More than one in three workers in the private sector have their wages paid by the government in the context of the coronavirus crisis, the Chancellor said on Monday.
Rishi Sunak told MEPs that more than two million grant applications have been made under the self-employment income support program, or £ 6 billion in less than a week since it first opened for candidacies.
Combined with the number of employees who used the leave scheme, this means that 10 million people now have their wages paid by the government.
According to the latest data from the National Statistics Office (ONS), almost 27.5 million people work in the private sector.
The self-employment income support program, designed for those whose work has dried up because of the coronavirus crisis, was launched last Wednesday and saw 1.1 million applicants in a few days for a cost of 3 , £ 1 billion.
In total, around 3.7 million self-employed workers are eligible and can request to receive 80% of their monthly business profits up to a maximum of £ 7,500 for three months.
Sunak said in the House: “I am pleased to announce to the House that at the end of yesterday there were over two million requests, with grants totaling $ 6 billion. pound sterling. These people will have the money in their bank accounts within six working days of their claim, and of course I will keep this plan under review. ”