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Implementing employment support schemes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs implemented the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) to support businesses and the self-employed cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The combined value of these schemes is currently estimated to be around £75 billion. 

Our study considers HM Revenue & Customs’ and HM Treasury’s implementation of the schemes so far, including how they have been set-up and whether they have reached the groups intended. The study will also consider how they are mitigating the risk of fraud in the schemes.

More information about our work to report on government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic can be found here