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UK furlough scheme extended by four months

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an extension of the government’s furlough scheme from June to October.

It will include “greater flexibility” in the later months the Chancellor has told MPs, allowing employees to bring furloughed employees back part-time.

But he says that “workers will continue to receive the same level of support”, at 80 per cent of their current salary. However he implies that some of this will come from businesses themselves.

Separately, the Government is urging people to avoid rush hour travel when they commute to work, as part of its guidelines published moments ago.

Key points:

– Furlough scheme extended until the end of October – meaning eight months of support will have been provided
– until the end of July, no changes to current scheme
– August to October – ‘”Greater flexibility” to get employees back to work
– Employers will be able to bring furloughed employees back part-time
– Companies will be asked to “share with the Government” the cost of paying salaries
– Full details by the end of May
– Workers will still get 80 per cent maximum pay.

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