Wages of 25,200 Harrogate jobs supported by Government schemes new figures reveal

Government statistics claim it has been supporting the wages of 25,200 jobs in Harrogate since lockdown with new figures revealing the extent of furloughing among workers in Harrogate.

By Graham Chalmers
Thursday, 11th June 2020, 2:59 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th June 2020, 3:02 pm
Businesses have furloughed 19,000 jobs in Harrogate, up to May 31, figures show.
Businesses have furloughed 19,000 jobs in Harrogate, up to May 31, figures show.

The boost for the town's economy comes through two schemes the Government launched in response to the economic side-affects of lockdown and Covid-19 - the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

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 19,000 jobs in Harrogate, up to May 31, since the CJRS was launched on April 20.

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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 6,200 self-employed individuals in Harrogate who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus outbreak and paid grants worth a total of £19,300,000 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.

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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.”

The statistics can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmrc-coronavirus-covid-19-statistics

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