Scottish Government warns against 'blanket' approach to furlough scheme

Daniel Fowler
May 30, 2020

The government will start tapering its furlough scheme from August by forcing those employers taking part to pay 20% of workers' wages as well as covering their national insurance and pension contributions.

"There remain some sectors that will likely still face restrictions in August, or where we know recovery will take a bit longer and I do not think it is realistic to expect employers who continue to face these challenges to have to contribute to the scheme, " she said.

"But I understand too that businesses and employers have been through an incredibly hard time so I have made a decision to ask employers to pay only a modest contribution, introduced slowly, over the coming months".

The draft plans are understood to expect employers to contribute 20% of salaries while the government pays 60% up to a cap of £2,500 a month, down from the 80% employers receive at present.

However Prospect warned that businesses that have been closed by government need more direct support from government to avoid redundancies and condemned the failure to plug the gaps in the schemes that leave many freelancers and other workers with no support.

A poll by Make UK, which represents manufacturers in the UK, said that a quarter of companies are planning to cut jobs within the next six months, and that another 45% of manufacturers are considering terminating employees in general.

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"It won't be the case that we can simply put the key in the lock, open the door and step into the world as it was in January", he added.

38,161 people have now died from coronavirus - 324 fatalities since yesterday (Thursday).

As of Friday morning, 271,222 people have tested positive in Britain, said Sunak.

The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

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