HMRC is looking into nearly 13,000 potential cases of abuse of the government’s various Covid support schemes.

By the end of March, it has been reported the treasury was investigating 12,828 possibly fraudulent claims on the furlough scheme, Eat Out to Help Out or self-employed support.

The data has highlighted that the majority of the cases were for furlough fraud – with 7,384 cases under investigation.

MPs have this week suggested that the government should list details of the companies that have received furlough support in a bid to deter individuals looking to exploit the schemes.

The UK taxpayer has so far paid out £64bn in furlough cash to people who have been unable to work during the pandemic, with changes to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), in relation to the contribution businesses make, commencing this week (1 July 2021) – you can find out more about that here.

If you need guidance on the government’s support schemes, get in touch with our Payroll department on 01788 539000 or 0116 261 0061.


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