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Thousands of north-east jobs still relying on furlough scheme

By Alan Beresford

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OVER 5000 jobs in Moray are still supported by the Coronvirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

Over 5000 jobs are still supported by the furlough scheme in Moray.
Over 5000 jobs are still supported by the furlough scheme in Moray.

The latest statistics released by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for the period between February 28 and March 31 show that 5100 jobs in Moray from a total of 40,400 eligible posts were furloughed under the scheme.

These figures represent a take-up rate of 13 per cent.

Compared to the period ending February 28, the new statistics reveal a drop of almost 1000 jobs reliant on CJRS, when 6000 were being supported by the scheme, a take-up of 15 per cent.

Meanwhile, in Aberdeenshire, there was also a decrease in the number of posts reliant on CJRS, with 16,900 furloughed out of 117,800 eligible at the end of February, falling to 14,400 by March 31. The respective take-up rates are 14 per cent and 12 per cent.

The HMRC issued a caveat with regard to the March statistics, saying that these were as yet incomplete. While claims relating to March 2021 should have been filed by 14 April 2021, employers could file claims later with the agreement of HMRC if they had a reasonable excuse. Claims for March 2021 can also be amended until 28 April 2021. Together, HMRC believes these factors are likely to have a small effect on the statistics.

Furlough claims for the month of April must be submitted by May 14.

The CJRS was launched in March last year to help support the millions of people left unable to work as the lockdown shut all but essential businesses.

For more information and the full statistics, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-statistics-6-may-2021

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