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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Treasury written question – answered on 22nd May 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that employees who have been furloughed due to the covid-19 outbreak are paid the money claimed for by their employer in a timely manner.

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

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme forms part of a collective effort by the Government to protect people’s jobs. All employers participating in the scheme will be required to pay furloughed staff 80% of their wages, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. Once an employer has made a claim, HMRC expect payment to be made to the employer within six working days.

HMRC will check claims made through the scheme. Payments may be withheld or need to be repaid in full to HMRC if the claim is based on dishonest or inaccurate information or found to be fraudulent. If an employee is concerned that their employer is abusing the scheme they should report them using the portal available on GOV.UK.

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