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Furlough scheme extended

On 12 May 2020, the Chancellor extended the time limit for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) by four months to the end of October 2020.

The scheme, originally to the end of May 2020, has already been extended once to the end of June 2020.

For July 2020, the existing arrangements will continue.

From August 2020, the arrangements will change. Employers will be expected to make a contribution, apparently even in badly hit sectors such as pubs, restaurants and hospitality. Further details will be given by the end of May 2020.

There will also be provisions allowing workers to return part-time and to receive training while furloughed.

By 12 May 2020, CJRS was furloughing 7.5 million jobs, representing 29% of the entire workforce. It is being used by 935,000 businesses. So far £10.1 billion has been claimed. [20.05]