The UK’s furlough scheme will come to an end on 31 October 2020. The new Job Support Scheme announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer will start immediately afterwards on 1 November 2020 and continue until the end of April 2021.
Job Support Scheme Open
The evolving Covid-19 pandemic and related health restrictions, as well as the pressures employers are facing this winter, has prompted the Government to make changes to the previously announced ‘Job Support Scheme’. The Chancellor of the Exchequer has now announced that it will increase the scale of support available to employers through the ‘Job Support Scheme Open’ above what was initially announced, to protect more jobs in businesses who can operate safely but are facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19. The scheme enables these businesses to retain employees on shorter hours, with the intention of avoiding redundancies and protecting incomes.