The government announced on Saturday that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough scheme) would be extended in order to provide support to businesses and employees during the new national lockdown due to begin in England on Thursday 5 November. It therefore remains available to businesses as of yesterday (1 November) and will be open until December. This support will be available to business throughout the UK, including in Wales. The level of support available under the extended scheme returns to the level previously available in August, i.e. the Government pays 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500, with the employer responsible for pension contributions and employer national insurance contributions. Flexible furloughing is allowed under the extended CJRS, as well as full-time furloughing. The Job Support Scheme, which was scheduled to come into effect on 1 November, has been postponed until the CJRS ends.
***GOVERNMENT UPDATE - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough scheme)***
Updated: Nov 4, 2020