Job Support Scheme to replace Furlough from 1 November
As part of the Job Support Scheme, which replaces furlough at the start of November, workers at businesses who have been told to close because of coronavirus rules will receive at least 67% of their pay from the government.
The government will pay 67% of wages – up to a maximum of £2,100 a month for each employee. For staff to be eligible they must be off work for a minimum of seven days.
Up until 1 November, workers can receive 80% of their pay – 20% from the employer and 60% from the government, under the furlough scheme.
The new Job Support Scheme will also help firms which can open and where employees can return only part-time. Staff must be paid to work at least a third of their hours to qualify for support. For any hours not worked, the government and employer will each pay a third of the remaining wages so the employee would get at least 77% of their pay, subject to the limit.
Payments will not be available to firms that lose valuable work as a result of places like these closing such as the suppliers to pubs and restaurants.
From yesterday – 14 October, the Liverpool City Region became the first area in England to go into Tier Three coronavirus lockdown and so many businesses are watching with bated breath what might happen in different areas.
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