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Furlough figures rise for Peterborough

Over 2000 more people are on furlough in Peterborough constituency in comparison to last month, according to the latest government figures, taking the figure up to 25% of the workforce. 
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According to latest figures, 25% of workers are on furlough in Peterborough (Picture: PA Media)

As per the latest statistics, 15,600 people are on furlough in Peterborough consistuency out of a total workforce of 62,200. This shows an increase of 1% from June, when 13,200 people were on furlough from a total number of 54,800 workers, equating to 24%.

The figures have also significantly increased for the North West Cambridgeshire constituency, with 18,200 people now on furlough as opposed to 15,600 in June. 

Across the country, more than nine million people were supported by the government through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’, during the peak of the pandemic. This went live on April 20 allowing businesses to claim up to 80% of wages for employees, up to a maximum of £2,500 per employee per month.  

The job retention scheme was extended until October 31; however, the claim will start to reduce from August 1, and will be down to 60% by October 1.

Earlier in the month, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new ‘Furlough bonus package’, incentivising employers to have their furloughed staff back to work. 

Explaining the bonus scheme, Mr Sunak said: “If you’re an employer and you bring back someone who was furloughed – and continuously employ them through to January – we’ll pay you a £1,000 bonus per employee.  

“It's vital people aren’t just returning for the sake of it – they need to be doing decent work. So for businesses to get the bonus, the employee must be paid at least £520 on average, in each month from November to the end of January – the equivalent of the lower earnings limit in national insurance.”  

The chancellor said further extension of the furlough scheme is "unrealistic" and can give a "false hope" to an employee.   

Mr Sunak added: “Leaving the furlough scheme open forever gives people false hope that it will always be possible to return to the jobs they had before.  

“And the longer people are on furlough, the more likely it is their skills could fade, and they will find it harder to get new opportunities. It is in no-one’s long term interests for the scheme to continue forever – least of all those trapped in a job that can only exist because of Government subsidy.”  

He said the “Jobs retention bonus” will reward and incentivise employers who bring furloughed staff back. 

Despite millions of people being helped, the government has come under the scanner regularly for offering little or delayed help to the self-employed and freelancers - some of whom have rferred to themselves as #theexcludeduk on Twitter. This community of workers called out to the government for letting them ‘slip through the net’. 

A Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) was launched to help self-employed people who have been adversely affected by Coronavirus. They can apply for a taxable grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits over the last three years, up to £2500 a month. 

The scheme is not open to people with annual profits of £50,000 or more, anyone that began as a self-employed worker after the end of the 2018-19 financial year or anyone who earns less than half of their income from self-employed work.