Covid-19: tens of thousands of East Riding workers get Government help

Tens of thousands of people in the East Riding have been helped through Government schemes to protect jobs during the Covid-19 crisis, new figures reveal.

Sunday, 14th June 2020, 2:00 pm
Around 37,800 claims were made to Rishi Sunak’s furlough jobs scheme in the East Riding by the end of May. Photo: PA Images

Union and business bodies say the financial support provided during the pandemic has been an essential lifeline for vulnerable firms and workers.

But they have warned that more protection will be needed in the months ahead.

Figures from HM Revenue and Customs show around 37,800 claims were made to furlough jobs in the East Riding by the end of May.

That is equivalent to 1,108 in every 10,000 of the local population, the Office for National Statistics’s latest population estimates show.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in March to support firms struggling with the impact of the virus.

It covers up to 80% of an employee’s salary, capped at £2,500 a month per worker.

Across Yorkshire and the Humber, 603,600 jobs were furloughed by the end of May.

The support will run until the end of October, with flexible furloughing starting in July, whereby employers will cover staffing costs for part-time work while claiming for the rest of their pay packet from the Government.

Trades Union Congress general secretary Frances O’Grady said the furlough scheme has been a “vital lifeline” but added that jobs need to be protected as it is scaled back.

Separate figures show around 10,800 people in the this area applied to the Self-employment Income Support Scheme by the end of May.

From May 13, eligible self-employed workers could claim a grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits for a three-month period, limited to £7,500.

Claims made by people in the East Riding amounted to £30.4 million, or £2,800 per person on average, with 69% of those thought to be eligible in the area having asked for cash.

Mr Sunak said: “Our unprecedented coronavirus support schemes are protecting millions of vital jobs and businesses across the whole of the UK – and will help ensure we recover from this outbreak as swiftly as possible.”

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