Furlough Scheme Extension

1st November 2020

Following the latest announcement of a further lockdown across England (covering 5th November to 2nd December 2020), employers small or large, charitable or non-profit, are eligible for the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).  The level of the grant will mirror levels available under the CJRS in August, so the Government will pay 80% of an employee’s wages up to a cap of £2,500 and employers will continue to pay employer National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and pension contributions. It is open to all employees who have been reported to HMRC on an RTI submission by midnight on 30th October. These employees do not need to have been previously furloughed. 

As under the current CJRS, flexible furloughing will be allowed in addition to full-time furloughing. 

The extended CJRS will operate as the previous scheme did with businesses being paid upfront to cover wages costs.  There will be a short period the Government require to change the legal terms of the scheme and to update the system.  Businesses will be paid in arrears for that period. 

Further details, including how to claim this extended support through an updated claims service, will be provided later. 

The Job Support Scheme (JSS) which was scheduled to come into effect on Sunday 1st November, has been postponed until the extended furlough scheme ends.