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Supporting health and social care providers in Devon

Claim for wage costs through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – employer guidance

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is a temporary scheme open to all UK employers for at least three months starting from 1 March 2020. We are advised by central government that the scheme to be up and running by the end of April 2020. It is designed to support employers whose operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Employers can use a portal to claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ (employees on a leave of absence due to restrictions implemented to reduce the spread of the virus) usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that wage. Employers can use this scheme anytime during this period.

The scheme is open to all UK employers that had created and started a PAYE payroll scheme on 28 February 2020.

However, in light of the financial package being offered by DCC, and maintaining our payment of commissioned level of support, we would want providers to retain staff as active employees, rather than grant them a leave of absence, in order that we can continue to use them as resources in different care settings.

We would ask that providers who are applying to the national scheme speak to us and we will proactively be contacting providers in key sectors where we think this is most likely to happen.

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