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12 May, 2020 Open access

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended to end of October 2020

Chancellor also announces that furloughed staff will be able to work part-time from August 2020, but that employers will be asked to start sharing the costs of paying people's salaries

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is to be extended to the end of October 2020, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced.

Responding to an urgent question in the House of Commons today about the future of the CJRS - which came into effect from 1 March 2020 and was later extended to the end of June 2020 - Mr Sunak said that - 

NB - Mr Sunak added that more specific details and information around the extended scheme's implementation will be made available by the end of this month.

Commenting on the new measures, Mr Sunak said - 

'Our Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has protected millions of jobs and businesses across the UK during the [COVID-19] outbreak – and I’ve been clear that I want to avoid a cliff edge and get people back to work in a measured way.

This extension and the changes we are making to the scheme will give flexibility to businesses while protecting the livelihoods of the British people and our future economic prospects.'

For more information see Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October from gov.uk