Thousands of Stoke-on-Trent jobs protected during Covid crisis

The government’s furlough scheme has protected 11,000 jobs in Stoke-on-Trent South, and a total of 33,500 across Stoke-on-Trent, according to new figures. 


Furthermore 8,200 self-employed people across Stoke-on-Trent are receiving grants worth £21.8 million from the government to help survive the impact of Covid. 


Across the country the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has supported nearly 9 million jobs at a cost of £20 billion. The scheme covers 80 per cent of people’s wages, up to £2,500 a month, through government grants. 


More than 2 million self-employed people are receiving support through the Self Employment Income Support Scheme. 


Jack said, "I’m very proud of how our local community has responded to this crisis. We have come together and looked out for our neighbours, especially those who are who are vulnerable and shielding. And I cannot thank our local health and care workers enough for everything they have done. The government has worked round the clock to support many thousands of local jobs, incomes and livelihoods through this this difficult time by putting together a world leading economic package. I’m pleased to say this support will continue as we begin to recover from Covid and get the economy moving." 


Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said, "Our economic response to coronavirus was designed to keep people in work, protect people’s incomes, and support businesses. These measures have been on a scale unmatched by any government in recent history, all to give us the best chance of recovering quickly as the economy reopens. Now our energies are focused on getting people back to work safely, growing the economy and ensuring people can thrive in the new post-Covid world.”