A staggering 36,000 jobs in Sefton have been supported by government schemes during the Covid 19 crisis – including 27,700 by furlough.

The two separate packages of finan- cial support, known as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), was brought in to mitigate the effects of coronavirus.

The CJRS allows employees to receive 80% of their monthly salary up to £2,500, and the SEISS is a grant paid out in a single instalment cover- ing three months and amounting to 80% of average profit.

Businesses have furloughed 27,700 jobs in Sefton, up to 31 May 2020, since the CJRS was launched on April 20. The scheme will run until the end of October to continue the support for jobs and businesses as people return to work.