Coronavirus: Furlough scheme extended until 31 October 2020

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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until 31 October 2020 with workers continuing to receive 80% of their salary up to £2,500 a month

New flexibility to the scheme will be introduced from the start of August to help support people to get back to work. From the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.

The employer payments will substitute the contribution the government is currently making, ensuring that staff continue to receive 80% of their salary, up to £2,500 a month.

More specific details and information around its implementation will be made available by the end of May. The government will explore ways through which furloughed workers who wish to do additional training or learn new skills are supported during this period.

See also Coronavirus: Claim for wages under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Further employer guidance and furlough templates

The Labour Relations Agency (LRA) has produced guidance and a sample templates to help employers with agreeing, extending and ending furlough - see the LRA's COVID-19 practical guidance - the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

First published 12 May 2020