Thousands of Oldham jobs saved by furlough scheme

Figures show that around 26,000 jobs in Oldham have been supported by the government during the coronavirus crisis.

The jobs have been protected through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme launched by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, which has seen government grants covering 80 per cent of employees wages up to £2,500 a month. 

It is also understood that 8,050 self-employed people in Oldham are receiving grants worth a total of £19,975,000 from the government to help with the impact of Covid-19. 

Saddleworth South councillor Graham Sheldon said: "This is a hugely challenging time for people and businesses, and the Government’s schemes have helped to protect the livelihoods of thousands of people across the borough.

"This country has a world-leading economic response to coronavirus. And as we move through the second stage of our roadmap to recovery, we are determined to kick-start the engine of our economy while continuing to provide flexible support to those who need it.

"We will do everything we can to ensure people can pay their bills and put food on the table – as people continue to stay alert, to control the virus and save lives." 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak (pictured) said: "Our economic response to coronavirus was designed to keep people in work, protect people’s incomes, and support businesses. These measures have been on a scale unmatched by any government in recent history. All to give us the best chance of recovering quickly as the economy reopens.

"Now our energies are focused on getting people back to work safely, growing the economy and ensuring people can thrive in the new post-Covid world." 

Throughout the North West, 828,900 people have been supported by the furlough scheme and 224,000 self-employed people are receiving grants worth £594 million through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. 

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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