[Jersey] Audit into CFPS overpayments to self-employed

[Jersey] Audit into CFPS overpayments to self-employed
03 Feb 2022

Almost £2 million could have potentially been overpaid to self-employed people in Jersey who claimed COVID support through a government scheme during the pandemic, BBC News reports.

The States of Jersey said about 270 islanders may have received more money than they were entitled to through the Co-Funded Payroll Scheme (CFPS).

The scheme was set up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to safeguard islanders' livelihoods and ensure funds were received quickly, the government said.

The States said it had always been made clear that there would be an audit process to review individual claims.

Following the audits, to date about 270 of 2,370 self-employed individuals who made a claim have been contacted because they have been identified as having claimed erroneously, the government said.

Deputy Susie Pinel - Treasury and Resources Minister - said, "It is unusual for government to ‘pay first and check later’ but this has always been an important part of getting the funds out quickly to those business members of our community. 

“To help, additional resources have been deployed in our teams to ensure that anyone required to repay funding has been initially contacted by phone.

"This allows for a discussion with a customer services advisor who can help the customer agree a suitable repayment plan."


Source: BBC News

(Quotes via original reporting)

Almost £2 million could have potentially been overpaid to self-employed people in Jersey who claimed COVID support through a government scheme during the pandemic, BBC News reports.

The States of Jersey said about 270 islanders may have received more money than they were entitled to through the Co-Funded Payroll Scheme (CFPS).

The scheme was set up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to safeguard islanders' livelihoods and ensure funds were received quickly, the government said.

The States said it had always been made clear that there would be an audit process to review individual claims.

Following the audits, to date about 270 of 2,370 self-employed individuals who made a claim have been contacted because they have been identified as having claimed erroneously, the government said.

Deputy Susie Pinel - Treasury and Resources Minister - said, "It is unusual for government to ‘pay first and check later’ but this has always been an important part of getting the funds out quickly to those business members of our community. 

“To help, additional resources have been deployed in our teams to ensure that anyone required to repay funding has been initially contacted by phone.

"This allows for a discussion with a customer services advisor who can help the customer agree a suitable repayment plan."


Source: BBC News

(Quotes via original reporting)

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