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An Estimates Day debate on ‘HMRC spending on the job retention scheme and support for the self- employed’ has been scheduled for 7 July 2020. The subject for this debate was selected by the Backbench Business Committee following the publication of the Central Government Supply Estimates 2020-21 on 4 May 2020.  

This debate comes at a time when the Government is responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, and a series of additional funding announcements have been made by Central Government relating to HMRC have not all been included in the Main Supply Estimates due to timing

Further reading


Paid sick leave to protect income, health and jobs through the COVID-19 crisis, OECD, 2 July 2020

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, HMRC, 1 July 2020

The Full Monty:Facing up to the challenge of the coronavirus labour market crisis , Resolution Foundation, 29 June 2020

Coronavirus: Effect on the economy and public finances, House of Commons Library, 19 June 2020 [see also other Library research on Coronavirus]

Commentary on the public sector finances – May 2020, Office for Budget Responsibility,19 June 2020

Economic impact of coronavirus: Gaps in support, House of Commons Treasury Select Committee, 15 June 2020

COVID-19: Policy responses across Europe, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, June 2020

 Self-employment in the Covid-19 crisis, LSE Centre for Economic Performance, May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for employers and employees, ACAS website

Tackling coronavirus (COVID‑19),  OECD website [includes country policy tracker]


Sunak damps hopes of big UK tax cuts, Financial Times, 2 July 2020

lExtend furlough scheme for people in local lockdown, Labour’s Anneliese Dodds demands, Politics Home, 3 July 2020

Two thirds of furloughed workers to return by September, Personnel Today, 2 July 2020

How is the government’s furlough scheme changing on 1 July? The Independent website, 1 July 2020

One million people locked out of coronavirus income support, MPs warn, The Independent website, 15 June 2020

More than a third of employees furloughed in some UK towns, The Guardian, 11 June 2020

3)Parliamentary proceedings

Parliamentary proceedings on the Job Retention Scheme (May 2020- )

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