The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Portal is now live

Posted on: 21st Apr 2020 by: Demos HR Solutions

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme online portal goes live
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme online portal goes live

The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme went live yesterday, with businesses able to claim up to £2,500 per month per employee towards furloughed staff wages. As expected, there were quite a few teething issues such as the online calculator working incorrectly, overlapping furlough claims not being accepted and unsurprisingly with more than 140,000 companies using the portal, there were system crashes. The general advice is that if your cashflow can handle waiting a few days for the portal’s issues to be resolved and for the traffic to minimise, it might be best to take the time to ensure all your paperwork is in order before making your CJRS claim.


What you need to prepare to make your claim
Further detail has now been provided as to how employers claim under the CJR scheme. The following information should be provided:

  • National Insurance Numbers for the employees you want to furlough
  • names of the employees you want to furlough
  • payroll/works number for the employees you want to furlough
  • Self-Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference or Corporation Tax Unique Taxpayer Reference or Company Registration Number.

As was already made clear in earlier guidance, the following is also required:

  • the claim period (start and end date)
  • the number of employees claimed for
  • employer PAYE reference number
  • amount claimed (per the minimum length of furloughing of 3 consecutive weeks)
  • bank account number and sort code
  • contact name
  • phone number

The new online portal has opened for applications and employers can apply for direct cash grants which should land in their bank accounts within 6 working days.

Have your Government Gateway user ID ready and click here to claim

Last week the Chancellor announced the scheme will be extended for a further month until the end of June, to reflect continuing Covid-19 lockdown measures. Employers can furlough anyone they employ, provided that on or before 19th March (changed from 28th February) they were on PAYE payroll and HMRC had been notified of payment via the RTI system.

HMRC have published a step by step guide to support employers with the application process. The guide is available by clicking below.

Gov.uk step-by-step guide to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

If you need any advice or assistance on the HR implications of the Covid-19 outbreak, please do not hesitate to contact me either by reply to this email or you can call me on 07974 695 365. Wishing you, your staff and your families safety and good health.

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