Government schemes support more than 7,000 workers affected by pandemic

Rishi Sunak at a Government press briefing. Photo: by Pippa Fowles / No 10 Downing Street.

More than 7,000 workers in Richmondshire have been supported through the Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme and self-employment income support scheme, new figures show.

The schemes were announced by the Chancellor and Richmond MP Rishi Sunak, and are run by HM Revenue and Customs, as part of a package of support measures for businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Businesses have furloughed 5,400 jobs in Richmondshire, up to May 31, since the job retention scheme was launched on April 20.

An announcement was made on May 12 that the scheme will run until the end of October to continue the support for jobs and businesses as people return to work.

The scheme for self-employed workers was rolled out in May and has financially supported 1,900 self-employed individuals in Richmondshire who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus outbreak and paid grants worth a total of £5,700,000 up to May 31

On May 29, the Chancellor announced an extension to this scheme.

Those eligible to claim the grant will be able to claim a second and final grant in August of up to £6,750.

Rishi Sunak said: “The UK Government is doing everything we can to protect jobs and businesses in the North of England and across the UK during the crisis.

“Our unprecedented job retention and self-employment support schemes have supported the livelihoods of millions and will help ensure our recovery is as swift as possible.” [kofi]