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Furlough Extension

Extension to Furlough Scheme

The original Furlough Scheme expired yesterday (31 October 2020), to be replaced by the new Job Support Scheme.  Following on from last nights announcement, the Furlough Scheme has now been extended to at least December with the amount re-claimable re-instated back the original level of 80% (capped at £2,500):

Who is eligible?

  • To be eligible to be claimed for under this extension, employees must be on an employer’s PAYE payroll by 23:59 30th October 2020. This means a Real Time Information (RTI) submission notifying payment for that employee to HMRC must have been made on or before 30th October 2020.
  • Employees can be on any type of contract. Employers will be able to agree any working arrangements with employees.
  • Employers can claim the grant for the hours their employees are not working, calculated by reference to their usual hours worked in a claim period. Such calculations will broadly follow the same methodology as currently under the CJRS.
  • When claiming the CJRS grant for furloughed hours, employers will need to report and claim for a minimum period of 7 consecutive calendar days.
  • Employers will need to report hours worked and the usual hours an employee would be expected to work in a claim period.
  • For worked hours, employees will be paid by their employer subject to their employment contract and employers will be responsible for paying the tax and NICs due on those amounts (ie Flexible Furlough).
The Key Takeaway’s from this is that the scheme is open to people who have not previously been furloughed, however, whilst the Government changes the systems, there may be a slight delay in claiming.  The above is a broad outline and once we have the confirmed details we will be able to advise clients accordingly.