UK government says furlough scheme will continue until October

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an extension to the Job Retention Scheme, the government’s pledge to cover 80% of wages for staff unable to work due to the coronavirus shut down. Estimated that roughly a quarter of all employed people in the UK are currently furloughed.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak says the furlough scheme will be extended by four month.

“Until the end of July, there will be no changes… From August to October, the scheme will continue… but with greater flexibility to support the transition back to work”

The UK scheme to pay wages of workers on leave because of coronavirus will be extended to October, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said. Mr Sunak confirmed that employees will continue to receive 80% of their monthly wages up to £2,500. But he said the government will ask companies to “start sharing” the cost of the scheme from August.

A quarter of the workforce, some 7.5 million people, are now covered by the scheme, which has cost £14bn a month. The chancellor said that from August, 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 will then be able to bring furloughed employees back part-time.

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