Tuesday, 12 May, 2020
The Government's furlough initiative, known as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, is to remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor has announced. The four month extension means employees who are currently unable to work will continue to receive 80% of their current salary.
From the beginning of August, those who have been furloughed will be able to return to work part-time, with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff. The employer payments will substitute the contribution the Government is currently making, ensuring that staff continue to receive up to £2,500 a month.
The Government says it will explore ways through which furloughed workers who wish to do additional training or learn new skills are supported during this period. It will also continue to work with the Devolved Administrations to ensure the scheme supports people across the UK.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said:
'Our Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has protected millions of jobs and businesses across the UK during the outbreak - and I've been clear that I want to avoid a cliff edge and get people back to work in a measured way.
'This extension and the changes we are making to the scheme will give flexibility to businesses while protecting the livelihoods of the British people and our future economic prospects.'
The scheme will continue in its current form until the end of July and the changes to allow more flexibility will commence from the start of August. More specific details and information around its implementation will be made available by the end of May.
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