Businesses have furloughed 27,700 jobs in Tameside

Around 35,000 jobs in Tameside have been supported by the UK government during the coronavirus crisis.

Figures released by HM Revenue & Customs show that businesses have furloughed 27,700 jobs in Tameside since the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was launched on April 20 to help employers retain their employees.

The scheme will run until the end of October to continue the support for jobs and businesses as people return to work.

Meanwhile, the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) has financially supported 7,200 self-employed individuals, paying a total of £19,300,000 in grants, since it was rolled out in May.

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

In total, the government has supported the wages of 34,900 jobs across the borough, up to May 31.

Both the CJRS and the SEISS were announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, and are run by HMRC, as part of a package of support measures for businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Rishi Sunak said: “The UK government is doing everything we can to protect jobs and businesses in the North West and across the UK during the crisis. Our unprecedented job retention and self-employment schemes have supported the livelihoods of millions and will help ensure our recovery is as swift as possible.”

For more information on the CJRS visit www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme and for the SEISS, head to www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support.

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