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COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme Updates

The online claim service for the COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme will be launched on Monday 20‌‌ April 2020. The below is a summary of the key information for the online claim service but you can find the full details HERE.


In order to be eligible to claim under this scheme, the employee must have been:

  • On your PAYE payroll on or before 19th March 2020 and this was notified to HMRC on an RTI submission before this date.

  • On your payroll as of 28th February 2020 but had been made redundant or stopped working for you before 19th March 2020. You would need to re-employ them and put them on furlough.

  • Employed on any type of employment contract with you.

They cannot have undertaken any work for, or on behalf, of the organisation whilst furloughed.


You must have confirmed in writing to your employee that they have been furloughed in order to be eligible for the grant. A record of this must be kept for five years. For the most up to date information see HERE.

You will need the following to make a claim:

1. A Government Gateway (GG) ID and password – apply for one HERE if you do not already have one.

2. be enrolled for PAYE online –register HERE if you haven't done so

3. For each furloughed employee:

  • Name.

  • National Insurance Number.

  • Payroll/employee number (optional).

  • The claim period (start and end date).

  • Amount to claim.

4. Your details:

  • Employer PAYE reference number.

  • Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference or Corporation Tax Unique Taxpayer Reference or Company Registration Number.

  • Bank account number and sort code.

  • Your contact name and phone number.

You will be asked to enter these details directly onto the online system on the government website. Please read the full details of how to claim HERE.


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