Renfrewshire MP Mhairi Black is calling on the UK Government to provide support for employees who started new jobs that have been missed out in receiving furlough through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

The UK Government made a u-turn on their initial cut off for new employees being able to access the CJRS by extending the deadline to the 19th March.

This extension has still however left many with no support. The extension announced meant that employers would still have to have submitted RTI (Real Time Submissions) to HMRC before the 19th March.

Many employers in the UK submit an RTI at the end of the month as this is payday for many people. This means anyone who started a new job and RTI was submitted after 19th March is not eligible for support from the UK Government.

The UK Government have cited a worry of fraudulent claims to the CJRS as the reasoning for this cutoff.

Mhairi Black, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South wrote to the Chancellor regarding this issue as well as submitting Written Parliamentary Questions, asking the Chancellor to allow further means of evidence such as PAYE, tax references, contracts of employment and acceptance of employment letters so that those who had just started jobs could continue to do so.

Mhairi Black MP told Renfrewshire News: “Constituents who have been impacted by this oversight by the Treasury need support now. The arrogance that is being shown by the UK Government in their response to this issue is bewildering.

“The Chancellor seems to think he can pawn this issue off with a generic standard response for my constituents that provides no empathy with the drastic situation that they find themselves in and only highlights what the Government has already implemented, it’s not good enough. “

“I have provided the Chancellor with a suggestion that I believe would eliminate any accusations of fraud in this matter. He should have the decency to at least acknowledge this suggestion.”

“The millions of people left behind by these Coronavirus schemes will not be forgotten. The Tories cannot bury their heads in the sand with this issue any longer.”