FURLOUGH SCHEME EXTENDED, WHAT’S NEXT FOR SCOTLAND?

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Vanessa Barrett

FURLOUGH SCHEME EXTENDED, WHAT’S NEXT FOR SCOTLAND?


On the 22nd of October, the Chancellor announced that the CJRS “furlough” scheme would end on 31 October 2020 to be replaced by a new Job Support Scheme (JSS). However, on the 31st  of October 2020 when the Prime Minister announced a month long lockdown for England he announced that the CJRS furlough scheme would be extended for one further month with employers able to claim a grant of 80% of employees’ usual pay for hours that they are unable to work. Employers will be responsible for paying NICs and pension costs. The replacement JSS will start when the extended CJRS ends.

This is currently only applicable in England and the Scottish Government is awaiting guidance on whether this will apply in Scotland without a full lockdown scenario in place over November. The team at MMG are awaiting further information about what is next for the job retention scheme and job support schemes in Scotland.