Chancellor announces ‘Job Support Scheme’

· Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out plans for the new Job Support Scheme which is due to commence on 1st November 2020.

· The scheme will replace the furlough scheme which will end on 31st October 2020.

· It is estimated that around 3 million of the UK’s workers are currently on furlough.

· The Job Support Scheme will run for six months and is open to any small and medium sized business.

· For a larger business to access the scheme their turnover should have fallen during the Covid-19 pandemic.

· Employers who have not previously used the furlough scheme will still be eligible for the Job Support Scheme.

· Employees will work a minimum of 33% of their hours which will be paid for by their employer.

· For the hours that are not worked, the government and the employer will each pay one third of their equivalent salary.

· The grant will be based off the employee’s usual salary but the maximum that can be received is £697.92 a month.

· This means that employees on the scheme will receive a minimum of 77% of their usual pay.

· It is expected that the scheme will cost the government around £300 million a month.

· Its aims to prevent mass job cuts after the government’s recent announcement of new social distancing measures to hinder the rise of Covid-19 cases in the UK.

· These changes should allow more flexibility for businesses adapting to post-Covid demands with less high street footfall, the rise of home working and growth of e-commerce .

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