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29 May, 2020 Open access

Government outlines plan to bring Coronavirus Job Retention and Self-Employment Income Support schemes to an end

As Britain returns to work, we need to adapt the emergency programmes we put in place to bridge through the crisis, says Chancellor

The government has today outlined its plan to bring the Coronavirus Job Retention and Self-Employment Income Support schemes to an end.

Delivering the daily COVID-19 press briefing this evening, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak said - 

'Over the coming weeks, we can now take careful but deliberate steps to reopen our economy ... And, as Britain returns to work, we need to adapt the emergency programmes we put in place to bridge through the crisis.'

To this end, Mr Sunak confirmed that, in relation to the Job Retention Scheme -

However, to ease the transition to the scheme then being brought to an end, Mr Sunak said that, from 1 July 2020, employers will be given the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back part-time.

NB - to enable the introduction of part-time furloughing, and support those already furloughed back to work, claims from July onwards will be restricted to employers currently using the scheme and previously furloughed employees. In the case of part-time working, the furlough payment will be made in respect of hours not worked, and the monthly cap will be proportional to hours not worked.

Announcing also that the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme is to be brought to an end, Mr Sunak said that those eligible will be able to claim a final grant in August 2020, worth 70 per cent of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months’ worth of profits and capped at £6,570 in total.

For more information see Chancellor extends Self-Employment Support Scheme and confirms furlough next steps from gov.uk