Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extension

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – better known as the furlough scheme has been extended for another month until December.

Under the terms of the extension, the government has increased the payment to 80% of a worker’s salary capped at £2,500 per month, the employer will have to meet the cost of National Insurance payments and pension contributions. This makes the scheme operate on the same terms as it did in August.

The extended Job Retention Scheme will operate as the previous scheme did, with businesses being paid upfront to cover wages costs. There will be a short period where the Government needs to change the legal terms of the scheme and update the system and businesses will be paid in arrears for that period.

As under the current CJRS, flexible furloughing will be allowed in addition to full-time furloughing.

Further details, including how to claim this extended support through an updated claims service, will be provided shortly.

Who is eligible?



The Job Support Scheme (JSS) will not be introduced until after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends.

The Government will confirm shortly when claims can first be made in respect of employee wage costs during November.  For more information on the scheme visit the website

Business Grants

Businesses required to close in England due to local or national restrictions will be eligible for the following:

Businesses and Venues

The Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close, these include:

Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open.

Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.

Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. Takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed.

Hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes.

Some venues will be allowed to remain open for specific exempt activities, like childcare and support groups. Support groups that are essential to deliver in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support.

Going to work

Everyone who can work from home must do so. Where people cannot do so (eg, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing) they should continue to travel to attend their workplace.

More updates are due to be announced over the next week.  As we know more we will let you know.

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