Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme open for applications

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is now open for applications. Employers can claim online for a grant of 80 per cent of their furloughed employees’ salaries, up to a maximum of £2,500 per employee. Make a claim now.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have produced this step by step guidance on how to make a claim. There is also a calculator to help you work out your claim. The system can process up to 450,000 applications per hour and employers should receive the money within six working days of making an application.

To receive payment by 30 April, you will need to complete an application by 22 April. Please keep a note or print-out of your claim reference number as you won’t receive a confirmation SMS (text) or email.

The Chancellor has also announced a one-month extension to the scheme. This means that the scheme will now be open until the end of June, to reflect continuing lockdown measures.

HMRC are holding live webinars providing an overview of the scheme to help employers and employees deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). Register for a live webinar.

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