More than 90,000 jobs furloughed in Cumbria and south of Scotland since start of coronavirus pandemic

More than 90,000 jobs have been furloughed by employers in Cumbria and the south of Scotland since the Job Retention Scheme was launched by the UK Government in April.

Across the UK, more than eight and a half million jobs have been furloughed, meaning the UK Treasury is paying 80% of an employee's wages up to £2,500 per month.

The scheme was designed to reduce the number of employees that may have been made redundant during the coronavirus lockdown, and protect businesses from becoming financially insolvent.

In Cumbria, 64,000 people were furloughed and 16,900 self-employment support claims worth £46.9m have been made.

Dumfries & Galloway has seen 15,400 people temporarily out of work and 5,500 self-employment claims worth £16.5m.

And 12,800 people were furloughed in the Scottish Borders, with 4,600 self-employment claims made worth £13.8m.

Empty streets of Keswick, in the Lake District, during the coronavirus lockdown. Credit: PA

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said: “The UK Government is doing everything we can to, protect jobs and businesses in Wales and across the UK during the crisis.

“Our unprecedented job retention and self-employment support schemes have supported the livelihoods of millions and will help ensure our recovery is as swift and possible.”

The CJRS scheme will continue to support jobs until the end of October, with flexible part-time furloughing beginning in July to support businesses as the economy reopens.

The SEISS scheme has also been extended with those eligible able to claim a second and final grant in August of up to £6570.

The UK Government says the two schemes are part of an economic support package for individuals and businesses including loans, grants, income tax deferrals, rental support, increased levels of Universal Credit, and mortgage holidays.