Further information emerged yesterday on the employer claim portal being established by HMRC. It appears that the portal for claims will be open on 20 April 2020 with the first payments to be made by 30 April 2020. It is being live tested at the moment and the objective is to make payments within 5 – 6 working days of an application being made. A guidance document on the lodging of claims will be available within a week. MORE.