Claim now before it’s too late!
Final CJRS claims for September can now be submitted and must be made by Thursday 14 October.
You can claim 60% of furloughed employees’ usual wages for the hours not worked, up to a cap of £1,875 per month per employee. You’ll need to contribute 20% from your own funds so that your furloughed employees continue to be paid at least 80% of their usual wages in total, for the hours they do not work (up to a cap of £2,500 a month).
What you need to do now:
- prepare for the scheme closing on 30 September
- work out how much you can claim, and the contribution you’ll need to make to reach 80% of usual wages, by searching ‘Job Retention Scheme’ on GOV.UK
- submit any claims for September, no later than Thursday 14 October
- keep records supporting the grants you claim, in case we need to check them
- make sure you continue paying CJRS-related employee tax and National Insurance contributions to HMRC, and contact us if you’re struggling to pay.
Find out more information about the scheme. – Click here
Preparing for the end of the CJRS – frequently asked questions
As the CJRS closes on 30 September, you’ll be thinking about next steps for your employees and your business.
You can find everything you need to know about the CJRS on GOV.UK, and here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions:
What should I do when the scheme closes?
You’ll need to:
- bring your employees back to work on their agreed terms and conditions
- agree any changes to their terms and conditions with them
- consider ending their employment.
When making decisions about how and when to end furlough arrangements, equality and discrimination laws will apply in the usual way. For more information search ‘Job Retention Scheme’ on GOV.UK.
Can I claim CJRS for employees on notice periods?
You cannot claim CJRS grants for any days your employee is serving a contractual or statutory notice period, including notice of retirement, resignation or redundancy.
What support is available for my employees if I’m unable to bring them back to work?
There’s UK Government support available for your employees through the Job Help website, offering a range of support, training and advice, to help people find their next opportunity. This includes the Kickstart scheme and other Plan for Jobs support measures, along with advice on learning new skills and finding who’s recruiting. Search GOV.UK for ‘Plan for Jobs programmes’ for more information.
Normal redundancy rules and protections apply to furloughed employees – search ‘redundancy rules’ on GOV.UK for more information.
What support is available to help my business grow after the CJRS has closed?
If you’re looking to grow your business, the UK Government Help to Grow scheme offers management and digital programmes to help you learn new skills and reach more customers. To register your interest, search ‘Help to Grow’ on GOV.UK.
If you’re considering taking on new employees, there’s a range of UK Government support available to help your business, including placements, apprenticeships and training opportunities. Search ‘Plan for Jobs programmes for employers’ on GOV.UK to find out how your business could benefit.
What if I’ve claimed too much in error?
If you’ve claimed too much CJRS grant and have not already repaid the overclaimed amount, you can repay as part of your next online claim without needing to call us. If you claimed too much but don’t plan to submit further claims, you can let us know and make a repayment online through our card payment service or by bank transfer – go to ‘pay Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants back’ on GOV.UK.
You must tell us and repay the money by the latest of whichever date below applies:
- 90 days from receiving the CJRS money you’re not entitled to
- 90 days from the point circumstances changed so that you were no longer entitled to keep the CJRS grant.
If you don’t, you may have to pay interest and a penalty as well as repaying the excess CJRS grant. Search ‘interest rates for late and early payments’ on GOV.UK.
What if I haven’t claimed enough?
If you made a mistake in your claim that means you received too little money, you’ll need to amend your claim within 28 calendar days after the month the claim relates to. The deadline to amend claims for August is Tuesday 28 September. To find out how, search ‘get help with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme‘ on GOV.UK.