Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is Now Open!

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is now open for applications, 10 days ahead of schedule.

Employers can now go online to claim cash grants worth up to 80% of wages, capped at £2,500 a month per worker. 5000 HMRC staff will operate the scheme, which is expected to help thousands of firms across the UK.




Please note the following key guidelines :

  • To receive payment by 30 April you will need to complete an application by 22 April. This is because it will take six working days for the claim to be processed, issued and received.
  • Decide whether you want to make your own claim or if you want your agent to act on your behalf – if you have an agent that has authorisation to act for you on PAYE matters, they can make a claim for CJRS on your behalf.
  • Only call if you can’t find what you need on – please, wherever possible, leave the phone lines open for those who need it the most. All applications will be processed online. After a claim has been submitted it will take six working days for it to be paid – please do not chase up payment during this time.
  • Employees should speak to their employers with any questions, not HMRC, as they won’t be able to answer queries from individual employees.

Furthermore, a new tool has been launched to help you find Coronavirus Financial Support for your business. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants; this support finder will help you to see what support is available for you and your business.


Click HERE to check if you are eligible for Additional Support


Finally, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has today announced a new Billion pound support package for innovative firms hit by Coronavirus. The package includes a £500 million investment fund for high-growth companies impacted by the crisis, made up of funding from the government and the private sector. SMEs focusing on research and development will also benefit from £750 million of grants and loans. More details can be found here:

Please do get in touch if we can assist with any queries at

Kind regards & stay safe


Tom Hatley

Chair – Otley Business Improvement District Ltd

3 thoughts on “Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is Now Open!

  1. Tom, when sending in my application do I submit the full wage or the total after tax and ins. have been deducted. They say I have to give a time for when the furlough will end but doesn`t that depend on the government telling us when we can re-open the shop,
    Regards Chris Barker

  2. Hi Tom, its Chris Barker again I have bitten the bullet and send my claim in, hopefully I have sent the correct information, Regards Chris

    • Hi Chris, apologies for the late reply, these messages are a little delayed in coming through from the website. I checked with Tom but unfortunately he didn’t know the answer, but recommended maybe contacting your accountant or one of our accountants in Otley for their advice. I see you’ve submitted it now anyway so fingers crossed everything is ok. Best wishes, Rachelle (Otley BID Champion)

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