The UK Furlough Scheme extended to October

Government Furlough Scheme extended by another 4 months to reflect continuing social distancing measures.

The Chancellor has announced the next stage of the furlough scheme saying the scheme will be extended for four months, until the end of October. Previously It had been due to end at the end of June.

There will be no changes until the end of July and in August, September and October it will continue with more flexibility.

Mr Sunak confirmed that employees will continue to receive 80% of their monthly wages up to £2,500, but the government will ask companies to “start sharing” the cost of the scheme from August.

Some 7.5 million workers are now covered by the scheme, up from 6.3 million last week.

The scheme would continue for all sectors and regions of the country but with greater flexibility to support the transition back to work.

Employers currently using the scheme would be able to bring furloughed employees back part-time which is aimed to provide a more flexible approach for businesses bringing staff back to work safely. At the moment the scheme only subsidises workers who are not working at all.

Should you require assistance around the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and furlough, please contact Sarah Ashton sashton@garbutt-elliott.co.uk who will be happy to help.