HM Treasury: Government extends Furlough to March and increases self-employed support

On 5 November the government published a news story explaining that workers across the United Kingdom will benefit from increased support with a five-month extension of the furlough scheme into Spring 2021.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will now run until the end of March with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked.

Support for millions more workers through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be increased, with the third grant covering November to January calculated at 80% of average trading profits, up to a maximum of £7,500.

The furlough scheme was initially extended until 2 December. But the government is now going further so that support can be put in place for long enough to help businesses recover and get back on their feet.

There are currently no employer contribution to wages for hours not worked. Employers will only be asked to cover National Insurance and employer pension contributions for hours not worked.

The news story can be found here.

The check if you can claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance can be found here.

The claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance can be found here.