New data reveals 33,000 people in Milton Keynes placed on government furlough scheme

    New data from HM Revenue and Customs shows that 33,000 in total have been placed on the furlough scheme in Milton Keynes.

    Of those, 17,000 are in the Milton Keynes North constituency and 16,900 in the Milton Keynes South constituency.

    Furlough, or the 'Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme' as it is formally known, means the government will pay employers 80% of workers wages whilst they are not working due to the pandemic.

    The data covers employees who were furloughed for any period of time up until 31st May 2020.

    Numbers are based on the residential address information that HMRC holds for employees.

    In total, 8,696,000 employees have been furloughed across the UK.

    Sectors with the highest number of employees furloughed include wholesale and repair, accommodation and food services as well as manufacturing.

    The news comes as Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart has hailed the government’s furlough scheme for protecting businesses and livelihoods of people in his constituency.

    Commenting, Iain Stewart MP said: "This is a hugely challenging time for people and businesses, and the Government’s schemes have helped to protect the livelihoods of thousands of people in Milton Keynes South."

    "This country has a world-leading economic response to coronavirus and as we move through the second stage of our roadmap to recovery, we are determined to kick-start the engine of our economy while continuing to provide flexible support to those who need it."

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