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Covid-19: Support for Businesses

Part of Treasury – in the House of Commons on 24th March 2020.

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Photo of Rishi Sunak Rishi Sunak The Chancellor of the Exchequer

It is not the case that those who are on zero hours are not eligible for the existing scheme. Depending on their status, they would absolutely be eligible for the job retention scheme. It could be based on an average of previous earnings over a period in order to get smoothing, but there is no reason why they should not be eligible. In fact, any worker who was on a PAYE scheme is eligible for the job retention scheme.