Government pay scheme to keep staff on the payroll despite not working due to coronavirus has gone live.
HMRC chief executive Jim Harra told the Today programme that 67,000 claims from employers had been made in the first 30 minutes.
Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the government will cover 80% of workers’ wages, up to £2,500 a month, if they are put on leave.
Millions of workers are expected to be “furloughed” because of the lockdown.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “We promised support would be available by the end of April – today, we deliver our promise.”