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Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced an extension to the employee furlough scheme.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak said it was part of a plan to “support the transition back to work”. He added: “I am extending the scheme because I won’t give up on people who rely on it.”

He said the 80% of salary that workers receive (up to £2500 a month) will continue but that employers will be asked to contribute.

Sunak also said that employers can bring employees currently furloughed back to work part-time under the scheme.

Full details will be released on this by the end of May.

Updates can be found at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).  

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