Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Theatre

Treasury written question – answered on 29th April 2020.

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Photo of Colleen Fletcher Colleen Fletcher Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to enable theatres to continue to claim employee wages through the Job Retention Scheme until they can fully re-open.

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

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is open to all employers provided they have created and started a PAYE payroll scheme on or before 19 March 2020, enrolled for PAYE online and have a UK bank account. The Chancellor announced on Friday 17 April that the CJRS will be extended to the end of June. This means the scheme will be open for at least four months.

Decisions on when and how to close the scheme will have to take into account the wider context of any lockdown extension and the public health response, so that people and businesses can get back to work when it is safe to do so. The Government will ensure the approach is coherent with any necessary non-pharmaceutical interventions, while also considering the status of the economy, the affordability of the scheme, and the need to provide certainty to employers and employees.

The Government will continue to keep the exit strategy of the scheme under review, engaging with businesses and representatives.

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