30% of jobs and 75% of self-employed supported in Lewes

Maria Caulfield MP has welcomed the latest statistics showing the large levels of government support in Lewes during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Latest figures form the House of Commons Library shows that up to 30th June 2020, 11,100 jobs had been furloughed through the government’s Job Retention Scheme in the Lewes constituency, which was 30% of eligible jobs. This is roughly equivalent to the 31% that had been furloughed throughout the whole of the UK.

4,600 claims were also made to the Self Employment Income Support scheme, equivalent to 75% of the potentially eligible population, which was the same as the rest of the UK.

Maria Caulfield MP said “This level of support for jobs and self-employed people across the Lewes constituency and the UK is unprecedented. It is also good to see that Lewes is trending along with the rest of the UK and is not seeing any higher levels of workers needing to be furloughed. Having spoken with many businesses and self-employed people across the constituency I am hopeful that as the restrictions imposed due to the Coronavirus continue to ease workers will be able to come off the furlough scheme and the Self Employment Income Support Scheme and return to work.”