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Coronavirus: Extension of furlough scheme from 1 November 2020

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) - also known as the Furlough scheme - will 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 current scheme. This means the extended furlough scheme is more generous for employers than it was in October (it will be the same as the payment levels in August).

Churches will be eligible to use the extended Job Retention Scheme, which will continue for a further month. Staff do not have to have been on furlough already to be placed on furlough for November.Employers 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 1st November, has been postponed until the furlough scheme ends.

A fact sheet for churches will be published on our website as soon as more detail is available.

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