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When can a public authority apply for a grant under the coronavirus (COVID-19) job retention scheme?

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Published on LexisPSL on 16/04/2020

The following Employment Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • When can a public authority apply for a grant under the coronavirus (COVID-19) job retention scheme?

For information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) job retention scheme (CJRS) generally, see Practice Note: Coronavirus job retention scheme.

The HMRC guidance for employers: Claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme confirms that public authorities are among the entities with a UK payroll who can apply under the scheme.

The guidance states that:

  1. the government expects that the scheme will not be used by many public sector organisations, as most public sector employees are continuing to provide essential public services or contribute to the response to the coronavirus outbreak

  2. where employers receive public funding for staff costs, and that funding is continuing, the government expect employers to use that money to continue to pay staff in the usual fashion—and correspondingly not furlough them. This also applies to non-public sector employers who receive public funding for staff costs

  3. organisations who are receiving public funding specifically to provide services neces

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