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22 September, 2020 Open access

Almost £40 billion has been claimed from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Updated statistics from HMRC also show that more than £5 billion has been claimed in the second tranche of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Almost £40 billion has been claimed from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), according to the latest statistics from HMRC.

In HMRC coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics - now updated monthly - HMRC provides management information on the CJRS since its launch on 20 April 2020. With a cut off-point for registering with the Scheme of 1 July 2020, HMRC advises that the total number of employers furloughing has remained constant at 1.2 million for more than two months, but the total value of claims continues to rise and, as at 20 September 2020, stood at £39.3 billion.

In addition, and as at the same date, the statistics show that the total number of claims made to the second tranche of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme - which opened on 17 August 2020 - is 2.2 million, in total valuing £5.6 billion.

HMRC coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics is available from gov.uk