Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Treasury written question – answered on 31st March 2020.

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Photo of Ian Mearns Ian Mearns Chair, Backbench Business Committee, Chair, Backbench Business Committee

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to force employers to enrol in the Government scheme for the public purse to provide 80 per cent of an employee's salary if they are unable to work as a result of covid-19.

Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to include workers on zero-hour contracts in the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The Government will make sure it protects, as far as possible, people’s jobs and incomes. This is an unprecedented jobs retention scheme and the Government has been working hard over the last week to set out further details on the scheme. Full details can now be found in the guidance available at: http://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme.

Employers whose operations have been severely affected by coronavirus are encouraged to use the scheme instead of making staff redundant. Under the scheme, employers can put employees on temporary leave and the Government will pay them cash grants of 80% of their wages up to a cap of £2,500 per month, providing they keep the individual employed. As set out in the guidance, the scheme does cover workers on flexible or zero-hour contracts.

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