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GOV EXTENDS FURLOUGH SCHEME

At the time of writing (2nd Nov), the Government has extended its furlough scheme for one month, as England prepares to re-enter lockdown for a second time on 5th November.

Hours before the furlough scheme was due to end, the Government abandoned plans to introduce the job support scheme on 1 November 2020.  Instead, employees in England will receive 80% of their current salary up to £2,500 for hours not worked, initially until 30 November 2020. The Government said the month-long extension would reduce the cost for employers retaining workers, compared to the final month of the current scheme.

Cheshire Accountants, Afford Bond said: "In recent months, employers topped up furloughed workers’ wages by 20%, with the state paying 60%. Now, the Government will pay 80%. 

Director, Paul Edwards, added: "Employers are still required to cover furloughed workers’ National Insurance and workplace pension contributions so you must ensure this proceeds for all your employees.  I was also pleased to hear that the Treasury will help businesses which were forced to close in England are to receive grants worth up to £3,000 per month under the local restrictions support grant."

The Chancellor said: “Now, as restrictions get tougher, we are taking steps to provide further financial support to protect jobs and businesses. These changes will provide a vital safety net for people across the UK."

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