Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, is urging employers across his Ogmore constituency to make applications to the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. From Monday (20 April) businesses and other organisations who have had to furlough their workers due to the Coronavirus pandemic can apply to claim 80 per cent of their wages up to a total of £2,500 per month.
67,000 applications were made in the first half hour of the scheme opening on Monday morning and Chris is keen to ensure that all firms in Ogmore benefit from the support available. After making an application, employers should receive funds within 6 working days which should provide much-needed protection for workers awaiting their April wages.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“I know that this is an incredibly difficult time for businesses across Ogmore and their workers. It’s vital that all employers take advantage of the government’s job retention scheme to protect jobs and livelihoods and to ensure that our local economy is able to bounce back once this crisis is over."
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, announced earlier this month that the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of June following confirmation that the lockdown restrictions will continue for at least another three weeks. The cut-off date for employees to be eligible for the scheme was also recently extended to 19 March, and will not apply to all workers registered for PAYE payroll on or before this date.
“I’m pleased that the UK Government has responded to the concerns I and many others have raised about the cut-off date for the furlough scheme. This extension will mean that many more salaries can now be protected.
“I am aware of the concerns being raised by many people who have recently changed employment about not being registered for PAYE payroll by the cut-off date. I am continuing to raise these issues with UK Government Ministers and will push for further support as the scheme is continually reviewed.”
Applications to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme can be made via the UK Government’s website: https://tinyurl.com/y7dag645. Employers will need to be registered for PAYE online, as well as having the following information to hand:
· Employer PAYE reference number
· Each employee’s National Insurance number and payroll or employee number
· The start dates and end dates of your claim
· The full amount you wish to claim for, including employer National Insurance and pension contributions
Chris is continuing to provide ongoing support for Ogmore constituents experiencing difficulty throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. He can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01656 860034 and leaving an answerphone message.