It was announced on 31 October that we will be going into another lockdown in England from Thursday 5 November, because of this the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) will now remain open until the beginning of December with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. Under the extended scheme, the cost for employers of retaining workers will be reduced compared to the scheme during October.
Businesses will have flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work on a part time basis or furlough them full-time, and will only be asked to cover National Insurance and employer pension contributions which, for the average claim, accounts for just 5% of total employment costs.
The Job Support Scheme, which was scheduled to come in on Sunday 1 November, has been postponed until the furlough scheme ends.
Additional guidance will be set out shortly by the government.
Businesses required to close in England due to local or national restrictions will be eligible for the following:
Mortgage payment holidays will be continued. Borrowers who have been impacted by coronavirus and have not yet had a mortgage payment holiday will be entitled to a six month holiday, and those that have already started a mortgage payment holiday will be able to top up to six months without this being recorded on their credit file.
The FCA will announce further information on Monday 2 November.
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