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Number of jobs furloughed in Stamford, Bourne, Deepings, Grantham and Rutland amounts to one-third of eligible employees

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Almost a third of eligible jobs in South Kesteven and Rutland have been furloughed since March, with more than 1,000 more added to the scheme last month.

Figures from HM Revenue and Customs show around 21,000 claims to furlough jobs were made in South Kesteven by the end of July and 5,100 claims were made in Rutland. In both areas this equates to 32 per cent of eligible jobs, the same take-up rate as in the UK.

During this time, the Government paid 80 per cent of employees’ wages through Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s scheme, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month per employee.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the furlough scheme in March 2020
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the furlough scheme in March 2020

Jobs at firms which are unable to operate or have no work for their employees because of coronavirus are eligible for furlough.

From September, the Government’s contribution will drop to 70 per cent of wages, with employers having to make up the extra 10 per cent, before the scheme is expected to end in October.

The industry most reliant on the scheme in the East Midlands is hospitality, with 78 per cent of eligible workers furloughed by the end of July.

Also set to end in October is the self-employment income support scheme, which allowed the self-employed to claim a grant worth 80 per cent of their average monthly profits between March and May, up to £7,500.

Separate figures from HMRC show around 5,300 people in South Kesteven had applied to the scheme by the end of July and 1,400 people in Rutland.

They can now apply for a second and final grant, worth 70 per cent of profits and capped at £6,570, before the scheme closes on October 19.

MORE: Unemployment in the area August 2020

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