UK extends employment protection program until September

This content was published on March 02, 2021 – 22:00

London, March 2 (EFE). The UK government will extend the Employment Protection Program until September, through which it pays up to 80% of workers ’salaries in sectors that have been forced to close in whole or in part due to the pandemic.

A statement said Economy Minister Rishi Sunak will unveil the plan when presenting the state’s general budget for the fiscal year 2021-22 in the House of Commons on Wednesday, where he is also expected to announce support for the self-employed. Tuesday.

From the end of April, when the current Coronavirus Job Retention Program (CJRS) ends, until June 30, the state will continue to pay 80% of the employee’s salary (for hours of inactivity), up to a maximum of 2,500 pounds (2,900 euros) per month, The companies will continue to contribute to the pension and social security.

As of July 1, the government will be responsible for 70% of the salary corresponding to working hours, and companies will contribute a difference of 10% in addition to the aforementioned contributions.

From August 1 to the end of September, the CEO will be charged 60% of the salary and the other 20% companies in addition to pension and social security contributions, up to a maximum of 2,500 pounds per month.

At the same time, self-employed workers, including those who started their activities in the last fiscal year (2019-20), will be provided with benefits equivalent to 80% of the average group benefits in three months, increasing to a total of 7,500 pounds (8,660 euros). .

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Sunak notes in the statement that the job retention plan aims to provide “certainty” to citizens until the reopening of the economy, and not before June 21, according to the disassembly plan envisioned by the conservative government.

In total, since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the executive branch has offered aid totaling around 280,000 million pounds (323,000 million euros), which also includes increases in social aid, loans and facilities for businesses. EFE

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