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1 July, 2021 Open access

Number of individuals on furlough reduced by more than a million in month to 31 May 2021

New HMRC statistics also show that 2.9 million individuals have received a grant from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme since its introduction

The number of individuals on furlough reduced by more than a million in the month to 31 May 2021, according to new figures from HMRC.

In the thirteenth statistics release on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), HMRC provides analysis of claims for periods up to 31 May 2021 using data that includes claims submitted by 14 June 2021.

NB - while claims relating to May 2021 should have been filed by 14 June 2021, HMRC advises that the figures are only provisional as claims could be filed later with its agreement, or amended after submission. However, HMRC adds that these factors may lead to only a small increase (of around 3 per cent) on finalised figures for the month.

Comparing provisional figures for May 2021 to the finalised figures for April 2021, HMRC advises that -

In addition, cumulative figures for the period since the start of the CJRS in March 2020 show that a total of £65.9 billion had been claimed up to 14 June 2021 in relation to 11.6 million furloughed jobs with 1.3 million employers.

In relation to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, experimental statistics also released today show that 2.9 million individuals have received a grant across the four schemes (up to 6 June 2021) to a total value of £25.2 billion. For the fourth, most recent, grant - which closed to claims on 1 June 2021 - HMRC reports that 2.0 million individuals (58 per cent of the 3.4 million potentially eligible population) have claimed grants, with a value of £5.5 billion.

For more information, see Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme statistics: 1 July 2021 and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme statistics: July 2021 from gov.uk