Redundancy

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 29th October 2020.

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Photo of Siobhain McDonagh Siobhain McDonagh Labour, Mitcham and Morden

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2020 to Question 98870, how many proposed redundancies were indicated on HR1 forms received by the Redundancy Payments Service in each of the last 12 months.

Photo of Paul Scully Paul Scully Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (London)

Forms received from all employers where there are proposals to dismiss 20 or more employees at an establishment, over the last 12 months, are set out in the following table:

Month

Number of HR1 Forms received from all employers

Number of proposed dismissals on HR1s

Sep 19

303

26,716

Oct 19

343

23,882

Nov 19

305

27,820

Dec 19

196

16,733

Jan 20

372

29,884

Feb 20

329

28,674

Mar 20

485

44,465

Apr 20

447

62,443

May 20

871

73,331

Jun 20

1,888

155,739

Jul 20

1,784

149,688

Aug 20

966

58,056

Sep 20

1,734

82,029

Please note that employers are only required to file a Form HR1 where they are “proposing” to dismiss 20 or more employees at a single “establishment”.

“Propose” and “establishment” have distinct meanings in this context.

The aggregate number could include proposed dismissals due to insolvency, restructuring of a solvent/continuing business, changes to terms and conditions, or proposed relocation of employees, for example.

It should also be noted that a proposal to make a given number of dismissals does not necessarily result in all or any of the proposed dismissals occurring.

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