Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Treasury written question – answered on 12th February 2021.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Labour, Hemsworth

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether employers including employment agencies are permitted to backdate payments to 4 January 2021 as part of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

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

For claims from 1 November 2020, an employer can claim before, during or after they process their payroll as long as their claim is submitted by the relevant deadline.

Claims can be backdated where employees have already been furloughed from that date. A claim cannot start any earlier than the date the employee was furloughed. Employers must have confirmed in writing to their employee that they had been furloughed.

Claims for furlough days in January 2021 must be submitted by 15 February 2021.

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