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New figures show UK Government is supporting income across all nations during coronavirus pandemic

Figures published today highlight how the UK government support schemes are protecting jobs and helping people across all four nations of the UK.

Latest figures show that up until 31st May, more than 6.4 million jobs were furloughed in England, more than 628,000 jobs furloughed in Scotland, 316,500 in Wales and nearly 212,000 in Northern Ireland.

Claims made in England for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme totalled 2 million, with the cost coming to nearly £6 billion. In Scotland, 146,000 claims were made totalling £425 million, 102,000 claims made in Wales for £273 million and 69,000 claims for £198 million in Northern Ireland.

Across the whole of the UK, 70% of potentially eligible people made a claim through the self-employment scheme, with the average value of each claim amounting to £2,900.

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said:

“Our unprecedented coronavirus support schemes are protecting millions of vital jobs and businesses across the whole of the United Kingdom – and will help ensure we recover from this outbreak as swiftly as possible.”

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