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Government extends furlough scheme

Government extends furlough scheme

17th April 2020 - Published by Kuits employment team

The government’s furlough scheme, which is keeping millions of people in jobs, will be extended for a further month, the Chancellor confirmed today.

This follows on from yesterday’s announcement to keep social distancing in place. It also takes some pressure off businesses that are contemplating collective redundancies and that would otherwise be under pressure to begin redundancy consultation processes with affected employees, so that the required consultation period could take place while the scheme remained in place.

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 vital 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 review the scheme so it is supporting our recovery.”

To speak to an experienced advisor for advice on the Job Retention Scheme and/or a potential redundancy consultation in your business, please call Kevin McKenna on 0161 838 7851 or email

Kuits will be hosting a webinar to help employers navigate their way through this tricky time, providing up-to-date information on furloughed employees and how to plan a redundancy programme without falling foul of the law. You can register for free HERE.

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