80,433 employers have returned over £215million of furlough money to the government who found they did not need it or took it in error.

The loans were given to cover the salaries of their workers, according to figures from the HMRC.

The companies and other bodies have returned £215,756,121 as of September 15, according to data obtained by the PA news agency through a freedom of information request.

Some of the companies claimed smaller payouts the next time they were given furlough cash while others returned the money.

The overall figure that has been claimed as part of the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) is around £35.4 billion.