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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Treasury written question – answered on 28th April 2020.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Conservative, Tewkesbury

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will further extend the start date of the furlough scheme to employees who were on their employees payroll after the 19 March 2020 to enable people who started new jobs towards the end of March 2020 to be furloughed; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to support people that have recently started their job, and were not on their employer's PAYE payroll on 28 February 2020, and are therefore not eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Photo of Claire Hanna Claire Hanna Social Democratic and Labour Party, Belfast South

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support is available for people who finished their employment after 28 February 2020 but have been unable to take up new employment due to the covid-19 outbreak and are not supported by any financial package.

Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of revising the 28 February deadline for new starter employees to ensure that more people can access furlough payments.

Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the 28 February deadline for new starter employees on the financial security of people who are ineligible due to that deadline.

Photo of Bell Ribeiro-Addy Bell Ribeiro-Addy Labour, Streatham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all new starters including people who were due to be on payroll after 19 March 2020 are eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Photo of Scott Mann Scott Mann Conservative, North Cornwall

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government has made an assessment of the potential merits for people who have changed jobs or who were made redundant in March 2020 of extending the cut-off date for real time information submissions in the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to 31 March 2020.

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

On 15 April, the Government announced it would extend the cut-off date for the CJRS to 19 March, to include employees whose payroll information was notified to HMRC by 19 March. Processing claims for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in cases where HMRC did not have RTI data by 19 March would require much greater manual handling by HMRC, which would significantly slow down the system while risking substantial levels of fraud. It would also require greater resource for HMRC when they are already under significant pressure to deliver the system designed. Those not eligible for the scheme may be able to access the other support Government is providing, including a package of temporary welfare measures and up to three months’ mortgage payment holidays for those struggling with their mortgage payments.

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