Government supports 98k jobs in Cornwall

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Since the launch of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), the Government has supported the wages of 97,700 jobs in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The CJRS and SEISS were announced by the Chancellor, and are run by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), as part of a package of support measures for businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Businesses have furloughed 68,500 jobs in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, up to May 31, since the CJRS was launched on April 20. This is to help UK employers who have been severely affected by coronavirus to retain their employees and protect the UK economy.

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 SEISS was rolled out ahead of schedule in May and has financially supported 29,200 self-employed individuals in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus outbreak and paid grants worth a total of £82.1 million up to May 31.

On May 29, the Chancellor announced an extension to this scheme. Those eligible to claim the SEISS grant will be able to claim a second and final grant in August of up to £6,750.