MORE than 36,000 jobs in Sefton have been supported by the government’s furlough scheme.
The two separate packages of financial support, known as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), was brought in to mitigate the effects of coronavirus.
The CJRS allows employees to receive 80% of their monthly salary up to £2,500, and the SEISS is a grant paid out in a single instalment covering three months and amounting to 80% of average profit.
Businesses have furloughed 27,700 jobs in Sefton, up to 31 May 2020, since the CJRS was launched on April 20.
The scheme will run until the end of October to continue the support for jobs and businesses as people return to work.
The SEISS has financially supported 8,500 self-employed individuals in Sefton who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus outbreak and paid grants worth a total of £23,100,000 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.
Across the UK, some 8.9 million workers have been placed on the CJRS at a cost of £19.6bn. A further 2.6 million self-employed workers in the UK have made claims worth £7.5bn.
Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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 support schemes have supported the livelihoods of millions and will help ensure our recovery is as swift as possible.”
Commenting, Southport MP Damien Moore said: “I understand these have been very challenging times for people in Southport as they have faced the unprecedented financial impact due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“The Government worked quickly to set up a number of financial measures to protect the livelihoods of thousands of people in our town. My MP’s office has directly helped hundreds of people to access the help they need.
“This country has led a world-leading economic response to coronavirus.
“As we move onto the second stage of our recovery, we are determined to kick-start the engine of our economy while also providing ongoing support to those who continue to need our help.
“Southport already has some important schemes underway which will really help our recovery, including the preparation of Southport Town Deal funding bids and the Southport Townscape Heritage Project, which will make noticeable improvements to Southport town centre.
“We need to see our businesses back firing again safely and Monday will be a positive start when our shops begin to reopen. I hope you will join me in supporting our local businesses and shopping locally where you can as they start getting life back to normal.”