Over this last week, the Government has again set out further clarification of how the Job Retention Scheme is intended to work and certain specific changes to the Scheme that have been made since the last update.

Please note that earlier today the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced  that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be available for another month until the end of June

The chancellor said the salary scheme would be extended again “if necessary

As previously, we must caution that whilst again more detailed guidance is welcome, there still remains uncertainty. Presumably we will know more soon….

Should you want to review the latest Scheme details yourself please follow this link


In the interim, we have tried to pick up some of the core detail provided in the latest announcement.


  1. Do We Know When The Portal Is Going Live?

YES – Apparently from Monday 20th April 2020.


  1. How To Claim

The Government has confirmed:


  1. When Will The Claim Be Paid Out?

The Government has confirmed that claims will be paid within 6 working days. As they are expecting a huge workflow, HMRC have advised:


  1. Can I Make The Claim Myself?

You will be able to make the claim yourself, although the Barrons Team will be available to support and assist if required, as well as to undertake the calculations on your behalf if required. 

Clients of our bureau service will already be receiving information from us to assist with identifying what is required to make a claim.


  1. What If (My) Employees Have Queries?

HMRC have indicated that will not answer any queries from employees – they will be directed to refer these to you, as their employer, directly.


  1. What Changes Have Been Announced?

The Government has amended the eligibility criteria relating to which employees are entitled to be considered under the Job Retention Scheme:


  1. What Do I Need To Have To Be Able To Make A Portal Claim?

In addition to the previous announcement covered by our last Update on the Job Retention Scheme you will need:

  1. PAYE/employee number (optional).
  1. amount claimed (per the minimum length of furloughing of 3 consecutive weeks);
  2. your bank account number and sort code;
  3. your contact name and phone number;


  1. If You Want An Agent To Act For You

Please note: