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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
2nd March 2020?
Thank you. Leave it with me for now, although please note it is extremely busy at present due to the ongoing situation so there may be a delay in replying, but I will get back to you at some point today. Please do not reply in the meantime. Many thanks
Many thanks for your patience. The official rules of the furlough scheme say the following:
Any employer with a UK payroll and a UK bank account will be able to claim, but you must have been employed on 19 March 2020 and on your employer’s PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020. This means your employer must have made a Real Time Information (RTI) submission notifying payment in respect of you to HMRC on or before 19 March 2020.
What this means is that you could have been employed before 19 March, as in your case, but if the employer had not sent an RTI submission to HMRC before that date, you would not be eligible. The RTI is usually sent just before you are paid so if you did not get paid until the end of the month, you may find that the RTI was only sent after 19 March, making you ineligible for the scheme.
Does this answer your query?
You can contact HMRC to check, they would know