Following on from the Inn’s Covid-19 financial assistance Scheme for the months of April-June 2020, which assisted 66 members in the above category, and the extension for the months of July-September, the Inn has decided to extend the Scheme further for the months October 2020-March 2021 inclusive (the “Extended Scheme”).
The Inner Temple & The Marshall Hall Trust
COVID-19 Scheme To Assist Second/Third Six Pupils And First Year Tenants
Extension of the Scheme for October 2020 – March 2021
Those eligible for an award under this Extended Scheme will remain the same as for the earlier months, ie those in the second or third six months of their pupillage or in their first (or now) second year of tenancy or are currently squatting, since they are barristers who are unable to benefit from the extension to the Government’s Covid-19 Self Employed Income Support Scheme (“SEISS”). Those who fall within any of these categories, and made applications for assistance for any of the months April-September inclusive, who now wish to make further applications will need to complete Form A.
However, and in order to avoid any doubt, this Extended Scheme will be open not only to those applicants who sought assistance for the months of April-September, but also to pupils, first (or now) second year tenants and squatters who did not seek assistance for those months, but who are similarly unable to benefit from the extension to SEISS. They will need to complete Form B.
As with the schemes for April-September, the aim is to provide up to six months of support up to a maximum of £2500 per month to each applicant who can demonstrate (i) that by reason of the Covid-19 crisis they have lost work, and consequential billings, which they probably would have had during the period October 2020–March 2021, and (ii) that they have no alternative source of funds they can reasonably be expected to rely on.
As occurred with the scheme for the months July-September 2020, awards under the Extended Scheme for the months October 2020-March 2021 will be assessed retrospectively. Applicants will therefore need to show what they actually billed in the relevant month. Assessments under the Extended Scheme for the month of October will be made during the remainder of November, with payments shortly thereafter. Applications for November losses must not be submitted until after 30 November 2020. They will be evaluated and paid in December and so on.
There is one important difference which applies to the Extended Scheme for the period October 2020-March 2021. The Inn has decided that the trustees of the Marshall Hall Trust, who will continue to administer the Scheme, should have a broader discretion than for the months of July-September to make awards in appropriate cases in the form of grants as well as loans. Applicants should therefore read Note 5 of the Application Form carefully.
Application forms for October are now available to download below, and should be sent to Paul Clark.