March 13, for current and former employees.

April 8: The Covid-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme allows small and medium sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying Statutory Sick Pay to employees. HMRC has published guidance which includes information about who can use the scheme and the records employers must keep.

HMRC is currently working to set up a system for reimbursement.

April 3: HMRC has published guidance to help employers calculate their employees’ Statutory Sick Pay.

The Government will bring forward legislation to allow small and medium-sized businesses to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for staff sickness absence due to coronavirus. This refund will cover up to 2 weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of coronavirus.

You will be eligible if your business is UK based AND is a small or medium sized and employs fewer than 250 employees as of 28 February 2020. A rebate scheme is being developed, further details will be provided in due course.



GroceryAid funding
Welfare and financial assistance

GroceryAid Financial Support for Employees

GroceryAid provides advice, support and financial assistance to everyone working in the grocery sector, including wholesalers. Due to the challenges currently being faced by the hospitality sector, GroceryAid has very kindly offered to extend its services to foodservice wholesale colleagues within FWD who may need support as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

A fund has been ringfenced to assist foodservice wholesale colleagues and applications can be made here 

Employees of FWD member companies that trade in the retail grocery supply chain are also able to apply for GroceryAid assistance.

To be eligible for consideration, individuals applying should be able to show

  • A minimum of two years’ service in foodservice wholesale – either currently employed or recently unemployed due to Covid-19 impact; doesn’t need to be with one employer
  • Household net income meets GroceryAid financial criteria
  • Can evidence financial hardship eg – reduction in income due to illness, redundancy, relationship breakdown, benefits sanctions
  • All applications are considered on a case by case basis
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