Chancellor extends furlough scheme to end of June

Chancellor extends furlough scheme to end of June

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended by one month to reflect continuing social distancing measures.

  • Move will allow firms from across UK to continue to protect millions of jobs.
  • Scheme will continue to be monitored to ensure people and businesses can get back to work as soon as its safe to do so to drive UK economic recovery.

The Government's unprecedented furlough scheme that is keeping millions of people in jobs will be extended for a further month the Chancellor confirmed today.

Following on from yesterday's announcement to keep the social distancing measures in please Rishi Sunak said the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) would not be open until the end of June - providing businesses with the certainty they need.

The scheme which allows firms to furlough employees with the Government paying cash grants of 80% of their wages up to a maximum of £2,500 was originally open for three months and backdated from the 1 March to the end of May.  However the Chancellor said he would keep the scheme under review and extend it if necessary.  

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said:

We've taken unprecedented action to support jobs and businesses through this period of uncertainty including the UK wide Job Retention Scheme.  With the extension of the Coronavirus lockdown measures yesterday it is the right decision to extend the furlough scheme for a month to the end of June to provide clarity.  It is viral for people's livelihoods that the UK economy gets up and running again when it is safe to do so and I will continue to the scheme so it is supporting our recovery.

The Government has taken unprecedented action to help the economy and society bridge a period of national emergency so that as many as possible can get back to work as the situation improves.

This week the Office for Budgetary Responsibility said the CJRS is limiting the impact of employment.  Brewdog and Timpsons are among the thousands of businesses up and down the county furloughing their staff.  Future decisions on the scheme will take into account further developments on the wider measures to reduce the spread of Coronavirus as well as the responsible management of the public finances.
17 April 2020