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Covid-19: Almost 98,000 wages in Cornwall supported by government

Covid-19: Almost 98,000 wages in Cornwall supported by government

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:16pm 12th June 2020.

It has been revealed that the wages of almost 98,000 jobs across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been supported by the government amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

97,700 wages have been supported here in total since the launch of 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 68,500 jobs in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, up to 31st May 2020, since the CJRS was launched on 20th April. 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 12th May 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 £82,100,000 (£82 million) up to 31st May 2020. 

On 29th May, 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. 

“The UK Government is doing everything we can to protect jobs and businesses in Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly 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.”   

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer

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