You can find the latest furlough scheme updates here:
8 April 2021
For periods of Furlough starting on or after 1 May 2021, the eligibility dates are changing. You can only claim for employees who were employed on or before 2 March 2021.
The Furlough contributions that businesses are required to make are increasing from July onwards.
8 January 2021
HMRC has updated its guidance to state that employers can furlough employees whose health has been affected by COVID-19 or any other conditions, including if they are unable to work from home, or working reduced hours, because they:
- are clinically extremely vulnerable, or at the highest risk of severe illness from coronavirus and following public health guidance
- have caring responsibilities resulting from COVID-19, such as caring for children who are at home as a result of school and childcare facilities closing, or caring for a vulnerable individual in their household. This resolves the confusion in whether parents who stay at home to look after school-age children are eligible for furlough. They are.
17 December 2020
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 April 2021. The government has announced that the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of April 2021 with the government continuing to contribute 80% towards wages – giving businesses and employees across the UK certainty into the New Year. Budget will set out the next phase of support more than 45 days before the new end date of the scheme.