New figures have today shown that the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has protected 8,200 jobs in Delyn.
The Scheme was launched in April by the UK Government to pay 80% of a person’s wages to support businesses and employees through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Across Wales 80% of businesses have taken advantage of the scheme, protecting more than 316,000 jobs.
The UK Government also launched a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) which would allow those who are self-employed to claim up to 80% of their average monthly profits. In Wales, £273 million has been claimed by more than 102,000 self-employed people.
In Delyn there have been 2,100 claims for the SEISS out of the 2,900 potentially eligible for the scheme.
On top of the funding for these two essential schemes, the UK Government has made more than £2.2 billion available to the Welsh Government to support our Welsh NHS, charities, local government and businesses through the pandemic.
The CJRS scheme will continue to support jobs until the end of October, with flexible part-time furloughing beginning in July to support businesses as the economy reopens.
The SEISS scheme has also been extended with those eligible able to claim a second and final grant in August of up to £6,570.
Commenting on the news, Rob, said:
“It was vital that this historic support was given to those businesses and the self-employed that had to close their doors, drastically reduce their business, or stop working all together to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“We will get through this pandemic and we must ensure that the economy is able to bounce back strongly as we move out of lockdown and have defeated the virus.
“I’m delighted that the various schemes put in place by the UK Government have helped well in excess of 10,000 people in Delyn and hundreds of thousands across the whole of Wales, reminding us exactly why Wales is so much better off being a part of a strong United Kingdom.”