SNP MP Kirsten Oswald has called on the UK government to do more to ensure that money paid out under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme reaches the furloughed workers.

The East Renfrewshire MP – who has submitted multiple written questions on this issue – is asking HMRC to ensure that employees know what money was paid to employers on their behalf.

Currently, HMRC’s Real Time Information system can only be accessed by the employer or an agent authorised by the employer.

Workers have no means of knowing if their National, Insurance number is used to claim money – up to £2,500 a month – under the scheme.

Ms Oswald, who previously worked at a senior level in Human Resources says that transparency is the best way to ensure that money paid out under the scheme reaches the furloughed workers,

Commenting, Kirsten Oswald MP said:

“I welcome the steps taken by the UK government as a response to the economic impact of Coronavirus, including the roll-out of the Job Retention scheme – but action must be taken so these steps are not undermined.

“It is totally unacceptable that employees could have their National Insurance number used without their knowledge – and without them getting the cash.

“I am urging the Chancellor to ensure that all furloughed workers get the money that is claimed on their behalf and that they have the information they need to help them monitor this.

“This will prevent a situation whereby employers divert money meant for furloughed workers into meeting other business costs.”

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