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Government supports income of over half a million in Wales

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) have supported over 510,000 people in Wales.

Latest figures show that 22,400 more people in Wales are benefitting from the furlough scheme than were in June, taking the total number to 400,800.

2,000 more people are receiving the SEISS grant, with the cost of the SEISS scheme so far in Wales £295 million for a total of 110,000 claims.

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Commenting on the way it has worked, chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Our unprecedented support schemes have helped thousands of hard working people across Wales and protected Welsh businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

“As we enter the next stage of the economic recovery, our Plan for Jobs will ensure jobs are created and sustained.”

While secretary of state for Wales, Simon Hart added: “The coronavirus pandemic remains an unprecedented challenge but the UK Government continues to provide unprecedented levels of support to ensure Wales’s economy will bounce back and our recovery is as swift as possible.

“Our support schemes have supported the livelihoods of thousands across Wales. Along with incentives such as the Job Retention Bonus and the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, we are backing businesses and workers as we get the economy moving again.”

Today’s statistics show the latest regional breakdown of support across the country up until the 31st July, and that the use of CJRS support between the countries and regions of the UK is broadly proportionate to each country and region’s shares of employment.

The CJRS scheme will run until the end of October to continue the support for jobs and businesses as people return to work.

Applications for the second SEISS grant opened this week, with those eligible able to claim a second and final grant of up to £6570.

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