To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) successful and (b) total applications to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for temporary furloughing of staff due to covid-19 self-isolation in each month to date; and if he will make a statement.
22 June 2021
The information requested is not available.
HM Revenue and Customs neither collect nor hold data on the reasons that eligible employers make claims through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is not to be used simply because of short-term absences from work due to sickness or self-isolation.
Where an employee is on sick leave or self-isolating as a result of coronavirus, the rules in relation to Statutory Sick Pay apply.
Conversely, an employee is eligible for CJRS if they are unable to work because they are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable or are in the equivalent highest-risk group for severe illness from coronavirus, and following the public health guidance.
These rules have been in place and clearly reflected in all versions of the guidance, since March 2020.