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The British government promised to pay wages for threatened jobs, under a programme called the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This scheme allows employers to lay off staff temporarily and claim up to 80% of their salaries from the state, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month. Do you need some help in applying for the aid? 

The Road Haulage Association offers carriers a wide range of free webinars to help them cope with current regulations. The next workshop takes place at 11 am on Tuesday 28th April,  when Linda White is going to speak about the procedure of applying for government money, like the furlough scheme.

The Furlough Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is a temporary programme in place for 4 months starting from 1 March 2020, but the government promised that it can be extended if necessary. Employers can use this scheme anytime during this period. 

The aid is designed to help employers whose operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to retain their employees and protect the UK economy. However, all employers are eligible to claim under the scheme and the government recognises different businesses will face different impacts from coronavirus.

Claims should be made online.

UK Chancellor announced on Monday, 20 April that more than 140,000 companies employing a total of about a million workers have applied to the furlough scheme on its first day of operation, the chancellor has announced. Businesses can apply for the scheme anytime until the end of June.

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