Government schemes support more than 98,000 jobs in Lanarkshire

Since the launch of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), the UK Government has supported the wages of 98,400 jobs in Lanarkshire.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak. Pic: Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/Crown Copyright/PA Wire
Chancellor Rishi Sunak. Pic: Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

The CJRS and SEISS were announced by the Chancellor, and are run by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), as part of a package of support measures for businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Businesses have furloughed 81,000 jobs across Lanarkshire, up to May 31, since the CJRS was launched on April 20.

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This is to help UK employers who have been severely affected by coronavirus to retain their employees and protect the UK economy.

An announcement was made on May 12 that the scheme will run until the end of October to continue the support for jobs and businesses as people return to work.

The SEISS was rolled out ahead of schedule in May and has financially supported 17,400 self-employed individuals across Lanarkshire who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus outbreak and paid grants worth a total of £50.4 million up to May 31.

On May 29 the Chancellor announced an extension to this scheme. Those eligible to claim the SEISS grant, will be able to claim a second and final grant in August of up to £6750.

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said: “Our unprecedented job retention and self-employment support schemes have supported the livelihoods of millions and will help ensure our recovery is as swift as possible.”