Furlough scheme to be extended through month-long lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Government will extend furlough payments at 80% to December and for the duration of the new national lockdown measures.

He told a Downing Street press conference that he was sorry about the hardship that businesses have already endured this year.

He said: “That’s why we are going to extend the furlough system through November. The furlough scheme was a success in the spring and supported people in businesses in a critical time. We will not end it, we will extend furlough until December.”

It will have some differences to March in that these measures will be “time-limited”, starting on November 5 and ending on December 2.

This is when the Government will seek to “ease restrictions” and go back into the tiered system.

Non-essential retail and hospitality services will be forced to close, while schools stay open during the four-week lockdown.

It means that pubs, cafes, restaurants will shut except for takeaway and delivery services.

The Government said the extended furlough scheme will see employees receive 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak hoped that the furlough scheme, along with a number of changes to support measures would provide “a vital safety net” for people across the UK who are about to face a tough winter.

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