Coronavirus – COVID-19. What support is available to businesses from the government?


Government Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme goes live on Monday, 20th April 2020

For ‘essential job’ roles the government has published advice on staying at home and which workers should continue to travel. Enhanced Statutory Sick Pay has been announced for those who are ill or self-isolating. It’s hoped that the announced Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will mean that job losses are kept at a minimum as the government will cover 80% of employees wages up to £2,500 per month if employees are ‘furloughed’ to preserve jobs.

Here is what you need to make a claim

To claim, you will need:

  • Your employer PAYE scheme reference number
  • The number of employees being furloughed
  • National Insurance Numbers for the furloughed employees
  • Names of the furloughed employees
  • Payroll/employee number for the furloughed employees (optional)
  • Your Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference, Corporation Tax Unique Taxpayer Reference, Company Registration Number or Employer Name (as appropriate)
  • The claim period (start and end date)
  • Amount claimed (per the minimum length of furloughing of 3 consecutive weeks)
  • Your bank account number and sort code
  • Your contact name
  • Your phone number

You will need to calculate the amount you are claiming. HMRC will retain the right to retrospectively audit all aspects of your claim.

You should retain all records and calculations in respect of your claims, including records of the amount claimed for each furloughed employee and the period for which each employee is furloughed and a claim made under the scheme.

If you have fewer than 100 furloughed staff you will be asked to enter details of each employee you are claiming for directly into the system – this will include their name, National Insurance number, claim period and claim amount, and payroll/employee number (optional).

If you have 100 or more furloughed staff you will be asked to upload a file with the information rather than input it directly into the system. We will accept the following file types: .xls .xlsx .csv .ods

The file should include the following information for each furloughed employee: name, National Insurance number, claim period and claim amount, payroll/employee number (optional).

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